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Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist with the American College of Sports Medicine
I have always been intrigued by the mechanisms underlying the many functions of the human body. Each of our organ systems is composed of cells that receive and respond to a myriad of local and central signaling that determines the level and nature of their activity. As the instructor for the Human Anatomy & Physiology sequence, I am dedicated to helping my students appreciate and understand the details of the delicate physiological balances that exist in the body, whose proper functioning often means the difference between health and disease.
I am also a clinical exercise physiologist and health educator, with experience in occupational and hospital based wellness and sports medicine. My goal for students in my exercise science courses is to enable them to use their knowledge of anatomy and physiology as a basis for understanding and implementing effective exercise prescription for different populations.
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"The Holistic Athlete: A Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration. Pre-season Nutrition, Sports Psychology, and Physical Performance Preparation", with Nancie Herbold. Simmons President's Grant, $15,000. July 2011-June 2013.
"Mobile computing to support field biology", with Mary Owen. Simmons Pottruck Technology Fellowship grant, Tomforde Foundation, and CAS Dean's Office, 2007-2008, ~$20,000.
"The Effect of Hatha Yoga on Endurance, Muscle Strength, and Mood State", with Maura Iversen, Stephanie Vangsness*, Katherine Lolley*, and Amy Hochberg*. Simmons Fund for Research, 2004-2006, $1200.
"EnviroNet and HealthNet: Using Telecommunications To Promote Interdisciplinary Science and Health Investigations", with Kathleen Dunn. Contract for a 1999 Summer Content Institute in partnership with the South Coast Educational Collaborative, 1999-2000. $35,000.
"EnviroNet and HealthNet: Interdisciplinary Health and Science Explorations Using Telecommunications" with Kathleen Dunn. Contract for a PALMS 1998 Summer Content Institute, 1998-99. $43,640.
"HealthNet: Inquiry-Based Health Education Using Telecommunications" with Carole Chaet. Dwight D. Eisenhower Professional Development Continuation Grant administered by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education. 1997-8. $20,000.
"Inquiry Based Science Education Using Telecommunications" with Paul Colombo. Contract for a PALMS 1997 Summer Content Institute, 1997-98. $32,650.
"HealthNet: Inquiry-Based Health Education Using Telecommunications" with Kathleen Dunn. Dwight D. Eisenhower Professional Development Grant administered by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education. 1996-7. $36,050.
"HealthNet: Health Education Using Telecommunications." With Paul Colombo. Private Donor with additional support from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts and The Fallon Healthcare System, 1995-7. $122,000.
In progress: Professional Ethics and Scope of Practice, with Teresa Fitts. In ACSM's Resources for the Health Fitness Specialist. Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia, PA.
Lite R and S Mejia. "Resistance Training for Breast Cancer Survivors", Strength and Conditioning Journal, 32(5):60-62, October 2010.
Mejia S and R Lite. "Breast Cancer and Exercise". Strength and Conditioning Journal, 32(5):57-59, October 2010.
May, 2012. "Assessment of Aerobic and Muscular Demands of Sports Champion's Table Tennis and Gladiator Games Using Playstation Move" with Natalie Moy '11 and Dana Griffin '11. Poster at ACSM Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.
November, 2010 and April, 2011. "Legislative Update: Implications for the Clinical Exercise Physiologist". Presentations at New England Regional Meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine, Providence RI (Nov 2010), with Robert Berry, and at the Massachusetts Association of Clinical Exercise Physiologists Annual Meeting (Apr 2011), with Nancy O'Hare.
May, 2008. "Prevalence of College-Aged Women Meeting AHA/ACSM Physical Activity Recommendations" with Jeanine Butz '08 and Elizabeth Scott. Poster at ACSM Annual Meeting, Indianapolis, IN.
April, 2008. "Update on the Profession of Clinical Exercise Physiology", with Michael Sawtelle. Presentation at Springfield College, Springfield, MA.
April, 2007 and November, 2007. "Exercise Considerations for Breast Cancer Survivors", with Paula Gottlieb and Diane Cotting. Presentations at the Massachusetts Association of Clinical Exercise Physiologists (MACEP) Spring Meeting, Marlboro, MA (April 2007) and at the New England American College of Sports Medicine (NEACSM) Regional Meeting, Providence, RI (November 2007).
Clinical Exercise Physiology Association - An Affiliate Society of the American College of Sports Medicine (CEPA), http://www.acsm-cepa.org/
Legislative Chair, 2010-2012; Immediate Past-President, 2009-2010, President, 2007-2009
American College of Sports Medicine's Exam Development Team, 2010-2013.
Massachusetts Association of Clinical Exercise Physiologists (MACEP), 2005-2008,
Legislative Chair, 2008-2012
Immediate Past President, 2007-2008
Website Coordinator, 2005-2008 https://sites.google.com/site/macep11/home
American College of Sports Medicine's Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist Practice Board, 2007-2010.