Portrait of Ann Swartz

Ann M. Swartz, PhD, FACSM

  • Professor, Kinesiology


Graduate School Research Fellow  University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee 2010
Post-Doctoral Fellow Physical Medicine and Rehabilitaiton University of Michigan Medical School, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2003
Ph D Exercise Physiology University of Tennessee 2001
Post-Doctoral Scholar Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Center University of Kentucky College of Medicine 2001
MS Exercise Science Ball State University 1998
BS Kinesiology University of Wisconsin-Madison 1995


Ann Swartz’s research interests center the impact of physical activity and sedentary behavior on health. Specifically, she focuses on:

1) establishing links between physical activity/sedentary behavior and health

2) developing measures to assess physical activity behavior

3) identifying influences on physical activity/sedentary behavior

4) evaluating interventions to change physical activity/sedentary behavior levels

Selected Publications

Farkas GJ, Swartz AM, Gorgey AS, Berg AS, Gater DR. Acute exercise improves glucose effectiveness but not insulin sensitivity in paraplegia. Disabil Rehabil. 2022 Aug;44(17):4656-4662. doi: 10.1080/09638288.2021.1913517. Epub 2021 Apr 27. PMID: 33905292.
Rowley TW, Cho C, Swartz AM, Cho Y, Strath SJ (2022) Validation of a series of walking and stepping tests to predict maximal oxygen consumption in adults aged 18–79 years. PLoS ONE 17(2): e0264110. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0264110
Swartz AM, Wamsley C, Crownover E, Tarima S, Gaglianello N, Deal K, Burns E. (2022). Move more and sit less pilot intervention for individuals with heart failure. International Journal of Cardiology 366: 57–62. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijcard.2022.06.071
Tokarek NR, Cho CC, Strath SJ, Swartz AM. (2022). The Impact of Stand-Biased Desks on Afterschool Physical Activity Behaviors of Elementary School Children. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health. 19,7689. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19137689
Wallace AL, Swartz AM, Cho CC, Kaiver CM, Sullivan RM, Lisdahl KM. (2022). Stand-Biased Desks Impact on Cognition in Elementary Students Using a Within-Classroom Crossover Design. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health.19: 5684. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19095684
WELCH, W. A., ALEXANDER, N. B., Swartz, A. M., MILLER, N. E., TWARDZIK, E., & STRATH, S. J. (2017, November). Individualized Estimation of Physical Activity in Older Adults with Type 2 Diabetes. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise49(11), 2185-2190.
Swartz, A. M., Miller, N. E., Cho, Y. I., Welch, W. A., & Strath, S. J. (2017, February). A prospective examination of the impact of high levels of exercise training on sedentary behaviour. European Journal of Sport Science17(2), 222-230.
Lerma, N. L., Swartz, A. M., Rowley, T. W., Maeda, H., & Strath, S. J. (2017, January (1st Quarter/Winter)). Increasing the Energy Expenditure of Seated Activities in Older Adults with a Portable Elliptical Device. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity25(1), 99-104.
Imboden, M. T., Welch, W. A., Swartz, A. M., Montoye, A. H., Finch, H. W., Harber, M. P., & Kaminsky, L. A. (2017, April (2nd Quarter/Spring)). Reference standards for body fat measures using GE dual energy x-ray absorptiometry in Caucasian adults. van Wouwe, J. P. (Ed.). PLOS ONE12(4), e0175110.
Rowley, T. W., Lenz, E. K., Swartz, A. M., Miller, N. E., Maeda, H., & Strath, S. J. (2017, October (4th Quarter/Autumn)). Efficacy of an Individually Tailored, Internet-Mediated Physical Activity Intervention in Older Adults: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 073346481773539.
Dondzila, C. J., Swartz, A. M., Keenan, K. G., Harley, A., Azen, R., & Strath, S. J. (2016, December). Translating exercise interventions to an in-home setting for seniors: preliminary impact on physical activity and function. Aging Clinical and Experimental Research28(6), 1227-1235.
Wang, J., D’Amato, A., Bambrough, J., Swartz, A. M., & Miller, N. E. (2016, November). A positive association between active lifestyle and hemispheric lateralization for motor control and learning in older adults. Behavioural Brain Research314, 38-44.
Kate, R. J., Swartz, A. M., Welch, W. A., & Strath, S. J. (2016, March). Comparative evaluation of features and techniques for identifying activity type and estimating energy cost from accelerometer data. Physiological Measurement37(3), 360-379.
Swartz, A. M., Cho, Y., Welch, W. A., & Strath, S. J. (2016, February). Movement Discordance between Healthy and Non-Healthy US Adults. Lucia, A. (Ed.). PLOS ONE11(2), e0150325.
Welch, W. A., Swartz, A. M., Cho, C. C., & Strath, S. J. (2016, October (4th Quarter/Autumn)). Accuracy of Direct Observation to Assess Physical Activity in Older Adults. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity24(4), 583-590.
Lerma, N. L., Keenan, K. G., Strath, S. J., Forseth, B. M., Cho, C. C., & Swartz, A. M. (2016, October (4th Quarter/Autumn)). Muscle activation and energy expenditure of sedentary behavior alternatives in young and old adults. Physiological Measurement37(10), 1686-1700.
Welch, W. A., Strath, S. J., & Swartz, A. M. (2015). Congruent validity and reliability of two metabolic systems to measure resting metabolic rate. Int J Sports Med36(5), 414-418.
Dondzila, C. J., Gennuso, K. P., Swartz, A. M., Tarima, S., Lenz, E. K., Stein, S. S., Kohl, R. J., & Strath, S. J. (2015). Dose-response walking activity and physical function in older adults. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity23(2), 194-199.
Strath, S. J., Kate, R. J., Keenan, K., Welch, W. A., & Swartz, A. M. (2015). Ngram Time Series Model to Predict Activity Type and Energy Cost from Wrist, Hip and Ankle Accelerometers: Implications of Age. Physiological Measurement36(11), 2335-2351.
Rote, A. E., Klos, L. A., Brondino, M. J., Harley, A. E., & Swartz, A. M. (2015). The efficacy of a walking intervention using social media to increase physical activity: A randomized trial. Journal of Physical Activity & Health12(Suppl 1), S18-S25.

Honors & Awards

European Journal of Sport Sciences Best Paper Award (2018, April 13) European Journal of Sport Sciences.
Shortlist for Best Student Presented Poster (2011, May 26) International Conference on Ambulatory Monitoring of Physical Activity and Movement.
Shortlist for Best Student Presented Poster (2011, May 26) International Conference on Ambulatory Monitoring of Physical Activity and Movement.
Research Fellow (2010) University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
2010 Research Writing Award (2010, March 18) AAHPERD Research Consortium’s.
Doctoral Faculty Status (2008, August) College of Health Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Courses Taught

KIN 330: Exercise Physiology
KIN 530: Physiology of Performance
KIN 531: Clinicla Exercise Physiology
KIN 532: Electrocardiography Interpretation
KIN 930: Seminar in Exercise Phyiology