PAUL M. GORDON, M.P.H., Ph.D., FACSM
Professor and Chair
Department of Health, Human Performances and Recreation
School of Education
Dr. Gordon is a professional with nearly twenty years of experience in the health care field. He currently serves as Professor and Chair in the Department of Health, Human Performances and Recreation at the Baylor University School of Education in Waco, TX. Dr. Gordon’s notable past professional positions include Associate Professor and Director of Laboratory for Physical Activity and Exercise Intervention Research in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Michigan School of Medicine in Ann Arbor, MI; Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Michigan School of Kinesiology in Ann Arbor, MI; Associate and Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Performance and Exercise Science at West Virginia University School of Medicine in Morgantown, WV; Associate Professor in the Department of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, at the College of Education at Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI; Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Performance at the College of Health and Human Performance at Minnesota State University in Mankato, MN; and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Instruction and Learning at the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA.
Dr. Gordon’s areas of specialty expertise include research methods in physical activity, and lifestyle-based research related to obesity and its co-morbidities across the lifespan. He has been a Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator of nearly 40 multi-year investigations, the majority of which have been funded by federal entities through highly competitive research awards. As a prolific scholar, Dr. Gordon has published more than 150 publications including peer-reviewed articles, abstracts and technical reports. His research has been featured in highly regarded journals such as the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, Journal of Applied Physiology, Journal of Pediatrics, Diabetes, Childhood Obesity, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Cardiovascular Diabetology, Gene, ISRN Vascular Medicine, and Archives of Internal Medicine, to name a few. Moreover, Dr. Gordon has published several book chapters and co-authored a book on the subject of exercise physiology. His research has also been showcased at numerous scientific conferences and symposia including the American College of Sports Medicine national meetings, Pediatric Academic Society, the Obesity Society Meetings, the Associated Professional Sleep Societies, Research Seminar, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and the New England Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine.
Throughout his professional tenure, Dr. Gordon has served as a study section reviewer committee member for various Federal agencies including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institute of Health (NIH); and the National Science Foundation (NSF). He also serves as an editorial board member for multiple prestigious peer-review journals including Advances in Physical Education, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, British Journal of Sports Medicine, American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Preventing Chronic Disease, Journal of Applied Physiology, Obesity, Journal of Physical Activity and Health, Journal of Lipid Research, Nutrition and Metabolism, American Journal of Physical Medicine Rehabilitation, and BMC Neuroscience. Additionally, Dr. Gordon is an esteemed member of several national and international organizations including, but not limited to, the Obesity Society and American College of Sports Medicine. In addition to his expansive research activities, Dr. Gordon has served as a research/clinical advisor to undergraduate and graduate students as well as a senior mentor to many junior faculty members.
As a distinguished researcher and educator, Dr. Gordon has received numerous prestigious awards and honors, including Nationally Recognized Research Expertise from Expertscape, the American College of Sports Medicine Fellowship, and Physical Activity and Public Health Fellowship from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
Dr. Gordon received his Doctor of Philosophy degree in exercise physiology from the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA. He also gained a Master of Public Health degree in epidemiology and a Master of Science degree in exercise physiology from the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA. He further completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in business and economics from the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA.