Joel T. Cramer

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American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)

Joel T. Cramer


2003 Ph.D., Exercise Physiology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
2001 M.P.E., Exercise Physiology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
1997 B.A., Exercise Science, Creighton University

Our laboratory studies the effects of resistance training, stretching, fatigue, aging, and/or sarcopenia on applied neuromuscular physiology using measures of isometric, isotonic, and isokinetic strength and power, dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA), B-mode ultrasonography, surface electromyography (EMG), mechanomyography (MMG), transcutaneous nerve stimulation, twitch interpolation, and signal processing. We also study the safety and efficacy of dietary nutritional supplements using similar applied neuromuscular techniques.

The philosophy of our laboratory is that we use research as a teaching tool. We use our research and the information we learn through our experiments and subsequent articles to provide students with the most current evidence to either support or challenge our knowledge of concepts in nutrition and exercise. This translation of knowledge can occur in the classroom, but seems to be most effective in a laboratory setting. For most students, the research process evokes a level of critical thinking that transcends the prototypical classroom lecture environment. Furthermore, the skills that are required to conduct a research study teaches students more than just the physiological concepts surrounding the research question. The entire research experience contributes to the growth of students by teaching them critical time management skills, the art of interpreting their experimental findings through writing, and the bolstering of their self-confidence knowing that they accomplished a scientific study that may contribute to the collective knowledge of our field. I believe that my job is to give day-to-day guidance, provide funding, and foster an inviting yet challenging climate for undergraduate and graduate students to appreciate the link among research and teaching in an academic environment.

Professional Highlights

Honors and Recognition
2011, NSCA Nutritional Research Award. NSCA National Conference, Las Vegas2011, NSCA JSCR Editorial Excellence Award. NSCA National Conference, Las Vegas2009, Top Reviewer Award, Journal of Neuroscience Methods, Elsevier Ltd., Camden, London2009, President’s Award. NSCA National Conference, Las Vegas2005, Young Investigator of the Year Award, NSCA National Conference, Las Vegas2000, Student Research Award, NSCA National Conference, Orlando2000, Bronze Award of Appreciation, NSCA Certification Commission, Orlando
2014-present, Associate Professor (with tenure), Department of Nutrition and Health Sciences, University of Nebraska-Lincoln2012-2014, Associate Professor (tenure-track), Department of Nutrition and Health Sciences, University of Nebraska-LincolnGraduate Chair, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Department of Nutrition and Health Sciences, 2013-present2011-2012, Associate Professor, Oklahoma State University2005-2011, Assistant Professor, University of Oklahoma2003-2005, Assistant Professor, University of Texas at Arlington1999-2003, Graduate Assistant, University of Nebraska-Lincoln1999, Graduate Assistant, UNL Department of Curriculum and Instruction1998-1999, Graduate Instructor, UNL Office of Campus Recreation1997-1998, Manager, General Nutrition Center, Stockyards Plaza, Omaha, NE1993-1997, Assistant Strength Coach, Creighton University Athletic Department
Licensed Limited Radiographer, State of Nebraska. American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT), Department of Health & Human Services of Nebraska, Division of Public Health Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (FACSM)Fellow of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (FNSCA)Fellow of the International Society of Sports Nutrition (FISSN)Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Recertified with Distinction (CSCS,*D). National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)NSCA Certified Personal Trainer, Recertified with Distinction (NSCA-CPT,*D)