Blair, Steven N.

Academic Affiliate

Dr. Blair's work looks at the associations between lifestyle and health, with a specific emphasis on exercise, physical fitness, body composition, and chronic disease.

Biographical Profile

School of Medicine (Grvl)
Medicine Greenville

International Activity

International Activities
Type of Activity
Research, Service
England, Germany, Australia, Ireland, Sweden, Japan, Denmark, Canada, Norway, Finland, The Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Brazil, New Zealand, China, Northern Ireland
I give frequent lectures at international meetings. I have presented lectures in Germany, China, Australia, New Zealand, England, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Wales, Sweden, Norway, Turkey, Russia, Brazil, India, and Canada. Research projects include collaborations with investigators from England, Australia, Finland, Canada, and Germany. I serve on international medical/scientific boards for private companies and academic organizations in Ireland, Italy, China, and the U.S.
Technical University of Munich; Beijing Sports University; Karolinska Institute in Stockholm; Clarity Project in Dublin.
Institutional Focus Areas
Health Sciences

Interest Background

Do you include students in your research?
Interest Keywords
Epidemiological studies, physical activity,physical fitness, as determinants of health outcomes, cognitive and behavioral interventions, healthful lifestyles
Institutional Focus Areas
Health Sciences
Personal Focus Areas
Epidemiological studies , physical activity, physical fitness

Professional Preparation(Education & Training)

Dates Institution Location Degree Field of Study
1978 - 1980 Stanford University Palo Alto, California Post Doctoral Scholar Preventive Cardiology/Epidemiology
1968 Indiana University Bloomington, Indiana P.E.D. Physical Education
1965 Indiana University Bloomington, Indiana M.S. Physcial Education
1962 Kansas Wesleyan University Salina, Kansas B.S. Physical Education & Biology

Positions & Appointments

Dates Description Institution/Entity
1966 - 1985 Arnold School of Public Health, Instructor to Professor, University of South Carolina
1995 - 2002 Director of Research, The Cooper Institute, Dallas, Texas
2002 - 2006 President and CEO, The Cooper Institute, Dallas, Texas
2006 Tenured Professor, Department of Exercise Science and Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina
1984 Director of Epidemiology, The Cooper Institute, Dallas, Texas

Recognition Awards, Honors, & Fellowships

Dates Type Description Foundation/Entity
2008 Award Population Science Research Prize American Heart Association
2008 Award Ramsey Lecturer University of Georgia-Athens
2008 Award Burris F. Husman Lecturer University of Maryland-College Park
2009 Award Establishment of the annual Steven N. Blair Award for Research on Physical Activity and Health American Heart Association; Council on Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism
2009 Award Fries Lecturer Georgia Southern University
2009 Award Lawther Lecturer University of North Carolina-Greensboro
2010 Award Population Science Research Prize American Heart Association
2010 Award International Folksam Epidemiology Prize Karolinska Institute
2011 Award Henry J. Montoye Scholar Award Southeastern American College of Sports Medicine
2013 Award USC Educational Foundation Research Award for Health Sciences University of South Carolina
2014 Award Population Science and Public Health Award World Obesity Federation
2014 Award President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition Lifetime Achievement Award President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition Lifetime Achievement
2015 Award Top Ten Leisure Paper - "Time Running Reduces All-Cause and Cardiovascular Mortality Risk" with Russell Pate and Xuemei Sui American Heart Association - Lifestyle & Cardiometabolic Health Council
2020 Award Highly Cited Researcher List Clarivate Analytics
Award National Institutes of Health Method to Extend Research in Time (MERIT) Award
Award ACSM Honor Award
Award National Fitness Hall of Fame
Award Fellow American Epidemiological Society, American Heart Association, American College of Sports Medicine, National Academy of Kinesiology, Society of Behavioral Medicine, Obesity Society, Technical Universit
Award Benjamin Meaker Fellow University of Bristol, UK
Award Honorary Member of the Order of the Horse Collar Knights of Kuopio University
Award Landsdowne Scholar, University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Award Surgeon General's Medallion
Award ICSSPE Gold Medal
Award IDEA Lifetime Achievement Award
Award IHRSA Person of the Year
Award Healthy American Fitness Leader
Award R. Tait McKenzie Recognition Award, AAHPERD
Award Citation Award, ACSM
Award W.W. Patty Distinguished Alumni Award, Indiana University
Award Honor Award, AAHPERD
Award Person of the Year, International Racket Sports Association
Award "Runner's World" All-Star Team
Award Kansas Wesleyan University Distinguished Alumni Award
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