Dr. Jason C. Sawyer

Department, Office, or School
Department of Health and Physical Education
  • Assistant Professor
  • HEALTHPE Chair

Education

Ph. D. Exercise Physiology 
Springfield College

M.S. Exercise Physiology 
Springfield College

B.S. Physical Education 
Plymouth State University 

Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA-CSCS) 

USA Weightlifting Advanced Sports Performance Coach (USAW-ASPC)

Selected Publications

Presentations 

(Partial List)

Amy Southerland, Matthew McPherson, Allen LaGuerre, Caitlin O’Connor, Paul Higgins, Paul Cacolice, & Jason Sawyer. (2018). A Liner Periodized Resistance Training Program Is Effective At Reducing Depressive Symptoms In Females: A Pilot. Presentation at Pathways to Excellence Fundraiser. 

Amy Southerland, Matthew McPherson, Allen LaGuerre, Caitlin O’Connor, Paul Higgins, Paul Cacolice, & Jason Sawyer. (2018). A Liner Periodized Resistance Training Program Is Effective At Reducing Depressive Symptoms In Females: A Pilot. Presentation at Westfield State University Celebration of Undergraduate Research Conference. 

Matthew McPherson, Amy Southerland, Allen LaGuerre, Caitlin O’Connor, Paul Higgins, Paul Cacolice, & Jason Sawyer. (2018). A Liner Periodized Resistance Training Program Is Effective At Reducing Depressive Symptoms In Females: A Pilot. Presentation at University of Massachusetts Undergraduate Research Conference. 

Kevin Cecio, Paul Higgins, & Jason Sawyer. (2018). Differences in Power Output During the Sumo vs Conventional Style Deadlift in DIII Football Players. University of Massachusetts Undergraduate Research Conference. 

Troy Doming, Emily Mulcahy, Tyler Prescott, Amy Southerland, Bryan Rudd, Paul Higgins, DPT, MPT, ATC, CSCS, Jason Sawyer. (2017). A Three Week Undulating Resistance Training Program is Effective at Increasing Maximal Back Squat Strength With and Without Variable Resistance. Presentation at University of Massachusetts Undergraduate Research Conference. 

Troy Doming, Emily Mulcahy, Tyler Prescott, Amy Southerland, Bryan Rudd, Paul Higgins, DPT, MPT, ATC, CSCS, Jason Sawyer. (2017). A Three Week Undulating Resistance Training Program is Effective at Increasing Maximal Back Squat Strength With and Without Variable Resistance. Presentation at Westfield State University Celebration of Undergraduate Research. 

Troy Doming, Emily Mulcahy, Tyler Prescott, Amy Southerland, Bryan Rudd, Paul Higgins, DPT, MPT, ATC, CSCS, Jason Sawyer. (2017). A Three Week Undulating Resistance Training Program is Effective at Increasing Maximal Back Squat Strength With and Without Variable Resistance. Presentation Regional ACSM Conference. 

Jason Sawyer and eight students from Westfield State University. (2015). Getting Ready To Move! Warm-up and Self-myofacial Release. Presentation at Massachusetts Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance State Convention. 

Jason Sawyer. (2018). Allied Health High School Summer Camp. Biomechanics. Westfield State University

Publications

Sawyer, J., Higgins, P., & Doming, T. Bilateral Back Squat Strength is increased during a 3-week Undulating Resistance Training Program With and Without Variable Resistance in DIII Collegiate Football Players. International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy. (In preparation). 

Sawyer, J., Wood, R., Davidson, P., Collins, S., Matthews, T., Gregory, S., & Paolone, V. Effects of a Short-term Carbohydrate Restricted Diet on Strength and Power Performance. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. (2013), 27(8), 2255-2262. 

Wood, R., Gregory, S., Sawyer, J., Milch, C., Matthews, T., & Headley, S. Preservation of Fat-Free Mass After Two Distinct Weight Loss Diets With and Without Progressive Resistance Exercise.  Metabolic Syndrome and Related Disorders. Accepted Dec 2011. 

Gregory, S., Wood, R., Matthews, T., VanLangen, D., Sawyer, J., & Headley, S. Substrate Utilization is Influenced by Acute Dietary Carbohydrate Intake in Active, Healthy Females. Journal of Sports Science and Medicine, (2011), 10, 59-65.

Courses

HPE 205 Conditioning for Personal Fitness
HPE 309 Exercise Prescription ​
HPE 411 Kinesiology 
HPE 420 Physiological Aspects of Exercise 

 

Administrative Responsibilities 

Wellness and Movement Studies Program Coordinator ​

Research Interests 

The effects of resistance training on depression and anxiety
Memberships 
National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)