James W. Navalta, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Biography

Associate Professor James Navalta joined the Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences during fall 2012 and teaches anatomical kinesiology and applied exercise physiology within the undergraduate program, and evaluation of physical work capacity and advanced exercise physiology within the graduate program.

Navalta’s research focuses on the immune response to exercise (lymphocyte apoptotic and migratory responses), physiological responses to outdoor exercise (hiking and trail running), and the validity of wearable technology.

Navalta earned his bachelor’s in physical education and biology from Brigham Young University – Hawaii, his master’s in kinesiology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and his Ph.D. in exercise physiology from Purdue University. His previous teaching experience was at Southern Arkansas University and Western Kentucky University. He is the co-founder and co-editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Exercise Science. He is also on the editorial boards of Corpoconsciência Journal, and the Journal of Modern Physiological Research.