Garber, Carol Ewing (ceg2140)

Garber, Carol, Ewing

Professor of Movement Sciences
Director, Graduate Program in Applied Physiology

Office Location:

1058 Building 528

Office Hours:

By appointment

Educational Background

  • B.S. with Distinction in Education, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

  • M.A., Exercise Physiology,University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

  • Ph.D.,Exercise Physiology,University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

Professional Registration and Certification
  • Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist

  • Certified Preventive & Rehabilitative Exercise Program Director, American College of Sports Medicine

  • Certified  Exercise Physiologist, American College of Sports Medicine

  • Certified Exercise Test Technologist,

  • American College of Sports MedicineExercise is Medicine Level 3 Provider

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

Selected  Peer Review Publications since 2015 

Original Research

Rossi A, Moadel-Robblee A, Garber CE, Kuo D, Goldberg G, Einstein M, Nevadunsky N. Physical activity for an ethnically diverse sample of endometrial cancer survivors: a needs assessment and pilot intervention. J Gynecol Oncol. 2015 Apr;26(2):141-7. doi: 10.3802/jgo.2015.26.2.141. PubMed PMID: 25872894; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4397230.*

Riebe D, Franklin BA, Thompson PD, Garber CE, Whitfield GP, Magal M, Pescatello LS. Updating ACSM's Recommendations for Exercise Preparticipation Health Screening. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2015 Nov;47(11):2473-9. doi: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000000664. PubMed PMID: 26473759.

Montes, J, Garber CE, Kramer SS| Montgomery MJ, Dunaway S, Kamil-Rosenberg S, Carr B, Cruz R, Strauss NE, Sproule D, De Vivo DC. Single-Blind, Randomized, Controlled Clinical Trial of Exercise in Ambulatory Spinal Muscular Atrophy: Why are the Results Negative? Journal of Neuromuscular Diseases 2015; 2 (4): 463-470. DOI: 10.3233/JND-150101*

Young SD, Montes J, Kramer SS, Marra J, Salazar R, Cruz R, Chiriboga CA, Garber CE, De Vivo DC. Six-Minute Walk Test is Reliable and Valid in Spinal Muscular Atrophy. Muscle Nerve. 2016 Mar 25. doi: 10.1002/mus.25120. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27015431. *

Raso V, Garber CE, Mancini RB, Matsudo SM. Body image in a representative sample of overweight, obese and normal weight active older women living in the community: associations with body composition, physical fitness and function. Medical Express. 2016: 3 (4).

Rossi A, Garber CE, Ortiz M, Shankar V, Goldberg GL, Nevadunsky NS. Feasibility of a physical activity intervention for obese, socioculturally diverse endometrial cancer survivors. Gynecol Oncol. 2016 Jun 4. pii: S0090-8258(16)30763-6. doi: 10.1016/j.ygyno.2016.05.034. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27246303. *

Quiles NN, Ciccolo JT, Garber CE. Association Between Physical Activity, Depression, and Diabetes in Urban-Dwelling People Living with HIV. J Assoc Nurses AIDS Care. 2017 Nov - Dec;28(6):838-848. doi: 10.1016/j.jana.2017.06.015. Epub 2017 Jun 29. PubMed PMID: 28743495. *

Rossi A, Garber CE, Kaur G, Xue X, Goldberg GL, Nevadunsky NS. Physical activity-related differences in body mass index and patient-reported quality of life in socioculturally diverse endometrial cancer survivors. Support Care Cancer. 2017 Jul;25(7):2169-2177. doi: 10.1007/s00520-017-3622-y. Epub 2017 Feb 16. PubMed PMID: 28210862. *

Quiles NN, Ciccolo JT, Garber CE. Resting Autonomic Function in Active and Insufficiently Active People Living with HIV. Int J Sports Med. 2018 Jan;39(1):73-78. doi: 10.1055/s-0043-118033. Epub 2017 Nov 21. PubMed PMID: 29161745. *

 Rossi A, Friel C, Carter L, Garber CE. Effects of Theory-Based Behavioral Interventions on Physical Activity Among Overweight and Obese Female Cancer Survivors: A Systematic Review of Randomized Controlled Trials. Integr Cancer Ther. 2018 Jun;17(2):226-236. doi: 10.1177/1534735417734911. Epub 2017 Oct 27.PubMed PMID: 29076388.*

Kamil-Rosenberg S, Greaney ML, Hochman T, Garber CE. How do Physical Activity and Health Vary Among Younger, Middle-Aged and Older Adults With and Without Disability? J Aging Phys Act. 2018 Aug 17:1-26. doi: 10.1123/japa.2017-0215. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 30117345.*

