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Faculty & Staff - [ Dr. Megan E. Holmes ]

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Dr. Megan E. Holmes

Dr. Megan E. Holmes

Assistant Professor
Exercise Epidemiology

Department of Kinesiology
Rm. 122
Complete Vitae


  • Michigan State University (Ph.D., 2011, Kinesiology)
  • Iowa State University (M.S., 2006 , Exercise and Sport Science)
  • University of Nebraska at Kearney (B.S., 2004, Comprehensive Major in Exercise Science )

Areas of Teaching

  • Physical Activity Epidemiology
  • Fitness Programs and Testing
  • Research Methods

Areas of Research

  • Pediatric Exercise Science
  • Physical Activity and Metabolic Health
  • Physical Activity Assessment
  • Psychosocial Stress and Metabolic Health

Recent Publications

  • Knight, A. C., Holmes, M. E., Chander, H., Kimble, A., & Stewart, J. T. (2016). Assessment of balance among adolescent track and field athletes. Sports Biomechanics, 15(2), 169-179. doi:10.1080/14763141.2016.1159324
  • Holmes, M. E., Pivarnik, J., Pfeiffer, K., Maier, K. S., Eisenmann, J. C., & Ewing, M. (2016). The stress-metabolic syndrome relationship in adolescents: An examination of the moderating potential of physical activity. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 13(10), 1088-1093. doi:10.1123/jpah.2016-0041
  • Holmes, M. E., Ekkekakis, P., & Eisenmann, J. C. (2010). The physical activity, stress and metabolic syndrome triangle: A guide to unfamiliar territory for the obesity researcher. Obesity Reviews, 11(7), 492-507. doi:10.1111/j.1467-789X.2009.00680.x  *Featured on MDLinx
  • Holmes, M. E., Eisenmann, J. C., Ekkekakis, P., & Gentile, D. (2008). Physical activity, stress, and metabolic risk score in 8- to 18-year-old boys. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 5(2), 294-307.
  • Hill, E. E., Eisenmann, J. C., Holmes, M. E., & Heelan, K. A. (2010). Morning cortisol is not associated with truncal fatness or resting blood pressure in children: Cross-sectional and 1-2 year follow-up analyses. Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology and Metabolism, 23(10), 1031-1037. doi:10.1515/jpem.2010.164
  • Hill, E. E., Eisenmann, J. C., Gentile, D., Holmes, M. E., & Walsh, D. (2011). The association between morning cortisol and adiposity in children varies by weight status. Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology and Metabolism, 24(9-10), 709-713. doi:10.1515/JPEM.2011.267
  • Holmes ME, Eisenmann JC, Heelan KA. The Association Between Calcium Intake and Adiposity in 9-12 yr old Children. (International Journal of Body Composition Research, 2009; 7: 1–6)
  • Eisenmann, J., Ekkekakis, P., & Holmes, M. (2006). Sleep duration and overweight among Australian children and adolescents. Acta Paediatrica, International Journal of Paediatrics, 95(8), 956-963. doi:10.1080/08035250600731965

Professional Memberships/Affiliations

  • American Association of University Women (2016-present)
  • American College of Sports Medicine (2007-present)
  • International Society of Sports Nutrition (2004-present)
  • North American Society for Pediatric Exercise Medicine (2004-present)