Peter A. Harmer, Ph.D., MPH, ATC, FACSM
  • Peter A. Harmer, Ph.D., MPH, ATC, FACSM
  • Professor of Exercise Science; Department Chair
  • Human Anatomy, Sports Medicine, Epidemiology
  • Collins 402
  • (503) 370-6470
  • (503) 370-6773 fax

Peter A. Harmer, Ph.D., MPH, ATC, FACSM

Education

  • 2006 M.P.H. Oregon Health & Science University
  • 1989 Ph.D. University of Oregon
  • 1989 M.Ed. University of Oregon
  • 1984 M.S. University of Oregon
  • 1981 B.S. University of Oregon
  • 1974 Diploma of Teaching, Riverna College of Advanced Education, Australia

Additional Appointments

  • Chief Medical Officer – United States Fencing Association (2005-2013)
  • Medical Commission – Federation Internationale d’Escrime (FIE) (2000-present)
  • Senior Associate Research Scientist – Oregon Research Institute (2006-present)

Courses

Professor Harmer is the instructor of record for the following courses: Human Anatomy (BIOL 246), Senior Seminar (EXSCI 496), Concepts and Contemporary Issues in Exercise Science and Sport (EXSCI 135), Research Design (EXSCI 356W), Epidemiology (EXSCI 221), and The Body in Science and Society (IDS 220).

Advising

Professor Harmer advises current and transfer students for all disciplines within Exercise Science and Allied Health Care Professions, and serves as the Internship Coordinator for the Department of Exercise Science.

Grants and Awards

  • Co-Principal Investigator: Five year grant from the National Institute on Aging to translate and implement an effective fall prevention program into a community-based practice (R01 AGO034956-01A1).
    Project Dates: Sept. 20, 2011 - Aug. 31, 2016
    Total Award: $3,150,000.
    Co-Principal investigator: Fuzhong Li, Ph.D., Oregon Research Institute
  • Principal Co-investigator: Four year grant from the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control to translate and implement fall prevention research through clinical practice (R18 CE001723-01).
    Project dates: Sept. 1, 2009 – Aug. 31, 2012.
    Total award: $1,350,000.
    Principal investigator: Fuzhong Li, Ph..D., Oregon Research Institute.
  • Principal Co-investigator: Four-year grant from National Institutes of Health – Behavioral Medicine Interventions and Outcomes to study the influence of Tai Chi on Parkinson’s disease. (R01 NS047130-01A2).
    Project Dates: Jan. 1, 2008 - Dec. 31, 2011.
    Total award: $2,795,909.
    Principal investigator: Fuzhong Li, Ph.D., Oregon Research Institute.
  • Co-investigator: Four-year grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to study environmental predictors of obesity in the elderly (ES014252).
    Project Dates: Sep. 1, 2005 - Aug. 31, 2009.
    Total award: $2,180, 418.
    Principal investigator: Fuzhong Li, Ph.D., Oregon Research Institute.
  • Consultant: Three-year grant from the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control to develop and disseminate a Tai Chi-based fall prevention program for community-dwelling older adults. (CE000711).
    Project Dates: Sep. 1, 2005 - Aug. 31, 2008.
    Total award: $1,049,728.
    Principal; investigator: Fuzhong Li, Ph.D., Oregon Research Institute.
  • Co-investigator: Two-year grant from the National Institute on Aging for study of cobblestone walking and health outcomes in older adults. (AG20470-01A2).
    Project Dates: Sep. 30, 2003 - Aug. 30, 2005.
    Total award: $200,000.
    Principal investigator: Fuzhong Li, Ph.D., Oregon Research Institute.
  • Consultant: Four-year grant from the National Institute on Aging to study the physical and psychological benefits of Tai Chi training in older adults (AG18394).
    Project Dates: Sep. 30, 2000 - Aug. 31, 2004(9/30/00-8/31/04).
    Total award: $1,507,000.
    Principal investigator: Fuzhong Li, Oregon Research Institute.
  • Atkinson Faculty Development Grant, Willamette University (1997, 2002, 2006, 2008).
  • Hewlett Foundation Grant, Willamette University (1997, 2001, 2006, 2007).
  • Kinesiotape Inc., Research Grant, Tokyo, Japan (1999).

