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School of Health Sciences

Tunde Szivak

Assistant Professor

Health Sciences

Tunde Szivak earned her Ph.D. in kinesiology from The Ohio State University, M.A. in kinesiology from University of Connecticut, and B.S in philosophy from the United States Military Academy. She joined the Department of Health Sciences faculty at Merrimack College in fall 2016. Her research interests focus on stress physiology and performance optimization, particularly in military populations. Her dissertation research focused on the effects of Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE) training on physical performance and biomarkers of stress. Dr. Szivak has been an invited speaker at the NSCA Tactical Strength and Conditioning Conference annually since 2013, and is a guest reviewer for the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research and the European Journal of Applied Physiology. She has coauthored more than 30 peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Szivak is also an Officer in the United States Army Reserve. Prior to joining academia, Dr. Szivak served as an active duty Army Officer with two yearlong combat deployments to Iraq in 2004 and 2007.


Ph.D Kinesiology, Ohio State University
M.A. Kinesiology, University of Connecticut
B.S. Philosophy, United States Military Academy




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