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Elizabeth Harper holds a Bachelor’s degree in fine arts and dance from the Gallatin Program at New York University, a Master degree in Exercise Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a Doctoral degree in Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health from The Steinhardt School of Education at New York University.

Prior to her Doctoral degree, she worked as a research physiologist for the US Navy. She has also taught courses in Anatomy, Physiology and Exercise Science in a Variety of College settings, both graduate and undergraduate. In addition to her academic teaching, she has run several movement programs for individuals in her community who are physically vulnerable. This work has driven her research, which focuses on the therapeutic value of exercise. Currently, she is looking to identify biomarkers of inflammation, stress, and satisfaction as a result of strenuous exercise. Eventually, this will develop into work that tests the value of various exercise protocols on specifically challenged populations.

At Mount Saint Mary she teaches courses in Biology, Anatomy and Physiology and Exercise Science. She was pivotal in the development of the college's Exercise Science major.

Doctor of Philosophy, New York University
Master of Science, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Bachelor of Arts, New York University

BIO 1130: Biological Principles
BIO 1030: Anatomy & Physiology
EXS 1010: Introduction to Exercise Science
BIO 3250: Kinesiology 
BIO 3910: Junior Seminar I

Integrative Exercise Science

American College of Sport Medicine
Human Anatomy and Physiological Society


  • E. Harper (2009). The Effects of Pranic Breathing on Maximal Respiratory Pressures, Fatigue and Quality of Life of Individuals with Multiple Sclerosis (abstract). Journal of the Society for Integrative Oncology. Vol. 7, No. 2, p 173 
  • E. Harper (2008). Premature Skeletal Muscle Fatigue in Multiple Sclerosis and its implications toward exercise therapy. Medical Physiology Online [Serial Online], article 7, Volume 1, available from http:/ 
  • E. Harper (2001), Ellen’s Choice, Case Studies in Science, State University of New York at Buffalo, 
  • E. Harper (1995). Test Bank for David T. Lindsay, Functional Human Anatomy, Mosby-Year Book, Inc., St. Louis, Mo. 
  • J.A. Hodgdon, M. Riedy, H.W. Goforth, E.Harper, A.C. Vailas( April, 1990), Exercise Intensity Change, Bone Mineral and Connective Tissue Degradation. Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise, Vol. 22, No. 2, p s63 
  • E. Harper (1990), Delayed Onset Muscle Damage in Relation to Electromyographic Activity during Concentric and Eccentric Contraction, Microform Publications, 
    College of Human Development and Performance, University of Oregon 
  • P.M. Clarkson, W.C. Byrnes, E. Gillison, E. Harper (1987), Adaptation to Exercise-Induced Muscle Damage. Clinical Science, Vol. 73 

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