Sarah Camhi

Sarah Camhi



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.


  • Physical activity, obesity, and cardiometabolic risk 
  • Fitness and health assessment
  • Community-engaged research
  • Health promotion on university campus
  • Mindfulness and physical activity

Research Areas

  • Physical activity epidemiology
  • Obesity and cardiometabolic risk epidemiology
  • Exercise is medicine
  • Exercise prescription use


  • 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

Prior Experience

  • Associate Professor of Exercise Science, University of Massachusetts, Boston
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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

Selected Publications