My philosophy centers around the FSC commitment to engaged learning. I believe engaging students in classroom and laboratory activities and experiences is the key to student learning.
I emphasize to my students that gaining the knowledge is only half of the battle. For the knowledge to be truly useful, they must be able to explain the science behind what they have learned, and be able to explain it equally well to scientists and non-scientists alike.
locationGilbert Gym - room 5
I am originally from Springfield, MA and earned my BS and MS degrees in Exercise Science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. I went on to earn a PhD in Exercise Physiology from the University of Pittsburgh.
Prior to starting at Florida Southern College in the Exercise Science program, I spent from fall 2011-spring 2016 at Fitchburg State University in Fitchburg, MA. At Fitchburg State, I was an Assistant Professor in the Exercise and Sports Science department and I taught a variety of different courses in the department.
My research interests include public health and physical activity epidemiology. I am currently involved in research that is attempting to better elucidate possible correlates of physical activity and sedentary behavior. I am hoping to initiate research in the near future at Florida Southern College that will allow me to involve my students in the research process.
I enjoy cycling, running, golf, and history.
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, School of Public Health, Currently enrolled in Master of Public Health program, Concentration: Epidemiology, 2014-present
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, Department of Health & Physical Activity, Ph.D., Exercise Physiology Collateral Area: Epidemiology, 2006-2011
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, Master of Science, Major: Exercise Science, Concentration: Exercise Physiology, GPA: 3.7, 2000-2004
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, Bachelor of Science, Cum Laude, Major: Exercise Science, GPA: 3.4, 1998-2000 Holyoke Community College, Holyoke, MA, Associate of Arts, High Honors, Major: Arts and Science, GPA: 3.8, 1995-1998
Garcia JM, Agaronov A, Sirard J, Whaley D, Rice DJ, Weltman A. Psychosocial and Friend Influences on Objective Sedentary Behavior and Screen Time: A Mixed Methods Analysis. Under Review Journal of Physical Activity and Health.
Garcia JM, Cox DJ, Rice DJ. Associations of Physiological and Psychological Health Outcomes with Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior in Adults with Type 2 Diabetes. Under Review. Preventing Chronic Disease.
Garcia JM, Sirard JR, Deutsch NJ, Rice DJ, Weltman A. The Influence of Friends and Psychosocial Factors on Physical Activity and Screen Time in Overweight and Normal Weight Adolescents: A Mixed Methods Analysis. Accepted with revisions. Research Quarterly In Exercise and Sport.
Garcia JM, Healy S, Rice DJ. Individual, Social, and Environmental Factors Associated with Physical Activity and Screen Time in Irish Children: Growing Up in Ireland Study. Under Review. Journal of Physical Activity and Health.
Garcia JM, Tran A, Rice DJ, Sirard J, Whaley D, Weltman A. Participation in Sport Among Middle and High School Males and Females: a Mixed-Methods Study. Submitted. Journal of Exercise and Sport Psychology.