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Carol Ewing Garber

Professional Background

Educational Background

Scholarly Interests

  • The role of physical activity in the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases.
  • Community and clinical interventions to promote physical activity.
  • Promotion of physical activity in young, low income children and their families
  • Novel delivery systems for providing clinical exercise physiology interventions
  • Physical Activity in older adults

Selected Publications


1. Garber CE, Greaney ML, Riebe D, Nigg C, Burbank PM, Clark PG.  Sociodemographic, Psychological and Behavioral Factors are Associated with Physical Function in Community-Dwelling Older Adults. BMC Geriatr. 2010 Feb 3;10:6. PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2835714 (M.Greaney and D. Riebe contributed equally to this work)

2.  Eidsdttir SP, Kristjnsson AL, Sigfsdttir ID, Garber CE, Allegrante JP. Trends in body mass index among Icelandic adolescents and young adults from 1992 to 2007. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2010 May;7(5):2191-207. Epub 2010 May4. PubMed PMID: 20623019; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2898044. *

3. Emmons RR, Garber CE, Cirnigliaro CM, Moyer JM, Kirshblum SC, Galea MD, Spungen AM, Bauman WA. The influence of visceral fat on the postprandial lipemic  response in men with paraplegia. J Am Coll Nutr. 2010 Oct;29(5):476-81. PubMed PMID: 21504974. *

4. Emmons RR, Garber CE, Cirnigliaro CM, Kirshblum SC, Spungen AM, Bauman WA. Assessment of measures for abdominal adiposity in persons with spinal cord injury. Ultrasound Med Biol. 2011 May;37(5):734-41. Epub 2011 Mar 25.PubMed PMID: 21439716. *

5.  Layton AM, Garber CE, Thomashow BM, Gerardo RE, Emmert-Aronson BO, Armstrong HF, Basner RC, Jellen P, Bartels MN. Exercise ventilatory kinematics in endurance trained and untrained men and women. Respir Physiol Neurobiol. 2011 Sep 15;178(2):223-9. Epub 2011 Jun 17. PubMed PMID: 21708294. *

6. Garber CE, Blissmer B, Deschenes MR, Franklin BA, Lamonte MJ, Lee IM, Nieman DC, Swain DP. .American College of Sports Medicine position stand. Quantity and quality of exercise for developing and maintaining cardiorespiratory, musculoskeletal, and neuromotor fitness in apparently healthy adults: guidance for prescribing exercise. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2011 Jul;43(7):1334-59.PubMed PMID: 21694556

7. Layton AM, Garber CE, Basner RC, Bartels MN. An assessment of pulmonary function testing and ventilatory kinematics by optoelectronic plethysmography.Clin Physiol Funct Imaging. 2011 Sep;31(5):333-6. doi:10.1111/j.1475-097X.2011.01028.x. Epub 2011 May 29. Review. PubMed PMID: 21771250. *

8. Armstrong HF, Garber CE, Bartels MN. Exercise testing parameters associated with post lung transplant mortality. Respir Physiol Neurobiol. 2012 Apr 30;181(2):118-22. doi: 10.1016/j.resp.2012.02.003. Epub 2012 Feb 21. PubMed PMID: 22503816. *

