Dr. Levers is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences and serves as the Director of the Metabolism and Exercise Testing Research Service Core and EXNS Academic Laboratories on GW’s main campus in Foggy Bottom. Dr. Levers joined the Milken Institute School of Public Health as an Assistant Professor in Fall 2018. Prior to his tenure at GW, Dr. Levers was a researcher in the Exercise and Sports Nutrition Laboratory at Texas A&M University, specifically involved in several large sports performance nutrition projects and women’s health initiatives while pursuing his doctorate in Exercise Physiology. In addition to the time he spent with Texas A&M athletics as an Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach, Dr. Levers co-founded a start-up wearable technology company to improve blood pressure monitoring during exercise.
Dr. Levers’ professional career prior to academia was grounded in athletic performance development at the Division I collegiate level and in the private sector. After obtaining his doctoral degree, Dr. Levers founded a strength and conditioning facility in New Jersey, Nexxt Level Performance Academy, where he served as the Director of Athletic Performance and Nutrition. As a certified strength and conditioning specialist, certified practitioner of the functional movement screen (FMS-1) and fundamental capacity screen (FCS), certified functional range conditioning movement specialist, and a trained professional in Redcord Active techniques, Dr. Levers’ research interests are broadly focused on the application of movement, exercise, and nutrition-based interventions as methods to enhance human performance. He has published several articles and co-authored two book chapters related to the influences of nutrition and supplementation on exercise performance and body composition. He also has presented at several regional, national, and international events on topics ranging from weight management, sports nutrition supplementation, youth sport specialization, athletic development, and athletic performance evaluation.
Dr. Levers' current research are observational endeavors in aspiring special operations warfare ROTC cadets and ultra-endurance athletes regarding the impact of training and preparation practices on metrics of health, movement, physiological performance, performance readiness, and recovery. These observational research endeavors will set the stage for future intervention studies designed to improve training and preparation practices in these populations with the ultimate goal to increase health outcomes, durability, longevity, and reduce injury predisposition.
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the transitions to and from the virtual education environment, Dr. Levers completely redesigned all of his academic courses and laboratory experiences to improve the student experience and learning outcomes. The flipped classroom model of pedagogy morphed both the virtual and in-person classroom environment into an active, interactive, and discussion-based forum for students to immerse themselves in concepts rather than the traditional lecture and note-taking style of most science-based courses. As a result of these instructional changes, student participation and learning metrics increased significantly across all of his courses despite other educational difficulties surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.