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Dr. Jill Bush, Professor

2000 Pennington Road, Packer Hall, Room 232, Ewing, New Jersey 08628
Phone Number: (609) 771-3198 / Fax Number: (609) 637-5153 / Email: wallacej@tcnj.edu
About Dr. Jill Bush
Headshot of Dr. Jill Bush.As a native of New Jersey, Dr. Bush received her B.S. in Exercise Science and Sport Studies at Rutgers University and her Ph.D. at Penn State University studying under Dr. William Kraemer.  She joined The College of New Jersey in 2012 in the Department of .  Previously, she was post-doctoral faculty at The Children’s Nutrition Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX where I studied the effects of growth hormone and protein synthesis/degradation rates in a pig model.

Dr. Bush’s common thread of scholarly activity is represented through research endeavors examining changes in muscle physiology, endocrinology, metabolic, and performance of the human body using various modes of exercise to examine those changes including strength and conditioning exercises, whole body vibration, and healthy eating across the lifespan in healthy, chronic conditions, and athletic populations. To support this research, collaborations, and student mentoring, she has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Office of Minority Health, US Department of Agriculture, National Strength and Conditioning Association, NASA Johnson Space Center, and Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and supplements companies.  She have published in numerous peer-reviewed journals, presented at regional and international conferences, given symposiums abroad, and written several chapters in books.  Dr. Bush also wrote a chapter entitled “Female-Specific Conditions” in the book NSC’s Essential on Training Special Populations used as a study guide for the Certified Special Populations Specialist (CSPS)  exam.

Dr. Bush is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with Distinction, Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, Associate Editor for Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, and on the Editorial Board for Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. She is also actively involved in the Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference (MARC) leadership and National Strength and Conditioning (NSCA) leadership.

Dr. Bush is currently the Director of the Exercise Is Medicine (EIM) On Campus working with KHS students to educate and improve the health and well-being of the TCNJ community.  We were recently awarded a SILVER STATUS CREDENTIAL by the American College of Sports Medicine.  She currently serves on Faculty Senate. Dr. Bush has been married for 16 years with one daughter and numerous dogs.

Dr. Bush teaches the following courses:

  • KHS 160 Health & Wellness Issues (online winter and summer sessions)
  • KHS 172 Foundations of Health & Exercise Science
  • KHS 200 Medical Terminology for Health Sciences (online winter and summer sessions)
  • KHS 302 Assessment and Evaluation of Human Performance
  • KHS 320 Research Methods in Health and Exercise Science
  • KHS 497 Seminar in Health and Exercise Science (Capstone)
Book and Book Chapters

Books

Bush JA. Female-Specific Conditions. Chapter 13 in NSCA’s Essential of Training Special Populations. Human Kinetics, Inc. Completed initial draft May 2014. Book released to public in Sep/Oct 2017.

Bush JA, PhD and N Travis Triplett, PhD.  The adrenal medulla preproenkephalins and exercise stress, chapter 16, Endocrinology of Physical Exercise and Sport, in The Encyclopedia of Sports Medicine, chapter 16, Blackwell Science, pp. 200-216, 2005. Invited by Senior Editor.

Davis TA, A Suryawan, JA Bush, PMJ O’Connor, and MC Thivierge.  Interaction of amino acids and hormones in the regulation of protein metabolism in growing animals. Presented at CSAS Symposium, pp. 45-53, 2002. Invited by Senior Editor.

Kraemer WJ, PhD, FACSM and JA Bush, PhD.  Factors affecting the acute neuromuscular response to resistance exercise, in The ACSM Resource Manual for Exercise Testing and Prescription, chapter 18, 4th ed., pp. 167-176, 2001. Invited by Senior Editor.

Kraemer WJ, PhD, FACSM and JA Bush, MS.  Factors affecting the acute neuromuscular responses to resistance exercise, in The ACSM Resource Manual for Exercise Testing and Prescription, chapter 19, 3rd ed., pp. 164-174, 1998. Invited by Senior Editor.

