Kelly Barnes MS, CPT

Senior Scientist


Nutrition and Exercise Physiology Research and Athlete Testing

GSSI Teammate Since:


Area of Expertise:

Exercise Physiology, Cardiac Diagnostics, Hydration and Electrolyte Balance in Athletes


BA Southern Illinois University (Health Psychology) MS Benedictine University (Clinical Exercise Physiology)

Athletic Background:

Played club volleyball in high school.  Currently, beyond keeping up with her 3 small children, she can be found enjoying the Chicago seasons by hiking, cycling, running or kayaking in the spring, summer and fall, or downhill or cross country skiing in the winter.  

SCIENTIFIC BACKGROUND: Kelly Barnes is a Clinical Exercise Physiologist that works with both the research and the athlete testing teams. Currently, Kelly manages the day to day operations of the research studies at the Gatorade Sports Science Institute's facility in Barrington, IL. On the research side, she works with the principal scientists to develop and maintain the study documents as well as collect and organize the data; she is also responsible for recruiting, scheduling, and managing the athletes that are tested in this facility. Kelly leads the elite athlete testing program in Barrington and also provides support to the athlete testing program for field-related testing of elite level athletes. Kelly earned her Bachelor's degree at Southern Illinois University Carbondale in Health Psychology, then continued her studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago in Exercise Physiology, finally completing her Master's degree at Benedictine University in Clinical Exercise Physiology.