Dr. Matthew J. Garver

Assistant Professor

B.S., Health and Physical Education, Lee University, 2003
M.S., Exercise Science, Central Washington University, 2006
Ph.D., Exercise Physiology, The Ohio State University, 2011

Contact Information:
Phone: 325-674-2822
Email: mjg11a@acu.edu

Office Address:
Gibson Health and Physical Education Center Room 125

Area of Specialization

  • Testing for Health, Fitness, and Disease Risk
  • Testing for Human Performance
  • Knee Osteoarthritis
  • Exercise Behavior (Knowledge, Beliefs, and Choices) Among Senior Adults

Teaching Areas

  • KINE 372 -- Exercise Physiology
  • KINE 373 -- Exercise Physiology Lab
  • KINE 399 -- Research Methods
  • KINE 420 -- Exercise Science Internships
  • KINE 475 -- Physical Activity and Aging
  • OCCT 735 -- Research Methods (Graduate Occupational Therapy)

Organizational Involvement

  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • Texas Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine

Honors and Awards

  • 2014 - Faculty of the Year Award, College of Education and Human Services, Abilene Christian University 
  • 2010 - Awarded the Graduate Associate Advisory Leadership Award, Ohio State University 
  • 2003 - Co-Valedictorian at the 131st Graduation Ceremonies, December 2003, Lee University

Primary Research Interests

  • Knee Osteoarthritis
  • Exercise intervention delivery strategies
  • Exercise-related understanding and physical activity choices

Research Mentoring

  • 2015 – Sarah Taylor (Student Co-author) submitted Invited Review article to Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare. Garver, M.J., B.C. Focht, and S.J. Taylor. “Invited Review: Integrating Lifestyle Approaches Into Osteoarthritis Care.” J Multidisc. Healthcare, 2015, 409-418, 2015. http://dx.doi.org/10.2147/JMDH.S71273
  • 2014 – Cara Loveland presented at the 2015 ACU Research Festival and she also presented in Austin, Texas, at the 2015 Regional American College of Sports Medicine Conference. “Time-Clamped, RPE-Matched Treadmill Activity and Interactive Video Game Dancing Differ in Step Count But Not Heart Rate Response,” Inter J Exerc Sci: Conf. Proc. Vol. 2, Iss. 7: Art. 47.
  • 2014 – Chase Harbach (2nd Place Award Winner, Poster Presentation at Regional ACSM 2015) presented at the 2015 ACU Research Festival and he also presented in Austin, Texas, at the 2015 Regional American College of Sports Medicine Conference. “The Need for Reporting Metabolic Sampling Interval in Publication: An Example Using Maximal VO2 Values and Running Economy,” Inter J Exerc Sci: Conf. Proc. Vol. 2, Iss. 7: Art. 27.
  • 2014 – Taylor Flowers presented in Austin, Texas, at the 2015 Regional American College of Sports Medicine Conference. “The Impact of Simulated Altitude on Selected Elements of Running Performance,” Inter J Exerc Sci: Conf. Proc. Vol. 2, Iss. 7: Art. 36.
  • 2014 – Logan Smith presented for the Biology Research Club and at the 2015 ACU Research Festival. “The Impact of Simulated Altitude on Selected Elements of Running Performance.”
  • 2014 – Sarah Taylor (ACU University Scholar, Student Primary Investigator) presented at the 2015 ACU Research Festival and she also presented in Austin, Texas, at the 2015 Regional American College of Sports Medicine Conference. “Pre-Prandial Vinegar Ingestion Improves Two-Hour Glucose Control in Older, Type II Diabetics More Than Post-Prandial Walking,” Inter J Exerc Sci: Conf. Proc. Vol. 2, Iss. 7: Art. 66.
  • 2014 – Nathan McClain presented in Fort Worth, Texas, at the 2014 Regional American College of Sports Medicine Conference. "Auscultation and Oscillometry Result in Different Blood Pressure Readings When Using Visual Display on an iOS Operated Device," Inter J Exerc Sci: Conf. Proc. Vol. 2, Iss. 6: Art. 24.
  • 2013 - Nicholas Sterling presented at the 2014 ACU Undergraduate Research Festival and he also presented in Denton, Texas, at the 2014 Texas National McNair Scholars Research Conference. “Practicality and validity of an iDevice-operated blood pressure monitor,” In addition, his work was also accepted to the 2014 National American College of Sports Medicine in Orlando, Florida.
  • 2012 - Bryce Geeslin presented in Austin, Texas, at the 2013 Regional American College of Sports Medicine Conference. "Benign Conduction Abnormalities in Response to Acute, Moderately-High, Simulated Altitude Exposure," Inter J Exerc Sci: Conf. Proc., Vol. 2, Iss. 5: Art. 58.
  • 2012 - Nicole Priest presented at the 2013 ACU Undergraduate Research Festival and she also presented in Austin, Texas, at the 2013 Regional American College of Sports Medicine Conference. "Exercise Knowledge, Exercise Beliefs, Physical Activity Engagement and Physical Function in Older Adults," Inter J Exerc Sci: Conf. Proc., Vol. 2, Iss. 5: Art. 60.
  • 2012 - Amy White presented at the 2013 ACU Research Festival and she also presented in Austin. Texas, at the 2013 Regional American College of Sports Medicine Conference. (2013) "Utility of Two iPhone Device Apps in Assessing Heart Rate at Rest During Activity," Inter J Exerc Sci: Conf. Proc., Vol. 2, Iss. 5: Art. 59.

