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Susan Kaplowitz


Assistant Teaching Professor

Area:  Exercise Gerontology
End Degree:  Ed.D.
Office:  Loree Gym 113
Phone:  848-932-7062
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Exercise and Aging, Adapted Physical Education

Certifications from American Council on Exercise:

  • Personal Trainer
  • Senior Fitness Specialist


Dr. Susan C. Kaplowitz has an undergraduate degree from Hunter College of the City University of New York and Master’s and Doctoral degrees from New York University. She holds a Graduate Certificate in Adult Fitness Management and Sports Medicine from Kean University. She is certified as a Personal Trainer and an Older Adult Specialist from the American Council on Exercise and as an Older Adult Fitness Trainer from the American Institute of Fitness Educators. She also holds a Certification from DSW Fitness in Physical Activity Instruction for Older Adults.

Dr. Kaplowitz is a full time member of the Department of Kinesiology and Health and the Director of the Center for Exercise and Aging. Since 2002, in conjunction with the Exercise and Aging classes she teaches each term, she has brought hundreds of senior citizens from the community to Rutgers for a variety of different programs as well as bringing exercise programs to senior facilities. In 2009 and 2010, she was awarded two grants from the Middlesex County Department of Aging and the New Jersey Dept. of Senior Services to administer a Balance and Fall Prevention Program to selected senior centers in Middlesex County. She is one of 35 Master Trainers in the New Jersey. In 2010 she wrote and produced with her Course Assistants a Manual for Physical Activities for Assisted Living Residences which is now being used in many such facilities in Middlesex County, New Jersey.

Licenses and Certifications

Sports Medicine and Adult Fitness Certification from Kean University
American Council on Exercise Certification as a Personal Trainer
American Institute of Fitness Educators Certification as a Personal Trainer, Older Adult Fitness Trainer
DSW Fitness Certification - Physical Activity Instruction for Older Adults
Matter of Balance - Master Trainer Certification
CPR Certification from the American Heart Association
New York and New Jersey Certification for Teacher of Health and Physical Education
American Council on Exercise (ACE)- Certifications as a Personal Trainer and Older Adult Specialist

Courses Taught

01:377:140   Foundations of Exercise Science and Sport Studies
01:377:304   Exercise and Aging
01:377:310   Motor Learning

Educational Interests

Dr. Kaplowitz established the Center for Exercise and Aging in 2001. Along with the students in her Exercise and Aging class (which she teaches each semester), she has worked with hundreds and hundreds of older adults from senior centers, assisted living facilities, etc., and helped run programs including the New Jersey Senior Olympics and the Middlesex County Senior Health and Fitness Walk. In addition, Dr. Kaplowitz developed and implemented a program for “challenged” preschoolers for the Franklin Public School, consulted for the Warren Public Schools and wrote their Curriculum Guide for Adapted Physical Education for grades K-5.

Honors and Awards

Awarded two grants - from the Middlesex County Department of Aging and the NJ Department of Senior Services - to administer a Balance and Fall Prevention Program to selected Senior Centers in Middlesex County, New Jersey.Produced a Manual for Physical Activities for Assisted Living Residences.Awarded the Professional Achievement Award from the New Jersey Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

Contact Us

Susan Kaplowitz

Office: Loree Gym 113

Phone: 848-932-7062