LMU Faculty Experts Available for Winter Olympics Coverage

Loyola Marymount University has faculty experts available to add to your coverage of the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang. LMU professors are prepared to offer insights about a range of topics, including international sports communication, South Korea as the host country, sponsorships, advertising, the social well-being of athletes, sports nutrition and fitness program management.

Email news@lmu.edu or call our Media Line, 310.258.4636, to request an interview with these and other LMU faculty members:


Hawley C. Almstedt

Professor of Health and Human Sciences
Seaver College of Science and Engineering.

Almstedt, who earned a doctorate in exercise physiology, specializes in sports nutrition and bone health and can offer insights about the athletes’ fitness regimens, training, endurance and exercise programs. She is a former collegiate gymnast and gymnastics judge.

Shaun M. Anderson

Assistant Professor of Organizational Communication
College of Communication and Fine Arts

Anderson is an expert on social responsibility and sport, which encompasses aspects of race and sport, diversity and sport, leadership in sport, and community development through sport. He has written extensively about athlete activism, the social well-being of athletes, and how sport organizations can engage in community development.


Christopher Finlay

Assistant Professor of Communication Studies
College of Communication and Fine Arts

Finlay specializes in digital media/social media; the Olympics and international sports communication; public diplomacy; and American and Canadian politics. He can comment on the political and diplomatic implications of the South Korean hosts (including the evolving participation of North Korea and the larger regional context), athletes and social media, nationalism, Olympic sponsorship, broadcasting and the International Olympic Organization, and the dynamics at play between the organizations who collaborate to bring together the Olympics.


William D. Parham

Professor and Department Chair, Educational Support Services
School of Education

Parham is a professor in the counseling program and chair of the Educational Support Services Department in the School of Education. He has worked with athletes in the National Basketball Association, the National Football League, Major League Baseball, the U.S. Olympic Committee, the U.S. Tennis Association and Major League Soccer, as well as with college, amateur and youth athletes. His areas of expertise include trauma counseling and the interplay between sport psychology, multiculturalism/diversity and health psychology.

Andy Rohm

Associate Professor of Marketing
College of Business Administration

Rohm specializes in new media and mobile and social media marketing strategies and can discuss Olympic sponsorships and advertising. He serves on the leadership team of LMU’s M-School Institute of Marketing, and worked previously as sports category director and marketing director at Reebok.

Todd Shoepe

Associate Professor of Health and Human Sciences
Seaver College of Science and Engineering.

Shoepe is an expert in exercise physiology, health and human performance and fitness program management. He can discuss doping and implications of performance enhancing-aids among athletes.