Peggy Plato, Ph.D.



Spartan Complex 174


(408) 924-3032

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Professor Bio

A native Californian, I was born and raised in San Jose.  After completing my Bachelor’s degree and Single Subject Teaching Credential in Physical Education at San José State University, I taught part-time at SJSU before going to the University of Arizona for my Master’s Degree in Physical Education (Exercise Physiology).  I returned to San José State to teach, and then completed my Doctoral Degree in Exercise Physiology at The Ohio State University, followed by a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in the School of Medicine at Stanford University.  My doctoral research focused on the effects of exercise training on heart function in an animal model of Type II diabetes.  Research during my postdoc also focused on diabetes and hypertension.  Since 1992, I’ve been back at San José State teaching exercise physiology and general education classes, as well as directing the Sport and Fitness Evaluation (SAFE) program.  SAFE provides fitness assessments to individuals and teams, including the San Jose Sharks and San Jose Earthquakes. 



Stanford University, Stanford, CA

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, School of Medicine, 1990-1992

The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

Doctor of Philosophy in Physical Education, 1990

Dissertation:  Effects of Training on Cardiac Function in the Fatty Zucker Rat

University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

Master of Science in Physical Education, 1981

Thesis:  The Influence of Fitness Level and Suggestion on Ratings of Perceived Exertion by College-Aged Women

San José State University, San José, CA

Bachelor of Science in Physical Education and Single Subject Teaching Credential, 1976

Minor:  Sociology


Expertise, Research & Teaching Interests

Research interests include applied exercise physiology (metabolic & cardiovascular).  Current research is focused on incorporating physical activity in the workplace (non-exercise activity thermogenesis, or NEAT) and effects on cardiovascular and metabolic risk factors


Courses Taught

KIN 69 – Stress Management

KIN 154B – Electrocardiogram Interpretations & Graded Exercise Testing

KIN 157 - Physiological Assessment 

KIN 187 – Clinical Exercise Physiology

KIN 255- Advanced Exercise Physiology


Selected Publications

Plato, P. A., & McDowell, H. A.  (2012).  Effects of seated pedaling on calorie expenditure and perceived productivity [Abstract].  Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 44(5, Suppl.), S633.

Plato, P. A., McNulty, M., Crunk, S. M., & Tug Ergun. A.  (2008).  Predicting lactate threshold using ventilatory threshold.  International Journal of Sports Medicine, 29, 732-737.

Chapman, S. D., & Plato, P. A.  (2008).  Measurement of fatigue following 18 msw open water dives breathing air or EAN36.  In P. Brueggeman & N. W. Pollock (Eds.), Diving for Science 2008: Proceedings of the American Academy of Underwater Sciences 27th Symposium.

Inoue, Y., & Plato, P. A.  (2008).  Effects of dynamic exercise on handgrip force production [Abstract].  Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 40(5, Suppl.), S428.

Plato, P. A., Christensen, C. L., & Han, J.  (2007).  Effects of a community activity program on functional fitness of older adults [Electronic Abstract].  Journal of Physical Activity and Health.

Plato, P. A., Conry, B. J., & London, M.  (2004).  Effectiveness of frontal platform training shoes for improving vertical jump.  WCPES Western Society Review 2004.

Plato, P. A. (1997).  Physical education in general education: A golden opportunity.  In R. D. Peavy (Ed.), Western College Physical Education Society Monograph Series, 7.

Donnelly, R., Plato, P. A., Chang, H., & Reaven, G. M. (1994).  Effects of gemfibrozil on triglyceride metabolism in Dahl salt-sensitive rats.  Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, 270, 809-813.

Mondon, C. E., Plato, P. A., Dall'Aglio, E., Sztalryd, C., & Reaven, G. M. (1993). Mechanism of hypertriglyceridemia in Dahl rats. Hypertension, 21, 373-379.