Curriculum Vitae

WORK ADDRESS:

Department of Health & Exercise Science, Packer 232

EDUCATION BACKGROUND:

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)-1993, Rutgers University,Department of Exercise and Sport Science, New Brunswick, NJ

Area of Specialization:  Exercise Physiology and Physical Therapy

Intensive Internship Experience:  Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation of Military Personnel and Cadets at U.S. Military Academy

Mentor at Rutgers University:  Edward J. Zambraski, Ph.D. (currently US Army Research of Environmental Medicine, Natick, Mass)

Master of Science (M.S.)-1995, The Pennsylvania State University, Department of Kinesiology, University Park, PA

Area of Specialization:   Endocrinology, Muscle & Exercise Physiology

M.S. Thesis Research Title:  “The effect of heavy resistance exercise and recovery on adrenal neurohormone and lymphokine response”

Mentor at Penn State University:  William J. Kraemer, Ph.D. (Professor of Human Sciences, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH)

Awards Honored:  Ronald M. and Susan J. Friedman Award, Graduate Student Award in Exercise and Sports Science, The Pennsylvania State University given to a graduate student for excellence in research

Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.)-1999 The Pennsylvania State University, Department of Kinesiology, University Park, PA

Area of Specialization:  Muscle & Exercise Physiology, Endocrinology, Immunology

Ph.D. Dissertation Research Title:   “Proenkephalin peptide F concentrations in different blood bio-compartments:  The effect of an acute resistance exercise protocol”

Grant Awarded to Support Research:  National Strength and Conditioning Association.  3/1998-3/1999.  Proenkephalin peptide F concentrations in different blood bio-compartments:  The effect of an acute resistance exercise protocol. Awarded: $2500.00.  Role: PI.

Mentor at Penn State University:  William J. Kraemer, Ph.D. (Professor of Human Sciences, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH)

Awards Honored:  Graduate Student Achievement Award, The Pennsylvania State University given to a graduate student for excellence in teaching and research.  Eclipse Award for Outstanding Student Leadership, The Pennsylvania State University given to student for excellence in leadership activities on campus.

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Pediatric Nutrition-1999-2001, Baylor College of Medicine, USDA/ARS The Children’s Nutrition Research Center, Department of Pediatrics, Houston, TX

Area of Specialization:        Pediatric Exercise, Pediatric Nutrition, Muscle Protein Synthesis & Degradation, Animal Surgical Implementations, Pediatric Endocrinology.

Research Titles:   1-“Mechanism of muscle growth stimulation by somatotropin in pigs” (NIH-NIDDK, 1 F32 DK59740-01A1.  1/2001-12/2002. Grant completed 2000, Davis).

2-“Mechanisms by which protein synthesis regulates the stimulation of protein deposition by somatotropin treatment in swine” (PI Bush, NIH-NICHHD, 5 T32 HD07445 08. 8/1999-8/2001.   Grant completed 2001).

Grant Awarded to Support Research:      NIH-NICHHD, 5 T32 HD07445 08. 8/1999-8/2001. “Mechanism of muscle growth stimulation by somatotropin in pigs” (Davis).

Mentor at Baylor College of Medicine:     Teresa A. Davis, Ph.D., Professor of Pediatrics-Nutrition, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX.

Awards Honored for Research:   Postdoctoral Fellow Award, Energy and Macronutrient Metabolism Research Interest Section, American Society for Nutritional Sciences given for outstanding research in the field of nutritional sciences.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS, CERTIFICATIONS AND AWARDS:

American College of Sports Medicine (Fellow-ASCM status since 2008)

Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) (since 1993)

Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with Distinction (CSCS*D)(since 1995)

Friend of Student Affairs Award, The College of New Jersey (2019)

You Make The Difference Award, The College of New Jersey (2015)

Finalist University of Houston Provost Faculty Teaching Award (2007)

National Strength and Conditioning Association JSCR Editorial Excellence Award (2007)

Faculty Research Excellence Award, College of Education, University of Houston (2004)

PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENTS AND COMMITTEES:

The College of New Jersey:

Director of Exercise is Medicine On Campus at The College of New Jersey (since 2016)

Faculty Senate, The College of New Jersey (since 2015)

