Rebecca L. Stearns KSI Alumni Award

This award recognizes exceptional dedication and work to carrying forward the mission of KSI beyond graduation from UConn.



Yuri Hosokawa, Ph.D., ATC, FACSM ’17

Dr. Hosokawa is an Associate Professor at Waseda University in Saitama, Japan. Her research interests include prevention and education of sudden death in sport, establishing best practices in road race medicine, development of regional-specific heat guidelines and exploring the roles of genetics in the susceptibility of exertional heat stroke. She is also partaking in research projects in the field of biometeorology to promote interdisciplinary research across physiologist, climatologist, and public health researchers.

Dr. Hosokawa has led projects to help advance the Athletic Training profession in the U.S. and Japan, including assessment of athletic training service return on investment through secondary school insurance cost, National Football League Foundation athletic trainer grant program, and Journal of Athletic Training translation project lead by the Japan Athletic Trainers’ Organization. She is a member of the International Committee of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association. She serves as a science advisor for Sport Safety Japan, NPO, and is a member of the International Institute for Race Medicine Ambassador Program Committee.

Dr. Hosokawa received her bachelor’s degree in Sport Sciences from the Waseda University in 2011, her master’s degree in Athletic Training from the University of Arkansas in 2013, and her doctoral degree from the University of Connecticut in 2016. She then completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Korey Stringer Institute.