Priscilla M. Clarkson is a Professor of Exercise Science and Associate Dean for the School of Public Health and Health Sciences (SPHHS) at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is a fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), and she has served as a member of the Board of trustees. She has served as President of the New England Regional ACSM Chapter and a former Vice-president of the National ACSM. She is the 1997 recipient of the ACSM Citation Award.
Professor Clarkson has published over 100 scientific research articles and has given numerous national and international scientific presentations. The major focus of her research is on exercise-induced muscle damage and repair in humans. She has also published in the area of Sport Nutrition and has focused on micronutrient requirements and the problem of eating disorders in female athletes. Professor Clarkson is currently the Editor for the International Journal of Sport Nutrition.
Professor Clarkson has served on the Massachusetts Governor's Panel to improve police training practices to prevent cases of rhabdomyolysis (muscle damage) leading to kidney failure during training. Professor Clarkson serves on the Research Review Board of the Gatorade Sports Science Institute and the Nutritional Advisory Council for Nabisco. She currently serves as a member of the Exercise Countermeasures Working group for NASA (Johnson Space Center) to design and evaluate exercise programs during space flight and the Science Working Group at NASA to develop laboratories for the Space Station. Professor Clarkson also serves as a member of the NCAA Competitive and Medical Safeguards Committee.