Tunde Szivak is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Sciences at Merrimack College in North Andover, MA. She earned her PhD in Kinesiology from The Ohio State University in 2016. Her research interests include stress physiology and performance optimization for tactical athletes, stemming from her background as a United States Army Officer and collegiate athlete. Szivak earned her commission from the United States Military Academy in 2003 and competed for the West Point powerlifting team from 1999 – 2003. Her military assignments include two year-long combat deployments to Iraq in 2004 and 2007. Szivak currently serves as a United States Army Reserve Officer.