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Dr. Carolyn Ann (Cad) Dennehy

Carolyn Ann (“Cad”) Dennehy earned two degrees from Texas Woman’s University: her Master of Science in Science Education in 1982 and her Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology in 1989. She served as Co-Director of Research at the Regional Breast Cancer Center of Northern Colorado from 1996 to 2000.

Dr. Dennehy began an academic career in 1997 at the University of Northern Colorado, first as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, and later as a Professor in the School of Kinesiology and Physical Education. In 2003, she was named Professor Emerita of the School of Exercise and Sports Sciences of the College of Health and Human Sciences at the University of Northern Colorado.

Throughout a brilliant teaching career, she began groundbreaking research on the use of prescriptive exercise to ease the side effects of cancer treatments. Her findings were published nationally and internationally. In 1996, Dr. Dennehy co-founded the Rocky Mountain Cancer Rehabilitation Institute, where her theories were utilized and health care students and professionals received training. During the six years that she was active in its initiative, the Institute provided exercise and nutrition intervention to over 400 patients, presented findings of clinical and applied research at over 30 national presentations, and secured grants to support the Institute.

In 2002, she founded Navitas Cancer Rehabilitation Centers, Inc., where she was Chief Scientific Officer. The Centers provide services, including physical therapy, therapeutic exercise, nutrition and psychological counseling, acupuncture and other complementary services to cancer patients before, during and after treatments. Navitas has opened centers in Denver, Salt Lake City, and Albuquerque.

Dr. Dennehy has authored or co-authored five books, 11 manuscripts and over 40 presentations. In 2003, she co-authored Exercise and Cancer Recovery, a textbook that is still in use across the globe. She is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the Oncology Nursing Society, and the American College of Sports Medicine. Among her many distinctions, she is a multiple-year honoree of Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.

“My preparation at TWU was instrumental in giving me the content knowledge, research skills and pedagogical knowledge to become a successful university professor,” said Dr. Dennehy of education.

Dr. Dennehy enjoys travel, wildlife photography and golf.

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