Elizabeth Harper Ph.D.is originally from New York City, has a diverse background in the arts and wellness sciences. She holds a bachelor’s degree from New York University’s Gallitan Division, where her concentration was in fine arts and dance, a master’s degree in Exercise Science from the University of Massachusetts, and a doctoral degree from the department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health from New York University. Originally a modern dancer, Elizabeth found exercise science a wonderful field to combine her interest in movement with that of science. Her master’s thesis work investigated both chemical and neurological aspects of muscle tissue damage and repair. This work continued in San Diego, California where she worked for the Naval Health Research Center investigating the effects of training on biochemical markers of muscle and connective tissue damage and repair. It was in San Diego where she also began teaching courses in Anatomy and Physiology and also began her own studies in yoga. Since then she has taught extensively on both the West and East coasts.
For many years she taught students of Traditional Chinese Medicine at both Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (San Diego & NYC) and Touro College (NYC). In addition to her teaching at PCOM she is adjunct faculty at both Monmouth University in West Long Branch, N.J. and Georgian Court University in Lakewood, N.J. Courses she has taught include anatomy, physiology, biology, neuroscience, kinesiology, nutrition, clinical research design and Women in Sport. Her work in academics and yoga lead her to seek a terminal degree from NYU. Her dissertation work combined her backgrounds in exercise science, neuroscience and alternative/complementary medicine. Her current research will continue in this direction. In addition to her academic work, Elizabeth teaches yoga in the Red Bank, NJ area to a variety of populations.