Certification Boards

Dr. Patricia Eisenman


Education: Dr. Eisenman received her B. S. in Physical Education & Biology from Colorado State University, and her M. A. and Ph.D. in Physical Education from Kent State University.

Professional Experience: Dr. Eisenman is presently Professor and Chair of the Department of Exercise and Sport Science at The University of Utah. She founded the PEAK Academy (Performance Enhancement through Applied Knowledge) in 1986, and from 1987-91 she served as Associate Dean of the College of Health at The University of Utah. Prior to coming to Utah in 1982, she served on the faculty and as Women's Volleyball coach at Marshall University.

A former President of the Exercise Physiology Academy of the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD), she has served in many capacities for state and regional AAHPERDs. In 1984, she was one of the founders of the Utah Fitness Instructors Association (UFIA). Dr. Eisenman is an ACSM Fellow and currently serving on the SWACSM Board of Directors.

Dr. Eisenman has published 4 books, 8 chapters in books, and over 25 peer-reviewed research papers. She has served on the sport science committee for a number of National Governing Bodies, including: USA Wrestling, the United States Gymnastics Federation, and the US Diving Association. She is currently serving on the editorial board for the ACSM Fitness and Health Journal.

Research Interests: Dr. Eisenman's research interests include examining the role of exercise in the prevention and control of obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease. She is also interested in how the beliefs and attitudes of exercise professionals influence the delivery of exercise programming to overweight and obese individuals.

Personal: Eleven year old daughter Erika who is a prospective college athlete.