Bouvé College of Health Sciences Dean of the College, Healthy aging, health promotion in the lifecycle, nutrition and physical activity/exercise, translational research
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Dr. Sceppa’s program of research focused on healthy aging is looking to transform the way we think about exercise, from a personal choice to preventive medicine. Her program of research addresses three areas: (1) efficacy of exercise interventions on health risk factor reduction; (2) translation of evidence base exercise interventions to the real world; and (3) development of sustainable strategies for health promotion and optimal health. She targets vulnerable populations including those underserved, frail, chronically ill, and ethnically diverse.
Her research findings have provided evidence-based information used by the Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine to revise the Dietary Recommended Intake for protein in older adults. Her pioneer work on resistance exercise in older adults with kidney disease and diabetes was translated into clinical practice by the American Diabetes Association and adopted as standard of care. In addition, her research findings contributed to the recommendations for physical activity in older adults by the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Heart Association. Funding for Dr. Sceppa’s research include the Brookdale Foundation, the International Life Sciences Institute, the National Institutes of Health, the National Space and Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI); as well as corporations and foundations.
Dr. Sceppa is co-Principal Investigator of Healthy Kids Healthy Futures, an intergenerational obesity prevention imitative that promotes physical activity and healthy eating in families and day care staff of young children 3-8 years of age (http://www.northeastern.edu/healthykids). In addition to participatory community-based intervention research, Dr. Sceppa examines mechanisms associated with aging and health. This research is being conducted in the Human Performance and Exercise Science Laboratory (https://bouve.northeastern.edu/health-sciences/programs/exercise-science/lab/) she directs at Northeastern University.
Dr. Sceppa’s research findings have been widely published and referenced. They represent a collaborative effort of a transdisciplinary team of investigators, students and fellows. Her research has contributed to advancing the field of healthy aging by providing evidence on the benefits of resistance exercise for multiple health outcomes and disease conditions. More importantly, the knowledge acquired from her evidence base research has informed the development of “real world” community-based interventions and guidelines that bridge the gap between research translation and practice/policy.