Mayra C. Santiago

Associate Professor
269 Pearson Hall


Mayra Santiago is an associate professor in the Department of Kinesiology in the undergraduate program track of Exercise & Sport Science and the graduate somatic program area of Integrative Exercise Physiology. Her area of focus in research at Temple University has been in the topic of exercise and physical activity promotion in individuals with physical disabilities. Santiago's current work focus is in teaching of exercise physiology classes at undergraduate and graduate level.


  • PhD, Kinesiology, University of Minnesota
  • MA, Kinesiology, University of Minnesota
  • MEd, Harvard University
  • BA, Pre-Medicine, Hollins College

Curriculum Vitae 

Courses Taught




KINS 2203

Physiology of Physical Activity


KINS 4311

Advanced Physiology of Exercise


Selected Publications

  • Kim, B., Kim, J., Yoon, Y., Santiago, M.C., Brown, M.D., & Park, J. (2013). Inhibition of Drp1-dependent mitochondrial division impairs myogenic differentiation. Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol, 305(8), pp. R927-R938. United States. doi: 10.1152/ajpregu.00502.2012

  • Jimenez, C., Santiago, M., Sitler, M., Boden, G., & Homko, C. (2009). Insulin-sensitivity response to a single bout of resistive exercise in type 1 diabetes mellitus. J Sport Rehabil, 18(4), pp. 564-571. United States. doi: 10.1123/jsr.18.4.564

  • Schrader, G.R. & Santiago, M.C. (2008). Effects of Moderate Intensity and Duration Exercise in Hot and Humid Environments on Exercise Performance in Wheelchair Athletes. MEDICINE and SCIENCE in SPORTS and EXERCISE, 40(5), pp. S48-S48. doi: 10.1249/01.mss.0000321654.53079.ab

  • McBride, M.G., Kirshbom, P.M., Gaynor, J.W., Ittenbach, R.F., Wernovsky, G., Clancy, R.R., Flynn, T.B., Hartman, D.M., Spray, T.L., Tanel, R.E., Santiago, M.C., & Paridon, S.M. (2007). Late cardiopulmonary and musculoskeletal exercise performance after repair for total anomalous pulmonary venous connection during infancy. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg, 133(6), pp. 1533-1539. United States. doi: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2006.12.032

  • Raffin, J.T., Dixon, C.B., & Santiago, M. (2007). Perceptual and Physiological Responses to Arm-Cycle Exercise at Varied Crank Rates in Females. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 39(5), p. s447. doi: 10.1249/01.mss.0000274770.56338.e9

  • Miller, T.L., Mattacola, C.G., & Santiago, M.C. (2004). Influence of varied, controlled distances from the crank axis on peak physiological responses during arm crank ergometry. Journal of Exercise Physiology Online, 7(3), pp. 61-67.

  • Santiago, M., Mintzlaff, M., & Coyle, C. (2004). Relationship Between Self-report Physical Activity and Physical Fitness in Active and Low-active U.S. Air Force Members. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 36(5), pp. s307-s308. doi: 10.1097/00005768-200405001-01474

  • Mintzlaff, M.F., Coyle, C., & Santiago, M. (2004). Physical Activity and Perceived Health in a Sample of Active-duty US Air Force Members. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 36(5), p. s308. doi: 10.1097/00005768-200405001-01475

  • Santiago, M. & Coyle, C. (2004). Leisure-time physical activity and secondary conditions in women with physical disabilities. Disabil Rehabil, 26(8), pp. 485-494. England. doi: 10.1080/09638280410001663139

  • Coyle, C.P. & Santiago, M.C. (2002). Healthcare utilization among women with physical disabilities. Medscape Womens Health, 7(4), p. 2. United States. Retrieved from


  • Coyle, C.P., Santiago, M.C., Shank, J.W., Ma, G.X., & Boyd, R. (2000). Secondary conditions and women with physical disabilities: a descriptive study. Arch Phys Med Rehabil, 81(10), pp. 1380-1387. United States. doi: 10.1053/apmr.2000.9169

  • Santiago, M.C., Miller, T.L., & Schrader, G.R. (1999). PREDICTABILITY OF PEAK HEART RATE WHEN DISTANCE FROM THE CRANK AXIS IS CONTROLLED DURING ARM CRANK ERGOMETRY (ACE) WITH ADULT WOMEN. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 31(5), p. s155. doi: 10.1097/00005768-199905001-00658

