Stephen Herrmann

Stephen Herrmann

Dr. Herrmann is the Director of Program Development & Training for Profile by Sanford. Dr. Herrmann completed his undergraduate studies at Minnesota State University, Mankato, and received his master's degree from the University of Northern Iowa. In addition, he earned his PhD in Physical Activity, Nutrition & Wellness from Arizona State University followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in weight management from the Cardiovascular Research Institutes Center for Physical Activity and Weight Management at the University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS.

Profile by Sanford is an evidence-based, comprehensive, behavioral approach to weight management program designed to improve nutrition, activity, and lifestyle behaviors. Our goal is to provide a scientifically sound program to guide individuals through all phases of weight management, oftentimes beginning with healthy weight loss and continuing to long-term, sustainable, weight loss maintenance.

Dr. Herrmann has research interests related to exercise and nutrition outcomes. More specifically, Dr. Herrmann is interested in understanding individual variability in response to exercise and diet interventions. For example, why do some people respond positively to exercise and diet interventions and lose weight while others do not.


Contact information for Stephen Herrmann:

Stephen Herrmann, PhD

Director, Program Development & Training
Profile by Sanford

Assistant Scientist, Sanford Children's Health Research Center
Sanford Research

1305 W 18th Street, PO Box 5039
Sioux Falls, SD 57117-5039
Office: 605.679.7402
Fax: 605.496.7179


September 2017 Dr. Stephen Herrmann co-authored a research article published in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise that estimates energy costs of physical activities in youth by measuring oxygen consumption and basal metabolic rate. "A youth compendium of physical activities: activity codes and metabolic intensities".

July 2017 Dr. Stephen Herrmann was an invited guest editor for a special supplemental issue in the Journal of Physical Activity and Health focused on youth energy expenditure. This supplemental issue contributes to the further development of the youth compendium of energy expenditures for use in monitoring and scoring physical activity and energy expenditure levels in youth. "Special issue on youth energy expenditure"

June 2017 Dr. Stephen Herrmann presented his research findings at the annual meeting for the American College of Sports Medicine in Denver, CO. Dr. Herrmann shared results of a multiyear project to overcome measurement challenges in youth energy expenditure. "Hot off the presses: a revised youth compendium of physical activities".

March 2017 Stephen Herrmann, PhD, co-authored a research article in Preventative Medicine with Dr. Richard Washburn of the University of Kansas Medical Center. This study assessed an elementary school curriculum that integrates academic instruction with physical activity to simultaneously improve student achievement and health."Physical activity and academic achievement across the curriculum: Results from a 3-year cluster-randomized trial". 

December 2016 Dr. Stephen Herrmann recently published an article in the American Journal of Human Biology entitled "The influence of physical characteristics on the resting energy expenditure of youth: A meta-analysis." The results support a more accurate method to estimate the amount of energy required by the body over 24 hours during resting conditions.