Associate Professor
Physical Education & Human Performance
Center for Teaching and Innovation
Exercise Science, BS
Harrison J. Kaiser Hall
Nutrition & Metabolism
University of Alberta
Human Nutrition
University of Alberta
Areas of Expertise

Cassandra's areas of expertise are human nutrition, resistance training for women, group exercise, yoga, and low FODMAP diets. 

Publications, Research & Presentations

Martin, Matt and Forsythe, Cassandra. Celebrating Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: A Disability Awareness  Event for Girl Scouts. Palaestra. 2020. Fall 35 (3). 

Cassandra Forsythe. Should Kids Drink Caffeine? The Connecticut Association for Health, Physical 
Education, Recreation and Dance. Fall 2019. 

Cassandra Forsythe. How Much Fluid should my Students Drink? Fluid Guidelines for Kids and Teens. The Connecticut Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. Fall 2018. 

Forsythe CE, Phinney SD, Feinman RD, Volk BM, Freidenreich D, Fernandez ML, Quann EE, Ballard K, Bibus DM, Kraemer WJ, Volek JS. Limited Effect of Dietary Saturated Fat on Plasma Saturated Fat in the Context of a Low Carbohydrate Diet. Lipids. 2010; Oct;45(10): 947-62

Volek JS, Quann EE, Forsythe CE. Low Carbohydrate Diets Promote a More Favorable Body Composition than Low Fat Diets. Lipids. 2009 Apr;44(4):297-309

Volek JS, Phinney SD, Forsythe CE, Quann EE, Wood RJ, Puglisi MJ, Kraemer WJ, Bibus DM, Fernandez ML, Feinman RD. Carbohydrate Restriction Has a More Favorable Impact on the Metabolic Syndrome Than a Low-Fat Diet. Lipids. 2008: Dec 12.

Fragala MS, Kraemer WJ, Volek JS, Maresh CM, Puglisi MJ, Vingren JL, Ho JY, Hatfield DL, Spiering BA, Forsythe CE, Thomas GA, Quann EE, Anderson JM, Hesslink RL Jr. Influences of a Dietary Supplement in Combination with an Exercise and Diet Regimen on Adipocytokines and Adiposity in Women Who Are Overweight. Eur J Appl Physiol. 2008. Dec 2

Forsythe CE, Phinney SD, Fernandez ML, Quann EE, Wood RJ, Bibus DM, Kraemer WJ, Feinman RD, Volek JS. Comparison of Low Fat and Low Carbohydrate Diets on Circulating Fatty Acid Composition and Markers of Inflammation. Lipids. 2007; Nov 29

Forsythe CE, French MA, Goh YK, Clandinin MT. Cholesterolaemic Influence of Palmitic Acid in the sn1,3 vs sn2 Position with High or Low Dietary Linoleic Acid in Healthy Young Men. Br J Nutr. 2007; Mar 29; 1-8.

Volek JS and Forsythe CE. Diet, Exercise and Hormone Interactions on Skeletal Muscle. Horm Res. 2006; 66 Suppl 1:17-21

Volek JS, Forsythe CE, Kraemer WJ. Nutritional Aspects of Women Strength Athletes. Br J Sports Med. 2006. Sep;40(9):742-8

Awards & Grants
  • 2021-2022 Excellence in Teaching Award Honor Roll for full-time faculty. CCSU
  • 2020 - 2021 Excellence in Teaching Award Semi-Finalist. CCSU
  • 2019 - 2020 Excellence in Teaching Award Semi-Finalist. CCSU
  • 2019 All-Faculty Award. CCSU Athletics. October 2019
  • 2018 - 2019 Excellence in Teaching Award Honor Roll for full-time faculty. CCSU
  • 2016 - 2017 Excellence in Teaching Award Honor Roll for full-time faculty. CCSU


2019-2021 CSU-AAUP Faculty Research Grant. The Effect of a low FODMAP Diet on Gastrointestinal Disruption, Exercise Ability, and Mental Health in healthy athletic college students.

2018-2019 CSU-AAUP Faculty Research Grant. Chee-hoi Leong and Cassandra Forsythe. Effect 
of an 8-Week Resistance Training Program on Anterior Pelvic Tilt, Hamstrings-to-Quadriceps Ratio, and Vertical Jump Performance in Healthy Females.

American Egg Board-Egg Nutrition Center Dissertation Fellowship in Nutrition. June 2005-2009
Fellowship which funded 4 years of doctoral research and provided a full tuition waiver 


Courses Taught

EXS 275 - Training for Sports Performance 

EXS 280 - Leadership in Group Exercise 

EXS 307 - Human Nutrition 

EXS 376 - Theories of Strength Training 

DAN 222 - Yoga 

PE 144 - College Wellness