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Strong Stories: Robert LeFavi, Ph.D.

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Ph.D. - Health and Human Performance, Auburn University

D.Min. - University of the South

M.Div. - Erskine Theological Seminary

M.B.A. - Nova Southeastern University

B.S. - Health Education, University of Florida

Robert LeFavi, Ph.D.

Health Science Professor, Strength and Conditioning Certificate Program Coordinator, Interim Department Head Teaching since 2003

A noted expert in the fields of health, nutrition, sport science, sport medicine and psychology who has published more than 500 articles in scientific journals and mainstream press around the world, Dr. Robert LeFavi has established himself as a go-to source for The New York Times, USA Today, Parade, CNN and CBS, among other.  

“Practical experiences are gold,” he asserts. “If you have not had the opportunity to get real-life experience, you are leaving college less than prepared and putting yourself at a competitive disadvantage.”   

Especially, he notes, in the health field, where employers give much weight to a student's clinical experience.  

“What I love for students to do is get out and see their passion in other people and that opens doors for them,” he says.  “I want to offer an opportunity for students to experience their field of choice and to put them in contact with people who can get them jobs.”  

With a B.S. in Health Education from the University of Florida and a Ph.D. from the department of Health and Human Performance at Auburn University, LeFavi has taught a number of courses over the years surrounding moral and ethics in health, encouraging students to look closely at his or her skills, beliefs and values.

“I think in a deeper sense, that's what academics look to do,” he notes. “Students should learn that the things they can count on are the things that are within them.”

As the co-owner of a CrossFit franchise in Effingham County and a previous owner of a Gold's Gym for 15 years, he discusses fitness entrepreneurship with his students, keeping field lessons tangible and fun.   

Earlier this year, LeFavi helped captured important data on 14-year-old weightlifting sensation C.J. Cummings, who broke one of the longest-standing records in U.S. weightlifting history, using 13 high-speed cameras to track the athlete’s every movement at Armstrong’s Biodynamics and Human Performance Center. LeFavi presented the findings to a packed house at the National Youth Championships in Daytona Beach, Fla., in June and is currently working on further presentations.

“Armstrong is an amazing place,” he raves. “I love working with students and inspiring them to succeed.”