Janelle Handlos, Ed.D., ATC

Associate Professor



BARC 222


(406) 683-7392

[email protected]

I am proud to have been teaching and practicing as a licensed athletic trainer at my alma mater since 2001. I have had the opportunity to teach classes in every area of HHP and enjoy the variety of offerings in our department.

At Montana Western, I have the opportunity to serve our students and my colleagues by working on a wide variety of campus committees. My favorite activity of the year is our annual Scholarship Luncheon during which Scholarship Committee members get to present students with awards that allow students to achieve their educational goals and pursue their dreams.

I also serve as Treasurer of the Montana Athletic Trainers’ Association, on the scholarship committee for the Northwest Athletic Trainers’ Association, and as a coach and safety officer for local youth sports programs.

Working together, Montana Western faculty and students have amazing opportunities for advancing knowledge, serving, and leading in the areas of Health and Human Performance.

Courses Taught

Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries, Methods of Health Education, Health Anatomy and Physiology, Personal Health and Wellness

Research Interests, Selected Publications and Presentations

My research focuses on the development and use of leadership and personal competencies in athletic training education programs and the practice of athletic training.

Handlos, J. L., & Ludwig, G. E. (2019). Leadership competence: Perspectives of athletic trainers new to practice. Journal of Athletic Training Education, 14(3), 191-197. doi: 10.4085/1062-6050-18-076

The Value of Leadership, Management, and Personal Characteristic Competencies in Athletic Training Practice.  (2015, March). Northwest Athletic Trainers’ Association Symposium.  Spokane, Washington.

Handlos, J. L. (2014). Importance of leadership competencies in college and university staff athletic trainers: Perceptions of head athletic trainers (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from ProQuest. (3702798).

Taping Techniques for Rodeo Athletes. (2014, May). AMP Sports Medicine Symposium. Billings, Montana.

Landon, S. M. & Handlos, J. L. (2010, June). Athletic trainers and cancer. NATANews.