Michelle Barber (formerly Levreault) enters her 16th year at Rhode Island in 2018-19, most recently being elevated to the position of Associate Athletic Trainer and receiving the Rhode Island Athletic Trainers Association (RIATA) Athletic Trainer of the Year award.
A 2003 graduate of the University of Connecticut, she earned her Bachelor's of Science in Sports Medicine before receiving her Master's in Kinesiology at Rhode Island in 2005.
As a graduate assistant athletic trainer, Barber worked with the football and swimming & diving teams before becoming an assistant athletic trainer and taking on responsibility for the men's soccer, softball and women's basketball programs. She currently works with URI's baseball and volleyball teams.
During her time at Connecticut, she worked as a student athletic trainer for the Huskies' women's soccer, women's hockey, softball and men's track and field teams. In addition, she volunteered time with the Manchester (Conn.) High School fall sports teams and for the Hartford Family Clinic. Upon graduation she was awarded the "Doug Casa Award" for ongoing research.
In 2005, Barber was recognized for "Outstanding Graduate Studies Research" based on work from her thesis and past research. She also has assisted in conducting research sponsored by Gatorade, National Safe Kids Campaign, and UConn. This research project, which looks at hydration status in adolescents, has been published in Medicine & Science in Sport & Exercise. Barber is currently active in researching athletes who have been diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease.
A native of Woonsocket, R.I., she is a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) and has held the position of secretary/treasurer of the Rhode Island Athletic Trainers' Association since 2006. Barber also served on the Rhode Island Department of Health Board of Licensure for Athletic Trainers from 2008-14.
Barber and her husband Shaun welcomed their first child, Jaxson, in October 2013.