Tunde Szivak is an Assistant Professor in the School of Health Sciences at Merrimack College, North Andover, MA. She earned her PhD in Kinesiology from The Ohio State University and her Master of Arts degree in Kinesiology from the University of Connecticut. Her areas of expertise include applied stress physiology, tactical human performance optimization, and recovery and resilience strategies. Szivak is a former active-duty United States Army Officer, commissioned upon graduation from the United States Military Academy (West Point) in 2003, where she was a four-year collegiate powerlifting athlete. Her military assignments include two year-long combat tours in the Middle East (2004 and 2007) while assigned to the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). She currently serves as a United States Army Reserve Officer.