Headquartered at Harvard-Westlake School, the Institute for Scholastic Sports science and medicine is a research and education facility established in 2009. ISSSM brings real-world research partnerships to campus and creates educational opportunities for our students in the process. We sponsor student-initiated sports science research and help bring the academic and athletic domains at school together, each supporting and strengthening the other. To make this possible, we have created a secondary school institutional review panel and formed research partnerships with outside institutions.

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  • David  Hinden
    David Hinden
    Director of the Institute of Scholastic Sports Science and Medicine
    David  Hinden
    David Hinden

    Director of the Institute of Scholastic Sports Science and Medicine

    I am the Director of the Institute of Scholastic Sports Science and Medicine at Harvard-Westlake School.

    I taught and coached at Harvard-Westlake School for twenty-five years. I retired from full-time teaching at the end of the 2014 school year and became the Director of ISSSM in January 2016.

    I served as Dean of the Harvard-Westlake Upper School Faculty and led the Student Workload Initiative from its inception. I taught Genetics and Biotechnology and Chemistry and was a member of the Kutler Center for Interdisciplinary Studies and Research. I also created the Genetics and Biotechnology course at Harvard-Westlake and pioneered a school-research institution partnership where students pursued and published DNA barcoding projects.  

    I graduated from Yale Law School where I received a Juris Doctor degree.