Bio for Dr. Steve Crouse

Stephen F. Crouse, Ph.D., FACSM

Professor Crouse received a BSE in Biology from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa and his doctoral training in Exercise Physiology from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico.  He went on to complete a clinical post doctoral experience in Cardiac Rehabilitation and Adult Fitness at the University of Wisconsin and Gundersen Clinic in LaCrosse, Wisconsin before coming to Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas as an Assistant Professor in 1984.  He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1990 and to Full Professor in 1998.  In addition to his faculty appointment in the Department of Health and Kinesiology, Professor Crouse is a Joint Professor of Internal Medicine in the Texas A&M University College of Medicine, and holds a graduate faculty appointment in Nutrition in the Department of Nutrition and Food Science.   He serves dual administrative roles as the Director of the Applied Exercise Science Laboratory, and as the Director of the Texas A&M University FITLIFE Exercise Program.   He is certified by the American College of Sports Medicine as an Exercise Program Director.

Throughout his professional career, Dr. Crouse’s research has been focused in the general areas of exercise physiology and sports medicine. The broad goal of his research has been to generate new knowledge for the enhancement of human health, physical fitness, and quality of life through physical activity, a goal consistent with the current Exercise is Medicine initiative of the American College of Sports Medicine. His specific health-related research aims are targeted toward the study of the effects of exercise on blood lipid metabolism, and on other accepted cardiovascular disease risk factors, including obesity and blood pressure, in men and women, young and old.

His research in exercise physiology is focused on the adaptive response of the cardiovascular system to exercise and physical training using various modalities of exercise including aerobic and resistance training. More recently, his research has particularly focused on aquatic exercise as a modality to improve physical fitness and to beneficially alter cardiovascular disease risk factors. In addition, he has published research in elite athletes to define factors contributing to optimal athlete health and performance.  His dissertation was published in 1984 in the Journal of American Medical Association (Volume 252, pages 785-87) under the title “Zinc Ingestion and Lipoprotein Values in Sedentary and Endurance-trained Men.” Since that time he has authored or coauthored over 55 published scholarly journal articles, books, and book chapters. 

Dr. Crouse also contributes to the teaching mission of the university. He has been active over his career in mentoring and advising several Ph.D. students. Moreover, Dr. Crouse developed the Applied Exercise Physiology undergraduate program (originally called “Exercise Technology”) in the Department of Health and Kinesiology. This Bachelor of Science program has grown since inception to well over 200 majors, and graduates a number of students each year who work in professional fields of cardiac rehabilitation or corporate health and wellness. Many of these undergraduate students go on to enroll in graduate and professional schools of medicine, allied health, nursing, and physical therapy. Dr. Crouse also developed a Master of Science graduate program in Sports Physiology.  Over 45 students have graduated from this popular graduate program, and most have secured professional positions in strength and conditioning of athletes.

Dr. Crouse has also been heavily involved in service throughout his tenure at Texas A&M University.  He founded and is the Director of the FITLIFE Exercise Program. FITLIFE is a university-based exercise & health-related fitness program operating out of the Applied Exercise Science Laboratory at Texas A&M University. The program is designed to provide faculty, staff, students, and community members with high quality physical fitness and health assessments in addition to a variety of low cost adult-fitness exercise classes.  It also functions in ongoing clinical research in the area of applied exercise science. The program especially focuses on delivery of services to public servants, particularly firefighters and law enforcement officials. 

More information on Professor Crouse’s activities and responsibilities, as well as his full Curriculum Vitae, can be found at, and FITLIFE information is available at