Tiff Akins, Ph.D., ATC

Tiff Akins Assistant Professor - Doctor of Physical Therapy
B129 Science Building


  • Ph.D. in Kinesiology, UW-Madison, 2013
  • M.S. in Kinesiology, University of Arkansas-Fayetteville, 2007
  • B.S. in Biology, UW-Platteville, 2005

Experience and Interests

Teaching and Mentoring Experience

  • Exercise Physiology and Biomechanics in Doctor of Physical Therapy Program (2021-present)
  • Academic and Career Adviser, School of Health Care Professions, UWSP (2018-2021)
  • Adjunct Instructor, Health and Wellness Management, MS, UW Extended Campus (2018-2020)
  • Adjunct Instructor, Health Promotion and Wellness Degree, UWSP, (2015-2018)

Research Interests

  • Functional changes of cardiac and skeletal muscle with age.
  • Social determinants of health for rural populations

Professional Experience

  • Licensed Athletic Training, Marshfield Clinic Health System (2015-present)



  • UWSP Integrated Planning Advisory Council member, 2019-present
  • UWSP Doctor of Physical Therapy Program Development and Advisory Board, 2018-2021
  • UWSP Nursing Advisory Board 2018-2021
  • UWSP Common Council Representative College of Professional Studies 2018-2019
  • UWSP STEAM presenter, STEM Exploration Days and Health Careers Camps Presenter


  • Community Advisory Board Medical College of WI-Central Campus, 2020-present
  • Marshfield Clinic Health System, Community Connections Teams Member, 2018-present
  • Wisconsin HOSA Advisory Board, 2019-2021
  • Marshfield Clinic Health System School of Radiology Advisory Board, 2019-2021
  • HOSA/DPI Conference Presenter -2018
  • Wisconsin Area Health Education Centers, presenter, 2017