- Associate Professor
Rachele Pojednic, Ph.D., Ed.M is an associate professor and program director of exercise science in Norwich University’s Health and Human Performance Department and a research associate at the Institute of Lifestyle Medicine at Harvard Medical School.
Pojednic’s work examines nutrition and physical activity education for health care and fitness professionals as well as overall diet, supplementation and physical activity interventions on muscle performance, chronic disease and healthy aging.
Pojednic received her doctorate from the Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy in Biochemical and Molecular Nutrition and Exercise Physiology and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School. Her research at Tufts was completed in the Nutrition, Exercise Physiology and Sarcopenia laboratory at the U.S. Department of Argiculture Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, where she received the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. She also holds a Master of Education in Physical Education from Boston University and a Bachelor of Science in Cardiopulmonary and Exercise Science from Northeastern University.
Pojednic serves as co-chair of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Exercise Is Medicine® education committee, was the interim executive director for the Prescription for Activity Task Force, and serves on the American Council on Exercise (ACE) Industry Advisory Panel. She is certified by the National Board for Health & Wellness Coaching (NBHWC) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (CSCS).
In 2022, Pojednic received an NIH/INBRE award from the Vermont Biomedical Research Network for her project “The Perceived Effect versus Biomarkers of Cannabidiol on Muscle Recovery in Active Adult Women.”
She was also recently awarded an “Excellence in Research” award from Norwich University and the Petra T. Shattuck Excellence in Teaching Award from Harvard University.
Pojednic has a passion for science communication and has been a consultant and writer for several organizations. Her work has appeared in Time, Popular Science, Self, Shape, Women's Health, Forbes, Runner’s World and Boston magazines.