Jeffrey E. Herrick

Jeffrey E. Herrick


Assistant Professor and Undergraduate Program Director, Department of Rehabilitation Science in the College of Health and Human Services

Dr. Herrick is an exercise physiologist with extensive experience in analyzing biological mechanisms underlying cardiopulmonary responses in a wide range of clinical populations.

He is presently doing research on Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Muscle Fatigue.



CHHS webpage:

Phone: 703-993-1263
Address: Robinson A451D
Department of Rehabilitation Science
MS: 2G7, 4400 University Dr
Fairfax, VA 22030-4444



Dr. Herrick is an Assistant Professor and the undergraduate program director at the Department of Rehabilitation Science in the College of Health and Human Services. Dr. Herrick is an exercise physiologist with extensive experience in analyzing biological mechanisms underlying cardiopulmonary responses in a wide range of clinical populations.

Dr. Herrick earned a doctorate in Rehabilitation and Movement Science with a concentration in Cardiopulmonary Physiology at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2009. He also earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Utica College of Syracuse University in 1994 and a Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology from James Madison University in 2005. Dr. Herrick is a professional member of American College of Sports Medicine and American Academy of Sleep Medicine.



Virginia Commonwealth University
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Rehabilitation and Movement Science
2005 – 2009

James Madison University
Master’s Degree, Exercise Physiology
2002 – 2005

Syracuse University
Bachelor’s Degree, Biology and Psychology
1990 – 1994



Assistant Professor
George Mason University
August 2012 – Present (4 years 2 months)| Fairfax, VA
Department of Rehabilitation Science
Director of Undergraduate Education
Assistant Professor
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
August 2009 – July 2012 (3 years)| Edwardsville, IL
Director Exercise Science Program

Term Faculty
Virginia Commonwealth University
August 2008 – May 2009 (10 months)| Richmond, Virginia Area
Department of Health and Human Performance
Liscensed Social Worker
State of Maine
January 1996 – June 2002 (6 years 6 months) | Portland, Maine Area
Department of Mental Health
Community Support and Program Development



Research Interests

  • Respiratory responses during exercise in spinal cord injury
  • Sleep disruption, muscle oxygenation, and fatigability
  • Rehabilitation outcomes in adults with chronic spinal cord injury
  • Weight loss and weight maintenance interventions
  • Exercise and appetite control

Dr. Herrick’s research and clinical experiences have centered around understanding the effects of physical activity and obesity on metabolic and cardiopulmonary mechanisms that underlie functional performance. Specifically, his work has focused on the distribution of body composition changes following weight loss and the impact on ventilatory efficiency and subjective perceptions of dyspnea during exercise in obese adults. In addition, Dr. Herrick’s research has included work with obese adolescents engaged in multi-disciplinary weight loss programing and adults undergoing surgically induced weight loss via gastric bypass surgery.

Since joining the faculty at George Mason University in 2012, Dr. Herrick established collaborations with researchers from the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington D.C., the National Institutes of Health’s Clinical Research Center, and Mason’s School of Nursing and the Department of Nutrition. Presently, his work aims to understand the mediating effects of sleep fragmentation on mechanisms of skeletal muscle fatigue and daytime symptoms of tiredness. Specifically, he is actively investigating muscle oxygen kinetics at rest and during exercise in adults with obstructive sleep apnea and the relationship with functional performance and fatigability.

Volunteer brochure for Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Muscle Fatigue research study


Selected Publications

Herrick, JE, Bliwise, DW, Puri, S, Rogers, S, Richards, KC. (2014). Strength training combined with moderate physical activity reduces the Apnea-Hypopnea Index in institutionalized older adults. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 15(11); 844-846.

Herrick, JE, Kirk, EP, Holly, MR, Smith, BS, Wooten, JW (2014). Elevated diastolic blood pressure is associated with the ventilatory efficiency slope in asymptomatic obese adults. Journal of Cardiovascular Disease Research, 5:1-1.

Herrick, JE, Kirk, EP, Sharp, BS. (2014). Truncal adiposity predicts exercise induced breathlessness in obese adult females. Gazzetta Medica Italiana, Archivio Per Le Scienze Mediche. (In press)

Rossamano, CR, Herrick, JE, Kirk, SM, Rose, P, Kirk, EP (2012). A 6 month supervised employer based minimal exercise program for police officers improves fitness. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 26(9); 2338-44.



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