Associate Professor, Director of Physical Activity and Wellness Laboratory

Dr. Brock directs the Physical Activity and Wellness Research Center and is an associate professor with tenure in the Department of Exercise and Movement Science at the University of Vermont. He has a B.S. in Human Nutrition, an M.S. in Exercise Science and a Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology with a concentration in obesity and public health from the University of Virginia. In addition, he completed a two-year National Institutes of Health postdoctoral fellowship in the areas of obesity, cardiovascular disease, and type 2 diabetes. He trained with some of the most influential researchers in the world, including the past president of the American Diabetes Association, the past president of the American Heart Association, and the past president of the Obesity Society.

Dr. Brock has internationally recognized expertise on the impact of exercise and dietary strategies to prevent and treat the most prevalent chronic pathologies in the U.S., such as cardiovascular disease, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and the metabolic syndrome. He has more than 100 peer-reviewed publications and presentations and received private, state, and federal funding for his research. He has published in journals such as the International Journal of Obesity, Obesity, Public Library of Science, Diabetes Care, Journal of Physical Activity and Health, Medical Decision Making, Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism, and the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, etc. In addition, Dr. Brock has presented his work around the world at national and international forums such as Experimental Biology, The Obesity Society, American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, American Public Health Association, American College of Preventive Medicine, International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, and the World Congress on Obesity. He currently serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Obesity, and he served on Peter Shumlin's (VT-D) Gubernatorial Council for Physical Activity.

Research and/or Creative Works

Brock DW, Tompkins CL, Dumas JA, Laurent J, and Bunn J.  Role: Sole Principal Investigator. Validation of a Novel Fatigability Index.  A grant proposal submitted for PA-12-227 (R01) to the National Institute of Aging (1R01AG047969-01).  Period: 09/01/14 to 10/01/2018.  Total Costs: $ 1,519,750.00. (A0 Scored: 37th percentile; resubmission in prep)

Kien CL, Dumas JA, Brock DW, et al.  Role: Principal Investigator (Corresponding PI—Lawrence Kien).  Dietary Fatty Acids, Executive Function, and Physical Activity.  A grant proposal submitted for PA-13-302 (R01) to the NIDDK (1R01DK103671-01).  Period: 09/01/2014 to 08/31/2018.  Total Costs: $ 2,222,223.00. (Pending)

Selected Completed Funded Grants (not exhaustive)

Carlstrom JA, Vener JA, Raub A, Brock DW.  Role: Vermont Genetics Network Designated Senior Investigator/Mentor.  Dietary Quercetin.  A pilot project proposal submitted to the Vermont Genetics Network.  Period: 06/01/2012 to 05/31/2013.  Total Direct Costs: $24,999 (Funded).

Tompkins CL, Brock DW. Role: Co-Principal Investigator. Perception of Physical Exertion in Healthy Weight and Obese Adolescents.  A grant proposal submitted to the College of Nursing and Health Sciences Grant Program.  Period: 9/15/2011 to 9/15/2012. Total Direct Costs: $ 15,000.00 (Funded).

Brock DW et al. Role: Principal Investigator.  Behavioral Economics to Promote Physical Activity Among Sedentary, Overweight Employees. MO1 RR00109, sub-project number 6853.  A grant proposal submitted to the NIH General Clinical Research Center at the University of Vermont.  Period: 3/01/2010 to 2/28/2011. Total Direct Costs: $ 31,664.00 (Funded).


Brock DW, Kokinda N, and Tompkins CL.  Primary care referral for exercise evaluation and prescription in obese populations: an empirical case for exercise physiologists.  Advances in Obesity, Weight Control, and Management, 2015, in press PMID: xxx; Impact Factor: Open Access.

Tompkins CL, Flanagan T, Lavoie J, Brock DW. Similar physiological and perceived variables between healthy weight and obese children during a self-selected, physical activity program. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 2014, in press.  PMID: xxx; Impact Factor: 2.0

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; Impact Factor: 3.36.

