Dan McCann, Ph.D.

Professor & Chair of Human Physiology

Dan McCann came to Gonzaga in 1992 from UC Davis where he received his PhD in Physiology. Dan teaches courses in Anatomy and Physiology, Exercise Physiology, Environmental Physiology, Research in Physiology, and occasionally other Advanced Topics courses...

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Education & Curriculum Vitae

Ph.D., Physiology, University of California, Davis

M.A., Ergonomics, University of California, Santa Barbara

B.S., Physical Education, Springfield College

Courses Taught

HPHY 241/241L: Human Anatomy and Physiology I

HPHY 242/242L: Human Anatomy and Physiology II

HPHY 376/376L: Exercise Physiology

HPHY 377: Environmental Physiology

HPHY 377L: Physiology Research


Dan McCann came to Gonzaga in 1992 from UC Davis where he received his PhD in Physiology. Dan teaches courses in Anatomy and Physiology, Exercise Physiology, Environmental Physiology, Research in Physiology, and occasionally other Advanced Topics courses such as Pathophysiology and Translational Physiology. His research interests include the metabolic response to exercise, thermoregulation, and the application of dimensional analysis and similitude theory to the study of rest and exercise energetics. Most recently, Dan has also been teaching physiology in the University of Washington's School of Medicine WWAMI program on the Gonzaga campus that is part of the UW-GU Regional Health Partnership.

Fallon, S., A. Belcoe, C. Shawcross, A. May, C. Monteverde, and DJ McCann. Ventilatory compensation to decreased inspired O2 during the Wingate test. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport. Dec. 2014. DOI: 10.1080/02701367.2014.983448

McCann, D.J., and B.K. Higginson. Training to maximize economy of motion in running gait. Curr. Sports Med Rep., Vol. 7, No. 3, pp. 158-162, 2008.

McCann, D.J. Body size and V˙ O2peak: a new perspective? Int. J. Sports Med. 25:50-55, 2004

McCann, D.J. and W.C. Adams. The size-independent oxygen cost of running. Med. Sci. Sports Exerc. 35(6):1049-1056, 2003

McCann, D.J. and W.C. Adams. A theory for normalizing resting V˙ O2 for differences in body size. Med. Sci. Sports Exerc. 34(8):1382-1390, 2002

McCann, D.J. and W.C. Adams. A dimensional paradigm for identifying the size-independent cost of walking. Med. Sci. Sports Exerc. 34(6):1009-1017, 2002

Rico-Sanz, J., H. Silverman, D.J. McCann, and P.A. Molé. Physiological adaptations to 6 weeks of specific training of intercollegiate soccer players. Sports Med., Training Rehab. 10:67-81, 2001

McCann, D.J. and W.C. Adams. Wet bulb globe temperature index and performance in competitive distance runners. Med. Sci. Sports Exerc. 29:955-961, 1997

Farrell, P.V. and D.J. McCann. Computers, the Internet and marketing athletics. Sports Marketing Quarterly. 6:12-13, 1997

Castro, M.J., D.J. McCann, J.D. Shaffrath, and W.C. Adams. Torque per unit lean tissue cross sectional area of the upper arm and thigh in strength trained and untrained young adult males and females. Med. Sci. Sports Exerc. 27:397-403, 1995

McCann, D.J., P.A. Molé, and J.R. Caton. Phosphocreatine kinetics in humans during exercise and recovery. Med. Sci. Sports Exerc. 27:378-389, 1995

McCann, D.J. and J.A. Gliner. Preferred and imposed work rates: tempo variability and mechanical efficiency. Ergonomics 25:255-258, 1982