Todd Miller

Todd Miller

Todd Miller


Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies

School: Milken Institute School of Public Health

Department: Exercise and Nutrition Sciences


Email: Todd Miller
Fax: 202-994-3601
950 New Hampshire Avenue, 205

Dr. Miller is responsible for the development of the Master of Science concentration in Strength & Conditioning at GW, and currently serves as program director.   Since coming to GW in 2005, Dr. Miller’s professional and research interests have varied widely.  These interests have included studies of exercise adherence in commercial health clubs; caloric expenditure during interactive video gaming in school children; obesity treatment in retired NFL players, and most recently, the role of resistance training in preventing and treating overweight/obesity in women.  He is the former Director of the Weight Management and Human Performance Lab at GW’s Virginia Science and Technology Campus.  Dr. Miller has won GW’s Excellence in Teaching Award 5 times. 

As a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and Tactical Strength and Conditioning Facilitator, Professor Miller brings a tremendous amount of field experience to his research into muscle physiology. His early focus on the influence of strength training on athletic performance evolved into an interest in how human beings respond to long-term space travel.  To learn more, Dr. Miller has used animal models to investigate the deleterious effects of microgravity on neuromuscular and cardiovascular physiology, and how those effects can be countered by exercise.  His final work with NASA included an experiment that flew on the ill-fated Columbia shuttle in 2003.

Exercise Science

Bachelor of Science (Exercise and Sport Science), Pennsylvania State University, 1995

PhD (Exercise Physiology), Texas A&M University, 2000

Postdoctoral training (Dept. of Microbiology), University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, 2000-1.

EXNS 2112: Exercise Physiology II

EXNS 2128:  Scientific Principles of Strength & Conditioning

EXNS 6202: Advanced Exercise Physiology I

EXNS 6203:  Advanced Exercise Physiology ll

EXNS 6221: Science and Theory of Resistance Training

EXNS 6222: Current Topics in Strength and Conditioning

EXNS 6810:  Advanced Metabolism

Dr. Miller is a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association and the American College of Sports Medicine. He currently serves as the Chair of the Council for the Accreditation of Strength & Conditioning Education (CASCE).  Todd also serves as an Adjunct Staff Member for the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Coast Guard in 1990.

Dr. Miller's research centers on the physiological adaptation of skeletal muscle in response to exercise and disuse. His particular focus is on the interplay between exercise, metabolism, nutrition and body composition. Secondary areas of research include training techniques for elite athletes,

factors affecting health club usage in the American public, as well as the emerging role of interactive video gaming on physical activity. 

  • Ray, C.A., Vasques, M., Miller, T.A., Wilkerson, M.K., and Delp, M.D.  Effect of actual and simulated microgravity on cardiac mass and function in the rat.  J Appl Physiol  91:  1207-1213, 2001.
  • Miller, T.A., Lesniewski, L.A., Muller-Delp, J., Majors, A.K., Scalise D., and Delp, M.D. Hindlimb unloading induces a collagen isoform shift in the soleus muscle of the rat Am J of Physiol Regulatory Integrative Comp Physiol 281: R1710-R1717, 2001.
  • Miller, T.A., White, E.D., Kinley, K.A., Congleton­, J.J., and Clark, M.J. The Effects of training history, player position, and body composition on exercise performance in collegiate football players. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research 16(1): 44-49, 2002.
  • Mattson, J.P., Miller, T.A., Poole, D.C., and Delp M.D. Fiber composition and oxidative capacity of hamster skeletal muscle.  J Histochem. Cytochem.  2002 50: 1685.
  • Lesniewski, L.A., Miller, T.A and Armstrong R.B.  Mechanisms of force loss in diabetic mouse skeletal muscle.  Muscle & Nerve 28:  493-500, 2003.
  • Watson, R. R., Miller, T. A., and Davis, R. W.  Immunohistochemical fiber typing of harbor seal skeletal muscle.  J Exp Biol 206: p. 4105-4111, 2003.
  • Miller, T.A. and Boettiger, D.  Control of intracellular signaling by modulation of fibronectin conformation at the cell-materials interface.  Langmuir 19(5); 1723-1729 2003.
  • Miller, T.A., Thierry-Aguilera, R., Congleton­ J.J., Amendola, A.A., Clark M.J., Crouse, S., Martin, S., and Jenkins, O.  Seasonal changes in VO2max among division 1A collegiate female soccer players.  Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research:  21(1), 48-51, 2007. 
  • Manoel, M.E., Harris-Love, M.O., Danoff, J.M., and Miller, T.A. Acute Effects of Static, Dynamic, and Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation Stretching on Muscle Power in Women.  Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research:  22(5):1528-1534. 2008
  • Roberson LM, Rossi K, Ward E, Jadwin E, Miller T.A. and Miller, W.C.  Effects of caloric restriction and overnight fasting on cycling endurance performance.  Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research:  23(2):  560-570, 2009.
  • Miller, W and Miller, T.A.  Bodyweight and perceived social pressure to exercise at a health club. American Journal of Health Behavior:  33(5):  494-503, 2009.
  • Miller, W and Miller, T.A.  Attitudes of obese and normal weight adults regarding exercise at a health club.  Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. 42  1-9, 2010.
  • Gallagher, D, DiPietro, L., Visek, A., Bancheri, J. and Miller, T.A.  The Effects of Concurrent Endurance and Resistance Training on 2,000 Meter Rowing Ergometer Times in Collegiate Male Rowers.  Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.  24(5):  1208-1214, 2010.
  • Bonetti, A.J., Drury, G.D., Danoff, J.D., and Miller, T.A.  Comparison of Acute Exercise Responses Between Conventional Video Gaming and Isometric Resistance Exergaming.  Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.  24(7):1799-1803, 2010. 
  • Eisen T.C, Danoff, J.V., Leone, J.E., and Miller, T.A.  The Effects of Multiaxial and Uniaxial Unstable Surface Balance Training in College Athletes.  Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research 24(7):1740-1745, 2010.
  • Miller, W, Miller T.A., Perceived Behavioral Control and Self Efficacy of Overweight and Normal Weight Adults Regarding Exercise at a Health Club.  Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice 9(2), 2011. 
  • Hunstman, H., DiPietro, L. Drury, D. and Miller, T.A.  Research Note:  Development of a Rowing Specific VO2max Field Test.  Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 25(6):1774-1779, June 2011.
  • Inacio, M., Dipietro, L., Visek, A.J., and Miller, T.A.,  Influence of upper body external loading on anaerobic exercise performance.  Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.  25(4):896-902, April 2011.
  • Costello, E., Leone, J.E., Ellzy, M. and Miller, T.A., Older Adult Perceptions of the Physicians’ Role in Promoting Physical Activity.  Disability & Rehabilitation.  Early online 1-8, 2012.
  • Miller, T.A., Vaux-Bjerke, A., McDonnell, K., & DiPietro, L.  Can E-gaming be Useful for Achieving Recommended Levels of Moderate- to Vigorous-Intensity Physical Activity in Inner-city Children? Games for Health Journal, April 2013, 2(2): 96-102. 
  • Miller, T.A., Mull, S., Aragon, A., Krieger, J. & Schoenfeld, B. Resistance training combined with diet decreases body fat while preserving lean mass independent of resting metabolic rate: A randomized trial. International Journal of Sport Nutrition & Exercise Metabolism 28(1): 46-54 2018.