Department Faculty

  Jim Anthony
  David Barondess
  Naomi Breslau
  Gustavo de los Campos
  Joseph Gardiner
  Hector M. González
  Claudia Holzman
  Jean Kerver
  Chenxi Li
  Qing Lu
  Zhehui Luo
  Claire Margerison-Zilko
  Janet Osuch
  Nigel Paneth
  Dorothy Pathak
  James Pivarnik
  Mat Reeves
  A.M. Saeed
  Nicole Talge
  David Todem
  Ana Vázquez
  Hao Wang
  Elizabeth (Betsy) Wasilevich
  Julie Wirth
  Lixin Zhang
  Adjunct Faculty

Graduate Director

  David Barondess 

Specialists - Research

  Madeleine Lenski
  Jamil Scott


James M. Pivarnik, Ph.D

B.S., Indiana University, 1973
M.S., James Madison University, 1977
Ph.D., Indiana University, 1982

Professor 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)

Selected Publications

Perkins, C.D., J.M. Pivarnik, N. Paneth, and A.D. Stein. Physical activity and fetal growth during pregnancy. Obstet Gynecol 109: 81-87, 2007. 

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. 

Pivarnik, J.M. and L.M. Mudd. Oh Baby! Exercise during pregnancy and the postpartum period. ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal 13(3); 8-13, 2009. 

Pivarnik, J.M. 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 Health  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: 268-277, 2013. 

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, 2014. 

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: 135-148, 2014. 

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. 

Pivarnik, J.M., 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).

 Marshall, M.R., J.M. Pivarnik. Perceived exertion of pregnancy physical activity. J Physical Activity Health (in press, 2014, to be published, Sept 2015).