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Courtenay Dunn-Lewis' research focuses on the physiology of resistance exercise training and adaptations, particularly in references to health, prevention, and performance across the lifespan. She has published over 35 peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts and has an h-index of 10 (excluding self-citations). In her Dunn-Lewis 2011 paper, Dunn-Lewis examined the impact of an anti-inflammatory, multi-nutrient supplement on physical performance, mood, joint pain, and markers of inflammation in adults over 50 years of age; she explored similar themes in a review paper on L-Carnitine supplementation (Kraemer, Volek, Dunn-Lewis 2008). Along with her co-author, Shawn Flanagan, she was the first to successfully assess electroencephalogram activity during intense resistance exercise.   

Dunn-Lewis has direct experience in the design and safe implementation of resistance exercise training protocols in a wide variety of populations and a broad spectrum of aerobic and resistance exercise testing procedures. She is proficient in the automation of analytical procedures and functions through programming in SPSS syntax, Excel Visual Basic, and application-specific software programs (e.g. Neuroscan and Curry for electroencephalogram analysis). She has also published several investigations that incorporated her skills as a phlebotomist and biochemist. Dunn-Lewis recently joined the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh with the goal of entering a thriving research environment and the potential for productive collaborations with experts in complimentary fields.



Department of Sports Medicine and Nutrition


Undergraduate Program in Rehabilitation Science