Chris Pitsikoulis is an Assistant Professor in the Health and Fitness Management program who joined the faculty in January 2013. Dr. Pitsikoulis completed his doctoral work at Teachers College, Columbia University in the area of chemoreceptor modulation of sympathetic activity. He also collaborated in studies focused on resistance training and Parkinson’s disease. As an exercise physiologist at Columbia University Medical Center, he worked with pulmonary patients in varying disease states, including COPD, cystic fibrosis, and pre- and post-lung transplant surgery. In addition, he served as a physical educator where he helped implement citywide initiatives aimed at improving health-related fitness in NYC Public Schools. Following his doctoral studies, he pursued an M.B.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and worked in management in the private sector. Dr. Pitsikoulis is currently a Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist with the American College of Sports Medicine and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Dr. Pitsikoulis’ research interest includes the effects of resistance and aerobic training on heart rate variability in various ethnic and patient populations.