Senate Executive Board of the Faculty Senate, The College of New Jersey (since 2016)

Faculty Fellow, Instructional Technology, The College of New Jersey (2017-2018)

Chair, Support of Scholarly Activities (SOSA), The College of New Jersey (2014-2015)

 Professional Organizations:

Vice-President (elected 2017-2019), Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference, American College of Sports Medicine

 Research Committee Chair (elected 2017-2018), Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference, American College of Sports Medicine

Chair (2018-2019), Nominating Committee, elected position (2107-2020), National Strength and Conditioning Association (international), Colorado Springs, CO

Vice-President, Board of Directors, National Strength and Conditioning Association (elected 2011-2012), Colorado Springs, CO

Vice-President, National Strength and Conditioning Association Foundation Board of Directors (elected 2011-2012), Colorado Springs, CO

Board of Directors National Strength and Conditioning Association (elected, 2009-2012), Colorado Springs, CO

 

Current Research
Students using medical equipment in a lab.Dr. Bush’s research interests are related to alterations in strength and conditioning programming including the use of many different modalities of exercises across the lifespan.  She modalities include the use of rope exercises, whole body vibration, weighted-vests, and various resistance training exercises.  Additional research includes use of various supplementations, hormonal changes, metabolic and cardiovascular effects, and muscle activity (EMG) changes during exercise.  Dr. Bush also researches exercise programming for young adults with autism and exercise and nutrition programming in underserved populations and school districts.  Dr. Bush is published in multiple journals, has presented at national and international conferences, and has been funded by federal, foundation, corporation/company sources, and internal TCNJ sources including National institutes of Health, US Department of Agriculture, federal Office of Minority Health, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and private corporations/companies to support her research.  Dr. Bush collaborates with colleagues at TCNJ, Rutgers University, University of Houston, and local school districts. Dr. Bush mentors and guides undergraduates in all of her research activities and students become published in articles and presentations as undergraduates.

Publications

Presentations include regional, national, and international conferences of the American College of Sports Medicine, National Strength and Conditioning Association, Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference of ACSM, Experimental Biology, and Shanghai Sports Institute in China.

Kang J, SB Hasam, NA Ellis, IT Vought, NA Ratamess, JA Bush, AD Faigenbaum. Effects of Exercise With and Without Energy Replacement on Substrate Utilization in the Fasting State.  Journal of American College of Nutrition Apr 23: 1-8, 2019.

Faigenbaum AD, J Kang, NA Ratamess, A Farrell, S Golda, A Stranieri, J Coe, JA Bush. Acute Cardiometabolic Responses to a Novel Training Rope Protocol in Children. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research 32 (5): 1197-1206, 2018.

Bush JA, NA Ratamess, Sj Stohs, NL Ellis, IT Vought, EA O’Grady, JD Kuper, J Kang, and AD Faigenbaum.  Acute Hematological and Mood Perception Effects of Bitter Orange Extract (p-Synephrine) Consumed Alone and in Combination with Caffeine: A Placebo-controlled, Double-Blind Study. Phytotherapy Research.  32(8): 1593-1607, 2018.

Ratamess NA, J Kang, JD Kuper, EA O’Grady, NL Ellis, IT Vought, E Culleton, JA Bush, and AD Faigenbaum.  Acute Metabolic and Cardiovascular Effects of a Sandbag Resistance Exercise Protocol. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research 32(6): 1491-1502, 2018.

Ratamess NA, JA Bush, SJ Stohs, NL Ellis, IT Vought, EA O’Grady, JD Kuper, S Hassan, J Kang, and AD Faigenbaum. Comparison of the Effects of Bitter Orange Extract (p-Synephrine) Consumed Alone or in Combination with Caffeine: Cardiovascular Effects. Phytotherapy Research Jan;32(1):94-102.

Ratamess NA, J Kang, T Porfido, C Ismaili, S Selamie, B Williams, JD Kuper, JA Bush, and AD Faigenbaum. Acute resistance exercise performance is negatively impacted by prior aerobic endurance exercise. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 30(10):2667-2681, Oct 2016.

