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Patty Freedson, Ph.D

Professional Information: Patty Freedson is Professor and Chair of the Kinesiology Department in the School of Public Health and Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts/Amherst.  She teaches courses in Human Physiology, Pediatric Exercise Physiology, Physical Activity and  Health.  She has published over 90 papers and has lectured in the United States and abroad.  She currently is principal investigator on 2 NIH grants. One grant is examining new data processing methods to characterize physical activity using an accelerometer.  The second grant, is part of the NIH Genes and the Environment Initiative Exposure Biology Program where she is leading a team of investigators in the development and validation of a multi-sensor wearable system to quantify physical activity behavior.  In 2007 she received a University of Massachusetts Outstanding Accomplishments in Research and Creative Activity Award. She is a former president of the New England Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine and vice-president of American College of Sports Medicine. In 2009 she was given the Citation Award by the American College of Sports Medicine.

Area of Specialization: assessment of fitness and physical activity; activity monitor calibration and validation

Current Research Interests: Research interests include physical activity assessment using wearable monitors and she is currently funded with 2 NIH grants in this area .  Her work focuses on development and validation of objective techniques to assess habitual physical activity in children and adults

Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1980; M.S., 1976; B.S., 1975.

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Telephone: 413-545-2620


Campus Adress: 111 Totman Building