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Courtenay Dunn-Lewis, Ph.D.

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Courtenay Dunn-Lewis, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Health Sciences
 

Dr. Dunn-Lewis specializes in the physiology of resistance exercise.  Research includes basic science (including neurophysiology and biochemistry); evidence-based approaches to safe and effective resistance exercise programming for the advancement of health and performance; and the interface of resistance exercise with nutrition.  This expertise directly impacts training strategies for all populations, from athletes to individuals of advanced age.  It aids in the prevention of disorders, including osteoporosis and frailty, and promotes performance, longevity, and quality of life.  

Dr. Dunn-Lewis has co-authored several textbook chapters, authored or co-authored successful grant initiatives, and presented abstracts and featured talks at both regional and national conferences.  She has been awarded by several organizations, including the University of Connecticut, Johns Hopkins University, and the New England Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).  Her publication history is included below.

 

Education

Dr. Dunn-Lewis’ degrees are from the #1 nationally-ranked programs in their respective fields, including:

  • B.A. Public Health, Johns Hopkins University
  • M.A. Kinesiology, University of Connecticut
  • Ph.D. Kinesiology, University of Connecticut

 

Research Philosophy: A single approach does not suit everyone

Proper program design requires more than familiarity with gym equipment; it requires the selection of appropriate assessments and a process that accounts for the unique goals and requirements of a given population or individual.  Simple alterations  - such as a change in the load used - dramatically impact downstream adaptations, from basic motor recruitment patterns to gene expression.  Evidence-based assessment and exercise prescription should therefore not only evaluate and address the specific population, their pre-existing conditions, physical restrictions, functional requirements, connective tissues, and movement patterns; it must also address the physiology of the individual, including muscle fiber recruitment profiles and metabolic demands that are required to effectively achieve the desired goals. 

 

Oral Presentations

  • Dunn-Lewis C, Kraemer WJ, Maresh CM, Joseph MF, Denegar CR, Comstock BA, Flanagan SD, Szivak TK, Hooper DR, Volek JS.  Light, High-Repetition Resistance Training Cannot Sustain Fat-Free Mass Developed using Low Repetitions at Heavier Loads.  American College of Sports Medicine, Annual Meeting. Orange County Convention Center, Orlando FL.  May 2014.
  • Dunn-Lewis C. The use of Resistance Exercise for Bone Development in Women. New England Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine Annual Fall Conference. Rhode Island Convention Center, Providence, RI. November, 2013.
  • Dunn-Lewis C, Neuschwander S, Hooper DR, Comstock BA, Luk HY, Szivak TK, Hydren JR, Heavens K, Pandit AL, Looney D, Dombrowski D, Smith RA, DiStefano LJ, Denegar CR, Kraemer WJ.  Influence of Resistance Load and Sex on Musculoskeletal Complaints with a Long Term Resistance Training Program in Young Untrained Men and Women. National Strength and Conditioning Association, National Conference. Providence, RI. July, 2012. 
  • Dunn-Lewis C and Kraemer WJ.  Use of Electroencephalogram (EEG) in Studying Exercise.   New England Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine Annual Fall Conference.  Rhode Island Convention Center, Providence, RI. 3 November 2011.
  • Dunn-Lewis C.  Frequency of Musculoskeletal Complaints with Resistance Training in Young Untrained Men and Women.   New England Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine Annual Fall Conference.  Rhode Island Convention Center, Providence, RI. 3 November 2011.
  • Dunn-Lewis C, Kraemer WJ, and Flanagan SD.  EEG Measures of Cortical Activity Return to Baseline within 24 hours despite Differential Protocols Emphasizing Force, Power, and Volume. National Strength and Conditioning Association National Conference; Orlando, FL.  July 2010.
  • Deans TA and Dunn-Lewis C. Assigning, Managing, and Assessing Collaborative Writing Projects.  Teaching Writing-Intensive Courses Across the Disciplines.  University of Connecticut: Storrs, CT.  Feb 16 2010. 
  • Dunn-Lewis C. Website Statistics and the Effectiveness of Your Online Image.  Northeast Writing Centers Association Conference.  Boston University: Boston, MA.  Apr 04 2010.

