John J. Durocher, Ph.D., ACSM-EP, CSCS

Associate Professor of Health Studies

Introduction

Durocher focuses on teaching, research and service in biological sciences, health sciences and health studies.

Research Overview

Durocher’s research focuses on exercise and other lifestyle interventions that can improve human health and performance. Currently funded projects are focusing on how meditation and different types of exercise effect blood pressure, sympathetic nerve activity, arterial stiffness and anxiety.

I was a non-traditional college student with five part-time jobs. My goal is to help students to be persistent and resilient, in addition to learning content. The greatest success for me as a professor is to help students reach their career goals, and to teach valuable life skills during the process.

Publications

Elmer SJ and Durocher JJ. Moving Student Research Forward During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Advances in Physiology Education 44(4): 741-743, 2020.

Greenlund IM, Cunningham HA, Tikkanen AL, Bigalke JA, Smoot CA, Durocher JJ, and Carter JR. Morning Sympathetic Activity after Evening Binge Alcohol Consumption. American Journal of Physiology: Heart and Circulatory Physiology, Online ahead of print on Nov. 13, 2020.

Greenlund IM, Suriano PE, Elmer SJ, Carter JR, and Durocher JJ. Chronic Standing Desk Use and Arterial Stiffness. Journal of Physical Activity and Health 16(11): 1022-1028, 2019.

Teaching Focus

  • Health Studies
  • Human Physiology

I was very lucky to have outstanding undergraduate and graduate teachers and advisors. I aim to provide similar opportunities for my students in the classroom, in the laboratory and with outreach projects.

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Contact

(219) 989-2625

jjduroch@pnw.edu

Office Location:

Hammond Campus, NILS 340D
Westville Campus, DSAC 1093

Education

  • Ph.D. – Exercise Physiology – Biological Sciences, Michigan Technological University
  • M.S. – Exercise Science, Northern Michigan University
  • B.S. – Biological Sciences, Michigan Technological University
  • A.A.S. – Forest Technology, Michigan Technological University

Areas of Expertise

  • Autonomic Regulation of Blood Pressure
  • Exercise Assessment and Prescription
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Human Biology
  • Integrative Physiology

Credentials, Accreditations & Awards

  • Certified Exercise Physiologist since 2008 (ACSM)
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist since 2009 (NSCA)

Curriculum Vitae