  1. Kim YS, Park YS, Allegrante JP, Marks R, Ok H, Ok Cho K, Garber CE. Relationship between physical activity and general mental health.Prev Med. 2012Nov;55(5):458-63. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2012.08.021. Epub 2012 Sep 7. PubMed PMID:22981733. *
  2. Layton AM, Moran SL, Garber CE, Armstrong HF, Basner RC, Thomashow BM, Bartels MN. Optoelectronic plethysmography compared to spirometry during maximal exercise. Respir Physiol Neurobiol. 2013 Jan 15;185(2):362-8. doi: 10.1016/j.resp.2012.09.004. Epub 2012 Sep 25. PubMed PMID: 23022440. *
  3. Eidsdttir SP, Kristjnsson AL, Sigfsdttir ID, Garber CE, Allegrante JP.Secular trends in overweight and obesity among Icelandic adolescents: Do parental education levels and family structure play a part? Scand J Public Health. 2013 Jun;41(4):384-91. doi: 10.1177/1403494813477927. Epub 2013 Feb 21. PubMed PMID:23429266. *
  4. Montes J, McIsaac TL, Dunaway S, Kamil-Rosenberg S, Sproule D, Garber CE, DeVivo DC, Rao AK. Falls and spinal muscular atrophy: exploring cause and prevention. Muscle Nerve. 2013 Jan;47(1):118-23. doi:10.1002/mus.23656. Epub 2012 Oct 5. PubMed PMID: 23042039. *
  5. Wald A, Muennig PA, O'Connell KA, Garber CE. Associations Between Healthy Lifestyle Behaviors and Academic Performance in U.S. Undergraduates: A Secondary Analysis of the American College Health Association's National College Health Assessment II. Am J Health Promot. 2013 Aug 13. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 23941106. *
  6. Eidsdottir ST, Kristjansson AL, Sigfusdottir ID, Garber CE, Allegrante JP. Association between higher BMI and depressive symptoms in Icelandic adolescents: the mediational function of body image. Eur J Public Health. 2013 Nov 26. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 24280872. *
  7. Montes J, Dunaway S, Garber CE, Chiriboga CA, De Vivo DC, Rao AK. Leg muscle function and fatigue during walking in spinal muscular atrophy type 3. Muscle Nerve. 2013 Oct 1. doi: 10.1002/mus.24081. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 24122959. *
  8. Gallo PM, McIsaac TL, Garber CE. Walking economy during cued versus non-cued treadmill walking in persons with Parkinson's disease. J Parkinsons Dis.2013;3(4):609-19. doi: 10.3233/JPD-130217. PubMed PMID: 24252803. *
  9. Choi HJ, Garber CE, Jun TW, Jin YS, Chung SJ, Kang HJ. Therapeutic effects of tai chi in patients with Parkinson's disease. ISRN Neurol. 2013 Oct 31;2013:548240. doi: 10.1155/2013/548240. eCollection 2013. PubMed PMID:24294526; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3833322. *
  10. Dunaway S, Montes J, Garber CE, Carr B, Kramer SS, Kamil-Rosenberg S, Strauss N, Sproule D, De Vivo DC. Performance of the timed "up & go" test in spinal muscular atrophy. Muscle Nerve. 2013 Dec 24. doi: 10.1002/mus.24153. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 24375426. *

* Indicates articles where I served as a mentor for a student, trainee or junior faculty

active professional organizations

  • American College of Sports Medicine, President (2014-15)
  • American Heart Association, Council on Epidemiology and Prevention, Council on Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism
  • American Public Health Association
  • American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Previous Organizational Leadership Positions:
  • President, American Heart Association, Rhode Island Affiliate
  • President, New England Chapter, American College of Sports Medicine
  • Chair, RI Governors Council of Physical Fitness and Health
  • Chair, RI Prevention Coalition

honors and awards

  • Fellow, American Heart Association
  • Fellow, American College of Sports Medicine
  • Outstanding  Alumni Researcher, Neag School of Education Alumni Society, University of Connecticut
  • Outstanding Kinesiology Professional, Neag School of Education Alumni Society, University of Connecticut
  • Honor Award, New England Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine
  • Health Impact Award, American Heart Association, Northeast Affiliate
  • Distinguished Service Award, American Heart Association, Rhode Island Affiliate

Faculty Scho

professional experiences

Selected Previous Academic and Professional Appointments

  • Associate Professor (tenured) and Director, Clinical Exercise Physiology Graduate (Master's Degree) Program, Department of Health Sciences, Bouve College of Health Sciences, Northeastern University, Boston, MA
  • Fulbright Senior Specialist. Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Balamand, Beirut, Lebanon
  • Clinical Instructor to Associate Professor (Medicine), Warren Alpert School of Medicine of Brown University, Providence, RI
  • Faculty Scholar, Institute on Urban Health Northeastern University, Boston, MA
  • Affiliate Medical Staff (Department of Medicine) Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island, Pawtucket, RI 

Current Editorial Board and Writing Group Appointments

  • Editorial Board, Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation
  • Editorial Board, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
  • Chair, Writing Group, 2010 Position Stand on Quantity and Quality of Exercise for Healthy Adults, American College of Sports Medicine 

personal news


Print Media:

 A little bit of exercise makes a big difference By Janice Lloyd, USA TODAY

"It's very clear that a little bit of exercise makes a big difference," says Carol Ewing Garber, author of the American College of Sports Medicine's new guidelines on quantity and quality of exercise for adults. "The recommendation to get 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity exercise is still one of the goals, but the message needs to be heard that doing less is also helpful."


