CMHC Faculty Members

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John M. Jakicic, PhD

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

John M. Jakicic, PhD

Obesity, Physical Activity, and Chronic Diseases Investigator


Dr. Jakicic is distinguished professor in the Department of Health and Physical Activity, and director of the Healthy Lifestyle Institute and Physical Activity and Weight Management Research Center at the University of Pittsburgh. His international reputation as a leading scholar in physical activity builds on a field of research to determine the appropriate dose of physical activity for long-term body weight regulation and chronic disease management across the lifespan. Dr. Jakicic studies the interaction between energy expenditure and energy intake, the influence of these factors on body weight regulation, and the biological and behavioral pathways by which physical activity impacts health-related outcomes.

Dr. Jakicic’s research was key to the public health recommendation that physical activity can be beneficial when separated into multiple 10-minute sessions per day. He is an expert in the implementation of strategies to improve long-term adherence to physical activity, and the understanding of behavioral and physiological mechanisms that are involved with linking physical activity to body weight regulation.

Education and Training

  • Master of Science - Exercise Science, Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, 1987
  • Doctor of Philosophy - Exercise Physiology, University of Pittsburgh, 1995

Professional Highlights

Dr. Jakicic has served on various national and international committees to develop physical activity guidelines for the prevention and treatment of obesity and other chronic conditions, including the 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Advisory Committee. He is influential in heightening awareness of physical activity and sedentary behavior as lifestyle factors directly related to health outcomes.


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