Jim Pivarnik, PhD

Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Kinesiology

Director, Center for Physical Activity and Health
Director, Human Energy Research Laboratory
308 West Circle Drive

Curriculum Vitae


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: 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).