Patrick M. Davitt, PhD, CSCS, FACSM

Patrick M. Davitt PhD, CSCS, FACSM

Director, Health Sciences Program

Assistant Professor of Kinesiology


Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Connecticut

PhD, Rutgers University

BA, Rowan University

Research Interests

Energy Metabolism (Fat vs. Carbohydrate; Metabolic Flexibility)

Plasma Lipemia/Postprandial lipemia

Endurance/Ultra-endurance exercise

Wearable activity/HR/sleep devices

Dietary/Exercise Interventions

First responder/military physical fitness assessment/tracking/intervention

Muscular strength and endurance assessment


Dr. Davitt is the program director of Health Science and teaches in both Health Science and Exercise Physiology. He received his PhD in Nutritional Physiology and Biochemistry, with a specialization in exercise physiology. During that time he also worked as the Sports Nutritionist for the Rutgers football team for 4 years. He did a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Connecticut, under Dr. Jeff Volek, where he studied low carbohydrate/ketogenic dieting in ultra-endurance athletes. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and has a Functional Movement Screen, level 1 certification. Dr. Davitt has worked with the Greater New York Regional Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), and is currently the 2018 acting chapter President. He is also an ACSM Fellow and Exercise is Medicine (EIM) Ambassador.

Dr. Davitt has presented at the regional and national level, has published in many peer-reviewed journals, and has been featured in National Geographic Online, Outside Magazine Online, Runners World Online, Men’s Running UK Magazine, and several Medscape articles. He is an Associate editor for The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research and regularly peer-reviews for Journal of American College of Nutrition, Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, PLOS ONE journal and the journal of Comparative Exercise Physiology.


Selected Scholarly Activity

Davitt, P.M, Henderson, G.C., Walker, A.J., Arent, S.M. (2017) Postprandial hormone response after endurance or resistance exercise in obese women. Comparative Exercise Physiology. August; 13 (4), 227 – 235

Volek, J.S., Freidenreich, D.J., Saenz, C., Kunces. LJ., Creighton, B.C., Bartley, J.M., Davitt, P.M., Munoz, C.X., Anderson, J.M., Maresh, C.M., Lee, E.C., Schuenke, M.D., Aerni, G., Kraemer, W.J., Phinney, S.D. (2016). Metabolic characteristics of keto-adapted ultra-endurance runners. Metabolism. March; 65 (3), 100-110 

Davitt, P.M., Pellegrino, J., Schanzer, J., Tjionas, H., Arent, S.M. (2013) The effects of a combined resistance training and cardiovascular exercise program in college females: Does order matter? The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. December; 28 (7), 1937-1945.

Davitt, P.M., Arent, S.M., Tuazon, M.A., Golem, D.L., Henderson, G.C. (2013). Postprandial triglyceride and free fatty acid metabolism in obese women after either endurance or resistance exercise. The Journal of Applied Physiology, 114 (12), 1743-1754

Contact Information

Office location: Glasser, Room 405
Mailing address: Box # 85
University of Sciences
600 South 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495
Office Phone: 215-596-7155
Office Fax: 215-596-7598

p [dot] davitt [at] usciences [dot] edu