David George Behm Author of Evaluating Organization Development

David George Behm

University Research Professor
Memorial University of Newfoundland

Dr. Behm has been teaching and conducting research at Memorial University since 1995. His athletic background as a Canadian football, hockey, baseball, tennis and squash player has had a strong influence on his research interests. Dr. Behm has published over 250 peer-reviewed articles in the areas of stretching, resistance training, balance and instability and fatigue among others. He has won national and international awards for his research productivity. He continues tor research and compete.

Subjects: Sports and Leisure


Dr. Behm has worked at Memorial University of Newfoundland since 1995 teaching more than 18 different courses and served as Associate Dean / Chair of the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation Graduate Studies for approximately 10 years. His research interests have been diverse with over 250 peer-reviewed articles and over 14,000 citations (as of December 2018) exploring neuromuscular responses to stretching, resistance training, balance, fatigue, inversion and other topics. He was awarded the Memorial University President’s Award for Outstanding Research (2006), Memorial University School of Graduate Studies Dean’s Award for Service Excellence (2012), National Strength and Conditioning Association Outstanding Sport Scientist award (2014) and Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology Honour Award (2015). The Research Gate web site with over 7 million researchers ranks his productivity in the top 2.5% in the world. He has held the title of Invited Research Fellow and Honourary Professor for universities in Australia, Canada, Germany and Hong Kong.  Dr. Behm has provided many keynote and invited presentations across Canada, United States, Australia, Argentina, and Europe. He has emphasized public engagement of his research with multiple appearances on radio and television, a highly viewed TEDx talk on stretching, strength consultant for the Canadian Olympic curling gold medal winning team (2006) and numerous articles in popular fitness magazines and newspapers. Dr. Behm attempts to bridge the gap between his athletic background (drafted into the Canadian Football League, junior ice hockey player, provincial champion in both tennis and squash) and his research pursuits.

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Stretching and flexibility, Resistance training, Neuromuscular Fatigue, Instability and balance, Inversion

Personal Interests

    Sport participation (tennis, squash, weight training, ice hockey)
    Reading (especially biographies, popular science and sports)
    Meeting other scientists / researchers


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