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Scientific Advisory Panel

To carry out its commitment to identifying effective exercise methods and equipment, and to protect the public from unsafe exercise instruction and techniques, ACE has sponsored independent research evaluating various trends and techniques for the past 20 years. The ACE Scientific Advisory Panel, composed of experts from the fields of exercise science, sports medicine, psychology, nutrition and fitness, helps to evaluate research proposals, review high-profile products and trends, and develop reports and position statements on relevant topics.


American Council on Exercise Scientific Advisory Panel - Cedric X. Bryant, Ph.D.ACE Liaison to the Scientific Advisory Panel,
Chief Science Officer

As chief science officer, Cedric X. Bryant, Ph.D., FACSM, is responsible for ensuring the scientific accuracy of ACE-commissioned studies, publications and all other materials that ACE creates. He leads ACE's development and implementation of eLearning and other technologies that provide an engaging educational experience, enhanced curriculum and foster information retention. He represents ACE as a national and international lecturer, writer and subject-matter expert and advances ACE's mission and impact by staying at the forefront of applied physiological research, exercise training methods and health and fitness trends. Dr. Bryant shares his expertise as a member of the Institute of Medicine's Obesity Solutions Roundtable, the Aspen Institute's Youth Fitness Roundtable, the National Physical Activity Plan Healthcare Sector Expert Panel, and Vice-Chair of the Physical Activity Working Group of the Arthritis Foundation's Osteoarthritis Action Alliance. He earned both his doctorate in physiology and master's degree in exercise science from Pennsylvania State University, where he received the Penn State Alumni Fellow Award, given to select alumni who are considered leaders in their professional fields.


American Council on Exercise Scientific Advisory Panel - Todd GalatiACE Liaison to the Scientific Advisory Panel,
Senior Director of Allied Health & Exercise Science

Todd Galati, M.A., serves as the senior director of allied health and exercise science for ACE. He holds a bachelor's degree in athletic training, a master's degree in kinesiology, and four ACE certifications (Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor, Health Coach and Medical Exercise Specialist). Prior to joining ACE, Galati was a program director with the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, where he researched the effectiveness of youth fitness programs in reducing risk for cardiovascular disease, obesity, and type 2 diabetes. Galati's experience includes teaching biomechanics, applied kinesiology, and anatomy classes at Cal State San Marcos and San Diego State University, working as a research physiologist with the U.S. Navy, personal training in medical fitness facilities, and coaching endurance athletes.

Dominique Adair, M.S., R.D.

American Council on Exercise Scientific Advisory Panel - Dominique Adair, M.S., R.D.

Dominique Adair, M.S., R.D., is a private-practice nutrition and fitness adviser, public speaker, educator, media consultant, and freelance health and nutrition writer. Since 1990, she has helped to guide hundreds of clients through in-person and digital counseling, and she has established herself as an internationally recognized speaker on nutrition, metabolism and fitness. A sought after resource for the media, Adair appears regularly to discuss trending wellness, fitness and nutrition topics on a wide range of national programs including Discovery TV's "Ultimate Goals" and CNN. An avid hiker, cyclist and fitness enthusiast, she lives with her son and husband in Los Angeles and New York.

Lance C. Dalleck, Ph.D.

American Council on Exercise Scientific Advisory Panel - Lance C. Dalleck, Ph.D.Exercise Physiology/Exercise Programming

Lance C. Dalleck, Ph.D., serves as an assistant professor of exercise and sport science at Western State Colorado University in Gunnison, Colorado. His research focuses on improving health outcomes through evidence-based practice; quantifying the energy expenditure of outdoor and nontraditional types of physical activity; and studying historical perspectives in health, fitness and exercise physiology. He has published over 30 peer-reviewed articles, delivered numerous conference proceedings, and written four book chapters. Dalleck has also served as an international reviewer for the latest edition of the American College of Sports Medicine's (ACSM) Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription.

Nicholas A. Dinubile, M.D.

American Council on Exercise Scientific Advisory Panel - Nicholas A. Dinubile, M.D.Sports Medicine/Orthopedics

Nicholas A. DiNubile, M.D., is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine in private practice in Havertown, Pennsylvania. He is a best-selling author and executive producer and host of an award-winning national PBS television special. DiNubile has served as orthopedic consultant to the Philadelphia 76ers NBA team and the Pennsylvania Ballet, and was appointed special adviser to the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. He currently serves as ACE Chief Medical Advisor following a two-term stint on the ACE Board of Directors. DiNubile was inducted into the National Fitness Hall of Fame as well as the Philadelphia Sports Medicine Hall of Fame.

Avery Faigenbaum, Ed.D.