McCullough AK, Duch H, Garber CE. Interactive Dyadic Physical Activity and Spatial Proximity Patterns in 2-Year-Olds and Their Parents. Children (Basel). 2018 Dec 11;5(12). pii: E167. doi: 10.3390/children5120167. PubMed PMID: 30545007; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6306825.*

McCullough AK, Keller BS, Qiu S, Garber CE. Analysis of accelerometer-derived interpersonal spatial proximities: A calibration, simulation, and validation study, Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science. 2018 22:3, 275-286, DOI: 10.1080/1091367X.2018.1437039 *

Goodwin AM, Duran AT, Kronish IM, Moise N, Sanchez GJ, Garber CE, Schwartz JE, Diaz KM. Factors associated with objectively measured exercise participation after hospitalization for acute coronary syndrome. Int J Cardiol. 2019 Jan 15; 275:1-5. doi: 10.1016/j.ijcard.2018.09.080. Epub 2018 Sep 28. PubMed PMID: 30391064; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6289665.*

Kang AW, Garber CE, Eaton CB, Risica PM, Bostom AG. Physical Activity and Cardiovascular Risk among Kidney Transplant Patients. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2019 Jun;51(6):1154-1161. doi: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000001886. PubMed PMID: 30629045; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6522300.*

McCullough AK, CE Garber. Validity and Reliability of a Novel Method for Physical Activity Surveillance in Toddlers. Journal for the Measurement of Physical Behaviour 2019;2(2):66-72.*

Rossi A, Garber CE, Ortiz M, Shankar V, Kuo Y-S, Nevadunsky NS. Sustained effects of theory-based physical activity intervention for socioeconomically diverse obese endometrial cancer survivors: A Longitudinal analysis. European Journal of Gynaecogical Oncology. 2019 Aug; 142(2): 301-310.

Duran AT, Garber CE, Cornelius T, Schwartz, JE, Diaz, KM. Patterns of Sedentary Behavior in the First Month after Acute Coronary Syndrome. Journal of the American Heart Association. J Am Heart Assoc. 2019 Aug 6;8(15):e011585. doi: 10.1161/JAHA.118.011585. Epub 2019 Jul 31. PubMed PMID: 31364434; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6761643.

Hecht MF, Li S, Falzon L, Garber CE. Physical Activity Interventions in Diverse U.S. Schools: A Systematic Review. Health Behavior Policy Review. 2019. Sept; 6(5): 490-508. *  

Goodwin AM, Cornett KMD, McKay MJ, Burns J, Garber CE, De Vivo DC, Montes J. Limitations of 6-minute walk test reference values for spinal muscular atrophy. Muscle Nerve. 2020 Mar;61(3):375-382. doi: 10.1002/mus.26794. Epub 2020 Jan 16. PubMed PMID: 31884700; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC7024648.

Friel CP, Garber CE. An Examination of the Relationship Between Motivation, Physical Activity, and Wearable Activity Monitor Use [published online ahead of print, 2020 Mar 9].J Sport Exerc Psychol. 2020;1‐ doi:10.1123/jsep.2019-0170. . *

McCullough AK, Rodriguez M, Garber CE. Quantifying Physical Activity in Young Children Using a Three-Dimensional Camera.Sensors (Basel). 2020;20(4):1141. Published 2020 Feb 19. doi:10.3390/s20041141. *

Friel CP, Garber CE. Who Uses Wearable Activity Trackers and Why? A Comparison of Former and Current Users in the United States [published online ahead of print, 2020 Apr 24].Am J Health Promot. 2020;890117120919366. doi:10.1177/0890117120919366*

Kang AW, Bostom AG, Kim H., Eaton CB, GohhR, Kusek, J, Pfeffer M, Risica PM, Garber CE. Physical Activity and Risk of Cardiovascular Events and All-Cause Mortality Among Kidney Transplant Recipients. Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation. 2020 (in press) *

Duran AT, Garber CE, Ensari I, Shimbo D, Diaz, KM. Associations Between Habitual Sedentary Behavior and Endothelial Cell Health. 2020. Translational Journal of the American College of Sports Medicine (In press). *

Other Peer Review Publications

Kamil-Rosenberg S, Garber CE. Cardiac conditioning for healthy individuals: primary prevention of heart disease. Current Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Reports. 2016:1-10. DOI 10.1007/s40141-016-0130-9*

Wald A, Garber CE. A Review of Current Literature on Vital Sign Assessment of Physical Activity in Primary Care. J Nurs Scholarsh. 2018 Jan;50(1):65-73. doi:10.1111/jnu.12351. Epub 2017 Oct 25. PubMed PMID: 29068556.*

Braun B, Williams N, Garber C, Hickey M.“Core Stability”: Should There Be a Bigger Focus on Foundational Skills in the Kinesiology Curriculum?. Kinesiology Review. 2018 November; 7(4):295-299. doi: 10.1123/kr.2018-0033.

