RJ Gibbs | PhD, MCHES
Dr. RJ Gibbs is an Academic Specialist at Michigan State University Extension in the Health and Nutrition Institute. His primary role is program evaluation for community health programs throughout the state of Michigan as well as serving as the Principal Investigator (PI) for a nutrition education program for adolescent athletes entitled "Peak Health and Performance", a program in which he helped develop and design. He also is an instructor for the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) in the Coaches Advancement Program, providing education and certification for middle and high school coaches in Michigan. RJ also holds a Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) certification and has been a community health educator for over 10 years.
Dr. Gibbs has a wide breadth of experience in training and coaching. He was a 4-year varsity cheerleader at the University of Michigan and has played several sports growing up, including hockey and golf. He was also an amateur bodybuilder in the NPC for many years and has experience coaching competitors in diet, exercise prescription, and posing routines. He has also worked with many clients in establishing healthy eating and exercise routines for health, fitness, and physique improvement.
RJ graduated with his PhD in Kinesiology from Michigan State University. His areas of interest and research include coach and athlete education, long-term athlete development (LTAD), psycho-social aspects of sports and physical activity, adolescent nutrition, and physical activity behavior change through sport participation, sports performance, and reducing childhood obesity. RJ also holds a Master's Degree in Community Health Education from Eastern Michigan University and a Bachelor's in Sport Management and Communication from the University of Michigan.