John Sieverdes, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Address: Silcox 407


  • Ph.D. Division of Health Aspects of Physical Activity, Department of Exercise Science, Arnold School of Public Health.
    • Dissertation Topic: Use of Technology for Physical Activity Assessments and Intervention Applications (2012)
  • M.S. Safety Engineering, Emphasis in Ergonomics, Industrial Hygiene and Workplace Safety and Health, Texas A&M University (2001)
  • B.S. Industrial Engineering, Clemson University (2000)

Research Interests

  • Mobile health technology
  • Frailty in chronic kidney disease
  • Wearable technology
  • Behavioral theory in physical activity
  • Measurement of strength in clinical populations
  • Distance coaching in adult populations

Courses Taught

  • EXSC340 Exercise Physiology
  • EXSC439 Advanced Exercise Physiology
  • EXSC440 Biomechanics
  • EXSC442 Healthy Aging


Sieverdes JC, Mobile health considerations for kidney disease and transplantation. Invited Editorial.  MHealth 2018 (in press)

Sieverdes JC, Treiber FA, Mueller M, Nemeth LS, Brunner-Jackson B, Anderson A, Baliga PK. Organ Video Educated Donors (LOVED) Program for Kidney Transplant Eligible Patients: A proof of concept. Transplantation Direct 2018 (in press)

Sieverdes JC, Rao V, Taber D, Noltemeyer Z, McGillicuddy JW, Bergamin M, Thangavel S, Baliga PK. Functional Testing for Frailty in End-stage Renal Disease Patients. Progress in Transplantation. 2018 (in press)

Sieverdes JC, Bergamin M, Chandler J, Noltemeyer Z, Moore TL, Baliga PK, Ruggiero K, Campbell RC, Nemeth LS, Treiber FA, Juergens K, Jenkins CH. Lifestyle Intervention for Transplant Success (LIFTS) Mobile Health Wellness Program for Kidney Wait-listed Patients: Considerations for Intervention Design. Int Arch Nurs Health Care. 2018 (in press) DOI: 10.23937/2469-5823/1510086

Adams ZW, Sieverdes JC, Brunner-Jackson B, Mueller M, Chandler J, Diaz V, Patel S, Sox L, Wilder S, Treiber FA. Meditation Smartphone Application Effects on Pre-Hypertensive Adults’ Blood Pressure: Dose-Response Feasibility Trial. Health Psychology. 2017 (in press)

Sieverdes JC, Adams ZW, Nemeth L, Brunner-Jackson B, Mueller M, Anderson A, Patel S, Sox L, Treiber FA. Formative evaluation on cultural tailoring breathing awareness meditation smartphone apps to reduce stress and blood pressure. Mhealth. 3:44 (19 October 2017). PMC5682386

Sieverdes JC, Price M, Baliga PK, Chavin KD, Brunner-Jackson B, Treiber FA. Design and Approach of the Living Organ Video Educated Donors (LOVED) Program to Promote Living Kidney Donation in African Americans. Contemporary Clinical Trials2017 Oct; 61:55-62. PMC5897101

Sieverdes JC, Nemeth LS, Magwood GS, Baliga PK, Chavin KD, Brunner-Jackson B, Patel S, Ruggiero J, Treiber FA. Patient-Centered mhealth Living Donor Education Programs for African Americans: Development and Analysis. JMIR Research Protocols. 2015 Aug 10;4(3):e84. PMC4705021

Bullo V, Bergamin M, Neunhaeuserer D, Gobbo S, Sieverdes JC, Zaccaria M, Ermolao A. The Effects of Pilates Exercise Training on Physical Fitness and Mental Health in Elderly: a Systematic Review for Exercise Prescription. Preventive Medicine. 2015 Jun; 75:1-11.

Sieverdes JC, Nemeth L, Magwood GS, Baliga PK, Chavin KD, Ruggiero KJ, Treiber FA. African American Kidney Transplant Patients’ Perspectives on Challenges in Living Donation Process. Progress in Transplantation. Progress in Transplantation. 2015 Jun;25(2):164-75. PMC4929989

Sieverdes JC, Raynor P, Armstrong T, Sox L, Baliga P, Srinivas T, Treiber FA. Attitudes and Perceptions of patients on the kidney transplant waiting list toward health-delivered physical activity programs. Progress in Transplantation. Mar 2015.25(1)26-34. PMC4751589

Bergamin M, Gobbo S, Zanotto T, Sieverdes JC, Alberton CL, Zaccaria M, Ermolao A. Influence of Age on Postural Sway During Different Dual-Task Conditions. Frontiers in Medicine: Front Aging Neurosci. 2014 Oct 22;6:271. PMC4205805

Rasotto C, Bergamin M, Sieverdes JC, Simonetti A, Zaccaria M., Ermolao A. A Tailored Workplace Exercise Program for Women at Risk for Neck and Upper Limb Musculoskeletal Disorders; a Randomized Trial. J Occup Environ Med. 2015 Feb;57(2):178-83.

