About our Keynote Speakers
Peter T. Katzmarzyk, PhD, FACSM, FAHA
Exercise and Health Sciences Distinguished Keynote Speaker
“Sedentary Behavior and Health: Current Concepts”
Dr. Katzmarzyk is currently a Professor and the Associate Executive Director for Preventive Medicine and Healthy Aging at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA. He also holds the Louisiana Public Facilities Authority Endowed Chair in Nutrition. He obtained a PhD in Exercise Science from Michigan State University in 1997, and pursued post-doctoral education at Laval University in 1998. His main research interest is the epidemiology and public health impact of obesity and physical inactivity, and determining the relationships between physical activity, physical fitness, obesity and related disorders such as metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disease and diabetes, particularly in children and youth. Dr. Katzmarzyk has published his research findings in more than 290 scholarly journals and books. He is currently an editorial board member for the International Journal of Obesity, Pediatric Obesity, and Metabolic Syndrome and Related Disorders. Dr. Katzmarzyk’s scientific advocacy efforts include the organization of an annual public health conference on childhood obesity at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, and chairing the research advisory committee for the development of Louisiana’s Report Card on Physical Activity and Health for Children and Youth.
Jacqueline Fawcett, PhD, RN, FAAN
Nursing Distinguished Keynote Speaker
“One Nurse’s Life as a Metatheorist, Researcher, and Mentor”
Dr. Fawcett and an international team of colleagues have been conducting a Roy Adaptation Model-based program of research focused on adaptation to life events for more than 30 years. Author of several texts focused on conceptual models of nursing, Dr. Fawcett is recognized internationally for her meta-theoretical work. Her ongoing programs of Roy Adaptation Model-based research focus on functional status in normal life transitions and serious illness, and women’s responses to cesarean birth. Her research encompasses instrument development and descriptive, correlational, and experimental studies. Dr. Fawcett served as a consultant to the Nursing Research Council at Winchester Hospital in Winchester, Massachusetts during their journey toward attaining Magnet Hospital status. She has also served as a writing and research mentor for staff nurses at Dana Farber Cancer Institute.