Research in the Department of Health and Exercise Science focuses on the health benefits of exercise and physical activity. Faculty members have a variety of specific research interests including:

Exercise Physiology Research

  • The influence of exercise on endocrine responses and bone metabolism.age related changes in neuromuscular function and body composition
  • Understanding the patterns of response of the EMG and MMG signals may provide information regarding the interactions between motor unit recruitment and firing rate that are necessary to modulate skeletal muscle force production, which may be unique for healthy young, middle-aged, older adults, and those with neuromuscular diseases
  • Effects of exercise on metabolism, muscle function and body composition in trained and untrained men and women

Health Promotion Research

  • Measurement of physical activity and changes in physical performance
  • Instrument development
  • Health promotion program evaluation
  • Health outcomes associated with lifestyle modification (particularly level of physical activity), assessment of functional ability and physical performance in older adults
  • designing and evaluating theory-based health programs
  • prevention of childhood obesity
  • public health and individual nutrition behaviors
  • Tobacco use prevention, social marketing, health disparities,
  • efficacy of health coaching on chronic disease management
  • social determinants of health, obesity and weight management