Professor and Chair of the Department of Health and Physical Activity
John M. Jakicic, Ph.D. is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Health and Physical Activity at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Jakicic is also the Director of the Physical Activity and Weight Management Research Center at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Jakicic is funded by the National Institutes of Health and his research focuses primarily on the role of exercise in weight control. Specifically he has received funding to examine strategies for improving exercise adherence and to examine dose-response effects of exercise on long-term weight control. Dr. Jakicic has numerous publications and presentations in prestigious journals in the area of physical, weight control, and chronic disease including heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Dr. Jakicic is known for his research in the areas of the exercise and long-term weight control, the use of intermittent exercise to promote adoption and maintenance of physical activity in overweight adults, the use of behavioral strategies to improve long-term outcomes, and how these outcomes influence the prevention and treatment of chronic medical conditions in children and adults.