Curriculum Vitae

JAY E GRAVES, PhD portrait
  • Professor, Kinesiology



  • Ph.D., Exercise Science, Exercise Biochemistry-Physiology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • MA, Biological Sciences, Human Physiology, Central Connecticut State University, New Britain
  • BA, Biological Sciences, Ithaca College


James E. (Jay) Graves, Ph.D., is a Professor of Exercise and Sport Science in the College of Health at the University of Utah.  He previously served as Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, Budget and Research in the School of Education at Syracuse University where his accomplishments include the establishment of the Department of Exercise Science and foundation of the Musculoskeletal Research Laboratory.  He is a former Dean of the College of Health and Chair of the Exercise Science Department and held an adjunct appointment in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the State University of NY Upstate Medical University.  He also assisted in the development of the Center for Exercise Science, located in the Colleges of Medicine and Health and Human Performance, at the University of Florida, Gainesville.  Coauthor of the Lumbar Spine (Sequoia Communications, 1988), Dr. Graves’ research interests and experience include the influence of physical activity on aging and the prescription of resistance training for the prevention and rehabilitation of orthopedic problems including, but not limited to, low-back pain.  A recent publication is an edited text called Resistance Training for Health and Rehabilitation published by Human Kinetics (2002).  In 1999, Dr. Graves was named Syracuse University’s United Methodist Scholar Teacher of the year.  He earned his Ph.D. in Exercise Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and holds active fellowships in the American College of Sports Medicine, the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, and the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education. In his spare time Dr. Graves enjoys playing chess, drums, snowboarding, scuba diving, mountain biking and spending time with his family.



  • Mid Atlantic American College of Sports Medicine (MAACSM), Member, 07/1993 - present
  • New York Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (NYAHPERD), Member, 07/1993 - present
  • National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), Member, 07/1985 - present
  • American Alliance for Health Physical Education Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD), Member, 07/1983 - present
  • American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), Member, 07/1983 - present


  • English, fluent.