[Selected] Presentations

  • (May 2012) “Short-term changes in pedometer-determined physical activity in knee osteoarthritis patients: evidence from the IMPACT-P trial.” San Francisco, CA. [Lecture; Mixed Professional Audience]. Completed talk in place of first author B.C. Focht (in absentia).
  • (November 2012) “Muscle Plasticity: How Use and Disuse Impact Form and Function.” TAHPERD 89th Annual Convention. Galveston, TX. [Lecture; Mixed Professional Audience].
  • (August 2011) “NIH-Funded Research with Older, Overweight Knee Osteoarthritis Patients: Evidence from IMPACT-P.” Care Point East Medical Center Rheumatology Grand Rounds. Columbus, OH. [Lecture; Rheumatologists and Rheumatology Fellows].
  • (August 2009) “What is ‘Labs in Life’?” COSI® Science Center – #1 Science Center in America 2009 (Parent’s Magazine) – Columbus, OH. [Lecture and Demonstration; Distinguished Professional Guests including: Boston Science Center Vice-President and Director of Exhibits].
  • (February 2006) “Effect of Storage Techniques on Blood Lactate Concentration and Determination of Various Lactate Threshold Definitions.” Northwest Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine. Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR. [Lecture; Professional Audience].

[Selected] Scholarly Works in Press or in Review

  • Lucas, A.R., Focht, B.C., M.J. Garver, S.T. Devor, J. Dials, C.F. Emery, K. Hackshaw, and W.J. Rejeski Relationships of Physical Activity and Sedentary Time with Functional Performance and Health-Related Quality of Life Outcomes in Older Knee Osteoarthritis Patients. (In Review).
  • Focht, B.C., M.J Garver, J.A. Cotter, S.T. Devor, A.R. Lucas, and C. Fairman. Affective Responses to Acute Resistance Exercise Performed At Self-Selected and Imposed Loads in Trained Women. J Strength Cond Res (Accepted and In press).