Honors

  • Fellow - American College of Sports Medicine (2007)
  • Fellow – Research Consortium of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (1997)
  • Recipient - Lawrence D. Cress Award for Excellence in Faculty Scholarship, Willamette University (2005)
  • President - American College of Sports Medicine – Northwest (2003-4)
  • Medical supervisor:
     - Asian Games, fencing, Doha, Qatar (2006)
     - Eleven (11) World Fencing Championships (2002-2010)
  • Elected Life Member of the United States Fencing Association for medical services to the USA Fencing team (2000)
  • Special recognition award from the Federation Internationale d’Escrime for medical services to international fencing, Switzerland (1998)

Recent Publications (2005 - present)

Books & Book Chapters:

  • Caine, D., Harmer, P. & Schiff, M. (eds.). (2010). Epidemiology of injury in Olympic sports. West Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Harmer, P., & Li, F. Tai Chi and falls prevention in older people. (2008). In Y. Hong (ed.). Tai Chi Chuan – State of the art in international research. Medicine and Sport Science, Vol.XX (pp. 124-134). Basel: Karger.
  • Li, F., & Harmer, P. (2006). Structural equation modeling and its applications in Exercise Science research. In T. Wood & W. Zhu (eds.). Measurement theory and practice in kinesiology (pps. 147-167). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.
  • Harmer, P. (2005). Basketball injuries. In D. Caine & N. Muffali (eds.). Epidemiology of pediatric sports injuries. Part II: Team sports. Medicine and Sport Science, Vol. 48 (pps. 31-61). Basel: Karger.
  • O’Connor,  E., Heil, J., Harmer, P., & Zimmerman, I. (2005). Injury. In J. Taylor & G. Wilson (eds.). Applying sport psychology – Four perspectives. (pps. 187-206). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

 Refereed Articles:

  • Li, F., Harmer, P., Fitzgerald, K., Eckstrom, E., Stock, R., Galver, J., Maddalozzo, G. & Batya, S. (2012). Tai Chi and postural stability in patents with Parkinson’s disease. The New England Journal of Medicine, 366(6), 511-519
  • Harmer, P. (2012). Injury prevention in exercise and sport. In Encyclopedia of lifestyle medicine and health, Vol. 2., pps. 632-34 (J. Rippe, ed.), Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  • Harmer, P. (2010). Anabolic-androgenic steroid use among young male and female athletes: In the game to blame? British Journal of Sports Medicine, 44(1), 26-31.
  • Choosakul, C., Vongjaturapat, N., Li., F. & Harmer, P. (2009). The Sport Commitment model: An investigation of structural relationships with Thai youth athlete populations. Measurement in Physical Activity and Exercise Science, 13, 1-17.
  • Li, F., Harmer, P., Cardinal, B., Bosworth, M., & Johnston-Shelton, D. (2009). Obesity and the built environment: Does the density of neighborhood fast-food outlets matter? American Journal of Health Promotion, 23(3), 203-209.
  • Li, F., Harmer, P., Cardinal, B. & Vongjaturapt, N. (2009). Built environment and change in blood pressure in middle-aged and older adults. Preventive Medicine, 48(3), 237-41.
  • Li, F., Harmer, P., Cardinal, B., Bosworth, M., Johnston-Shelton, D., Moore, J., Acock, A. & Vongjaturapt, N. (2009). Built environment and 1-Year change in weight and waist circumference in middle-aged and older adults: Portland Neighborhood Environment and Health Study. American Journal of Epidemiology, 169(4), 401-8.
  • Harmer, P. (2008). Getting to the point: Injury patterns and medical care in competitive fencing. Current Sports Medicine Reports, 7(5), 303-307.
  • Harmer, P. (2008). The Lion, the Scarecrow and the Looking-glass, darkly: Misadventures in the War of the Worldviews. Campus Conversations: The role of freedom of expression in a multicultural and democratic society, 1, 1-21. Willamette University: Oregon.
  • Harmer, P. (2008). Incidence and characteristics of time-loss injuries in competitive fencing: A prospective, 5-year study of national competitions. Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine, 18(2), 137-142.
  • Li, F., Harmer, P., Cardinal, B., Bosworth, M.,  Acock, A., Johnston-Shelton, D., & Moore, J. (2008). Built environment, adiposity and physical activity in adults aged 50-75. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 35(1), 38-46.
  • Li, F., Harmer, P., Glasgow, R., Mack, K.A., Sleet, D., Fisher, K. J., Kohn, M.A., Millet, L.M., Mead, J., Xu, J., Lin, M.L., Yang, T., Sutton, B., & Tompkins, Y. (2008). Translation of an effective Tai Chi intervention into a community-based falls prevention program. American Journal of Public Health, 98(7), 1195-8.
  • Li, F., Harmer, P., Mack, K., Sleet, D., Fisher, J., Kohn, M., Millet, L., Xu, J., Yang, T., Sutton, B., & Tompkins, Y. (2008). Tai Chi: Moving for better balance – Development of a community-based falls prevention program. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 5, 445-455.
  • Stavrianeas, S., Stewart, M., & Harmer, P. (2008). Beyond the printed page: Physiology education without a textbook? Advances in Physiology Education, 32, 76-80.
  • Muramatsu, S., Suzuki, Y., Harmer, P., & James, G. (2008). Factors influencing children’s basketball participation in the USA. Bulletin of the Faculty of Education, Chiba University (Japan), 56, 377-385 (Feb. 28).
  • Li, F., Harmer, P., Fisher, K. J., Xu, J., Fitzgerald, K., & Vongjaturapat, N. (2007). Tai Chi-based exercise for older adults with Parkinson’s disease: A pilot program evaluation. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 15, 139-151.
  • Stavrianeas, S., & Harmer, P. (2006). Destination Bio2010: Taking the road less traveled. Council on Undergraduate Research Quarterly, 26(4), 164-168.
  • Muramatsu, S., & Harmer, P. (2005). Lifestyle challenges for students on long-term study programs in the USA. Bulletin of the Faculty of Education of Chiba University, 53 (February 28), 373-380.
  • Li, F., Harmer, P., & Fisher, J. (2005). Prevalence of overweight and obesity among US older adults: Estimates from the 2003 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) survey. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 53(4), 737-739.
  • Li, F., Harmer, P., Fisher, J., McAuley, E., Chaumerton, N., Eckstrom, E., & Wilson, N. (2005). Tai Chi and fall reduction in older adults: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences, 60A(1), 66-74.
  • Li, F., Fisher, J.,  & Harmer, P. (2005). Improving physical function and blood pressure in older adults through cobblestone-mat walking: A randomized trial. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society,  53(8), 1305-1312.
  • Li, F., Fisher, J., Harmer, P., & McAuley, E. (2005). Falls self-efficacy as a mediator of fear-of-falling in an exercise intervention for older adults. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 60B(1), 34-40.
  • Li, F., Fisher, J., Bauman, A.,Ory, M., Chodzko-Zaiko, W., Harmer, P., Bosworth, M., & Cleveland, M. (2005). Neighbourhood influences on physical activity in middle-aged and older adults: A multilevel perspective. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 13, 87-114.