Garber CE. The Health Benefits of Exercise in Overweight and Obese Patients. Curr Sports Med Rep. 2019 Aug;18(8):287-291. doi: 10.1249/JSR.0000000000000619. PubMed PMID: 31389870

Garber CE. BRICS nations and the opportunities for community physical activity interventions. Journal of Sport Health Sci. November 2019; 8 (6): 509-511.

Ash GI, Stults-Kolehmainen M, Busa MA, Gregory R, Garber CE, Liu J, Gerstein M, Casajus JA, Gonzalez-Aguero A, Constantinou D, Geistlinger M, Guppy FM, Pigozzi F, Pitsiladis YP. Establishing a Global Standard for Wearable Devices in Sport and Fitness: Perspectives from the New England Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine Members. Curr Sports Med Rep. 2020 Feb;19(2):45-49. doi: 10.1249/JSR.0000000000000680. PubMed PMID: 32028347.

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

Books and Book Chapters

Garber CE, Deschenes, MD. Chapter 5: General Principles of Exercise Prescription. In: Riebe,D. Ed. American College of Sports Medicine. ACSM’s Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription. 10th Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins, 2017.

Ward-Ritacco CL, Riebe D, Garber CE. Chapter 3: Benefits and Risks Associated with Exercise and Physical Activity and Pre-participation Health Screening. In: Thompson WR, Ed. ACSM's Clinical Exercise Physiology. Philadelphia, PA Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins, 2019.

Active Membership in 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

Follow me on Twitter @cegarber

Postgraduate Honors

  • Citation Award, American College of Sports Medicine

  • Active Fellow (#549), National Academy of Kinesiology 
  • Outstanding Alumni Researcher, Neag School of Education, University of Connecticut 

  • Fellow, American Heart Association (Council on Epidemiology and Prevention and Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism Council) 

  • Fulbright Senior Specialist Program Roster 

  • Outstanding Kinesiology Professional, Neag School of Education, University of Connecticut 

  • Health Impact Award, American Heart Association, New England Affiliate 

  • Healthy People 2000 Award, American College of Sports Medicine 

  • Honor Award, New England Chapter, American College of Sports Medicine 

  • Fellow, American College of Sports Medicine 

Faculty Scho

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 

Selected Recent Editorial Board and Writing Groups 

  • Associate Editor, Exercise and Sports Medicine Reviews

  • Editorial Board, Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation

  • Editorial Board, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise

  • Chair, Writing Group, 2011 Position Stand on Quantity and Quality of Exercise for Healthy Adults, American College of Sports Medicine 

  1. Invited Lecture. Current controversies in Exercise Prescription" Inaugural Lawrence Golding "Bridging the Gap" Keynote Lecture at the ACSM Health and Fitness Summit (March 2015)

  2. Invited Keynote Lecture. Aging is hard work: Exercise training to change the course toward Disability. Bortz Lecture on Aging, ACSM Health and Fitness Summit (April 2018)

  3. Invited Tutorial Lecture, Is Harder Better? The Role of Intensity and Volume in Exercise Prescription. Accepted presentation. American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN, May 2016

  4. Josephine Rathbone Breakfast Lecture. Josephine Rathbone: A Role Model for Women Professionals. American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL, May 2014.

  5. Invited Tutorial Lecture, Benefits of Physical Activity With and Without Weight Loss. American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, Denver, CO, May 2017.

  6. Invited Presentation, Using @Twitter To Advance Science And Scientific Integrity. American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, Denver, CO, May 2017.

  7. Invited Keynote Lecture: “Physical Activity Recommendations for Persons with Disability”. Rehabilitation: Mobility, Exercise & Sports Conference, Groningen, the Netherlands, April 2014

  8. Exercise is Medicine: Integrating Exercise into Healthcare. College of Health and Human Services Keynote Lecture at University of Rhode Island (Nov 2014)

  9. Is Exercise Physiology a Profession?"  DB Dill Keynote Lecture at the Southwest ACSM Regional Chapter meeting, San Diego, CA (October 2014)

  10. Update on Current Clinical Exercise Physiology Research. Keynote Lecture at the New England Chapter of ACSM meeting (March 2015)

  11. ACSM’s Updated Recommendations for Exercise Preparticipation Health Screening. Invited lecture, Greater New York Chapter of ACSM (April 2015)

  12. Small Kids on the Move! Invited Lecture, New England Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine meeting (October, 2018)

The SKIP! program is an innovative creative movement program designed to promote physical activity and good health, and to foster motor development, which can be delayed in children from low resourced families and children who spend a lot of time in sedentary activities (such as watching TV and screen time), and affecting readiness to learn. The target population are children attending the TCCS. Our primary goal is to improve physical activity and health in children and to foster institutionalization of physical activity into the school setting. Physical inactivity and "screen time" are consistently associated with childhood obesity and contribute to developmental delays. Influences in early childhood and beyond are central to the establishment of healthy behaviors that can persist throughout adulthood. Concurrently with program development and implementation, we are collecting process and behavioral outcomes to evaluate the program's effectiveness using the RE AIM framework.

