Shawn Arent

Associate Professor
Director, IFNH Center for Health and Human Performance
Director, Graduate Program in Kinesiology and Applied Physiology

Area:  Exercise Physiology/Endocrinology
End Degree:  Ph.D., Exercise Science (Arizona State University)
Office:  Institute for Food, Nutrition and Health, Suite 220
Phone:  848-932-7050
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Exercise Endocrinology, Ergogenic Aids, Sport Nutrition, Exercise Physiology

Laboratory:  IFNH Center for Health and Human Performance
Lab Location:  Institute for Food, Nutrition, and Health, 61 Dudley Road, New Brunswick, NJ
Lab Webpage:

Licenses and Certifications

Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (with Distinction), National Strength & Conditioning Association

First Aid, CPR, & AED (Adult and Infant) Certified

Courses Taught

01:377:370   Exercise Physiology
01:377:410   Exercise Testing and Prescription
01:377:454   Advanced Exercise Physiology
16:572:501   Advanced Exercise Physiology (graduate)
16:572:502   Exercise Testing and Prescription (graduate)

Educational/Research Interests

Dr. Arent's research focuses on the relationship between physical activity and stress and the implications for health and performance.  The primary emphasis of his research in this area involves examining underlying endocrine mechanisms and biomarkers related to the HPA axis and inflammation.  He is specifically interested in the potential efficacy of acute and chronic resistance training as well as nutritional interventions for improving functional capabilities, mental health states, and the systemic response to stress in adolescents, athletes, and special populations.  Dr. Arent’s recent work has primarily focused on physiological responses to training-related stressors and their contribution to optimal performance and recovery.  His research has included children, adolescents and individuals with chronic health conditions, as well as athletes.

Awards and Achievements

2017 NSCA William J. Kraemer Outstanding Sport Scientist of the Year

President, International Society of Sports Nutrition

Lifetime Achievement Award, US Army 3-314th Thunder Battalion

Fellow, American College of Sports Medicine

Fellow, International Society of Sports Nutrition

Presidential Fellowship for Teaching Excellence

NASPE Outstanding Mentor of the Year Award Finalist

AAHPERD Research Writing Award

Selected Publications

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1. Jäger, R., Kerksic, C.M., Campbell, B.I., Cribb. P.J., Wells, S.D., Skwiat, T.M., Purpura, M., Ziegenfuss, T.N., Ferrando, A.A., Arent, S.M., Smith-Ryan, A.E., Stout, J.R., Arciero, P.J., Ormsbee, M.J., Taylor, L.W., Wilborn, C.D., Kalman, D.S., Kreider, R.B., Willoughby, D.S., Hoffman, J.R., Krzykowski, J.L., & Antonio, J. (2017). International Society of Sports Nutrition Position Stand: Protein and Exercise. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, 14, 20.

2. Phillips, S.M., Aragon, A.A., Arciero, P.J., Arent, S.M., Close, G.L., Hamilton, D.L., Helms, E.R., Henselmans, M., Loenneke, J.P., Norton, L.E., Ormsbee, M.J., Sale, C., Schoenfeld, B.J., Smith-Ryan, A.E., Tipton, K.D., Vukovich, M.D., Wilborn, C., & Willoughby, D.S. (2017). Changes in body composition and performance with supplemental HMB-FA+ATP. Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research, 31, e71-72.

3. Schmitz, S.O., McFadden, B.A., Golem, D.L., Pellegrino, J.K., Walker, A.J., Sanders, D.J., & Arent, S.M. (2017). The effects of exercise dose on stereotypical behavior in children with autism. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 49, 983-990.

4. Doyle, T.P., Lutz, R.S., Pellegrino, J.K., Sanders, D.J., & Arent, S.M. (2016). The effects of caffeine on arousal, response time, accuracy, and performance in Division I college fencers. Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research, 30, 3228-3235.

5. Kovac, J.R., Pan, M., Arent, S.M., Lipshultz, L.I. (2016). Dietary adjuncts for improving testosterone levels in hypogonadal males. American Journal of Men’s Health, 10, 109-117.

6. Golem, D.L. & Arent, S.M. (2015). The effects of over-the-counter jaw-repositioning mouthguards on dynamic balance, flexibility, agility, strength, and power in college-aged male athletes. Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research, 29, 500-512.

7. Davitt, P.M., Pellegrino, J., Schanzer, J., Tjionas, H., & Arent, S.M. (2014). The effects of a combined resistance training and endurance exercise program in inactive college females: Does order matter? Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research, 28, 1937-1945.

8. Davitt, P.M., Arent, S.M., Tuazon, M.A., Golem, D.L., & Henderson, G.C. (2013). Postprandial triglyceride and free fatty acid metabolism in obese women after either endurance or resistance exercise. Journal of Applied Physiology, 114, 1743-1754.

9. Velez, A., Golem, D.L., & Arent, S.M. (2010). The impact of a 12-week resistance training program on strength, body composition, and self-concept of Hispanic adolescents. Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research, 24, 1065-1073.

10. Arent, S.M., Pellegrino, J., Williams, C.A., DiFabio, D., & Greenwood, J. (2010). Nutritional supplementation, performance, and oxidative stress in college soccer players. Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research, 24, 1117-1124.

Dr. Arent's Biosketch