Gary L. Oden

Professor, Department of Kinesiology



LDB 107M

Curriculum Vitae


Dr. Gary Oden has been at Sam Houston State since 1987 and teaches undergraduate and graduate exercise science courses.  He holds a Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology and is a certified Clinical Exercise Specialist and Performance Enhancement Specialist by the National Academy of Sports Medicine.  His research has examined the effect of exercise on lipoproteins, the benefit of employee wellness programs, and performance enhancement with elite athletes.  His research has been published in Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sports, The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness, The International Journal of Exercise Science, The Journal of Molecular Pathophysiology, and Medicine Science in Sports and Exercise.  Dr. Oden has authored four books.

In addition to his work in academia, Dr. Oden has developed and directed a cardiac rehabilitation program, directed a major corporation employee wellness program, and consulted with multiple companies on the development and evaluation of employee wellness programs.


  • B.S.  Health and Physical Education, University of North Alabama
  • M.Ed.  Exercise Science, University of Mississippi
  • Ph.D.  Applied Exercise Physiology Texas A&M University

Professional/Academic Credentials

  • NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist
  • NASM Performance Enhancement Specialist

Selected Publications

    • Grandjean, P., G. Oden, S. Crouse

      Lipid and Lipoprotein Changes in Women Following 6 Months of Exercise Training in a Worksite Fitness Program (1996)

      Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness Vol. 23, 72-80

    • Glave A. P., Didier, J. J., Oden, G. L., Wagner, M. C.

      Caloric Expenditure estimation differences between an elliptical machine and indirect calorimetry (2018)

      Exercise Medicine, https://doi.org/10.26644/em.2018.008

    • Wagner, M., Oden, G. L., Glave, A. P., Hyman

      Development of Agility Utilizing a Multidimensional Modality of Plyometrics (2014)

      Journal of Fitness Research Vol. 3 51-59