Abstract Presentations Available on Request

 

Book Chapters

  • Kraemer WJ, Luk H-Y, Lombard JR,Dunn-Lewis C, and Volek JS.  Physiological Basis for Creatine Supplementation In Skeletal Muscle.  In Nutrition and Enhanced Sports Performance: Recommendations for Muscle Building.  Elsevier.  Ahead of Print.
  • Kraemer WJ, Dunn-Lewis C, and Luk H-Y.  Chapter 25: Role of Exercise in Diet and Weight Loss.  In Obesity: Epidemiology, Pathophysiology, and Prevention.  Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, 2013.
  • Kraemer WJ, Comstock BA, Clark JE, and Dunn-Lewis C.  Chapter 1: Athlete Needs Analysis.  In Hoffman, Jay.  NSCA’s Guide to Program Design.  Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics 2012.

 

Publications on Dietary Supplementation

  • Kraemer WJ, Volek JS, Dunn-Lewis C. L-carnitine supplementation: influence upon physiological function. Curr Sports Med Rep.  Review.  7(4): 218-23. 2008.
  • Ho JY, Kraemer WJ, Volek JS, Fragala MS, Thomas GA, Dunn-Lewis C, Coday M, Häkkinen K, Maresh CM. L-Carnitine L-tartrate supplementation favorably affects biochemical markers of recovery from physical exertion in middle-aged men and women. Metabolism. 59(8): 1190-9. 2010. 
  • Dunn-Lewis C, Kraemer WJ, Kupchak BR, Kelly NA, Creighton BA, Luk HY, Ballard KD, Comstock BA, Szivak TK, Hooper DR, Denegar CR, and Volek JS. A multi-nutrient supplement reduced markers of inflammation and improved physical performance in active individuals of middle to older age: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study. Nutr J. 10:90. 2011.
  • Volek JS, Volk BM, Gomez AL, Kunces LJ, Kupchak BR, Freidenreich DJ, Aristizabal JC, Saenz C, Dunn-Lewis C, Ballard KD, Quann EE, Kawiecki DL, Flanagan SD, Comstock BA, Fragala MS, Earp JE, Fernandez ML, Bruno RS, Ptolemy AS, Kellogg MD, Maresh CM, Kraemer WJ.  Whey Protein Supplementation During Resistance Training Augments Lean Body Mass.  J Am Coll Nutr. 32(2):122-35. 2013.
  • Kraemer WJ, Solomon-Hill G, Volk BM, Kupchak BR, Looney DP, Dunn-Lewis C, Comstock BA, Szivak TK, Hooper DR, Flanagan SD, Maresh CM, Volek JS. The effects of soy and whey protein supplementation on acute hormonal reponses to resistance exercise in men. J Am Coll Nutr. 32(1):66-74. 2013.
  • Kraemer WJ, Hatfield DL, Comstock BA, Fragala MS, Davitt PM, Cortis C, Wilson  JM, Lee EC, Newton RU, Dunn-Lewis C, Häkkinen K, Szivak TK, Hooper DR, Flanagan SD, Looney DP, White MT, Volek JS, Maresh CM. Influence of HMB Supplementation and Resistance Training on Cytokine Responses to Resistance Exercise. J Am Coll Nutr. 33(4):247-55.  Epub Aug 2014.

 

