Sarah Camhi

Sarah M. Camhi

Associate Professor

Full-Time Faculty

(415) 422-7592 Harney Science Center 107D


Sarah Camhi’s educational and research training as a clinical exercise physiologist and physical activity epidemiologist has given her a unique perspective on examining the associations between lifestyle behaviors, obesity, and cardiometabolic risk.

More specifically, her research has examined the role of physical activity, sedentary behavior, and/or diet in modifying cardiometabolic risk within obese individuals across the lifespan. Professor Camhi’s current research explores barriers and challenges related to participation in exercise prescription programs from health care providers for urban populations.

Member, STEM Diversity Committee, University of San Francisco
Member, GoUSF Committee, University of San Francisco
Faculty Co-Advisor, Exercise is Medicine on Campus, University of San Francisco
Member-at-Large, Abstracts and Awards, Southwest American College of Sports Medicine
Member, Exercise is Medicine Education Committee, American College of Sports Medicine
Member, Pronouncements Committee, American College of Sports Medicine
University of Maryland, PhD in Kinesiology (Physical Activity Epidemiology)
University of Queensland, MS in Exercise Management (Clinical Exercise Physiology)
University of Michigan, BS in Kinesiology
Associate Professor of Exercise Science, University of Massachusetts, Boston
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Fitness and health assessment
Physical activity programming for children in community-based and school settings
Community engaged research
Physical activity epidemiology
Obesity and cardiometabolic risk epidemiology
Exercise is medicine
Exercise prescription use
Selected Publications

Camhi, S.M., Debordes-Jackson, G*. Andrews, J.*, Lindsay, A., Troped, P.J., Wright, J., Hayman, L.H., (2021) Socioecological Factors Associated with an Urban Exercise Prescription Program for Under-Resourced Women: A Mixed Methods Community-Engaged Research Project. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 18(16), 8726.

Camhi SM, Must A, Gona PN, Hankinson A, Odegaard A, Reis J, Gunderson EP, Jacobs DR, Carnethon MR. Int J Obes (Lond). Duration and stability of metabolically healthy obesity over 30 years.  2019 Sep;43(9):1803-1810. 

Young DR, Hivert MF, Alhassan S, Camhi SM, Ferguson JF, Katzmarzyk PT, Lewis CE, Owen N, Perry CK, Siddique J, Yong CM. Sedentary Behavior and Cardiovascular Morbidity and Mortality: A Science Advisory From the American Heart Association. Physical Activity Committee of the Council on Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health; Council on Clinical Cardiology; Council on Epidemiology and Prevention; Council on Functional Genomics and Translational Biology; and Stroke Council. Circulation. 2016 Sep 27;134(13):e262-79. 

Camhi SM, Crouter SE, Hayman LL, Must A, Lichtenstein AH. Lifestyle Behaviors in Metabolically Healthy and Unhealthy Overweight and Obese Women: A Preliminary Study. PLoS One. 2015 Sep 18;10(9):e0138548.

Camhi SM, Katzmarzyk PT, Broyles S, Church TS, Hankinson AL, Carnethon MR, Sternfeld B, Lewis CE. Association of metabolic risk with longitudinal physical activity and fitness: coronary artery risk development in young adults (CARDIA). Metab Syndr Relat Disord. 2013 Jun;11(3):195-204.

Awards & Distinctions

 Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, 2015

Fellow of the American Heart Association, 2014

Innovation in Community Engaged Teaching Award, University of Massachusetts, Boston, 2014