James Sullivan

 James Sullivan


Contact Information

271D Recreation Building
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park PA 16802


(fax) 814-865-1275



Ph.D., 1993, Exercise Physiology, Southern Illinois University

Teaching Interests

Dr. Sullivan specializes in teaching Japanese Martial arts as a traditional form of activity for health, fitness and self-defense. He holds the ranks of 4th degree black belt in Aikido, 2nd degree black belt in Karate, 1st degree black belt in Kendo. He has lived in and traveled extensively throughout Japan and teaches Aikido study abroad programs in Japan for Penn State. As an exercise physiologist and former pole vaulter, he also specializes in coaching Track and Field and fitness development and evaluation for adults, athletes and executives.


  • Japanese Martial Arts - Aikido, Karate-do, Kendo
  • Track and Field
  • International Study in Japan

Professional Experience

In addition to full time teaching Dr. Sullivan is a Volunteer Assistant Coach for PSU Men's and Women's Track and Field teams.

Selected Publications

Sullivan, J.J., Knowlton, R.G., Devita, P. & Brown, D.D. (1995). Cardiovascular responses to restricted range of motion resistance training. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 10. Sullivan, J.J.

Sullivan, J.J., Knowlton, R.G., Brown, D.D., & Woehlke, P. (1994). Characteristics of adolescent pole vaulters and predictors of success. Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness, 34, 179-184.