Mario Munoz

Dr. Mario Munoz

Mario Muñoz

Assistant Professor


LBD 101L

Curriculum Vitae


Dr. Muñoz is from Puerto Rico where he studied secondary physical education at the University of Puerto Rico’s Rio Piedras Campus. He obtained a master's degree in exercise sciences from Northern Michigan University before returning to Puerto Rico to teach at the college level and to consult athletes from different sports on their strength and conditioning programs.

In 2006 he moved to Boston to pursue a doctoral degree. In 2008 he accepted a full-time lecturer position at the University of Massachusetts in Boston.

Dr. Muñoz teaching expertise covers areas such as fitness and wellness, research methods, exercise and aging, pediatric exercise, exercise physiology, exercise physiology for chronic diseases, and exercise physiology for athletic performance.

His current line of research examines the extent to which health-related fitness, skill-related fitness components, self-efficacy toward physical activity, motor coordination, and acculturation levels predict physical activity participation and sedentary behaviors in Latino children of Latino subgroups, specifically children of Caribbean Latino backgrounds (e.g., Puerto Ricans and Dominicans).

He has served the American College of Sports Medicine as the Co-chair of the Minority Health and Research Special Interest Group. He is also a Fellow of The American College of Sports Medicine (FACSM).


  • Ph.D., Rehabilitation Sciences, Boston University

Selected Publications

  • Mendoza-Vasconez, A. S., Linke, S., Muñoz, M., Pekmezi, D., Ainsworth, C., Cano, M., Williams, V., Marcus, B. H., & Larsen, B. A. (2016). Promoting Physical Activity Among Underserved Populations. Current sports medicine reports, 15(4), 290–297.