Joseph P. Weir, Ph.D. is currently the Chair of the Department of Health, Sport, and Exercise Sciences at the University of Kansas. Dr. Weir received his Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. From 1993-1995, he was a faculty member in the Applied Physiology program at Teachers College, Columbia University. From 1995 - 2012, Dr. Weir was a faculty member and Research Coordinator in the Department of Physical Therapy at Des Moines University, in Des Moines Iowa. Dr. Weir is active in the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He is married to Dr. Loree Weir, and has three children: Sasha, Sumiko, and Adam.
Ph.D., Exercise Physiology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
M.P.E., Exercise Science, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
B.S., Exercise Science, Eastern Washingon University
Dr. Weir's research interests primarily focus on muscle fatigue and muscle strength. He has extensive experience in the application of electromyography and mechanomyography in the study of muscle activation during fatiguing exercise and during strength training. This line of research attempts to understand the interactions between muscle tissue and the central nervous system on the expression of muscle strength and power. He also engages in spinal cord injury research through a collaboration with the Bronx Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Bronx New York. In addition, he has an interest in the application of statistical methods in exercise science research.
Selected Awards & Honors
Fellow, National Strength and Conditioning Association
Muscle Strength, Muscle Fatigue, Resistance Exercise, Statistical Analysis, Digital Signal Processing
- Fellow, National Strength and Conditioning Association (2008)
- President’s Award, National Strength and Conditioning Association (2007).
- Outstanding Sport Scientist Award, National Strength and Conditioning Association (2006)
- Outstanding Researcher Award, Des Moines University (2006)
- Fellow, American College of Sports Medicine (2000)
- Outstanding Young Investigator Award, National Strength and Conditioning Association (2000)
- Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society (1995)