American Council on Exercise Scientific Advisory Panel - Avery Faigenbaum, Ed.D. Youth Fitness

Avery Faigenbaum, Ed.D., is a professor in the department of health and exercise science at The College of New Jersey. With a specialty in pediatric exercise science, he has authored or co-authored more than 150 peer-reviewed publications, 30 book chapters and eight books, including ACE's Youth Strength Training and Youth Fitness. Faigenbaum is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Strength and Conditioning Association and serves on the editorial boards of several professional journals. He was elected vice president of NSCA in 2005 and served on the Massachusetts Governor's Council on Fitness and Sports from 1998 to 2004.

Jinger S. Gottschall, Ph.D.

American Council on Exercise Scientific Advisory Panel - Jinger S. Gottschall, Ph.D.

Jinger S. Gottschall, Ph.D., earned her doctorate degree in integrative physiology from the University of Colorado at Boulder and furthered her academic career as a postdoctoral fellow in neurophysiology at the Emory School of Medicine. She is currently an associate professor at The Pennsylvania State University with a research focus on the effectiveness of various exercise regimes. Gottschall is a passionate advocate for physical activity and has dedicated her career to finding programs that promote balanced, healthy lifestyle choices while delivering the results they promise. She is also the co-owner and founder of FITOLOGY a Les Mills™ group fitness and cycling studio in State College, Pennsylvania, and a consultant for Les Mills™ International.

W. Larry Kenney, Ph.D.

American Council on Exercise Scientific Advisory Panel - W. Larry Kenney, Ph.D.Exercise Physiology/Environmental Physiology

W. Larry Kenney, Ph.D., FACSM, is a professor of physiology and kinesiology at the Noll Physiological Research Center at The Pennsylvania State University. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees in biology from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and his doctorate in physiology from Penn State. Kenney has done extensive research in the area of aging and temperature regulation, including responses of older men and women to heat and cold stress and dehydration. He has published well over 100 scientific articles and book chapters and has lectured around the world on these topics. Kenney has been active in the American Physiological Society and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), serving as president and as a member of the board of trustees for the latter. He has also served as chair of the Gatorade Sports Science Institute and senior editor of the 5th edition of ACSM's Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription.

Sherry Pagoto, Ph.D.

American Council on Exercise Scientific Advisory Panel - Sherry Pagoto, Ph.D.Behavioral Psychology

Sherry Pagoto, Ph.D., is an associate professor of medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, co-founder of the UMass Center for mHealth and Social Media, and a licensed clinical psychologist and expert in behavioral counseling for obesity. She has published over 120 papers on leveraging digital health in the treatment of obesity and cancer prevention in peer-reviewed journals including JAMA, the New England Journal of Medicine, the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and many others. Pagoto has been recognized with several awards including the Obesity Society Pioneer in mHealth/eHealth Award in 2014, the SBM Distinguished Service Award in 2009, and the Western Michigan University Distinguished Alumni Award in 2011. She is a social media expert with over 10,000 followers on Twitter and two blogs on the psychology of weight loss, and Shrink on Psychology Today.

James Skinner, Ph.D.

American Council on Exercise Scientific Advisory Panel - James Skinner, Ph.D.Exercise Physiology/Special Populations

James Skinner, Ph.D., specializes in exercise physiology and is a professor emeritus in the department of kinesiology at Indiana University. With over 50 years of research on the relationships between exercise, training, genetics and health, he is considered a pre-eminent expert in his field. A former president of the ACSM, Skinner is one of five principal investigators of the HERITAGE Family Study on the role of genetics in the response of cardiovascular disease and diabetes risk factors after training. He has received the ACSM's Honor Award (the highest award in his field) and over $50 million in grants from various resources. In 2011, he received the Doctor Honoris Causa from Semmelweis University in Budapest, Hungary. He has published over 290 articles, six books, and 19 educational DVDs and has lectured in 60 countries.

Alison Steiber, Ph.D.

American Council on Exercise Scientific Advisory Panel - Alison Steiber, Ph.D.Nutrition

Dr. Alison Steiber is a registered dietitian nutritionist and chief science officer at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She also served on the Academy's Commission on Accreditation for Dietetic Education (now the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics). Dr. Steiber completed her dietetic internship and received her master's in dietetics at the University of Kansas Medical Center and her doctorate in human nutrition from Michigan State University.

Antonio S. Williams, Ph.D.

American Council on Exercise Scientific Advisory Panel - Antonio S. Williams, Ph.D.Branding/Consumer Behavior

Dr. Antonio S. Williams serves as assistant professor at the Indiana University School of Public Health. His passion for health and wellness among youth led him to found Fit University, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering children to make healthy food choices. Williams is author of 101 Way to Build Your Fitness Brand, and has been featured in The New York Times, Boston Herald, Fox News, St. Petersburg Times, IDEA Health and Fitness Journal, and ACSM Health and Fitness Journal for his expertise.