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Denise Smith

Skidmore College
Director, First Responder Health and Safety Lab
Denise L. Smith, Ph.D.is a Professor of Health and Human Physiological Sciences at Skidmore College where she directs the First Responder Health and Safety Laboratory, and a Research Scientist at the University of Illinois Fire Service Institute. Denise has coauthored a major Exercise Physiology textbook and an Advanced Cardiovascular Exercise Physiology textbook, and contributed to a textbook on live fire training. She has conducted far-reaching research on the cardiovascular strain associated with firefighting, and has published over 100 peer-reviewed scientific articles and has been awarded over $15 million in funding from DHS-FEMA, DHS S&T, NIOSH and DOD. She is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and a member of the National Fire Protection Association Fire Service Occupational Safety and Health committee. She is an honorary Battalion Chief with the Hanover Park Fire Department.