Jonathan Dugas

Vitality Institute

Science without application is nothing more than stamp collecting. The Vitality Institute is poised at the intersection of population health evidence and the application thereof, and it’s exciting to see how we can apply the science to improve health every day.


Jonathan studied Kinesiology and graduated with Honors from Texas Christian University, where he worked in the Exercise Physiology Laboratory as a research assistant. His strong interest in Exercise Physiology led him to the University of Cape Town, where he completed a Ph.D. under the guidance of Professor Tim Noakes. Although his doctoral work focused on human temperature regulation, he has keen interests in the promotion of health and exercise, which is what eventually led him to The Vitality Group.

Prior to joining The Vitality Group, he spent four years in the Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where his primary responsibilities included teaching Advanced Exercise Physiology, Advanced Fitness Assessment, Advanced Exercise Programming and Assessment (graduate level), and Elementary Statistics. He also supervised numerous Master’s and undergraduate research projects.

Jonathan’s strengths are in the translation of science studies and the practical application of scientific findings to populations. As Director of Clinical Development, Jonathan’s focus is to ensure Vitality continues to use evidence-based best practices and retains its strong scientific foundations. With the Vitality Institute, Jonathan supports the development of the tobacco cessation research for the US, contributes to the Vitality Institute staying up to speed on any developments with regards to physical activity, and supports the Webinar Series offered.


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