School: Milken Institute School of Public Health
Department: Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
Dr. Levers is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences and serves as the Director of the Metabolism and Exercise Testing Research Services and Academic Laboratories on GW’s main campus in Foggy Bottom. Dr. Levers joined the Milken Institute School of Public Health as an Assistant Professor in Fall 2018. Prior to his tenure at GW, Dr. Levers was an Assistant Professor of Kinesiology at Longwood University where he worked to significantly improve the Strength & Conditioning and Sports Nutrition curricula, upgrade the Exercise Science Laboratory facility, and establish a collaborative relationship between the Kinesiology Program and the Athletics Department. Prior to his time at Longwood, Dr. Levers served as a researcher in the Exercise and Sports Nutrition Laboratory at Texas A&M University collaborating with mentors Dr. Richard Kreider and the late Dr. Michael Greenwood on several large sports performance nutrition projects and women’s health initiatives while pursuing his doctorate in Exercise Physiology. During his doctoral tenure at Texas A&M, Dr. Levers volunteered his time as a Strength & Conditioning Coach and Research Collaborator with Texas A&M Athletics in addition to co-founding a start-up wearable technology company to improve blood pressure monitoring accuracy during exercise.
Dr. Levers’ professional career prior to academia was grounded in athletic performance development at the Division I collegiate level and in the private sector. After obtaining his doctoral degree, Dr. Levers founded a strength and conditioning facility in New Jersey where he served as the Director of Athletic Performance and Nutrition. Dr. Levers is a certified strength and conditioning specialist with the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA CSCS), a certified practitioner of the functional movement (FMS-1) and fundamental capacity screens (FCS), a certified functional range conditioning mobility specialist (FRCms), and a trained professional in Redcord Active techniques. Stemming from Dr. Levers’ background in athletic performance development and collegiate athletic career, his research interests are broadly focused on the application of movement, exercise, and nutrition-based interventions as methods to enhance health and human performance. He has published several articles and co-authored two book chapters related to the influences of nutrition and supplementation on exercise performance and body composition. He also has presented at several regional, national, and international events on topics ranging from health and physical activity, weight management, sports nutrition, youth sport specialization, athletic development, and athletic performance evaluation.