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Michael Bruneau

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Michael Bruneau, Jr.


Associate Teaching Professor

Health Sciences Department

Michael Bruneau Jr, PhD, received a BS in Exercise Science and Health Promotion from Central Connecticut State University, an MS in Kinesiology from the University of Connecticut and a PhD in Exercise Physiology from Springfield College. Before joining the Health Sciences faculty, he served as processing coordinator, student representative and chair of the Student State Representative Committee for the New England Regional Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine (NEACSM). In addition to his service for NEACSM, Bruneau is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Student Affairs Committee, NEACSM, Mid Atlantic Regional Chapter of ACSM (MARC-ACSM) and Clinical Exercise Physiology Association (CEPA). 

Bruneau’s research interests include the use of physical activity and exercise as a nonpharmacological lifestyle therapy for the prevention, treatment and control of chronic disease. His more recent work has involved the examination of supervised exercise in clinical populations, including those living with overweight and obesity, hypertension, chronic kidney disease, HIV/AIDS and substance use disorder and Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias. Aside from his experience with exercise interventional trials, Bruneau has also conducted research in the sciences of systematic review and meta-analysis. 

Bruneau is an associate teaching professor of Health Sciences in the College of Nursing and Health Professions with a joint appointment in the Department of Nutrition Sciences at Drexel University. He is the director of the Clinical Exercise Physiology Laboratory and president-elect for the MARC-ACSM. He has and continues to provide service to the College of Nursing and Health Professions’ Implementation Science Research Interest Group and Department of Health Sciences’ Leadership Education Advising and Development (LEAD) peer mentoring program.

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Academic Distinctions

Gloria F. Donnelly Mentoring Award (2020), Donna Murphy Service Scholarship, Mark Connelly Memorial Scholarship

Faculty Fellowships

AgeWell Collaboratory, Implementation Science Research Interest Group

Professional Society

MARC-ACSM, 2016-present
Clinical Exercise Physiology Association, 2016-present
American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), 2010-present

Selected Publications

Gitlin, L., Bruneau Jr., M (In press). Working with Care Partners and Families. In L.F. Low and K. Laver’s Rehabilitation for Dementia: A Resource for Health Professionals, Service Planners and Researchers, (Volume TBD, Pages TBD, Publisher TBD).

Bruneau Jr., M., Debowes, K., Volpe, S., Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias: A Review of Evidence for Clinical Practice. Journal of Clinical Exercise Physiology (In review).

Bruneau Jr., M., Milliron, B., Sinclair, E., Obeid, E., Gross, L., Bealin, L., Smaltz, C., Butryn, M., Giri, V., Physical Activity Assessment among Men Undergoing Genetic Counseling for Inherited Prostate Cancer: A Teachable Moment for Improved Survivorship. Supportive Care in Cancer (In press). 

Bruneau Jr., M., McKinnon, J., Germain, M., Matthews, T., Dodge, T., Dalton, P., LaCroix, A., Van Huysen, S., & Headley, S. (2019). Effects of In-Center Resistance Training in End-Stage Renal Disease: A Pilot Study. Journal of Clinical Exercise Physiology, 8(3), 91-96.

Bruneau Jr., M., Walsh, S., Angelopoulos, T., Gordon, P., Moyna, N., Visich, P., Zoeller, R., Seip, R., Bilbie, S., Thompson, P., Devaney, J., Gordish-Dressman, H., Hoffman, E., Pescatello, L. (2018). A Genetic Variant in IL-15Rα Correlates with Physical Activity Levels among European-American Adults. Molecular Genetics and Genomic Medicine. doi:10.1002/mgg3.368.

Grant participation:

Alzheimer’s Association, Alliance for Potato Research and Education, American College of Sports Medicine, American Heart Association, American Pecan Council, Association of Frontotemporal Degeneration, Commonwealth University Research Endowment, International Life Sciences Institute, National Institutes of Health, Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center

Editorial review board membership:

  • Journal of Hypertension
  • Annals of Epidemiology
  • Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport
  • Nutrients
  • Endocrine-Related Cancer

Research Interests

Bruneau’s research interests include the use of physical activity and exercise as nonpharmacological lifestyle therapies for the prevention, treatment and control of cardiometabolic disease. His more recent work has involved the examination of supervised exercise in clinical populations including those living Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

PhD, Exercise Physiology 2016
Springfield College
Springfield, MA
Dissertation title: The Influence of Acute Aerobic Exercise on Hunger Hormones and Ghrelin o-Acyltransferase in Normal Weight and Obese Adults

MS, Kinesiology 2013
University of Connecticut
Storrs, CT
Thesis title: A Meta-Analysis of Candidate Gene Association Studies on the Blood Pressure Response to Aerobic Exercise

BS, Exercise Science and Health Promotion 2010
Central Connecticut State University
New Britain, CT