Pescatello - Exercise Science Faculty

Linda S. Pescatello, PhD, FACSM, FAHA
Dr. Linda S. Pescatello is a Distinguished Professor of Kinesiology at the University of Connecticut (UConn), Storrs. She holds joint appointments in the Departments of Allied Health Sciences, Nutritional Sciences, and Physiology and Neurobiology at UConn, and the Department of Community Medicine and Health Care at the UConn School of Medicine. Her research focuses on exercise prescription to optimize health benefits, particularly among adults with hypertension and overweight and obesity; and on genetic and clinical determinants of the response of health-related phenotypes to exercise, particularly blood pressure and muscle strength.

Dr. Pescatello is an American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Citation Award recipient, was an associate editor of ACSM’s Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription the eighth edition, is the senior editor of ACSM’s Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription the ninth edition, and she served as an expert panel and writing team member on an update of the ACSM’s exercise preparticipation health screening recommendations published in Medicine & Science in Exercise & Sport. Dr. Pescatello was recently appointed to serve as a member of the 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee. The purpose of these Guidelines is to give health professionals, the public, and policymakers science-based information on how Americans of all ages can use physical activity to reduce the risk of chronic disease and improve health outcomes throughout the country.

Dr. Pescatello has authored nearly 150 manuscripts, four books, and 16 book chapters, and has had numerous UConn, American College of Sports Medicine, American Heart Association, National Dairy Council, National Institutes of Health, and Unites States Department of Agriculture-funded grants. Dr. Pescatello has served as an American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Vice President of Basic and Allied Science, Chair of the ACSM Pronouncements Committee, and as a member of the ACSM Board of Trustees and Administrative Council. Dr. Pescatello is also a Past President of the New England Chapter of the ACSM, and serves on their Board of Trustees.

Larry Armstrong

Larry E. Armstrong, PhD, FACSM
Dr. Larry Armstrong has served for more than two decades as a professor in the Human Performance Laboratory at the University of Connecticut. He holds joint appointments in the Department of Nutritional Sciences and in Physiology & Neurobiology, and is a Fellow with the American College of Sports Medicine, where he served as ACSM President. Dr. Armstrong is also an editorial board member for the following journals: International Journal of Sports Nutrition & Exercise Metabolism, Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research (NSCA) and the Journal of Athletic Training (NATA).

Research specialties include human fluid-electrolyte balance and assessment of hydration status; physiological responses to exercise; dietary intervention (i.e., sport drinks, low salt diets, glucose-electrolyte solutions); heat tolerance; effects of dehydration on physical performance; effects of mild dehydration on mood and cognitive performance; physiological responses to wearing uniforms; and pharmacologic influences on thermoregulation and heat acclimatization as they apply to athletes, fire fighters, and military personnel.

Dr. Armstrong has conducted many field studies, including: fluid-electrolyte balance in tennis players (Miami, FL); effects of flavoring on fluid consumption (Fort Benning, GA); heat exhaustion (Panama); heat stress monitors (Australia); heat illness (Texas); casualty rates at the Boston Marathon (Massachusetts); cooling of heatstroke patients after a summer road race (Falmouth, MA); effects of diuretic-induced dehydration on sprint running performance (Storrs, CT); observation of fluid-electrolyte and caloric turnover of cyclists during a 100 mile event in a 105F environment (Wichita Falls, TX); effects of dehydration on trail running performance (Storrs, CT); evaluation of sweat and sodium losses of elite male and female triathletes (E. Rutherford, NJ); and evaluation of Ironman Triathletes at the finish line (Kona Hawaii, October 2012).


Deborah Riebe, PhD, FACSM
Deborah Riebe, PhD, obtained her BS degree from Springfield College in Physical Education, her MS degree from the University of Rhode Island in Exercise Science, and her PhD from the University of Connecticut in Exercise Physiology. She is currently the Associate Dean of Health Sciences at the University of Rhode Island. Dr. Riebe is a Fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine and served as President of the New England Chapter of American College of Sports Medicine. She served as Chair of ACSM’s Committee for Certification and Registry Boards and on the Board of Trustees representing education and allied health. Dr. Riebe is the Senior Editor of the 10th edition of ACSM’s Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription. She has received research funding in the areas of weight management and physical activity promotion from the American Cancer Society, the National Institutes of Health and the Champlin Foundations. Dr. Riebe has authored over 60 articles in refereed journals and book chapters.


Carol Ewing Gerber, PhD
Dr. Carol Ewing Garber is Professor of Movement Sciences and Chair of the Department of Biobehavioral Sciences at Teachers College, Columbia University. She began her career as a clinician and researcher at Brown University Medical School with faculty and clinical staff appointments in the Department of Medicine (Divisions of Cardiology and Pulmonary Medicine), positions she held for nearly two decades. Subsequently she was a faculty member and Program Director in the Clinical Exercise Physiology masters program at Northeastern University prior to moving to Columbia University in 2007. Dr. Garber has extensive clinical and research expertise in community and clinical physical activity interventions in people with or at risk of chronic diseases, including cardiometabolic, renal, and neuromuscular diseases. Dr. Garber has an extensive record of service to the profession and the community through work with governmental and nongovernmental organizations, including serving as President of the American College of Sports Medicine. She served as a Fulbright Senior Specialist with the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Balamand in Beirut, Lebanon. She had received numerous awards from organizations such as the New England Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine, Rhode Island Affiliate of the American Heart Association and her alma mater, the University of Connecticut, where she earned the BS, MA and PhD degrees.

