David Boffey, a Division of Kinesiology alumni, was recently selected as the 2021-22 recipient for the University Award for Outstanding Dissertation in the Social Science, Humanities, Education, Business, Art and Health category.
Boffey received the award for his dissertation, “Influence of Body Composition, Velocity Profiles and Sex-Related Differences on Army Combat Fitness Test Performance.” To complete this research, Boffey partnered with UCF ROTC and involved the cadets as research participants.
Boffey’s dissertation advisor, Associate Professor David Fukuda, says Boffey’s research and interest in applying exercise physiology to create more accurate fitness assessments that indicate physical preparedness as well as underlying health status, risk factors and general physical fitness, is especially important as the Army works to be more supportive of all personnel and women, in particular.
Boffey said his time in the lab and working alongside faculty and other Ph.D. students at UCF enabled him to succeed in achieving his dissertation goals.
“This award attests to the quality of work done by all members of the POWER lab and the Institute of Exercise Physiology and Rehabilitation Science,” Boffey says.
Boffey currently works as an assistant professor in the Department of Health, Human Performance, and Recreation at Pittsburg State University.