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John M. Jakicic, PhD

John Jakicic
Professor, Physical Activity & Weight Management

Professional Background

John M. Jakicic is a Research Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine in the Division of Physical Activity and Weight Management. His primary area of research is the study of obesity and body weight regulation and their relationship to chronic diseases including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, and others. Within this research area he has a particular focus on physical activity and the implementation of novel interventions to enhance engagement and effectiveness, which includes a history of research to determine the appropriate dose of physical activity for long-term body weight regulation.

Dr. Jakicic has served on various national and international committees to develop physical activity guidelines for the prevention and treatment of obesity and other chronic conditions. This included being appointed to the 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee. Dr. Jakicic has also authored or co-authored numerous position papers and clinical guidelines related to obesity and physical activity.

Education and Training
  • BS, Physical Education and Health, Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, Slippery Rock University , Pennsylvania
  • MS, Exercise Science, Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania
  • PhD, Exercise Physiology, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania