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Shawn Flanagan is an assistant professor of Sports Medicine and Nutrition at the University of Pittsburgh Neuromuscular Research Laboratory and Warrior Human Performance Research Center. His background is in neuroscience and physiology with training in brain stimulation, imaging, neuroendocrinology, and physical exercise. At the University of Pittsburgh, Flanagan’s overall research interests emphasize neurobiological factors that contribute to human performance optimization, stress, resilience, and injury. Current work includes psychological and physiological resilience, novel clinical rehabilitation techniques for return to duty/play, the influence of the brain/cognition on injury, and biomarkers for performance adaptations and injury. His research projects are/have been supported by the Department of Defense, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Flanagan is a member of the Society for Neuroscience, American Physiological Society, Endocrine Society, and American College of Sports Medicine. Flanagan is a past recipient of The Ohio State University Department of Human Science Doctoral Fellowship Award, the American Kinesiology Association Graduate Student Writing Award, and he co-authored two research publications that were each awarded Best Scientific Paper by the Journal of the American College of Nutrition



Department of Sports Medicine and Nutrition


Sports Medicine
Sports Science

Education & Training

  • PhD, Ohio State University