Dr. Dan Jaffe

Dr. Daniel Jaffe

Assistant Professor

Assistant Director, Human Performance Lab



Daniel Jaffe holds a Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology from Springfield College. His doctoral research was on the effects of chronic beta-alanine supplementation on physical performance parameters in college-aged males seeking military commission. Dr. Jaffe arrived at West Point in July 2015 where is primary duties include: teaching in the Kinesiology Directorate; course director for PE215: Foundations of Personal Fitness and PE245: Olympic Weightlifting; assistant director of the Human Performance Lab; and, coach of the Men’s and Women’s Powerlifting Team. Prior to his arrival, Dr. Jaffe was a member of the Physical Education Department at Virginia Military Institute, where he served in a variety of capacities. His current research interests include periodization and optimization of military-specific fitness tasks. Previous research was focused on macronutrient redistribution and dietary supplementation. He currently lives in Cornwall On Hudson with his wife, Molly, a Highschool Biology teacher and multi-sport coach in Park Ridge, New Jersey.

Ongoing Research Projects

ACFT Performance Optimization
Concurrent Periodization

Publications & Presentations

Hewit, J.K., Jaffe, D., and Crowder, T. (2020). Optimizing Pull-up Performance through Submaximal Performance Prediction Training. International Congress on Soldiers’ Physical Performance. February 11-14, Quebec, CA (abstract submitted June 2019)

Crowder, T.A., Jaffe, D.A, and Hewit, J.K. (2019). Factors Impacting Soldier-Athletic Performance of U.S. Service Academy Cadets. American College of Sports Medicine National Conference. June 1, Orlando, FL

Crowder, TA, Jaffe DA, Hewit JK (2019). Men and women performance differences on a known mobility test (Indoor Obstacle Course) of US Service academy subjects. Military Medicine (submitted 18JUN19)

Jaffe DA, Hewit JK, Sawyer J, Cholewa J, Bedard AJ, Matthews TD, Thompson BA, Headley SA (2018). Effects of short-term macronutrient redistribution on performance parameters in resistance trained males. International Journal of Human Movement and Sport Sciences, epub ahead of print (FEB2018)

Jaffe DA, Hewit JK, Bedard AJ, Crowder T (2018). Improving the physical education experience through activity based learning: the role of the flipped classroom in PE215: foundations of physical fitness. Scholarly Journal of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences 1(4), 1-5

Jaffe DA, Hewit JK, Cholewa J, Bedard AJ, Matthews TD, Thompson BA, Headley SA (2018). Influence of sustained beta-alanine supplementation on body composition and physical performance in college-aged males seeking military commission. International Journal of Human Movement and Sports Sciences 6(1), 1-9.

Jaffe DA (2017). Annual Powerlifting Planning and Programming: Optimized Training for the (Strength-biased) Tactical Athlete. Presented at the 2nd Annual ISSN Sports Nutrition & Athletic Performance Workshop at Coastal Carolina University, Conway, SC.