Adjunct Instructor and Assistant Professor at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette

David Bellar is an assistant professor at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (ULL). Bellar began his post-secondary education at John Carroll University where he received a B.S. with dual concentrations in biology and chemistry as well as an M.Ed. He then enrolled at Kent State University graduating with a Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology. In the last five years, Bellar has conducted numerous research projects and in 2011 was the recipient of the Patrick Rutherford/BORSF endowed professorship and the Vesta R. Bourgeois Research Award, and was named the Louisiana AHPERD Scholar of the Year.

Bellar has been the lead investigator for research projects dealing with fitness and cognitive function in older adults, the ergogenic and analgesic properties of caffeine, predictive ability of exercise testing for performance, and relationship of aerobic exercise to academic performance. He has more than 60 peer-reviewed articles in journals such as Neuroscience, European Journal of Applied Physiology, Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, European Journal of Sport Science, and others. His research has also reached a larger audience having been featured in publications such as Men’s Health and the LiveStrong website. Bellar frequently contributes at international and national conferences.

In addition to working on research projects, Bellar is the chair elect of the Research Committee for Southern District AHPERD, part of the membership committee for the National Strength and Conditioning Association, director of the Human Performance Lab at ULL, sits on the ULL institutional review board, and is a member of the coaching staff for the track and field team. During the 2010-2011 season, Bellar coached the first athlete since 2004 to represent ULL at the NCAA national championships where the student athlete earned Honorable Mention All-American Honors. Bellar is an active member of the NCSA (National Collegiate Scouting Association), AAHPERD (American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance) and the ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine).