John M Jakicic, PhD FTOS
  • Distinguished Professor and Chair
  • University of Pittsurgh
  • Pittsburgh, PA USA


John M. Jakicic, PhD is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Health and Physical Activity, and is also the Director of the Physical Activity and Weight Management Research Center at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Jakicic has a national and international reputation as a leading scholar in this area of physical activity, and this builds on a line of research to determine the appropriate dose of physical activity for long-term body weight regulation and related chronic diseases across the lifespan. Dr. Jakicic has served on various national and international committees to develop physical activity guidelines for the prevention and treatment of obesity and other chronic conditions, and is currently serving on the 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Advisory Committee. Thus, he has been influential in the heightened awareness of physical activity as a key lifestyle behavior to improve health.