• Doctor of Philosophy (PhD): Texas Woman's University, Denton, TX

    • Primary Emphasis: Exercise Physiology

    • Secondary Emphasis: Nutrition and Food Science

  • Masters and Bachelors Degrees: The University of Akron, Akron, OH

    • Primary Emphasis: Exercise Science (Masters); Physical Education (Bachelors)

    • Secondary Emphasis: Athletic Training

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  • Texas A&M University - College Station, Texas - Research Scientist
    August 2014

  • University of Bath - Bath, England - Professor
    April 2012 – April 2014

    Department:    Department for Health
    Director:          Sport, Health and Exercise Science        

  • Pennington Biomedical Research Center - Baton Rouge, LA - Associate Professor
    January 2007 – April 2012

  • Director: Exercise Biology Laboratory
    Division: Preventive Medicine

  • The Cooper Institute - Dallas, Texas - Vice President of Research
    May 2000 – January 2007


  • Pennington Biomedical Research Center: 2012 – Present

  • Louisiana State University:            2007 – Present

  • University of Texas, Arlington: 2002 – 2006


  • ACSM Certified Clinical Exercise Specialist (CES)

  • Radiation and Safety Protection Operator Certification: Hologic X-ray Bone Densitometry

  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support: ACLS

  • Basic Cardiac Life Support: BCLS



  • American Physiological Society

  • American College of Sports Medicine (Fellow)

  • International Society of Sports Nutrition


1.         Principal Investigator. 2011 – Present. Principal Investigator. Kemin HealthThe TEA Study.$221,125. To examine the effectiveness of green and black tea extracts on muscle performance and recovery following downhill running. Complete

2.         Co-Investigator. 2010 - 2015. NIH (NHLBI), RO1 HL102166Examination of mechanisms (E-MECHANIC) of exercise-induced weight compensation.$3.5 million. The purpose of the E-MECHANIC trial is to compare the effect of two doses of exercise on energy intake and body weight. Completed

3.         Co-Investigator. 2010 - 2015. NIH (NIDDK); P30 DK072476Nutritional Programming: Environmental and Molecular Interactions.$1,038,412. The Clinical Nutrition Research Unit will facilitate and promote collaborative and multi-disciplinary interactions that will foster new research ideas and enhance the translation of basic nutritional research findings into the clinical arena and ultimately into practical application. Complete

4.         Principal Investigator. 2009 - 2011. NIH (NIDDK); R56 DK081807Insulin Sensitivity using Aerobic Interval Conditioning (ISAIC) Trail. $150,000. Insulin Sensitivity using Aerobic Interval Conditioning (ISAIC) trail will compare traditional AER to INT in sedentary, overweight/obese men and women with pre-diabetes. This study will provide information that may enhance current physical activity recommendations for individuals who are overweight/obese and have prediabetes. Complete

5.         Co-Investigator. 2009 - 2011. NIH (NIA); RC1 AG035822Mechanisms and Functional Consequences of Different Physical Activity Progression Models in the Elderly Regionally.$226,421. Mechanisms and Functional Consequences of Different Physical Activity Progression Models in the Elderly Regionally specific strength training will serve as physiological primer for whole-body cardiovascular exercise and remove peripheral limitations on subsequent aerobic training allowing faster and larger increases in functional capacity in the elderly. Complete

6.         Principal Investigator. 2009 - 2010. Gatorade Sports Science InstituteThe examination of Astaxanthin on exercise performance and lipid metabolism.$100,000.  Complete.

7.         Co-Investigator. 2006 -  2011. NIH (NIDDK), R01 DK068298Health Benefits of Aerobic and Resistance Training in Individuals with Diabetes (HART-D).$2,500,000. The goal of the proposed study, HART-D, is to compare the effect of resistance training alone, and resistance in combination with aerobic training to aerobic training alone with hemoglobin A1c (HbA1), in initially sedentary women and men with type 2 diabetes. Complete

8.         Principal Investigator. 2006. Ocean NutritionThe Breakfast Study: Effect of microencapsulated omega-3 fatty acids into daily meal intake.$10,000. Investigating the use of microencapsulated food products in a breakfast meal on cellular lipid concentrations. Complete.

