Jessica Duhon Rodriguez

Kaplan, LA

Concordia University, Chicago

M.S., Exercise Physiology & Nutritional Sciences, Fall 2014, PhD Health and Human Performance 2020

Jessica grew up in Louisiana as the youngest of five children. She played high school varsity basketball and softball until one day in May 2003 when she was in a horrific automobile accident. At 16 years old she suffered a spinal cord injury at the T2/T3 level resulting in paralysis. That didn’t stop her from helping with coaching duties or graduating as class valedictorian. In 2008 she transferred from LSU to Cal State San Marcos to attend Project Walk. She completed her bachelor’s degree in 2011 and moved on to San Diego State University and graduated with a master’s degree in Exercise Physiology and Nutritional Science in 2014.  Jessica began teaching Kinesiology as an adjunct instructor at CSUSM and SDSU in 2015 and at the University of Saint Katherine as an Assistant Professor of Kinesiology and Academic Advisor in 2016. In 2010 she met her now husband, Israel, at the church they both attended. After 5 years of friendship, they began dating and were married in November 2016. Currently, she is pursuing a PhD in Health/Human Performance from Concordia University, Chicago and is part of the UCSD SWM team.