[Selected] Publications

  • Garver, M.J., B.C. Focht, B.C., and S.J. Taylor. Invited Review: Integrating Lifestyle Approaches Into Osteoarthritis Care. J Multidisc. Healthcare, 2015, 409-418, 2015. http://dx.doi.org/10.2147/JMDH.S71273
  • Garver, M.J., L.E. McCurley, J.D. Bell, J.B. Geeslin, N.E. Priest, and A.M. White. A Good Use for The Student’s Phone: Tracking Their Heart. J Phys Educ Rec Dance, 86, 52-54, 2015.
  • Focht, B.C., M.J. Garver, S.T. Devor, J. Dials, A.R. Lucas, C.F. Emery, K. Hackshaw, and W.J. Rejeski. Group-Mediated Physical Activity Promotion and Mobility in Sedentary Knee Osteoarthritis Patients: Results from the IMPACT-Pilot Trial. J Rheum, 10, 2068-2077, 2014.
  • Garver, M.J., B.C. Focht, J. Dials, M.T. Rose, A.R. Lucas, S.T. Devor, C.F. Emery, K.V. Hackshaw, and W.J. Rejeski. Weight Status and Differences in Mobility Performance, Pain Symptoms, and Physical Activity in Older, Knee Osteoarthritis Patients. Arthritis, Vol. 2014, Article ID 375909, 7 pages, 2014. http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/375909
  • Focht, B.C., M.J. Garver, A.R. Lucas, S.T. Devor, K. Hackshaw, J. Dials, C.F. Emery, and W.J. Rejeski. Group-mediated Activity Counseling, Traditional Exercise Therapy, And Objectively-determined Physical Activity In Knee Osteoarthritis Patients. Med Sci Sports Exerc, 46; S111, 2014.
  • Garver, M.J., L.E. McCurley, and J.D. Bell. Discrepancy in Auscultation and Oscillometric Determination of Blood Pressure Based on Visual Display of Pressure. Med Sci Sports Exerc, 46; S838, 2014.
  • McClain, N.D. and M.J. Garver. Auscultation and oscillometry result in different blood pressure readings when using visual display on an iOS-operated device. Inter J Exerc Sci: Conf Ab Sub. 2: Art. 24, 2014.
  • Sterling, N.A., M.J. Garver, and J.D. Bell. Avoiding White Coat Hypertension: Preliminary Efficacy of an iOS-Operated Oscillometric Cuff. Med Sci Sports Exerc, 46; S753, 2014.
  • Sterling, N. and M.J. Garver. Practicality and validity of an iDevice-operated blood pressure monitor. Presented at 2014 Annual Texas National McNair Scholars Research Conference. Page 39 at following link: http://bit.ly/1wlTMaL
  • *Focht, B.C., S.K. Clinton, S.T. Devor, M.J. Garver, A.R. Lucas and J.M. Thomas-Ahner. Resistance Exercise Interventions During and Following Cancer Treatment: A Systematic Review. J Support Oncol, 11; 45-60, 2013. *Noteworthy Acceptance: Became required reading for Fellows at Mayo, Jacksonville, FL Clinic (Robert P. Shannon, MD, FAAHPM).
  • Bell, J.D., M.J. Garver, L.E. McCurley, D.J. Kerrigan, R.K. Jessup, J.B. Geeslin, N.E. Priest, A.M. White, and E.B. West. Short-Term, Moderately-High, Simulated Altitude Hypoxia Does Not Evoke Cardiac Ischemia. Med Sci Sports Exerc, 45; S207, 2013.
  • Garver, M.J., L.E. McCurley, R.K. Jessup, J.B. Geeslin, N.E. Priest, A.M. White, and B.C. Focht. Relationship Between Exercise Knowledge and Beliefs and Physical Function and Activity in Older Adults. Med Sci Sports Exerc, 45; S71, 2013.
  • McCurley, L.E., M.J. Garver, J. Bell, S. Jones, B. Geeslin, N. Priest, and A. White. Validity and reliability of two mobile device apps in assessing heart rate at rest and during exercise.Med Sci Sports Exerc, 45; S217, 2013.
  • Torres, C., B.C. Focht, M.J. Garver, J.A. Cotter, and S.T. Devor. Self-selected and imposed-load resistance exercise: Effects on self-efficacy in recreationally trained women. Med. Sci. Sports Exerc. 45; S164, 2013.
  • Focht, B.C., M.J. Garver, S.T. Devor, J. Dials, M.T. Rose, A.R. Lucas, C.F. Emery, K.V. Hackshaw, and W.J. Rejeski. Improving maintenance of physical activity in older, knee osteoarthritis patients trial-pilot (IMPACT-P): design and methods. Contemp Clin Trials, 33; 976-982, 2012.