9.         Principal Investigator. 2005. Body Media The use of a commercial tool capable of assessing resting metabolism, combined with a supportive software program for helping overweight and obese individuals manage their weight.$125,000.  Complete

10.       Principal Investigator. 2005. Cargill IndustriesAn examination of capsular phytosterol supplement for reducing LDL cholesterol.$125,000.  Complete.

11.       Principal Investigator. 2005. Chemi-NutraEffectiveness of olio resins obtained from soy lecithin combined with green tea extract on weight loss and appetite suppression.$125,000.  Complete.

12.       Co-Investigator. 2004 - 2007. NIH (NCI); R01 CA109919Social Cognitive Theory and PA after Endometrial Cancer.$9,704.  Complete

13.       Principal Investigator. 2004. Cooper ConceptsSynergistic affects of multivitamin and omega-3 fatty acid supplementation.$60,000.  Complete

14.       Principal Investigator. 2004. Cooper ConceptsComplex multivitamin supplementation improves homocysteine and resistance to LDL-C oxidation.$300,000. Complete

15.       Co-Investigator. 2004. Cooper ConceptsEfficacy of a complex multivitamin supplement.$225,000. Complete

16.       Co-Investigator. 2003 - 2007. NIH/NIA UO1 AG022376-01, 2003-2007Physical Exercise to Prevent Disability Pilot Study.(LIFE). $5,000,000. The major goal of this project is to gather preliminary data that will determine the feasibility of conducting a Phase 3 randomized, controlled trial (RCT) that will provide definitive evidence in the use of physical exercise to prevent physical and mobility disability in older persons. Complete.

17.       Co-Investigator. 2003 - 2007. NIH (NIMH); R01 MH067692-01Treatment with Exercise Augmentation for Depression (TREAD).This study proposes to examine the efficacy of a public health dose of exercise as an augmentation strategy in the treatment of Major Depressive Disorder. Complete.

18.       Principal Investigator. 2003. Technical Sourcing InternationalEvaluation of enteric coated ATP on indices of muscular power.$60,000.  Complete

19.       Principal Investigator. 2002. First EnduranceAn examination of the herbal compounds Cordyceps Senensis and Rhodiola Rosea on aerobic exercise performance.$25,000.  Complete.

20.       Principal Investigator. 2002. Proliant Industries Cholesterol-lowering effects of bovine serum immunoglobulin in participants with mild hypercholesterolemia.$100,000.  Complete

21.       Co-Investigator. 2001 - 2006. NIH (NHLBI); R01 HL075442Dose-Response to Exercise in Women (DREW).$3,500,00. The primary goal is to investigate the effects of different amounts of exercise on both cardiorespiratory fitness and risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Complete

22.       Co-Investigator. 2001. National Honey BoardThe role of honey powder: A low glycemic index carbohydrate for improving cycling performance.$25,000.  Complete.

23.       Principal Investigator. 1998. Metabolic Response ModifiersThe Andro Project: Physiological and hormonal influences of androstenedione supplementation in men 35 to 65 years old participating in a high-intensity resistance-training program.$100,000.  Complete

24.       Principal Investigator. 1997. Metabolic Response ModifiersThe Andro Project: Effectiveness of oral androstenediol and androstenedione on raising circulating testosterone.$25,000.  Complete

28.       Principal Investigator. 1996. Experimental and Applied ScienceThe effects of Tribulus terrestris on body composition and exercise performance in resistance-trained males.$10,000.  Complete

29.       Co-Investigator. 1996. Experimental and Applied ScienceCreatine monohydrate and anaerobic power in men and women.$23,000.  Complete

30.       Principal Investigator. 1995. Experimental and Applied ScienceCreatine monohydrate and running performance.$10,000.  Complete

31.       Principal Investigator. 1995. Experimental and Applied ScienceEffect of oral creatine ingestion on parameters of the work rate-time relationship and time to exhaustion in high-intensity cycling.Complete

32.       Principal Investigator. 1994. Experimental and Applied ScienceCreatine monohydrate and strength and power indices in strength trained men.Earnest CP, Snell P. $10,000. 

33. Principal Investigator. 1994. Experimental and Applied Science.Creatine monohydrate and blood lipids in men and women.$35,000.Complete