Chris Hopkins

Assistant Professor of Health Sciences

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Chris Hopkins is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Sciences. Dr. Hopkins is a licensed physical therapist with clinical experience in both outpatient orthopedic and inpatient rehabilitation settings. As an undergraduate student, he spent four years working in Clemson University’s athletic training room and used summers to gain experience in different clinical settings. These experiences motivated him to complete a Doctor of Physical Therapy from Emory University followed by a Ph.D. in Applied Health Research and Evaluation from Clemson University.

Dr. Hopkins’s research aims to enhance physical activity participation throughout the lifespan, primarily by evaluating the safety and experiences of sport participants. Some of his recent research involves injury epidemiology in high school and collegiate sports, examining factors related to overuse injury reporting among adolescent athletes, and exploring reasons for sport drop-out among young females.

Dr. Hopkins is married to Dr. Casey Hopkins, a nursing professor at Clemson University, and together they have a daughter and twin sons. As a family, they enjoy spending time outdoors, traveling, and cheering on the Clemson Tigers and Furman Paladins.


  • Ph.D., Clemson University
  • DPT, Emory University
  • M.S., Clemson University
  • B.S., Clemson University