Brent A. Alvar, Ph.D., CSCS*D, TSAC-F*D, FNSCA, FACSM

Program Director, Master of Science in Kinesiology
Professor, MS Kinesiology

Dr. Alvar matriculated from Arizona State University (ASU) after completing
the triumvirate of degrees at his alma mater. After graduation, he was
hired as an Assistant Research Professor at ASU and had a joint appointment
with Chandler-Gilbert Community College as a Residential Faculty member,
Director of Sport Performance as well as ran the Human Performance
Laboratory. He left to help build and oversee several graduate degree as
well as the research program for Rocky Mountain University of Health

Dr. Alvar's primary role at PLNU will be overseeing the Master of Science
in Kinesiology – Sport Performance concentration. He is excited to help
build the research culture of the department and mentor future
professionals in the Field. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning
Specialist with Distinction, Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach
with Distinction and recognized as a Fellow of the American College of
Sports Medicine and the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Dr. Alvar's research focus is in the area of physical activity related to
human performance, occupational preparedness (sports, firefighting and
military) and health-related benefits from resistance training. He
recently was a co-editor in the National Strength and Conditioning
Association's textbook: Essentials of Tactical Strength and Conditioning
(Human Kinetics publisher).


  • B.S., Exercise Science and Physical Education with a concentration on Exercise Physiology/Biomechanics 
  • M.S., Exercise Science and Physical Education with emphasis on Exercise and Wellness, Arizona State University
  • Ph.D, Exercise and Wellness Education, Arizona State University

Courses Taught

  • Foundations in Kinesiology – KIN 600
  • Evidence Based Practice – KIN 610
  • Special Topics - Sport and Tactical Strength Training and Conditioning – KIN 625

Dissertations, Presentations, and Publications

  • Dissertation: Maximal Strength Measurement of the Hamstring Musculature Using Isometric and Isokinetic Techniques.
  • Thesis: Isometric and Isokinetic Strength Measurement: Possible Error In Criterion For Hamstring Strain Prediction.