Paul M. Gordon, Ph.D.

Chair of the Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation & Professor
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Professor and Chair of the Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation

Dr. Gordon is Professor and Chair of the Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation (HHPR). He came to Baylor in the fall of 2013 with nearly 20 years of experience in academics and medicine. Prior to coming to Baylor, he served as Director of a core clinical translational laboratory in the Medical School at the University of Michigan.

Dr. Gordon’s areas of expertise include physical activity, and lifestyle-based research related to obesity and its co-morbidities across the lifespan . In 2013, he was nationally recognized as a top expert in muscular fitness and health outcomes. He has been a Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator of nearly 40 multi-year research investigations, the majority of which have been funded by federal entities such as NIH and the CDC, through highly competitive research awards. As a prolific scholar, Dr. Gordon has published more than 200 publications including peer-reviewed articles, abstracts and technical reports. His research has been featured in highly regarded journals such as the International Journal of Obesity, Pediatrics, Diabetes, American Journal of Medicine, Aging Research Reviews, and Archives of Internal Medicine, to name a few. Moreover, Dr. Gordon has published several book chapters and co-authored a leading textbook in clinical exercise physiology.

Throughout his professional tenure, Dr. Gordon has served as a study section reviewer for various Federal agencies including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institute of Health (NIH); and the National Science Foundation (NSF). He also serves as an editorial board member for multiple prestigious peer review journals such as Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, American Journal of Preventive Medicine, PLOS One, Preventing Chronic Disease, Journal of Applied Physiology, Obesity, Journal of Physical Activity and Health, Metabolism, and BMC Neuroscience. In addition to his expansive research activities, Dr. Gordon has served as a research/clinical advisor to undergraduate and graduate students as well as a senior mentor to many junior faculty members. As a distinguished researcher and educator, Dr. Gordon has received numerous prestigious awards and honors, including Nationally Recognized Research Expertise from Expertscape, the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Fellowship, The Obesity Society (TOS) Fellowship and a Physical Activity and Public Health Fellowship from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Dr. Gordon received his Doctor of Philosophy degree in exercise physiology from the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA. He also gained a Master of Public Health degree in epidemiology, a Master of Science degree in exercise physiology and a Bachelor of Arts degree in business and economics all from the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA.