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Program Area: Kinesiology


Dr. Steven T. Devor received his PhD in exercise physiology from the University of California, Berkeley. Following his doctoral studies, Dr. Devor was a National Institute on Aging Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Michigan Medical School in the Department of Physiology and the Institute of Gerontology. Currently, he is an associate professor in the Department of Human Sciences, Kinesiology program. He also holds a joint academic appointment in the Department of Physiology and Cell Biology.

Dr. Devor's research interests are focused on human performance and skeletal muscle physiology. He teaches courses in kinesiology, physiology and exercise physiology. Dr. Devor also serves as the exercise physiologist for the Central Ohio Commit To Be Fit program, and is the head of performance physiology for the Central Ohio Marathoner-In-Training program where he has tested and counseled thousands of endurance athletes on optimizing their performance. Dr. Devor is an elected fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and in 2006 was a recipient of the university wide Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching.

He has worked with many of the athletic teams at OSU, and has consulted for a number of years with the strength and conditioning staffs for the Columbus Blue Jackets and The Columbus Crew. 

Dr. Devor is faculty director of Ohio State's Faculty and Staff Fitness Program.


  • Postdoctoral fellow, Department of Physiology and Institute of Gerontology, University of Michigan, 1997
  • PhD, Exercise Physiology, University of California - Berkeley, 1995
  • MS, Kinesiology, University of Michigan, 1991
  • BAA, Exercise Science, Central Michigan University, 1989

Research Interests

Selected Publications

  • Starkoff, B.E., I.U. Eneli, A.E. Bonny, R.P. Hoffman, and S.T. Devor. Estimated aerobic capacity changes in adolescents with obesity following high intensity interval training. Int. J. Kines. and Sports Sci. 2: 1–8, 2014.
  • Smith, M.M., E.T. Trexler, A.J. Sommer, B.E. Starkoff, and S.T. Devor. Unrestricted Paleolithic diet is associated with unfavorable changes to blood lipids in healthy subjects. Int. J. Exerc. Sci. 7:  128-139, 2014.
  • Smith, M.M., A. R. Lucas, R.L. Hamlin, and S.T. Devor. Associations of hemorheological factors and maximal oxygen consumption. Is there a role for blood viscosity in explaining athletic performance? Clin. Hemorheol. Micorcirc.  In press, 2014.
  • Smith, M.M., B. E. Starkoff, A. J. Sommer, and S.T. Devor. Crossfit-based high intensity power training improves maximal aerobic fitness and body composition. J. Stren. Cond. Res.  27:  3159-3172, 2013.
  • Smith, M.M., N.J. Hanson, A.R.N. Lucas, and S.T. Devor. Endothelial responses of running a marathon:  A tale of three runners. Int. J. Exerc. Sci.  6:  236-241, 2013.
  • DiSilvestro, R.A., C. Mattern, N. Wood, and S.T. Devor. Soy protein intake by active young adult men raises plasma antioxidant capacity without altering plasma testosterone.  Nutrition Res.  26:  92-95, 2006.
  • Demchak, T.J., J.K. Linderman, W.J. Mysiw, R.D. Jackson, J. Suun, and S.T. Devor. Functional electric stimulation cycle ergometry training in acute SCI individuals:  effect on lower limb musculature.  J. Sports Sci Med. 4:  263-271, 2005.
  • Brown, E.C., R.A. DiSilvestro, A. Babaknia, and S.T. Devor.  Soy versus whey protein bars:  Effects on exercise training impact on lean body mass and antioxidant status.  Nutrition Journal.  3:  22, 2004.
  • Selsby, J.T., R.A. DiSilvestro, and S.T. Devor. A magnesium-creatine chelate and a low dose creatine supplementation regimen improve exercise performance. J. Stren. Cond. Res.  18:  311-315, 2004.
  • Mattern, C.O., M.J. Gutilla, D.L. Bright, K.W. Hinchcliff, T.E. Kirby, and S.T. Devor. Maximal lactate steady state declines during the aging process. J. Appl. Physiol.  95: 2576-2582, 2003.
  • Devor, S.T., and J.A. Faulkner. Regeneration of new fibers in muscles of old rats reduces contraction-induced injury. J. Appl. Physiol.  87:  750-756, 1999.