University of Vermont

College of Nursing and Health Sciences
David Brock

David W. Brock, PhD

Associate Professor of Exercise Physiology

David Brock Office: 310M Rowell
Phone: (802) 656-9076

Dr. David Brock is an associate professor of exercise physiology, with a specialization in clinical trials, chronic disease prevention, and public health. He is the director of the Physical Activity Laboratory with an overarching goal of investigating novel ways to increase physical activity participation in adult and adolescent populations that are at risk for chronic pathologies such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and the metabolic syndrome. Although not exhaustive, current research interests of the physical activity lab are physical activity/exercise adherence, incentivizing behavior modification, obesity/chronic disease prevention, and elite endurance performance.  


NIH Postdoctoral Fellow, Obesity, Division of Cardiovascular Disease, University of Alabama School of Medicine
PhD, Exercise Physiology, University of Virginia

Selected Publications

Brock DW, Tompkins CL, Gower BA, and Hunter GR. The influence of resting energy expenditure on blood pressure in formerly overweight women. Metabolism--Clinical and Experimental, In Press.

Tompkins, CL, Moran K, Preedom S, and Brock DW. Physical activity induced improvements in markers of insulin resistance in overweight and obese children and adolescents. Current Diabetes Reviews, 2011; 7: 164-170. (Abstract)

Brock DW, Tompkins CL, and Maynard A. Treating obesity, physical inactivity, and chronic disease. NATA, 2011; 6: 22-23.

Elobeid MA, Brock DW, Allison DB, Padilla MA, Ruden DM. 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. (Abstract)

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.

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. (Abstract)

Hunter GR, Chandler-Lane PC, Brock DW, Lara-Castro C, Fernandez JR, Gower B. Fat distribution, aerobic fitness, and risk in African American and European American women. Obesity, 2010; 18: 274-281. (Abstract)

Hunter GR, Brock DW, Byrne N, Chandler-Laney PC, Del corral P, and Gower B. Exercise training prevents regain of visceral fat for 1-year following weight loss. Obesity, 2010; 18: 690-695. (Abstract)

Allison, DB, Elobeid M, Brock DW, Faith MS, Sargent S, Berkowitz R, Cutter, G, McVie T, Gadde K, and Foster GD. Sample Size in Obesity Trials: Patient Perspective vs. Current Practice, Medical Decision Making, 2010; 30: 68-75. (Abstract)

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 SciencePloS One, 2009; 4: e6624 1-11.

Irving BA, Weltman J, Patrie J, Davis CK, Brock DW, Swift DA, Barrett EJ, Gaesser GA, and Weltman A. Effects of exercise training intensity on nocturnal growth hormone secretion in abdominally obese women with the metabolic syndrome, Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism,2009; 94: 1979-19896. (Abstract)

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. (Abstract)

Brock DW, Thomas O, Cowan CD, Gaesser GA, Allison DB, and Hunter GR.  Association between physical activity and prevalence of obesity in the United States,  Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 2009; 6: 1-6. (Abstract)

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