Chris Pitsikoulis, EdD, MBA

Chris PitsikoulisAssistant Professor of Exercise Science
Office Location: Alumni Hall 130B
Phone Number: 630-844-4624
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Teaching Philosophy
My teaching philosophy is based on creating a student-centered environment, where critical thinking, professional exploration and personal growth are encouraged. Exercise Science is a field that requires the implementation of theoretical concepts in practical, real-world settings. Therefore, I strive to create learning opportunities that are interactive and promote experiential learning. I believe that hands-on learning is critical to becoming a proficient, well-rounded clinician and exercise specialist who is able to adapt to new advances and technologies in the field.

EdD Applied Physiology, Columbia University
MS Accounting, Kennesaw State University
MBA Finance, University of Illinois
MS Physical Education, Queens College
BA Economics, Queens College

Areas of Specialization
Clinical Exercise Physiology
Strength and Conditioning
Exercise and Autonomic Function

Courses Taught
Applied Exercise Physiology
Advanced Sports Performance and Program Design
Administration of Coaching and Fitness and Health Promotion
Advanced Program Design for Special Populations
Exercise Physiology
Sports Psychology

Highlights of Publications, Honors and Professional Contributions

Pitsikoulis C, Poudevigne MS, Györke JJ (2016). Student Perceptions of Actual Implementation of University-Wide Healthy Initiatives. ACSM Annual Meeting. Boston, MA.

Fitzpatrick PG, Butler M, Pitsikoulis C, Smith K, Walden L (2014) The Case for Integrating Healthcare Management Courses into Curricula of Selected Healthcare Providers. Journal of Management Policy and Practive. 15(4); 92-102

Stegemoller EL, Buckley TA, Pitsikoulis C, Barthelemy EJ, Roemmich R, Hass CJ (2012) Postural instability and gait impairment during obstacle crossing in Parkinson’s disease. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 93(4):703-9

Hass CJ, Buckley TA, Pitsikoulis C, Barthelemy EJ (2012) Progressive resistance training improves gait initiation in individuals with Parkinson’s Disease. Gait Posture. 35(4):669-73

Buckley TA, Pitsikoulis C, Barthelemy EJ, and Hass CJ (2009) Age Impairs Sit-to-Walk Motor Performance. Journal of Biomechanics. 42(14):2318-22

Buckley TA, Pitsikoulis C, and Hass CJ (2008). Dynamic Stability during Sit-to-Walk transitions in Parkinson’s Disease. Movement Disorders. 23(9): 1274-80

Pitsikoulis C, Bartels MN, Gates GJ, Rebman RA, Layton AM, De Meersman RE (2008). Sympathetic Drive is Modulated by Central Chemoreceptor Activation. Respiratory Physiology and Neurobiology 164 (3): 373-379

Pitsikoulis C, Gates GJ, Bartels MN, Downey JA, De Meersman RE (2007). The central chemoreceptor contribution to autonomic outflow. Experimental Biology Annual Meeting. Washington, D.C.

Buckley TA, Pitsikoulis C, Hass CJ. (2007). Dynamic Postural Stability during Sit-to-Walk Transitions in Healthy Young and Healthy Elderly. American Society of Biomechanics Meeting

Hass CJ, Buckley TA, Pitsikoulis C (2007). Obstacle Crossing Behavior is Affected by Parkinson’s Disease. American Society of Biomechanics Meeting

Buckley TA, Pitsikoulis C, Barthelemy EJ, Hass CJ (2007) Progressive Resistance Training Improves Strength and Sit-to-Stand Performance in Parkinson Disease: A Pilot Study. ACSM Annual Meeting. New Orleans, LA.

Pitsikoulis C, DeMeersman RE, Ellythy M, Hass C, Bartels M, Gates G, Downey JA, Sloan R, (2006). 24-hour continuous autonomic profile of prehypertensives versus normotensives. Clin Auton Res. 16:348-349

Buckley TA, Pitsikoulis C, Hass CJ, Gentile, A, Wolf SL. (2006). Dynamic Stability during Sit-to-Walk transitions in Parkinson Disease Patients. Society for Neuroscience.

Highlights of Campus Involvement
Chair of Exercise is Medicine-On Campus (EIM-OC) committee