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Captain Dan Bornstein, Ph.D.



Dr. Daniel Bornstein is an assistant professor in the Department of Health, Exercise and Sport Science at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina. Dr. Bornstein began working at The Citadel in 2013 after completing his doctoral degree in exercise science with a specialization in physical activity and public health from the University of South Carolina. While at the University of South Carolina, he also served as Project Manager for the development and release of the U.S. National Physical Activity Plan. Dr. Bornstein remains very active in national- and local-level efforts aimed at increasing active living. Dr. Bornstein is the Immediate Past Chair of the American Public Health Association’s Physical Activity Section, is Chair of the National Physical Activity Plan’s Communications Committee, and serves locally on the Charleston Mayor’s Wellness Council. Prior to receiving his doctoral degree, Dr. Bornstein founded, managed, and ultimately sold two fitness companies based in Tucson, Arizona; The ProActive Performance Institute, and Inner Strength Fitness Consulting.


Dr. Bornstein’s primary area of research is on active living policy, systems, and environmental changes aimed at decreasing chronic disease prevalence and minimizing health disparities. Dr. Bornstein believes that impacting policy, systems, and environments is best accomplished through effective policy advocacy, and therefore providing scientific evidence that is of utmost interest to policy makers. As such, Dr. Bornstein is currently investigating ways in which population-levels of physical inactivity may negatively impact national security, in addition to public health. He is currently leading a series of studies in collaboration with the U.S. Army’s Public Health Institute and the University of South Carolina looking at state-level trends in physical fitness and injuries of Army recruits. Dr. Bornstein also recently received funding to investigate associations among physical activity, sleep behavior, physical fitness, and academic performance among Citadel cadets. In addition to research in the area of physical activity and national security, Dr. Bornstein collaborates on research focused on validity and reliability of physical activity measurement, and physical activity promotion among specific populations.


At The Citadel, Dr. Bornstein teaches a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses from exercise testing and prescription, to applied biomechanics, strength and conditioning, and research methods. Dr. Bornstein is also Chair of The Citadel’s Fitness Pillar, working with the Commandant’s Department and Krause Center for Leadership & Ethics to develop and implement academic, research, and practical programs aimed at improving the health and fitness of Citadel cadets now and for a lifetime, while also preparing select cadets to become future leaders in the area of physical fitness and public health.



Ph.D. in Exercise Science - University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
B.S. in Psychology - Hobart College, Geneva, NY

Research Interests:

Physical activity policy, use of existing and emerging technologies for promoting and monitoring physical activity, and coalitions focused on physical activity and active living.

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