Hector M. Gonzalez
Elizabeth (Betsy) Wasilevich
Graduate DirectorSpecialists - Research
B.S., Indiana University, 1973
M.S., James Madison University, 1977
Ph.D., Indiana University, 1982
of Epidemiology and Kinesiology
Director, Center for Physical Activity and Health
Director, Human Energy Research Laboratory
308 West Circle Drive
James Pivarnik is a professor of kinesiology and epidemiology and is also the Director of the Center for Physical Activity and Health. As an exercise physiologist and epidemiologist, he studies the exercise responses of females, particularly during pregnancy, and children, both healthy and those with chronic diseases. His focus is on the role of physical activity in reducing the risk factors for chronic disease development (e.g., cardiovascular disease) and the morbidity and mortality of those suffering from such conditions.
Areas Of Expertise
` Computer applications
` Exercise and sport physiology
` Physiological testing
Usual teaching assignments:
- KIN 310 - Exercise Physiology (undergraduate lecture)
- KIN 411 - Exercise Physiology (undergraduate lab)
- KIN 810 - Exercise Physiology (graduate lecture)
- KIN 811 - Exercise Physiology (graduate lab)
- KIN 870 - Physical Activity and Well Being (graduate lecture)
Perkins, C.D., J.M. Pivarnik,
N. Paneth, and A.D. Stein. Physical activity and fetal growth during
pregnancy. Obstet Gynecol 109:
Ode, J.J., J.M. Pivarnik,
M.J. Reeves, and J.L. Knous.
Body mass index as a predictor of percent fat in college athletes and
non-athletes. Med Sci Sports Exerc
39: 403-409, 2007.
Mudd, L.M., W. Fornetti, and J.M. Pivarnik. Bone mineral density in college female athletes:
comparisons among sports. J Athl
Train 42: 403-408, 2007.
Mudd, L.M., A.P. Rafferty, M.J. Reeves, and
J.M. Pivarnik. Physical
activity recommendations: An alternative approach using energy
expenditure. Med Sci Sports Exerc
40: 1757-1763, 2008.
Mudd, L.M., S. Nechuta, J.M.
Pivarnik, and N. Paneth. Factors associated with women's perceptions
of physical activity safety during pregnancy.
Prev Med 49: 194-199, 2009.
and L.M. Mudd. Oh Baby! Exercise during pregnancy and the postpartum
period. ACSM's Health & Fitness
Journal 13(3); 8-13, 2009.
and L.M. Mudd. Physical activity during pregnancy and the postpartum:
What have we learned? Research
Digest 10 (3); Dec, 2009.
Bauer, P.W., J.M. Pivarnik,
and C.L. Broman. Exercise pregnancy knowledge among health care
providers. J Women's Health
19: 335-341, 2010.
Bauer P.W., J.M. Pivarnik,
D.L. Feltz, N. Paneth, and C.J. Womack. Validation of a historical
physical activity recall tool in postpartum women.
J Phys Activity
7: 658-661, 2010.
Coe, D.P., J.J. Ode, K.A. Pfeiffer, and
J.M. Pivarnik. Accuracy of body mass index to determine overweight
in youth. Internat J Body Comp Res
8: 147-154, 2010.
Best, T., R. Pate, A. Hutber, J. Pivarnik, and M-M Stafford. Lessons learned from around the
world: The global promotion of innovation in physical activity and
health. J Phys Activity Health,
7(Suppl 3), S361-362, 2010.
Lotgering F.K., J.M. Pivarnik.
Commentaries on Viewpoint: Are there valid concerns for completing a
marathon at 39 weeks of pregnancy?
J Appl Physiol 113: 1166, 2012.
Coe D.P., J.M. Pivarnik, C.J.
Womack, M.J. Reeves, R.M. Malina. Health-related fitness and academic
achievement in middle school students.
J Physical Fitness Sports Med 52: 654-660, 2012.
Mudd, L.M., J. Pivarnik, C.B.
Holzman, N. Paneth, K. Pfeiffer, H. Chung. Leisure-time physical
activity in pregnancy and the birth weight distribution: Where is the
effect? J Phys Activity Health
9: 1168-1177, 2012.
Leiferman, J, M. Gutilla, J. Paulson,
J. Pivarnik. Antenatal physical activity counseling among healthcare
providers. Open Journal of
Obstetrics and Gynecology 2: 346-355, 2012.
Mudd, L.M., K. Owe, M.F. Mottola, and
J.M. Pivarnik. Health benefits of physical activity during
pregnancy: An international perspective.
Med Sci Sports Exerc 45:
Bauer P.W., J.M. Pivarnik,
D.L. Feltz, N. Paneth, C.J. Womack. Relationship of past pregnancy
physical activity and self-efficacy on current physical activity and
postpartum weight retention. Am J
Lifestyle Med 8: 68-73, 2014.
Danbert, S.J., J.M. Pivarnik,
R.N. McNeil, and I.J. Washington. Academic success and retention: The
role of recreational sports fitness facilities.
Rec Sports J 38: 14-22,
Connolly, C.P., D.L. Feltz, and J.M. Pivarnik. Overcoming barriers to physical activity during
pregnancy and he postpartum period: The potential impact of social
support. Kinesiology Rev, 3:
Marshall, M.R., D.P. Coe, and J.M. Pivarnik. Development of a prediction model for VO2peak in
adolescent females using Bruce protocol to exhaustion.
Res Q Exerc Sport 85: 251-256, 2014.
White E.E., J.M. Pivarnik,
K.A. Pfeiffer, C. Holzman. Resistance training during pregnancy and
perinatal outcomes. J Physical
Activity Health 11: 1141-1118, 2014.
White, E.E., J.D. Slane, K.L. Klump, S.A. Burt,
J.M. Pivarnik. Sex
differences in genetic and environmental influences on percent body
fatness and physical activity. J
Physical Activity Health 11: 1187-1193, 2014.
L.M. Mudd, E.E. White, R.A. Schlaff, K.L. Peyer. Physical activity
during pregnancy and offspring characteristics at 8-10 years.
J Physical Fitness Sports Med
54: 672-679, 2014.
Schlaff, R.A., C. Holzman, K.S. Maier, K.A. Pfeiffer, and
J.M. Pivarnik. Associations
among weight gain, pre-pregnancy body size, and physical activity during
pregnancy: A quantitative cohort study.
Midwifery 30: 1124-1131, 2014.
Schlaff, R.A., C. Holzman, L.M. Mudd, K.A. Pfeiffer, and
J.M. Pivarnik. Body mass
index is associated with appropriateness of weight gain but not
leisure-time physical activity during pregnancy.
J Physical Activity Health
(Epub ahead of print, Apr 11, 2014).
Mudd L.M., J.M. Pivarnik, N. Paneth, K.A. Pfeiffer, and H. Chung. Maternal physical activity during pregnancy, child leisure-time activity, and child eight status at 3-9 years. J Physical Activity Health (Epub ahead of print, May 9, 2014).