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, 2013; 12.  PMCID: PMC3390275; Impact Factor: 2.1

Angadi S, Weltman N, Patrie J, Barrett E, Weltman A, Brock D, Irving B, David C, Rodriguez, and Gaesser G.  Effects of a low-carbohydrate vs. high carbohydrate, high-fiber diet on soluble cell adhesion molecules and endothelial function with metabolic syndrome.  FASEB Journal, 2012; 26: 626-629.  Impact Factor: 5.48. 

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, 2012; 61: 237-241.  PMCID: PMC3213288; Impact Factor: 3.1

Gaesser G, Angadi S, Weltman N, Rodriguez J, Patrie J, Barrett E, Brock D, Davis C, Irving B, and Weltman A.  Impairment of endothelial function despite improvement in traditional lipid markers in low-carbohydrate vs. high carbohydrate, high-fiber diet in adults with metabolic syndrome.  FASEB Journal, 2011; 25: 971-976.  Impact Factor: 5.48.

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; Impact Factor: 5.2

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; Impact Factor: 2.2 (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; Impact Factor: 3.9

Hunter GR, Chandler-Laney 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. PMCID: PMC2813936; Impact Factor: 3.9

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. PMCID: PMC2913900, Impact Factor: 3.9

Allison, DB, Elobeid, M., Cope M, Brock, DW, Faith, MS, Vander Veur, S, Berkowitz, R, Cutter, G, McVie T, Gadde, K, & Foster, GD. Sample Size in Obesity Trials: Patient Perspective vs. Current Practice, Medical Decision Making, 2010; 30: 68-75. PMCID: PMC2914621; Impact Factor: 2.9

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; Impact Factor: 4.1

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: 1979-1986. PMCID: PMC2690422; Impact Factor: 6.4

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; Impact Factor: 3.8

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; Impact Factor: 2.0

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; Impact Factor: 8.1

Irving BA, Rutowski J, Brock DW, Davis CK, Barrett EJ, Gaesser GA, & Weltman A.  Ratings of perceived exertion and the blood lactate response to exercise: Borg vs. Omni Scales.  Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise 2006; 38: 1348-1352. PMID:16826034; Impact Factor: 4.5

Brock, D. W., Keith, S. W., Elobeid, M. A., Allison, D. B. 2007. Does Intentional Weight Loss Influence Mortalityand Other Hard End Points Favorably? Confessions of a Closet Bayesian and Occam-ite. Proceedings of the 2006 International Congress on Obesity, Sydney Australia, Sep 3-8, 2006. Paper # ISO111.

Book Chapter

Irving BA, CK Davis, D Swift, DW Brock, EJ Barrett, GA Gaesser, A Weltman. Effects of exercise training intensity on abdominal visceral fat and the cardiometabolic risk profile in abdominally obese individuals with the metabolic syndrome.  Physical Activity and Obesity, A.P. Hills, N.A. King, N.M. Byrne (eds) Smith-Gordon, London, 2006, p 81-90.

Awards and Recognition

  • Winner of the 2014 International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health Paper of the Year
  • Nominee for 2014 Kroepsch-Maurice Excellence in Teaching Award, UVM
  • Winner of the 2009 American Dietetic Association's Margaret Dullea Simko Award for Clinical Excellence
  • Nominee for Pew Scholar Foundation Award
  • NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship Award
  • NIH Predoctoral Fellowship Award
  • Virginia Governor's Fellowship Award
  • Dupont Fellowship Award
  • Alumni Scholarship Award
  • USCG Search and Rescue Station Cape Hatteras, NC, multiple honors for service, conduct, and bravery
David W. Brock, Ph.D.

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

  • Public Health
  • Chronic disease
  • Exercise physiology
  • Human performance


  • Ph.D.; University of Virginia


  • 802-656-9076
Office Location:

310M Rowell Hall

Office Hours:

By Appointment

Courses Taught

  • RMS 250: Exercise Physiology
  • EXMS 245: Exercise Assessment, Evaluation, and Prescription