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Sarah Dunn

Sarah Dunn

Associate Professor


Associate Professor
Office Phone(909) 537-8171


Dr. Sarah L. Dunn, joined the CSUSB Kinesiology Department as an Associate Professor for the Palm Desert Campus in Fall 2020. Her areas of scholarly expertise are in the early mechanisms for disease risk in young adults which includes: inflammation, metabolic dysfunction, adiposity, and/or vagal insensitivity. She is interested in how lifestyle interventions, incorporating healthy nutritional choices and physical activity (high intensity interval exercise) ameliorate problems associated with inflammation, metabolic dysfunction, and obesity. Dr. Dunn obtained her graduate degrees from the University of New South Wales and University of Sydney, both in Australia, and prior to that she completed her bachelor’s degree at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. She has taught a variety of courses in Kinesiology, most recently; Exercise Testing and Prescription, Exercise Physiology, Exercise Science Research Seminar, Sport and Exercise Nutrition and Statistics. Her recent publications, An Introduction To Statistical Analysis in Research with Applications in the Biological and Life Sciences, The Effect of a Lifestyle Intervention on Metabolic Health in Young WomenFactors that May Impede the Weight Loss Response to Exercise-Based Interventions, and Relationships between Inflammatory and Metabolic Markers, Exercise and Body Composition in Young Individuals represent her interest in the exercise sciences and add to the scientific body of literature. In addition to her discipline specific scholarship, she most recently completed a 4 year grant, funded by the W.M. Keck Foundation, for Broadening Participation in Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experiences (CUREs) in STEM with a recent publication following the transition to online learning during the COVID-19 pandemicCourse-Based Undergraduate Research Experiences Performance Following the Transition to Remote Learning During the COVID-19 Pandemic


Ph.D., University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

           Health and Exercise Science, Faculty of Medicine 

           Dissertation Title: “Effects of Exercise and Dietary Intervention on Metabolic Syndrome Markers of Inactive Premenopausal Women.”

M.S., University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia

           Exercise and Sport Science, Faculty of Health Sciences

B.S., Pepperdine University, Malibu, California

           Major: Physical Education and Athletic Training, Minor: Sports Medicine


Fall 2020

KINE 3200: Principles of Human Movement

KINE 3800: Exercise Physiology Lecture and Laboratory

Spring 2021

KINE 2700: Introduction to Fitness and Programming

KINE 3700: Statistics in Kinesiology

KINE 3810: Sport and Exercise Nutrition

Fall 2021

KINE 2050: Foundations in Lifetime Fitness and Wellness 

KINE 3700: Statistics in Kinesiology

Spring 2022

KINE 2050: Foundations in Lifetime Fitness and Wellness 

KINE 3800: Exercise Physiology Lecture

Fall 2022

KINE 3810: Sport and Exercise Nutrition

Spring 2023

KINE 4400: Exercise Testing and Prescription

KINE 3510: Exercise Science Research Seminar