Faculty and Staff

David H. Fukuda, Ph.D. is currently an Associate Professor in the Division of Kinesiology at the University of Central Florida. Fukuda’s undergraduate training in production/operations management at Boise State University offered a systems-based approach to problem solving, which provides him a unique perspective to both teaching and scientific inquiry within the field of exercise science. While completing his doctoral program at the University of Oklahoma in exercise physiology, he devised a non-invasive approach for the classification of elderly men and women into body composition phenotypes. Fukuda’s research interests include the development of performance-based testing methodologies, the analysis of physiological profiles in athletes, and the assessment of adaptations to exercise training and nutritional interventions in varying populations. He is a fourth-degree black belt in judo and has been involved with the Olympic sport for over 25 years as a competitor, instructor, coach, and referee.

Credentials
  • Ph.D., Doctor of Philosophy, Exercise Physiology, University of Oklahoma
  • CSCS*D, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with Distinction, National Strength and Conditioning Association
  • CISSN, Certified Sports Nutritionist, International Society of Sports Nutrition
  • ACSM-EP, ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist, American College of Sports Medicine
Affiliations
  • Institute of Exercise Physiology and Rehabilitation Science
  • Physiology of Work and Exercise Response (POWER) Laboratory
Areas of Specialty
  • Performance-based testing methodologies
  • Exercise training and nutritional interventions in varying populations
  • Fatigue thresholds and metabolic responses to exercise
  • Martial arts and combat sports
Research Lab Affiliations
Research Grants
KinesiologyPhysical Therapy

RF: The effects of Peak ATP® (adenosine 5’- triphosphate disodium) supplementation vs. Placebo on measures of mood, reaction time and cognitive performance

  • PI: Adam J. Wells
  • Co-PI: Jeffrey Stout
  • Co-PI: David Fukuda
  • Amount: $64,082 | Timeframe: 08/01/2021 - 12/31/2022
    Funding Type: Extramural Research
    Funding Agency: TSI Group Ltd
  • Fukuda Wins Educator of the Year
    Written By: Paul Kelly | July 11, 2022
    David Fukuda, an associate professor and Division of Kinesiology chair, is the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Educator of the Year for 2022. Fukuda was selected by the NSCA’s...
  • Celebrating Founders’ Day Honorees in CHPS
    Written By: Drexler B. James'13 | April 7, 2022
    Congratulations to the faculty and students in the College of Health Professions and Sciences who were recognized at this year’s UCF Founders’ Day award ceremony on April 6.  Excellence in...
  • 2022 UCF Founders’ Day Honorees
    Written By: ALLISON HURTADO ’12 | April 6, 2022
    The Founders’ Day Honors Convocation celebrates those who contribute to UCF’s growing quality and impact. UCF has never followed what other universities have done, and the future of the university...
  • Recipients of the 2022 Seed Funding Program Announced
    Written By: Zenaida Gonzalez Kotala | March 10, 2022
    The program awarded a total of $1 million to 32 teams. This is the third year the program has been available to UCF faculty and researchers. UCF announced the recipients...
  • Kinesiology Alumni Earns UCF Dissertation Award
    Written By: Drexler B. James'13 | February 28, 2022
    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...
  • Kinesiology Staff Member First at UCF to Complete SSA Certificate Program
    Written By: Camille Dolan '98 | October 20, 2021
    Lana Gidusko, an Academic Support Coordinator for the School of Kinesiology and Physical Therapy, is the first staff member at UCF to complete all three levels of the Student Success and...
  • UCF’s Brightest Shine During Luminary Awards
    Written By: ZENAIDA GONZALEZ KOTALA & ALLISON HURTADO | October 6, 2021
    15 faculty members were honored for being academic leaders, bettering lives and shining a light in the world. The UCF community celebrated the accomplishments of 15 exceptional faculty members at...
  • School of Kinesiology and Physical Therapy Shines at National NSCA Conference
    Written By: Drexler B. James '13 | July 13, 2021
    Faculty and students from the School of Kinesiology and Physical Therapy represented the College of Health Professions and Sciences during the annual National Strength and Conditioning Association conference, which was...
  • Kinesiology Graduate Students Receive Graduate Dean’s Fellowship
    Written By: Drexler B. James '13 | May 4, 2021
    Two incoming Ph.D. students in Exercise Physiology, Trevor Dufner and Jessica Moon, have been awarded the UCF Graduate Dean’s Fellowship.  The UCF Graduate Dean’s Fellowship is a yearly stipend awarded...
  • Fukuda Named National Strength and Conditioning Association Fellow
    Written By: Megan Pabian | April 14, 2021
    David Fukuda, an associate professor and Division of Kinesiology chair, has been awarded Fellow status by the National Strength and Conditioning Association. National Strength and Conditioning Association Fellows are an accomplished group of professionals who promote...
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