Montreal Gazette July 7, 2011How much exercise is enough

"It's been 13 years since the American College of Sports Medicine issued a statement on how much exercise we should be doing. And according to Carol Ewing Garber, vice-president of the ACSM and assistant professor of movement sciences at Columbia University, the organization's position needed to be updated and brought in line with other prominent health and fitness agencies.




Monday 7/11/2011 6:00 AM Joy Cardin  - 110711A Obesity continues to climb in the U.S. After six, Joy Cardin talks with the author of new exercise guidelines that can keep you healthy and fit. Guest: Carol Ewing Garber, Associate Professor of Movement Sciences / Director, Graduate Program in Applied Physiology, Columbia University Teachers College. Lead author, new recommendations on exercise, American College of Sports Medicine.


Huffines Institute for Sports Medicine and Human Perfomance Dr. Carol Garber - Licensure and credentials amongst Exercise Professionals Tim Lightfoot posted on April 22, 2011 10:29 How do you know your fitness professional is qualified? Are you uncomfortable knowing that your hair dresser has a state license while your personal trainer doesn't?  Join us as we chat with Dr. Carol Garber regarding the efforts to bring licensure to Exercise Science and the importance of those efforts.

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How You Can Fit Exercise In To Your Schedule

The dawning of the new millennium a year ago brought with it a new edition of ACSM's Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription. The sixth edition of the handbook has revisions that are both strikingly evident and others that are more subtle. Carol Ewing Garber, Ph.D., FAHA, FACSM, comes on the show to discuss these new recommendations and explain how they can help us as a nation to be healthier and have more energy.


Creating A Well-Rounded Exercise Plan The dawning of the new millennium a year ago brought with it a new edition of ACSM's Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription. The sixth edition of the handbook has revisions that are both strikingly evident and others that are more subtle. Carol Ewing Garber, Ph.D., FAHA, FACSM, comes on the show to discuss these new recommendations and explain how they can help us as a nation to be healthier and have more energy.


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"Phasing" Out of Cardiac Rehab


Cardiac Rehab, The Goals of a Program

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MSTC 4054: Human anatomy and physiology

Prerequisite: A basic biology course. A survey of major organ systems and their physiology. Suitable for a wide variety of professionals in physical education, nursing, health, nutrition, and science.

BBSR 4900: Research and independent study in movement science and education

Permission required. Masters degree students undertake research and independent study under the direction of a faculty member.

BBS 5060: Neuromuscular responses and adaptation to exercise

A review of the physiology of muscle contraction in addition to in-depth discussion of topics related to the field which include: the relationship between muscle activation and respiration during exercise, muscle fatigue, eccentric versus concentric contractions and adaptation to strength training.

BBSR 5094: Applied Physiology II

BBSR 5095: Exercise and health

The role of exercise in diagnosis, prevention, and rehabilitation of health problems such as cardiovascular disease, pulmonary disease, diabetes, obesity, and stress. Scientific evidence from both epidemiological and applied practice perspectives are emphasized.

BBSR 5194: Applied physiology laboratory II

The discussion and practice of techniques for collection and analysis of physiologic data (strength testing, electromyography, computerized data acquisition). Lab fee: $100.

BBSR 5195: Advanced applied physiology laboratory

Prerequisite: BBSR 5194. Introduction of advanced physiologic measurement techniques and concepts. Included are indirect calorimetry, spectrophotometry, vascular volume dynamics, autonomic reflexes, thermoregulation, noninvasive cardiac output, computer data plethysmography, tonometry, acquisition, and post-acquisition analyses. Lab fee: $100.

BBSR 5595: Research seminar in applied physiology

M.A. students carrying out research-culminating projects enroll in this course near the end of their course of study to discuss and present their projects. Ed.M. and doctoral students enroll at least once in connection with each research project they complete.

BBSR 6900: Supervised independent research in movement science and education

Permission required. For advanced students who wish to conduct research under faculty guidance.

BBSR 7500: Dissertation seminar in movement science and education

Permission required. Candidate develops proposal for doctoral dissertation in consultation with advisor. Seminar convenes only on days when candidates present proposals for approval.

BBSR 8900: Dissertation advisement in movement science and education

Individual advisement on doctoral dissertation. Fee to equal 3 points at current tuition rate for each term. For requirements, see catalog on continuous registration for Ed.D. degree.

Centers and Projects

Movement Science Laboratories
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The Movement Science laboratories were recently upgraded to cutting edge technology for the study of movement with support from a National Science Foundation Major Instrumentation Grant.