David Brock

David Brock

Visiting Associate Professor of Health Sciences

Dr. Brock's overarching academic and research interests primarily focus on novel ways to increase physical activity participation, healthy dietary awareness and practices, and cognitive and behavioral strategies to improve mental and physical health.

  • National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Fellowship, Division of Cardiovascular Disease and Statistical Genetics, Schools of Medicine and Public Health, University of Alabama Birmingham


    PhD, Exercise Physiology, University of Virginia
  • BS, Human Nutrition, Western Carolina University (magna cum laude)


Course Sampling

  • Exercise Physiology
  • Nutrition
  • Senior Research

Areas of Expertise

  • Exercise Physiology
  • Human Nutrition
  • Bioenergetics
  • Behavioral Economics
  • Chronic Disease Prevention and Treatment
  • Clinical Trials
  • Elite Endurance Performance


Dr. Brock has training and formal degrees in Nutrition, Exercise Science, and Exercise Physiology largely in the context of clinical trials, chronic disease prevention, and public health. Additionally, he completed a 2-year National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Fellowship in Cardiovascular Disease and Obesity jointly in the Schools of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Alabama, Birmingham. Following this training, he served the University of Vermont for 10 years, including as a tenured professor in the Exercise and Movement Science Program and Graduate College, Acting Program Director of Exercise and Movement Science, founder and author of the graduate program in Physical Activity and Wellness Science, and Founding Director of the Physical Activity and Wellness Research, Didactic, and Community Engagement Center. David served the State of Vermont as a consultant to the Legislature in areas related to obesity, physical activity , and sugar-sweetened beverage tax policies, and he received a 2-year gubernatorial appointment to Peter Shumlin's (D) statewide Council for Physical Activity and Sports.

David's overarching academic and research interests primarily focus on novel ways to increase physical activity participation, healthy dietary awareness and practices, and cognitive and behavioral strategies to improve mental and physical health. He trained and published with some of the most influential and respected scientists in the world and include the past presidents of the American Heart Association, the American Diabetes Association, and the Obesity Society. He received regional, state, and federal monies for research, and he has contributed greater than 100 peer-reviewed published abstracts and manuscripts. He was a co-recipient of the 2014 Scientific Paper of the Year Award from the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, and the 2009 American Dietetic Association's Margaret Dullea Simko Award for Clinical Excellence. He has reviewed grants for the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation, and he is currently serving o n the Editorial Board for the International Journal of Obesity.

David completed 4-years of active duty military service in the United States Coast Guard at two Search and Rescue Stations on the Outer Banks of North Carolina as part of the "Graveyard of the Atlantic" Cape Hatteras Group. Primary mission: prevent loss of life and environmental protection.


  • Health and Wellness
  • Behavioral Economics
  • Perceptual Responses to Stress
  • Physical Activity and Diet
  • Ultra Endurance Physiology


  • Goins TR, Noonan C, Winchester B and Brock DW. Depressive symptoms and all-cause mortality in older American Indians with Type 2 Diabetes. J AM Geriatric Soc, 2019, 67: 1940-1945. PMID: 31390047.


    Tompkins CL, Laurent J, and Brock DW. Food Addiction: a barrier for effective weight management in adolescents. Childhood Obesity, 2017, 13(6): 462-469. PMID: 28727935.
  • Sweatt K, Roy J, Brock DW, Chandler-Laney PC, Fisher G, and Hunter GR. Ethnic differences in the accuracy of perceived exertion. American Journal of Human Biology, 2015, 28(3): 389-404.
  • Brock DW, Kokinda N, and Tompkins CL. Primary care referral for exercise evaluation and prescription: an empirical case for exercise physiologists. Advances in Obesity, Weight Control, and Management, 2015; 2(1).
  • Neeraj, S, Hunter GR, Fisher G, and Brock DW. Resting energy expenditure and systolic blood pressure relationship in women across 4.5 years. Journal of Clinical Hypertension, 2014; 16: 172-176. PMCID: 24548382.
  • Tompkins CL, Hopkins J, Goddard L, and Brock DW. The effect of an unstructured, moderate to vigorous, before-school physical activity program in elementary school children on academics, behavior, and health. BMC Public Health, 2012; 12. PMCID: PMC3390275.
  • Brock DW, Tompkins CL, Gower BA, and Hunter GR. The influence of resting energy expenditure on blood pressure. Metabolism--Clinical and Experimental, 2012; 61: 237-241. PMCID: PMC3213288.
  • Brock DW, Irving BA, Gower BA, and Hunter GR. Differences emerge in visceral adipose tissue accumulation after selection for innate cardiovascular fitness. International Journal of Obesity (London), 2011; 35: 309-312. PMCID: PMC2982865.
  • Elobeid M.A., Brock D.W., Allison D.B., Padilla M.A., Ruden D.M. Endocrine Disruptors and Obesity: An Examination of Selected Persistent Organic Pollutants in the NHANES 1999-2002 Data. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2010; 7:2988-3005. PMCID: PMC2922741; (Winner of the IJERPH 2014 Paper of the Year Award)
  • Brock DW, Chandler-Laney PC, Alvarez J, Gower B, Gaesser GA, and Hunter GR. Perception of exercise difficulty predicts one-year weight regain, Obesity, 2010; 18: 982-986. PMCID: PMC2924634.
  • Elobeid MA, Padila MA, McVie T, Thomas O, Brock DW, Musser B, Lu K, Coffey CS, Desmond RA, St-Onge MP, Gadde KM, Heymsfield SB, and Allison DB. An Empirical Evaluation of Missing Data Due to Drop-Outs in Randomized Clinical Trials for Weight Loss: Scope of the Problem, State of the Field, and Performance of Statistical Methods. Public Library of Science, PloS One, 2009; 4: e6624 1-11. PMCID: PMC2720539.
  • Chandler-Laney PC, Hunter GR, Ard JD, Roy JL, Brock DW, and Gower B. Perception of peers' body size influences weight loss and regain for European American but not African American women. Health Psychology, 2009; 28: 414-418. PMCID: PMC2711516.
  • Brock DW, Thomas O, Cowan CD, Gaesser GA, Allison DB, & Hunter GR. Association between physical activity and prevalence of obesity in the United States, Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 2009; 6:1-6. PMCID: PMC2659323.
  • Brock, D. W., Keith, S. W., Elobeid, M. A., Allison, D. B. 2007. Does Intentional Weight Loss Influence Mortality and Other Hard End Points Favorably? Confessions of a Closet Bayesian and Occam-ite. Proceedings of the 2006 International Congress on Obesity, Sydney Australia.
  • Brock, DW, Davis, CK, Irving BA, Rodriguez J, Taylor AG, Weltman A, Barrett EJ, and Gaesser GA. A high-carbohydrate, high-fiber meal improves endothelial function in adults with the metabolic syndrome. Diabetes Care 2006; 29: 2313-2315. PMID:17003313.