Publications on Endocrinology and Biochemistry 

  • Kraemer WJ, Dunn-Lewis C, Comstock BA, Thomas GA, Clark JE, Nindl BC. Growth hormone, exercise, and athletic performance: a continued evolution of complexity. Curr Sports Med Rep. 9(4): 242-52. Review. 2010.
  • Thomas GA, Kraemer WJ, Comstock BA, Dunn-Lewis C, Volek JS, Denegar CR, Maresh CM. Effects of resistance exercise and obesity level on ghrelin and cortisol in men.  Metabolism.  61(6): 860-8.  2012.  
  • Sosnoski DM, Krishnan V, Kraemer WJ, Dunn-Lewis C, and Mastro AM. 2012. Changes in Cytokines of the Bone Microenvironment during Breast Cancer Metastasis. Int J Breast Cancer. 2012:160265.  2012.
  • Wolf MR, Fragala MS, Volek JS, Denegar CR, Anderson JM, Comstock BA, Dunn-Lewis C, Hooper DR, Szivak TK, Luk HY, Maresh CM, Hakkinen K, and Kraemer WJ. Sex differences in creatine kinase after acute heavy resistance exercise on circulating granulocyte estradiol receptors. Eur J Appl Physiol.  112(9): 3335-40. 2012.
  • Kraemer WJ, Looney DP, Martin GJ, Ratamess NA, Vingren JL, French DN, Hatfield DL, Fragala MS, Spiering BA, Howard RL, Cortis C, Szivak TK, Comstock BA, Dunn-Lewis C, Hooper DL, Flanagan SD, Volek JS, Anderson JM, Maresh CM, Fleck SJ.  Changes in Creatine Kinase and Cortisol in National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I American Football Players During a Season.  J Strength Cond Res.  27(2): 434-41. 2013.
  • Kraemer WJ, Fragala MS, Beijersbergen van Henegouwen WRH, Gordon SE, Bush JA, Volek JS, Triplett NT, Dunn-Lewis C, Comstock BA, Szivak TK, Flanagan SD, Hooper DR, Luk H-Y, Mastro AM.  Responses of Proenkephalin Peptide F to Aerobic Exercise Stress in the Plasma and White Blood Cell Biocompartments.  Peptides. 42C: 118-124.  2013.
  • Szivak TK, Hooper DR, Dunn-Lewis C, Comstock BA, Kupchak BR, Apicella JM, Saenz C, Maresh CM, Denegar CR, Kraemer WJ. Adrenal cortical responses to high-intensity, short rest, resistance exercise in men and women. J Strength Cond Res.27(3):748-60. 2013.
  • Creighton BC, Kupchak BR, Aristizabal JC, Flanagan SD, Dunn-Lewis C, Volk BM, Comstock BA, Volek JS, Hooper DR, Szivak TK, Maresh CM, Kraemer WJ. Influence of training on markers of platelet activation in response to a bout of heavy resistance exercise. Eur J Appl Physiol. 113(9):2203-9. 2013.
  • Kupchak BR, Creighton BC, Aristizabal JC, Dunn-Lewis C, Volk BM, Ballard KD, Comstock BA, Maresh CM, Kraemer WJ, Volek JS. Beneficial effects of habitual resistance exercise training on coagulation and fibrinolytic responses. Thromb Res. 131(6):e227-34. 2013.
  • Thomas GA, Kraemer WJ, Comstock BA, Dunn-Lewis C, Maresh CM, Volek JS.  Obesity, Growth Hormone and Exercise.  Sports Medicine. 43(9):839-49.  2013.
  • Comstock BA, Thomas GA, Dunn-Lewis C, Volek JS, Szivak TK, Hooper DR, Kupchak BR, Denegar CR, Kraemer WJ.  Effects of Acute Resistance Exercise on Muscle Damage and Perceptual Measures in Men who are Lean and Obese.  J Strength Cond Res. 27(12):3488-94. Dec 2013.
  • Ho JY, Kraemer WJ, Volek JS, Vingren JL, Fragala MS, Flanagan SD, Maladouangdock J, Szivak TK, Hatfield DL, Comstock BA, Dunn-Lewis C, Ciccolo JT, Maresh CM. Effects of resistance exercise on the HPA axis response to psychological stress during short-term smoking abstinence in men. Addict Behav. 39(3):695-8. 2014.
  • Heavens KR, Szivak TK, Hooper DR, Dunn-Lewis C, Comstock BA, Flanagan SD, Looney DP, Kupchak BR, Maresh CM, Volek JS, Kraemer WJ. The effects of high intensity short rest resistance exercise on muscle damage markers in men and women. J Strength Cond Res. 28(4):1041-9. 2014.
  • Kraemer WJ, Boyd BM, Hooper DR, Fragala MS, Hatfield DL, Dunn-Lewis C, Comstock BA, Szivak TK, Flanagan SD, Looney DP, Newton RU, Vingren JL, Häkkinen K, White MT, Volek JS, Maresh CM. Epinephrine Pre-Workout Elevation May Offset Early Morning Melatonin Concentrations to Maintain Maximal Muscular Force and Power in Track Athletes. J Strength Cond Res. 28 (9):2604-10. Sep 2014.

