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Sara Kovacs

Interim Director, Exercise and Sport Science program
Assistant Professor of Instruction

Pearson Hall 245
1800 N. Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA 19122


Dr. Sara J. Kovacs is an assistant professor of instruction in the Department of Kinesiology in the undergraduate program track of Exercise and Sport Science. She received her bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Slippery Rock University and her master’s degree and PhD in Exercise Physiology from the University of Pittsburgh. Her dissertation was entitled “Factors Associated with Physical Activity in Patients Undergoing Bariatric Surgery.” Dr. Kovacs’s research interests include the important role that physical activity engagement plays in weight management, and identifying the best strategies for improving physical activity participation.


  • PhD, Exercise Physiology, University of Pittsburgh
  • MS, Health, Physical Activity, and Chronic Disease, University of Pittsburgh
  • BS, Exercise Science, Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania