Dr. Sandra Bargainnier

Dr. Sandy Bargainnier is the Department Chair for the Health Promotion and Wellness Department at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Oswego. She is also the Graduate Coordinator for the Graduate Certificate in Health and Wellness. Bargainnier has held a variety of health/wellness and physical education-related positions in higher education. Her most recent administrative position prior to Oswego, was at Syracuse University where she was an Associate Professor and Program Coordinator for the Health and Physical Education Majors and the I-MOVE Physical Activity Program. She was an assistant professor of Kinesiology at Penn State University, an associate professor in the Department of Health Science at SUNY Oswego and an assistant professor at Plymouth State University, NH. She started her career as the first health education teacher and head athletic trainer at Milford Public High School in Milford, MA.

Since 2013, Dr. Bargainnier has personally and professionally been involved with the local refugee community in Syracuse, NY. She and her family hosted a refugee teenager for two years and have since mentored 13 young adult refugees through high school graduation, employment and college.  She has supported others through the family court systems, the naturalization process, legal name changes, Medicaid, FAFSA, TANF and first-time home buying. Current scholarship focuses on the sociocultural factors that support the successful transition of refugees from high school to college. She is also exploring the eight dimensions of wellness in refugees and looking at the differences and similarities between recently arrived refugees and those who have been established in the community for more than five years. Her goal is to develop evidenced-based programming in collaboration with local refugee agencies to help the local refugee communities thrive.

 Bargainnier has a B.S. degree in health/physical education and athletic training from Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania and an M.S. degree in exercise science from the University of Rhode Island, and a Doctorate in Curriculum and Teaching (Human Movement and Health) from Boston University. Bargainnier is also a Certified Wellcoach® through Wellcoaches which is endorsed by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), and a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) through the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. She has been a curriculum consultant to public and private school districts, state educational departments, and the health education/promotion industry. Bargainnier sits on the Board of Directors for the Building Men Program, Inc., in Syracuse, NY and the Safe Haven Holocaust Refugee Museum in Oswego, NY.

 Bargainnier previously served as a national trainer for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in the following programs: The School Health Guidelines to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity; the Physical Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (PE CAT); and the Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (HE CAT). She was also a national trainer for the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) Physical Best Health-Fitness Specialist certification program for many years.


Ed.D., Curriculum and Teaching: Human Movement/Health, Boston University
MS, Exercise Science / Physical Education, University of Rhode Island
BS, Health and Physical Education, K-12 Health and Physical Education, Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania


  • HSC 510 Mind Body Wellness
  • HSC 333 Human Response to Stress