  

Publications on Physical Performance 

  • Kraemer WJ, Flanagan SD, Comstock BA, Fragala MS, Earp JE, Dunn-Lewis C, Ho JY, Thomas GA, Solomon-Hill G, Penwell ZR, Powell MD, Wolf MR, Volek JS, Denegar CR, Maresh CM. Effects of a whole body compression garment on markers of recovery after a heavy resistance workout in men and women. J Strength Cond Res.  24(3): 804-14. 2010.
  • Earp JE, Kraemer WJ, Newton RU, Comstock BA, Fragala MS, Dunn-Lewis C, Solomon-Hill G, Penwell ZR, Powell MD, Volek JS, Denegar CR, Häkkinen K, Maresh CM. Lower-body muscle structure and its role in jump performance during squat, countermovement, and depth drop jumps. J Strength Cond Res. 24(3): 722-9. 2010.
  • Dixon PG, Kraemer WJ, Volek JS, Howard RL, Gomez AL, Comstock BA, Dunn-Lewis C, Fragala MS, Hooper DR, Häkkinen K, Maresh CM. The impact of cold-water immersion on power production in the vertical jump and the benefits of a dynamic exercise warm-up. J Strength Cond Res. 24(12): 3313-7. 2010.
  • Comstock BA, Solomon-Hill G, Flanagan SD, Earp JE, Luk HY, Dobbins KA, Dunn-Lewis C, Fragala MS, Ho JY, Hatfield DL, Vingren JL, Denegar CR, Volek JS, Kupchak BR, Maresh CM, Kraemer WJ.  Validity of the Myotest® in Measuring Force and Power Production in the Squat and Bench Press. J Strength Cond Res. 25(8) 2293-2297. 2011.
  • Dunn-Lewis C, Luk HY, Comstock BA, Szivak TK, Hooper DR, Kupchak BR, Watts AM, Putney BJ, Hydren JR, Volek JS, Denegar CR, and Kraemer WJ. The Effects of a Customized Over-the-Counter Mouth Guard on Neuromuscular Force and Power Production in Trained Men and Women. J Strength Cond Res. 26 (4): 1085-93. 2012.
  • Hydren JR, Kraemer WJ, Volek JS, Dunn-Lewis C, Comstock BA, Szivak TK, Hooper DR, Denegar CR, Maresh CM. Performance Changes during a Weeklong High Altitude Alpine Ski Racing Training Camp in Lowlander Young Athletes. J Strength Cond Res. 27(4):924-37. 2012. 
  • Staub JN, Kraemer WJ, Pandit AL, Haug WB, Comstock BA, Dunn-Lewis C, Maresh CM, Volek JS, Häkkinen K. Positive Effects of Augmented Verbal Feedback on Power Production in NCAA Division 1 Collegiate Athletes. J Strength Cond Res. 27(8):2067-72. 2012.
  • Hooper DR, Szivak TK, DiStefano LJ, Comstock BA, Dunn-Lewis C, Apicella JM, Kelly NA, Creighton BC, Volek JS, Maresh CM, and Kraemer WJ. Effects of Resistance Training Fatigue on Joint Biomechanics. J Strength Cond Res. 27(1):146-53. Jan 2013.
  • Smith RA, Martin GJ, Szivak TK, Comstock BA, Dunn-Lewis C, Hooper DL, Flanagan SD, Looney DP, Volek JS, Maresh CM, Kraemer WJ. The Effects of Resistance Training Prioritization in NCAA Division I Football Summer Training. J Strength Cond Res. 28(1):14-22. 2014.
  • Flanagan SD, Comstock BA, Dupont WH, Sterczala AJ, Looney DP, Dombrowski DH, McDermott DM, Bryce A, Maladouangdock J, Dunn-Lewis C, Luk HY, Szivak TK, Hooper DR, Kraemer WJ. Concurrent Validity of the Armour39™ Heart Rate Monitor Strap. J Strength Cond Res. 28(3):870-3. Mar 2014.
  • Hooper DR, Szivak TK, Comstock BA, Dunn-Lewis C, Apicella JM, Kelly NA,Creighton BC, Flanagan SD, Looney DP, Volek JS, Maresh CM, Kraemer WJ. Effects of fatigue from resistance training on barbell back squat biomechanics. J Strength Cond Res. 28(4):1127-34. 2014.
  • Szivak TK, Kraemer WJ, Nindl BC, Gotshalk LA, Volek JS, Gómez AL, Dunn-Lewis C, Looney DP, Comstock BA, Hooper DR, Flanagan SD, Maresh CM. Relationship of Physical Performance Tests to Military Relevant Tasks in Women. US Army Medical Department Journal. Apr-Jun:20-6. 2014.
  • Flanagan SD, Mills MD, Sterczala AJ, Maladouangdock J, Comstock BA, Szivak TK, Dupont WH, Looney DP, McDermott DM, Hooper DR, White MT, Dunn-Lewis C, Volek JS, Maresh CM, Kraemer WJ. The Relationship between Muscle Action and Repetition Maximum on the Squat and Bench Press in Men and Women. J Strength Cond Res. 28 (9): 2437-42. Sep 2014.
  • Flanagan SD, Dunn-Lewis C, Hatfield DL, Distefano LJ, Fragala MS, Shoap M, Gotwald M, Trail J, Gomez AL, Volek JS, Cortis C, Comstock BA, Hooper DR, Szivak  TK, Looney DP, DuPont WH, McDermott DM, Gaudiose MC, Kraemer WJ. Developmental differences between boys and girls results in sex-specific physical fitness changes from fourth to fifth grade. J Strength Cond Res. 2014.