  • Scheadler, C.M., M.J. Garver, T.E. Kirby, and S.T. Devor. Glycerol hyperhydration and endurance running performance in the heat. J Exerc Physiol Online, 13; 1-11, 2010.
  • *Focht, B.C., M.J. Garver, S.T. Devor, J. Dials, C.F. Emery, and K. Hackshaw. Group-mediated activity counseling and self-reported physical activity in older, knee osteoarthritis patients: Evidence from the IMPACT-P trial. Ann Behav Med, 42; S80, 2012. *Media Attention 05/12: http://www.rheumatologynews.com
  • Garver, M.J., B.C. Focht, S.T. Devor, J. Dials, C.F. Emery, A.R. Lucas, and K. Hackshaw. Physical activity, pain, and functional limitations in older, overweight and obese knee osteoarthritis patients. Med Sci Sports Exerc, 44; S638, 2012.
  • Lucas, A. R., B.C. Focht, M.J. Garver, S.T. Devor, K. Hackshaw, J. Dials, and C.F. Emery. Physical activity and change in health-related quality of life in older, knee osteoarthritis patients. Med Sci Sports Exerc, 44; S85, 2012.
  • DiGeronimo, M. K., C.M. Scheadler, M.J. Garver, N.W. Saunders, M.T. Rose, and S.T. Devor. Energy cost and stroke parameter changes during long distance swimming in ironman triathletes. Med Sci Sports Exerc, 43; S106-107, 2011.
  • Focht, B.C., M.J. Garver, J.A. Cotter, and S.T. Devor. Feeling state responses to self-selected and imposed-load bouts of resistance exercise. Ann Behav Med, 41; S36, 2011.
  • Garver, M.J., B.C. Focht, S.T. Devor, J. Dials, C. Emery, and K. Hackshaw. Functional performance, mobility-related self-efficacy, and physical activity in older, overweight and obese knee osteoarthritis patients. Med Sci Sports Exerc, 43; S321-232, 2011.
  • Saunders, N.W., M. J. Garver, S.T. Jamison, C.M. Scheadler, A.M. Chaudhari, and S.T. Devor. Postural control in figure skaters following a neuromuscular training intervention.Med Sci Sports Exerc, 43; S926-927, 2011.
  • Scheadler, C.M., N.W. Saunders, M.J. Garver, A.M. Chaudhari, and S.T. Devor. Sampling rates influence interpretation of data from force plate center of pressure measures of postural control. Med Sci Sports Exerc, 43; S924, 2011.
  • Scheadler, C.M., M.J. Garver, M.K. DiGeronimo, C.M. Huber, T.E. Kirby, and S.T. Devor. Glycerol hyperhydration and endurance running performance in the heat. Med Sci Sports Exerc, 42; S363, 2010.
  • Focht, B.C., M.J. Garver, J.A. Cotter, and S.T. Devor. Affective responses to resistance exercise performed at self-selected and imposed loads in trained women. Med Sci Sports Exerc, 42; S59-60, 2010.
  • Focht, B.C., M.J. Garver, and J.A. Cotter. Perceived exertion during acute resistance exercise performed at self-selected and imposed loads in trained women. Med Sci Sports Exerc, 41; S213, 2009.
  • Garver, M.J., G. Hovey, L.J. Nielsen, J.M. Dickinson, N. Melvin, T. Schaefer, G. David, V. Nethery, and C. Papadopoulos. Effect of glycerol hyperhydration on running performance in the heat. Med Sci Sports Exerc, 39; S316, 2007.
  • Nielsen, L.J., M.J. Garver, J.M. Dickinson, D.S. Campbell, and C. Papadopoulos. Physiological and metabolic responses during two self-selected cycling time trials. Med Sci Sports Exerc, 38; S491, 2006.
  • Burnham, T.R., K. Kemble, J.M. Dickinson, and M.J. Garver. Aerobic exercise improves quality of life in breast cancer survivors. Med Sci Sports Exerc, 38; S421, 2006.
  • Garver, M.J., L.J. Nielsen, J.M. Dickinson, D.S. Campbell, and C. Papadopoulos. Effect of storage techniques on blood lactate concentration and determination of various lactate threshold definitions. Med Sci Sports Exerc, 38; S514, 2006.
  • Matern, P.D., J.M. Dickinson, M.J. Garver, and V. Nethery. Light exercise does not ameliorate DOMS symptoms beyond that achieved by rest. Med Sci Sports Exerc, 38; S388, 2006.
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