Kang J, T Porfido, C Ismaili, S Selamie, J Kuper, JA Bush, NA Ratamess, and AD Faigenbaum. Metabolic responses to whole-body vibration varying in frequency and amplitude. European Journal of Applied Physiology. 116(9):1829-39, Sep 2016.

Ratamess NA, JA Bush, J Kang, WJ Kraemer, S Stohs, V Nocero, M Leise, K Diamond, S Campbell, H Miller and AD Faigenbaum. The effects of supplementation with p-synephrine alone and in combination with caffeine on metabolic, lipolytic, and cardiovascular responses during resistance exercise.  Journal of the American College of Nutrition. 35(8):657-669, Nov-Dec 2016.

Ratamess NA, JA Bush, J Kang, J Kraemer, SJ Stohs, VG Nocera, MD Leise, KB Diamond, and AD Faigenbaum. The effects of supplementation with Advantra Z alone and in combination with caffeine on acute resistance exercise performance.  Journal of International Society of Sports Nutrition 17(12): 35, Sep 2015. PMID 26388707.

Ratamess NA, CR Smith, NA Beller, J Kang, AD Faigenbaum, and JA Bush. Effects of rest interval length on acute battling rope exercise metabolism.  Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research 29(0): 2375-2387. Sep 2015.  PMID:26049794

Kang J, JA Bush, NA Ratamess, AD Faigenbaum, S Klei, D Marconi, and M Kreckel. Acute effects of whole-body vibration on energy metabolism during aerobic exercise.  Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness.   56(7-8):834-42. Jul-Aug 2016. PMID:

Faigenbaum AD, JA Bush, RP McLoone, MC Kreckel, A Farrell, NA Ratamess, and J Kang. Benefits of strength and skill-based training during primary school physical education. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research 29(5):  1555-126. May 2015.  PMID:

Kraemer WJ, SE Gordon, MS Fragala, JA Bush, TK Szivak, SD Flanagan, DR Hooper, DP Looney, NT Triplett, WH DuPont, JE Dziados, LJ Marchitelli, and JF Patton.  The effects of exercise training programs on plasma concentrations of proenkephalin Peptide F and catecholamines Peptides. 64: 74-81. Feb 2015.  PMID:

Bush JA, GL Blog, J. Kang, and NA Ratamess. The effects of quadriceps strength following acute resistance exercise under exposure to whole body vibration.  Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.  29(5): 1367-1377. May 2015.  PMID:25268289.

M Graham, JA Bush (corresponding author), N Olvera, MR Puyau, and NF Butte. Effectiveness of the modified progressive aerobic capacity endurance test for assessing aerobic fitness in Hispanic children who are obese.  Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research  28(10):2880-2887. Oct 2014.  PMID:

Kraemer, WJ, MS Fragala, WRH Beijersbergen van Henegouwen, SE Gordon, JA Bush, JS Volek, NT Triplett, C Dunn-Lewis, BA Comstock, TK Szivak, SD Flanagan, DR Hooper, H-Y Luk, and AM Mastro. Responses to proenkephalin Peptide F to aerobic exercise stress in the plasma and white blood cell bio-compartments. 42:118-124.  Apr 2013. PMID:  23395721.

Merryman MB, A Mezei, JA Bush, and M Weinstein. The effects of a summer camp experience on factors of resilience in at-risk youth.  The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy. 1(1):1-33, 2012.

Faigenbaum AD and JA Bush. Exercise training for overweight youth:  why weight?  ACSM’s Certified News. 22 (4): October-December 2012.

Olvera N, R Scherer, J McLeod, M Graham, B Knox, K Hall, NF Butte, JA Bush, DW Smith, and JA Bloom. BOUNCE: An exploratory healthy lifestyle summer intervention for girls.  American Journal of Health Behavior, 34(2): 144-155, Mar-Apr, 2010. PMID:

Olvera N, JA Bush, S Sharma, B Knox, R Scherer, and NF Butte. BOUNCE: A community-based mother-daughter healthy lifestyle intervention for low-income Latino families. Obesity Journal, 18(1): S102-104, Feb 2010.   PMID: 20107454.

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