Physical Activity Behavior

Paul M. Gordon, Ph.D., MPH

01Paul Gordon

Dr. Paul M. Gordon is professor of health, human performance and recreation and chair of Baylor's HHPR Department. In December 2013, he was named as a top ranked expert in the United States on resistance training by Expertscape, a website that designate experts on specific biomedical topics.

Gordon has been principal investigator or co-investigator on several National Institute of Health (NIH) funded projects including a Nutrition and Obesity Research Center Program grant and a series of multi-center projects as a member of the Genetics and Exercise Research Consortium, which investigates genetic and environmental factors associated with health outcomes.

Gordon's current research focuses on physical activity and lifestyle-based research related to obesity and associated disorders. He is also the co-author of the Textbook of Clinical Exercise Physiology, which was released in its third edition in 2013. One of his most recent research studies on lack of sleep and obesity and other health risks in teenagers was featured in The Journal of Pediatrics.

Dr. Gordon came to Baylor in the fall of 2013 with nearly 20 years of experience in academia and medicine. He most recently served as director of the Laboratory for Physical Activity and Exercise and as associate professor at the University of Michigan's School of Medicine in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Gordon is certified by the American College of Sports Medicine as a Certified Exercise Specialist for Preventive and Rehabilitative Exercise Programs and a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine.

He earned four degrees at the University of Pittsburgh: BA in economics, MS in exercise physiology, MPH in epidemiology, and the Ph.D. in exercise physiology.

To interview Dr. Gordon, contact Tonya Lewis, (254) 710-4656, or the Office of Media Communications at (254) 710-1961.

Renee Umstattd, Ph.D.

Renee Umstattd, Ph.D.

Dr. Renee Umstattd is an assistant professor of health, human performance and recreation at Baylor University's School of Education and studies health promotion through physical activity behavior.

Umstattd's research interests include the application, measurement and evaluation of how theoretical constructs promote, explain and predict physical activity behaviors; how those apply to community-based settings; and how physical activity impacts chronic disease, functionality and quality of life across the lifespan.

Most recently, Umstattd has focused on understanding the role of environmental support for physical activity in rural and worksite communities, measurement of this support and implications for behavioral change. She has published about her findings in several journals, including the Journal of Physical Activity and Health, Annals of Behavioral Medicine, Journal of American College Health, Psychology of Addictive Behaviors and Preventive Medicine.

Umstattd is a master certified health education specialist, on the board of directors of the American Academy of Health and Behavior and on the editorial board of the Moving Forward Electronic Newsletter for the International Society Physical Activity and Health.

After graduating from Baylor in 2000 with a bachelor's degree in health education and fitness, she received her master's degree in health promotion and wellness from the University of Mississippi in 2002. She earned her doctoral degree in health promotion, education and behavior from the University of South Carolina's Arnold School of Public Health in 2005.

To interview Dr. Umstattd, contact Tonya Lewis, (254) 710-4656, or the Office of Media Communications at (254) 710-1961.