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Dr. Dan Bornstein


dan bornsteinDr. Daniel B. Bornstein is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health and Human Performance at The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina. 

Dr. Bornstein began working at The Citadel in 2013 after completing his Ph.D. in

Exercise Science from the University of South Carolina.  Prior to earning his Ph.D., Dr. Bornstein founded and was C.E.O. of two fitness companies based in Tucson, AZ, the ProActive Performance Institute and Inner Strength Fitness Consultants.  After selling those companies in 2007, which focused on individual-level health and performance, Dr. Bornstein’s Ph.D. and current research agenda are focused on effective strategies for increasing population-levels of physical activity in order to improve public health and military readiness.

Dr. Bornstein has published extensively and presents regularly at national and international conferences in the areas of physical activity and public health including: physical activity monitoring, physical activity communication, physical activity policy, and physical activity messaging.  Currently, Dr. Bornstein is leading a series of research studies investigating the impacts of physical inactivity and low physical fitness on military readiness and national security.  Dr. Bornstein’s research has been featured in over 130 media outlets worldwide, including USA Today, Newsweek, Stars and Stripes, and National Public Radio.  Based on his research, Dr. Bornstein has provided numerous briefings to senior military personnel and lawmakers, including briefings at The Pentagon and Capitol Hill. 

In addition to his research, Dr. Bornstein has held national leadership positions in the physical activity and public health field including: Project Coordinator for the U.S. National Physical Activity Plan from 2009-2014, and Chair of the American Public Health Association’s Physical Activity Section from 2015-2016.  Dr. Bornstein currently serves on several national committees including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Committee on Physical Activity Communications, the American Heart Association’s Expert Advisory Group on Physical Education and Physical Activity Policy in Schools, and he’s currently Chair of the National Physical Activity Plan’s Communications Committee.  Locally, Dr. Bornstein is a member of the Mayor’s Health and Wellness Committee for the City of Charleston, and he is Chair of The Citadel’s Fitness Pillar.




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.

Dr. Dan Bornstein's Curriculum Vitae 

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