Ed Acevedo

Edmund Acevedo, Ph.D., FACSM.

(804) 828-1948
500 Academic Centre
1020 West Grace St.

Research Interests

Dr. Acevedo’s primary research focus is on the impact of stress and fitness level on an individual’s health. He has examined the effects of concurrent mental and physical challenges on cardiorespiratory responses, and indicators of inflammation and endothelial wall function. More recently, his research group has conducted a number of research projects focused on telomere length, a biological marker of cellular age. Physical activity prevents the premature shortening of telomere lengths that occurs with chronic levels of psychological stress. By investigating the cellular components attributed to the preservation of telomere length, his laboratory provides a novel approach to examining cellular mechanisms that help to explain the benefits of physical activity to various chronic diseases.

Select Publications

  1. Slusher, A.L., Zuniga, T.M., & Acevedo, E.O. (2018). Aerobic Fitness Alters the Capacity of Mononuclear Cells to Produce Pentraxin 3 Following Maximal Exercise. European Journal of Applied Physiology, 118, 1515-1526. doi.org/10.1007/s00421-018-3882-3
  2. Slusher A.L., Patterson V.T., Schwartz C.S., Acevedo E.O. (2018). Impact of High Intensity Interval Exercise on Executive Function and Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor in Healthy College Ages Males. Physiology and Behavior, 191, 116-122. doi:10.1016/j.physbeh.2018.04.018
  3. Slusher, A.L., Zuniga, T.M., & Acevedo, E.O. (2018). Maximal Exercise Alters the Inflammatory Phenotype and Response of Mononuclear Cells. Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise, 50, 675-683. doi: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000001480
  4. Slusher, A.L., Huang, C.J., & Acevedo, E.O. (2017). The Potential Role of Aerobic Exercise-Induced Pentraxin 3 on Obesity-Related Inflammation and Metabolic Dysregulation. Mediators of Inflammation. doi:10.1155/2017/1092738
  5. Acevedo, E.O., & Slusher, A.L. (2017). Physiological Activation to Acute Mental Challenge: Implications for Cardiovascular Health. Kinesiology Review, 6, 120-133. doi:10.1123/kr.2016-0045

Publications listed on PubMed, the search engine accessing the National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health database


  1. Acevedo, E.O. (Ed.). (in press). Oxford Encyclopedia of Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology. New York: Oxford University Press.
  2. Acevedo, E.O. (Ed.). (2012). The Oxford Handbook of Exercise Psychology. New York: Oxford University Press. (ISBN-10: 0-1953-9431-3)
  3. Acevedo, E.O. & Ekkekakis, P. (Eds.). (2006). The Psychobiology of Physical Activity. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics. (ISBN-10: 0-7360-5536-3)


  • Fellow of the National Academy of Kinesiology (FNAK #534)
  • Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (FACSM)
  • Fellow of the American Psychological Association (FAPA)