SKIP! is grounded by evidenced based research and theories from pediatric movement, behavioral and developmental science, physical education, and dance pedagogy. SKIP! will engage children in enjoyable, developmentally and culturally appropriate creative physical activity sessions. Pedagogically, the project draws upon the best of social constructivist theory, imaginative play, community sharing, and a motor development approach to teaching and learning. SKIP! Is a comprehensive curriculum designed to be implemented in schools.

The SKIP! program employs Zankel Fellows and other students who work with faculty to develop and implement a program of movement and physical activities that is integrated into the structure of the TC Community School. 

The EXerT Clinic is a project Directed by Dr. Carol Ewing Garber designed rovide high quality mentored professional practice and research opportunities for students in the Movement Science  through provision of an integrated health/fitness evaluations and exercise prescriptions to individuals with a goal to improve sports performance, fitness, and health.

The EXerT Clinic offers individualized exercise testing and physical activity assessments and counseling services provided by highly trained, certified staff and Movement Science graduate students. The goal of the EXerT Clinic is to assist you in designing an effective exercise training regimen that will meet your own personal goals. Our services are appropriate for adults of all ages, including athletes and non-athletes alike,  who would like to:

  • Optimize sports performance
  • Enhance overall health
  • Improve physical function
  • Enhance mood and feelings of energy
  • Help to manage a chronic disease or condition

Click here for information about the EXerT Clinic: EXerT Clinic

Sponsor, Mindy Feldman-Hecht, Ed.D. Candidate in Applied Physiology. Increasing Physical Activity In Elementary School Classrooms. Completed March, 2020

Sponsor, Carrie Safron. Ed.D. Candidate in Applied Physiology. Experimenting With Affective Bodies: Young People, Health And Fitness In An Urban After-School Program. Completed March 2020

Sponsor, Andrea Duran, Ph.D. Candidate in Applied Physiology.  Patterns of Prolonged Uninterrupted Sedentary Bouts in the First Month after Acute Coronary Syndrome. 2019. (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Research Scholar Program participant 2016-2019)

Sponsor, Leigh-Ann Plack, Ed.D. Candidate in Applied Physiology. Relationship of coping strategies in physical activity, function and disability in patients with painful knee osteoarthritis. 2019.

Sponsor, Aston McCullough, Ph.D. Candidate in Applied Physiology. Measurement of physical activity and health in early childhood: An integrative multi-sensor approach.  2018.

Sponsor, Mary Gillis, Ed.D. Candidate in Applied Physiology. The Effects of a Reality Television Program on Transportation-Related Walking Behavior. 2018.

Sponsor, Noberto Quiles, Ed.D. Candidate in Applied Physiology. The Effects Of Exercise Training In HIV-Positive Persons.  2016

Sponsor, Paul Gallo, Ed.D. Candidate in Applied Physiology. Comparison Of The Metabolic Costs Of Cued Vs Non-Cued Walking In Persons With Parkinsons Disease. 2014.

Sponsor, Shirit Rosenberg, Ed.D. Candidate in Applied Physiology. Associations Between Physical Function Limitations, Physical Activity And Health Status In A Nationwide Sample. 2015

Sponsor, Amerigo Rossi, Ed.D. Candidate in Applied Physiology. The Efficacy Of A Comprehensive Exercise Intervention On Urban Endometrial Cancer Survivors.  A feasibility study.  2015

Sponsor, Aimee Layton, Ph.D. Candidate in Kinesiology, Ventilatory Mechanics Endurance Athletes. March 2013.

Sponsor, Racine Emmons, Ed.D. Candidate in Movement Sciences (Applied Physiology), Traditional And Emerging Measures Of Obesity In The Assessment Of Cardiac Risk In Spinal Cord Injury. April 2009

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New Faculty and Their Interests: Education in Many Forms

Chris Emdin, Carol Garber and Regina Cortina are among the new faculty at TC this year. Their interests range from comparative and international education to science and urban education to exercise physiology and applied physical health.

Carol Ewing Garber: A Little Exercise is Better than None

The Associate Professor of Movement Sciences tells The Washington Post and More magazine that even a little exercise reaps benefits.

Committee Led by TC's Garber Issues New Exercise Guidelines

New recommendations from the American College of Sports Medicine include suggestions to minimize sedentary activity.

2013 Year in Review: Research

2013 Year in Review: Research


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