The focus of her research is to improve understanding of the role of physical activity and exercise in improving physical and mental health. Her research is unique in that she studies in an integrated manner the behavioral, functional, and physiological aspects of exercise. Under this topical umbrella, she has conducted laboratory studies, community interventions, and epidemiological studies. Dr. Garber’s research has involved diverse populations of all ages, ranging from toddlers to older adults. Her work is highly collaborative and interdisciplinary in nature. She has over published over 70 original peer reviewed research articles and more than 20 peer reviewed book chapters, and review articles, and a number of other scholarly works. Dr. Garber is a leading author of an American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Position Stand on exercise prescription and a contributing author to three editions of the ACSM guidelines. Her scientific contributions have been recognized by election to Fellowship status by the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Heart Association, and the National Academy of Kinesiology.

The primary aims of her recent and current research and scholarly work are to: 1) evaluate the associations between sociodemographic, behavioral, and health-related factors associated with physical activity and physical function, 2) study physical activity behavior and physiological responses to exercise in persons with and at risk for chronic diseases and, 3) development of recommendations and guidelines for physical activity.


Thomas E. Buckley, RPh, MPH, FNAP
Thomas Buckley is currently an Associate Clinical Professor at the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy, and holds joint appointments at the UConn Graduate School in the Field of Public Health and the UConn Department of Community Medicine and Health Care. He is also an Affiliate at the UConn Human Rights Institute and the UConn Asian American Studies Institute. He is a Clinical Consultant for Khmer Health Advocates, a Cambodian-American healthcare organization in West Hartford, CT, where he is also a preceptor for PharmD students on public health clinical rotations. He also provides public health and clinical consultation and curriculum development for the Mae Tao Clinic in Mae Sot, Thailand; a clinic for Burmese refugees on the Thailand/Myanmar border, where he was previously a Global Health Fellow with the International Rescue Committee.

He has been active with legislative and health policy work in Connecticut for over 20 years, and has been legislative chairman of the Connecticut Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists since 1994. His appointments include the Community Health Worker Advisory Committee for the Connecticut State Innovation Model initiative, the White House Initiative on Asian American, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Integrated Care Policy, and the Prevention Advisory Committee of SustiNet, the State of Connecticut health plan for the uninsured population. He was the founding Executive Director of PharmNetEx, a subsidiary of the Connecticut Pharmacy Services Corporation, coordinating a network of pharmacists providing innovative medication management services within diverse health professional collaboratives.

Prior to joining the UConn faculty, he was a Medical Outcomes Specialist with Pfizer, Inc. and a hospital clinical pharmacist in Connecticut and Washington. His clinical and academic work focuses on health disparities and health policy implications; he has authored numerous national and global health publications and been principle investigator or investigator on multiple national grant projects serving racial and ethnically underserved populations.

In 2012 he was awarded as a Distinguished Practitioner and Fellow in the National Academies of Practice. His awards also include the Joint Leadership Award for Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care from the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists and the Black Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists, the Excellence in Innovation Award from the CT Pharmacists Association, the Phi Lambda Sigma Pharmacy Leadership Society Award, the UConn Humanitarian Award, the UConn Provost’s Award for Excellence in Public Engagement, Connecticut Bowl of Hygeia Award for Outstanding Pharmacy Service and Community Leadership, UConn Distinguished Alumni Award, and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Foundation Literature Award for Innovation in Pharmacy Practice.

He received his pharmacy and public health degrees from the University of Connecticut. He also completed a hospital pharmacy residency at the University of Washington in Seattle, and a Global Health Fellowship with the International Rescue Committee and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Mae Sot, Thailand.


Leslie Snyder, PhD
Dr. Leslie Snyder is a Professor and Interim Department Head in the Department of Communication at the University of Connecticut. She studies the intended and unintended effects of the media, including social marketing campaigns, commercial advertising, and political communication. She currently has an National Cancer Institute grant to examine the impact of nutrition advertising and public service announcements on children and teens, funding from Active Living Research to examine media messages promoting a sedentary lifestyle, and consults with a CDC program to reduce breast cancer among young women. Recent intervention projects include a safer sex video game, a mobile media project promoting HIV testing, and an education-entertainment project promoting a substance-free lifestyle for teens. Dr. Snyder also conducts meta-analyses of mediated interventions. She won the Rogers Award from the American Public Health Association in 2008 for outstanding contribution to advancing the study and/or practice of public health communication. Dr. Snyder has also served as a consultant on a number of national campaigns, including VERB and the National Anti-Drug Campaign, and she consulted for the National Academy of Sciences on diversity and other campaigns. Dr. Snyder co-edited (with Drs. Andrew Hayes and Michael Slater) The Sage Sourcebook of Advanced Data Analysis Methods for Communication Research.