John Smith

John Smith

College Of Education And Human Development
Department of Counseling, Health and Kinesiology
STEM 142-I

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John Smith
, a Professor in the College of Education and Human Performance, earned a Ph.D. in 2004 in Exercise Physiology from Texas Woman's University after completing his dissertation entitled "Assessment of Physical Activity Levels in 3rd and 4th Grade Children Using Pedometers during Physical Education Class." He also earned a B.S. at the University of the Texas at San Antonio (1992) and an M.S. at Texas A&M University-Kingsville (1995).

Before joining the faculty at Texas A&M University-San Antonio in January of 2008, Dr. Smith was an assistant professor at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville for three-and-a-half years and a visiting assistant professor at Texas A&M-Kingsville for two years. Dr. Smith is also a Texas certified physical education teacher and taught at the elementary level while completing his dissertation.

Dr. Smith's research interests include the accuracy and use of activity monitors in assessing physical activity levels and assessment of physical fitness, especially in the limb-loss population. He has also had the opportunity to be involved in community outreach projects that involve training first-time triathletes as well as teaching in weight management clinics. He is currently a member of the ACSM as well as other several state-level organizations. Dr. Smith is also ACSM Certified-Exercise Physiologist.

Selected Publications:

Smith, J. D. & Guerra, G. (2021). Quantifying step count and oxygen consumption with portable technology during the 2-Min Walk Test in people with lower limb amputation. Sensors, 21(6), 2080.

Le, H., Guerra, G., Sasaki, K., Phongphibool, S., Smith, J. D., Wongpanya, J., Rakbanboong, & T., Siriwatsopon, J. (2020). Oxygen consumption and speed performance of a runner with amputation wearing an elevated vacuum running prosthesis. Journal of Prosthetics and Orthotics. DOI: 10.1097/JPO.0000000000000317

Smith, J. D., Guerra, G., & Burkholder, B. G. (2019). The validity and accuracy of wrist-worn activity monitors in lower-limb prosthesis users. Disability and Rehabilitation, DOI: 10.1080/09638288.2019.1587792

Guerra, G., Smith, J. D., Gomez, P., & Siriwatsopon, J. (2019). The accuracy of variously positioned pedometers for lower limb prosthesis users. Journal of Prosthetics and Orthotics. DOI: 10.1097/JPO.0000000000000264

Smith, J. D., Schroeder, C, & Smith, R. M. (2019). Pedometer accuracy and metabolic cost in elementary school children while walking, skipping, galloping, and sliding. The Physical Educator, 76(1), 1-23.

Jung, H., Lee, N., Smith, J. D., Lee, S. (2019). Elevation training mask induces modest hypoxemia, but does not affect heart rate variability during cycling in healthy adults. Biology of Sport, 36(2), 105-112.

A&M San Antonio Courses Taught



  • Exercise in chronic disease and disabilities
  • Exercise physiology
  • Exercise testing and prescription
  • Internship
  • Functional anatomy
  • Measurement and evaluation in kinesiology
  • Research projects in kinesiology
  • Medical terminology
  • Exercise physiology
  • ECG interpretation and cardiac rehabilitation
  • Research methods in kinesiology
  • Statistical analysis of research data


Courses Teaching

Subject Number Section Description Term Syllabus
EDKN 3445 900 Msrmnt & Eval in Kinesiology Fall 2023 Syllabi
EDKN 4401 001 Exercise Test and Prescription Fall 2023 Syllabi
EDKN 5305 600 Graduate Research Project Fall 2023 Syllabi
EDKN 5317 600 Research in Kinesiology Fall 2023 Syllabi
EDKN 3445 901 Msrmnt & Eval in Kinesiology Fall 2023 Syllabi