Conference Proceedings:

  • Harmer, P. (2008). Epidemiology of fencing injuries. In X. Iglesias (ed.)., Fencing, science and technology (pps. 56-59). Barcelona: INEFC.

Refereed Abstracts:

  • Li, F., Harmer, P., Fitzgerald, K., Galver, J., & Vongjaturapat, N. (2010). Balance, gait and motor impairment among patients in various stages of Parkinson's Disease. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 39(1), Suppl. s184.
  • Harmer, P. (2009). Sex-by-weapon variations in type and location of time-loss injuries in competitive fencing. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 41(5), S587 (abstract).
  • Li, F., Harmer, P., Fitzgerald, K. & Vongjaturapat, N. (2009). Balance, gait, knee extensor strength, and functional performance among fallers and non-fallers with Parkinson's Disease. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 41(5), S575 (abstract).
  • Vongjaturapat, N., Li, F., Harmer, P., Cardinal, B., & Bosworth, M. (2009). Neighborhood socioeconomic status and changes in walking activity among adults aged 50-75. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 41(5), S262 (abstract).
  • Fitch-Martin, A., Secter, E., Li., F., Harmer, P., Cardinal, B, & Bosworth, M. (2009). Association of neighborhood built and social environment and depressive symptoms among middle aged and older adults. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 41(5), S264 (abstract).
  • Secter, E., Fitch-Martin, A., Li, F., Cardinal, B., Bosworth, M & Harmer, P. (2009). Density of neighborhood public transit, built environment characteristics and residents' time spent in commuting by public transit and utilitarian walking. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 41(5), S263 (abstract).
  • Harmer, P. (2008). Rate and characteristics of time-loss injuries do not differ across age groups in competitive fencing. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 40(5), S234.
  • Li, F., Harmer, P., Cardinal, B., & Vongjaturapt, N. (2008). Density of neighborhood fast-food outlets is associated with increased obesity risk in older adults. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 40(5), S255.
  • Li, F., Harmer, P., & Bosworth, M. (2008). Built environment, health and health-related behavior in middle aged and older adults: A multilevel analysis. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 35(S1), s176.
  • Harmer, P. (2007). Minimal risk of time-loss injury in Masters fencing: USA national and World championship data 2002-2006. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 39(5), S412.
  • Harmer, P. (2006). Physical activity moderates health-related Quality-of-life in persons with disabilities. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 38(5), S170.
  • Li, F., Harmer, P., & Fisher, K. J. (2005). Physical inactivity and overweight and obesity in older adults: Findings from the 2003 Behavioral Risk factor Surveillance System survey. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 37(5), S173.

Memberships

  • American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance
  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • National Athletic Trainers’ Association

Professional Activities

Reviewer
  • AAHPERD Annual Meeting
  • NWACSM Annual Meeting
  • NATA Research and Education Foundation Research Grant Program
  • Advances in Physiology Education
  • Advances in Physiotherapy
  • Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
  • International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
  • Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition
  • Journal of Psychosomatic Research
  • Journal of Sport Science and Medicine
  • Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention and Policy
  • Institut National du Sport, de l’Expertise et de la Performance (INSEP), France
  • American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Credentials
  • Certified Athletic Trainer (National Athletic Trainers Association; NATA)
  • NATA Examiner Certification