Selected Presentations

Crockett, M., Plato, P., & Brown, E.  (2014, September).  Exploring alternative methods for identifying low energy availability in athletic women.  Poster presented at the San Jose-Peninsula District of the California Dietetic Association Meeting, San Jose, CA. (Graduate Research Project)

Jewett, A., Elston, E., Akbar, E., Charukesnant, P., & Plato. P. (2013, October).  Calorie expenditure and productivity during activities promoting non-exercise activity thermogenesis.  Poster presented at the Southwest Regional Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, Newport Beach, CA. (Undergraduate Research Project)

Falatic, A. J., Plato, P., Han, K. M., Cisar, C., & Holder, C.  (2012, June).  The effects of kettlebell training on aerobic capacity.  Poster presented at the NATA Annual Meeting and Clinical Symposia, St. Louis, MO.  (Master’s Thesis)

Nguyen, T. D., & Plato, P. A.  (2012, June).  Effects of a comprehensive exercise program on functional capacity of older adults.  Poster presented at the American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.  (Master’s Thesis)

Moreno, K. I., & Plato, P. A.  (2012, May).  Effects of kettlebell training on metabolic syndrome in women.  Poster presented at the American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.  (Master’s Thesis)

Pica, A., Plato, P. A., Sevene, T., & Cisar, C. J.  (2012, May).  Effects of supplemental home-based walking on cardiac rehabilitation clinical outcomes.  Poster presented at the American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.  (Master’s Thesis)

Parker, A. N., & Plato, P. A. (2010, October).  Cardiorespiratory and metabolic responses to the Nintendo Wii Fit aerobics (Student research award).  Presented at the Southwest Regional Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA.  (Master’s Thesis)

Drummond, K. M., Plato, P., & Kao, J.  (2007, Nov.).  The effects of odor on weightlifting in men and women (Student research award).  Presented at the Southwest Regional Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA.  (Master’s Thesis)


Undergraduate/Graduate Student Research Supervision

Rayfield, K.  Inspiratory threshold device decreases fatigue during intermittent bouts of exercise in ice hockey players (Master’s Thesis, in progress fall 2014).

Wong, D.  Effect of high-intensity interval training with a ProwlerTM on aerobic capacity.  (Special Studies Project, graduated 2014).

Nicolini, M.  Effects of kettlebell swings with plantar flexion on vertical jump performance.  (Special Studies Project, graduated 2014).

Srinivasan, Govindaraj.  Effect of beetroot juice on resting and submaximal oxygen consumption in women.  (Special Studies Project, graduated 2014).

Mitchell, Y.  The effect of a cultural aerobic dance program on functional fitness and perceived health of older adults.  (Special Studies Project, graduated 2013).

Sugiyama, R.  The effect of post-activation potentiation on anaerobic performance.  (Special Studies Project, graduated 2013).

Osborne, Katie.  HIT (high-intensity interval training) in physical education classes (Special Studies Project, graduated 2012).

Kwan, C., Lu, R., Ogle, E., & Rojanachaichanin, T.  Effects of isometric hand grip training on blood pressure.  (Undergraduate Research Project, 2012).

Block, T., Chan, A., Rios, V., & Uriarte, A.  Effects of music on muscle endurance.  (Undergraduate Research Project, 2012).

Sigman, A., Valdez, M., & Warner, M.  Effects of the Gokhale Method® on flexibility and perceived health.  (Undergraduate Research Project, 2012).

Moran, N. A.  Accuracy of the ACSM cycle ergometry prediction equation for older adults.  (Undergraduate Research Project, McNair Scholars’ Program, 2012).

Gummadi, R.  A practical application to manage Type I diabetes (Special Studies Project, graduated 2010).

McDowell, H. A.  A NEAT idea - Effects of a pedaling device on calorie expenditure and perceived productivity (Special Studies Project, graduated 2009).


Professional Affiliations

American College of Sports Medicine

SHAPE America (Society of Health and Physical Educators)

California Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance

Western Society for Kinesiology and Wellness      

Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society

American Diabetes Association

National Association for Kinesiology and Physical Education in Higher Education

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