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Joseph T Ciccolo

Professional Background

Educational Background

B.S., Northeastern University (Exercise Physiology)
M.A., The University of Texas at Austin (Exercise Physiology)
Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin (Exercise Psychology)
Postdoctoral Fellow, Brown Medical School (Behavioral Medicine)

Scholarly Interests

Biobehavioral aspects of exercise, with a specific focus on resistance training. Using resistance training as a treatment for chronic disease: addiction, mental illness, HIV. The interaction between physiological and psychological responses to exercise.

Selected Publications

principal publications


Principal Investigator


2013-2018       Efficacy of Resistance Training as an Aid to Smoking Cessation. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute #R01 HL117345. $1,912,971.


2008-2011       Resistance Training as an Aid to Standard Smoking Cessation Treatment. National Cancer Institute #R03 CA132475. $100,000




2011-2016       Efficacy of Exercise Videogames for Physical Activity Adoption and Maintenance. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute #R01 HL109116. $2,586,342. PI: B. Bock


2008-2013       Expert System Based Feedback in Sedentary Overweight Veterans. Department of Veterans Affairs #VA IIR 07-154. $1,526,232. PI: M. Sevick


2007-2011       A Lifestyle Intervention to Prevent Recurrent Gestational Diabetes Mellitus. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases #R01 DK074876. $1,931,766. PI. L. Chasan-Taber


2006-2011       Using a YMCA Exercise Program to Enhance Nicotine Dependence Treatment for Women. National Institute on Drug Abuse #R01 DA021729. $1,772,555. PI: B. Marcus




2013-2018       Initiate and Maintain Physical Activity in Clinics: The IMPACT Diabetes Study. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases #R18 DK096394. $2,478,045. PI: L. Palaniappan.


2013-2018       Development of a Tai Chi program to overcome barriers to cardiac rehabilitation. National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine #R34 AT007569. $784,813. PI: E. Salmoirago-Blotcher


2012-2017       Effect of Exercise and Wellness Interventions on Preventing Postpartum Depression. National Institute of Mental Health #R01 MH096748. $1,428,118. PI: B. Lewis

BBSR 4070: Introduction to the psycho-social study of human movement

A general overview of knowledge and theory pertaining to the psychosocial dynamics of behavior in sports and dance.

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 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.