James J. Annesi
Health and Fitness Expert
James J. Annesi, PhD, FAAHB, FTOS, FAPA, was appointed Vice President of Health Initiatives for the Central Coast YMCA in Monterey, Calif., in late 2021. He is also currently Adjunct Research Faculty at California State University Monterey Bay’s College of Health Sciences and Human Services. His earlier research, faculty, and clinical positions were at the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s School of Health Professions, the University of Georgia’s Owens Institute of Behavioral Research, Kennesaw State University’s Department of Health Promotion and Physical Education, Rutgers University’s Department of Exercise Science and Sport Studies, the Veterans Affairs NJ Health Care System, The Chattanooga Lifestyle Center, Enhanced Performance Technologies, and the YMCA of Metro Atlanta. Dr. Annesi is an elected Fellow of the American Academy of Health Behavior, The Obesity Society, and the American Psychological Association’s divisions of Health Psychology, Behavior Analysis, and Exercise/Sport/Performance Psychology. In 2019, he received the American Psychological Association’s Excellence in Clinical Health Psychology Award from their Society for Health Psychology.