  • Miller, T.L., Schrader, G.R., & Santiago, M.C. (1999). PHYSIOLOGICAL RESPONSES DURING ARM CRANK ERGOMETRY (ACE) AT VARIOUS CONTROLLED DISTANCES FROM THE CRANK AXIS WITH ADULT WOMEN. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 31(5), p. s155. doi: 10.1097/00005768-199905001-00659

  • Santiago, M.C., M., C., Thompson, H.C., & Coyle, C.P. (1998). Physical Activity Patterns of Adult Women with Physical Disabilities. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 30(5), p. 161. doi: 10.1097/00005768-199805001-00916

  • Miller, T.L., M., C., Oddou, W.E., & Santiago, M.C. (1998). ACCURACY OF ACSM'S EQUATION FOR ESTIMATING VO2 DURING SUBMAXIMAL ARM CRANK ERGOMETRY (ACE) IN WOMEN. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 30(5), p. 328. doi: 10.1097/00005768-199805001-01863

  • Oddou, W.E., M., C., Miller, T.L., & Santiago, M.C. (1998). ACCURACY OF STANDARD AGE-PREDICTED MAX HR EQUATION WITH ARM CRANK ERGOMETRY (ACE) IN WOMEN. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 30(5), p. 329. doi: 10.1097/00005768-199805001-01870

  • Cavanagh-Dick, M., Miller, T.L., Oddou, W.E., & Santiago, M.C. (1998). PREDICTION OF PEAK VO2 USING ARM CRANK ERGOMETRY (ACE) IN WOMEN. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 30(Supplement), p. 330. doi: 10.1097/00005768-199805001-01875

  • Brandley, D., Santiago, M., & Oddou, W. (1996). INFLUENCE OF STEP HEIGHT AND FREQUENCY ON CARDIAC AND METABOLIC WORK DURING STAIRCLIMBING ERGOMETRY 1231. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 28(5), p. 207. doi: 10.1097/00005768-199605001-01229

  • Santiago, M.C., Leon, A.S., & Serfass, R.C. (1995). Failure of 40 weeks of brisk walking to alter blood lipids in normolipemic women. Can J Appl Physiol, 20(4), pp. 417-428. United States. doi: 10.1139/h95-033

  • Coyle, C.P. & Santiago, M.C. (1995). Aerobic exercise training and depressive symptomatology in adults with physical disabilitie. Arch Phys Med Rehabil, 76(7), pp. 647-652. United States. doi: 10.1016/s0003-9993(95)80634-2

  • Scanga, C.B., Verde, T.J., Paolone, A., Santiago, M.C., Andersen, R.E., & Wadden, T.A. (1995). EFFECTS OF WEIGHT LOSS AND EXERCISE TRAINING ON NATURAL KILLER CELL ACTIVITY IN OBESE WOMEN: 377. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 27(5), p. s68. doi: 10.1249/00005768-199505001-00377

  • Raffin, J., Kowal, M., Oddou, W., & Santiago, M. (1994). 439 OVERESTIMATION OF BODY FAT FROM ESTIMATED RESIDUAL LUNG VOLUME MEASURES IN PARAPLEGIC WHEELCHAIR ATHLETES. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 26(Supplement), p. s78. doi: 10.1249/00005768-199405001-00440

  • Santiago, M.C., Coyle, C.P., & Kinney, W.B. (1993). Aerobic exercise effect on individuals with physical disabilities. Arch Phys Med Rehabil, 74(11), pp. 1192-1198. United States. Retrieved from

  • Santiago, M.C. (1992). CHANGES IN DEPRESSIVE SYMPTOMATOLOGY AND AEROBIC CAPACITY IN ADULTS WITH PHYSICAL DISABILITIES: 438. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 24(5), p. s73. doi: 10.1249/00005768-199205001-00439

  • Santiago, M.C., Leon, A.S., & Serfass, R.S. (1989). EFFECTS OF A 40-WEEK WALKING PROCRAM ON PHYSICAL FITNESS, BODY COMPOSITION, AND BLOOD LIPIDS IN WOMEN: 447. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 21(2), p. s75. doi: 10.1249/00005768-198904001-00447