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Barbara Hess, MA
Barbara Hess, MA

Instructor II & Clinical Coordinator, Exercise Science Program
Phone: (239) 590-7539
Office: Marieb Hall 320

Professor Hess an Instructor in the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, working primarily in the Exercise Science Program.  She earned her undergraduate degree from Western Maryland College (presently McDaniel College) in Westminster, MD.   She holds a graduate degree in Exercise Physiology from The University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.   Her professional experience prior to joining the faculty at FGCU includes Director of Cardiac Rehabilitation, Wellness Coordinator, Director of Exercise and Lifestyle Change, Exercise Physiologist, and Adjunct Professor.


Research and Scholarly Interests:

  • Exercise for cardiace risk reduction
  • Behavior modification and exercise in obesity
  • Cardiac rehabilitation
  • Weight management
  • Geriatric exercise
  • Low back exercise
  • Wellness

Scholarly Works:

Hunt D, Chapa D, Hess B, Swanick K, Hovanec A (2015).  The Importance of Resistance Training in the Treatment of Sarcopenia.  Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, 39-43.