Bergamin M, Sieverdes JC, Ermaolao A.  Metabolic and Cardiovascular Responses During Aquatic Exercise in Water at Different Temperatures in Older Adults. Res Q Exerc Sport. 2015 Jun;86(2):163-71. Epub 2014 Dec 16.

Zanotto T, Bergamin M, Roman F, Sieverdes JC, Gobbo S, Zaccaria M, Ermolao M. Effects of Exercise on Dual-Task and Balance on Elderly in Multiple Disease Conditions. Curr Aging Sci. 2014;7(2):115-36.

Sieverdes JC, Mueller M, Gregoski M, Brunner-Jackson B, McQuade L, Mathews C, Treiber FA. Effects of Hatha Yoga Upon Blood Pressure, Salivary Alpha Amylase and Cortisol Function Among Normo- and Pre-Hypertensive Youth: A Pilot School-based Study. J Altern Complement Med. 2014 Apr;20(4):241-50 Epub 2014 Mar 12. PMC3994913

Gobbo S, Bergamin M, Sieverdes JC, Ermolao A, Zaccaria M. Effects of Exercise on Dual-Task Ability and Balance in Older Adults: a Systematic Review.  Achieves of Gerontology and Geriatrics 2014 Mar-Apr; 58(2)177-87. Epub 2013 Oct 18.

Sieverdes JC, Gregoski M, Patel S, Williamson D, Brunner-Jackson B, Rundbaken J, Treiber E, Davidson L, Treiber F. Medication and Blood Pressure mHealth Self-Management Program with Hispanic Hypertensives: a Proof of Concept Trial. Smart Homecare Technology and TeleHealth, 2013:1 1-10.

Sieverdes JC, Treiber FA, Jenkins C. Improving Diabetes Management with Mobile Health Technology. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences. 2013. 345(4) 289-295.

Sieverdes JC, Wickel EE, Hand GA, Bergamin M, Moran RR, Blair SN. Reliability and Validity of the Mywellness Key Physical Activity Monitor. Clinical Epidemiology, January 7 2013:5 1-8. PMC3558248

Zanuso S, Sieverdes JC, Smith N, Carraro A, Bergamin M. The Effect of a Strength Training Program on Affect, Mood, Anxiety, and Strength Performance in Older Individuals. IJSP. 2012 43(1).

Bergamin M, Ermolao A, Sieverdes JC, Zaccaria M, Zanuso S. Validation of the MyWellness Key in Walking and Running Speeds. J Sports Sci Med 2012.11:57-63. PMC3737851

Sieverdes JC, Ray BM, Lee DC, Sui X, Hand G, Baruth M, Blair SN. The Association between Leisure-Time Physical Activity and Depressive Symptoms in Men. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2012 Feb;44(2):260-5. (Editor’s spotlight)

Sieverdes JC, Sui M., Blair SN. Associations between Physical Activity and Submaximal Cardiorespiratory and Pulmonary Responses in Men. J Sport Med Doping Stud. 2011, Nov 22; 1(1). Pii: 102. PMC3359015.

Sieverdes JC, Sui X, Hand GA, Barry VW, Wilcox S, Meriwether RA, Hardin JW, McClain AC, Blair SN. Cardiometabolic Results from an Armband-based Weight Loss Trial. Diabetes Metab Syndr Obes. 2011 May 2011:4 187-194. Epub 2011 May 30. PMC3131799

Sieverdes JC, Sui X, Lee DC, Lee I-Min, Hooker SP, Blair SN. Independent and Joint Associations of Physical Activity Cardiorespiratory Fitness and Stroke Outcomes in Men. Phys Sportsmed. 2011 May;39(2):119-26.

Byun W, Sieverdes JC, Sui X, Hooker S.P., Lee CD, Church TS., Blair SN. Effect of Positive Health Factors and All-Cause Mortality in Men. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2010 Sep;42(0):1632-8. 

Sieverdes JC, Sui X, Lee DC, Church TS, McClain A, Hand GA, Blair SN. Physical Activity, Cardiorespiratory Fitness, and the Incidence of Type 2 Diabetes in a Prospective Study of Men. Br J Sports Med. 2010 Mar; 44(4):238-44 Epub 2009 Jul 26. (Editor’s choice)

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