 

Publications on Neurophysiology 

  • Dunn-Lewis C, Flanagan SD, Comstock BA, Maresh CM, Volek JS, Denegar CR, Kupchak BR, and Kraemer WJ.  Recovery patterns in electroencephalographic global field power during maximal isometric force production. J Strength Cond Res. 25 (10): 2818-27. 2011.
  • Flanagan SD, Dunn-Lewis C, Comstock, BA, Maresh CM, Volek JS, Denegar CR, Kraemer WJ.  Cortical Activity During a Highly-Trained Resistance Exercise Movement Emphasizing Force, Power or Volume. Brain Sciences.  2(4): 649-666. 2012.
  • Kraemer WJ, Flanagan SD, Volek JS, Nindl BC, Vingren JL, Dunn-Lewis C, Comstock BA, Hooper DR, Szivak TK, Looney DP, Maresh CM, Hymer WC. Resistance Exercise Induces Region-Specific Adaptations in Anterior Pituitary Gland Structure and Function in Rats. J Appl Physiol. 2013.

Updated Sept 23, 2014.

Courses Taught at Merrimack College

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Exercise Program Design
  • Research Methods
  • Directed Research

 

Specialized Teaching Areas

  • Resistance Exercise Physiology
  • Neurophysiology of Exercise 
  • Scientific Writing and Grants
  • Statistical Analysis for Exercise Science

 

Research Experience

  • Center for Tuberculosis Research, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions
  • Human Performance Laboratory, Skidmore College
  • Human Performance Laboratory, University of Connecticut

 

Related Experience

  • Editorial Associate, Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research
  • Reviewer (multiple journals)
  • Management in health- and research- related positions

 

Professional Memberships

  • American Physiological Society
  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • New England Chapter, American College of Sports Medicine
  • National Strength and Conditioning Association