Faculty and Staff

David H. Fukuda, PhD is currently an Associate Professor in the Division of Kinesiology at the University of Central Florida. Dr. 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. Dr. 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., Exercise Physiology, University of Oklahoma
Affiliations
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with Distinction (CSCS*D), National Strength and Conditioning Association
  • Certified Sports Nutritionist (CISSN), International Society of Sports Nutrition
Research Interests
  • Performance-based testing methodologies
  • Exercise training and nutritional interventions in varying populations
  • Fatigue thresholds and metabolic responses to exercise
  • Martial arts and combat sports
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    Written By: CAMILLE DOLAN ‘98 | August 23, 2019
    Class Name PEM 2402, Beginning Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and PEM 2403, Intermediate Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Instructor Ricardo Libório, an internationally known martial artist, co-founder of American Top Team and Brazilian Top Team and...
  • Graduate Students Win UCF and College Awards for Outstanding Research, Teaching
    Written By: Camille Dolan '98 and Karen Guin | April 1, 2019
    Michael La Monica ’18Ph.D. is the recipient of UCF’s 2018-19 award for Outstanding Dissertation in the Social Science, Humanities, Education, Business, Art and Health category. He completed his doctorate in...
  • In New Study, Children With Autism Learn the Gentle Way of Judo
    Written By: Camille Dolan | July 18, 2018
    For one hour each week, children in a new UCF research study shed their label of autism, don white uniforms called judogis and become judokas — practitioners of the martial...
  • Assistant Professor Named Senior Associate Editor of The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
    Written By: UCF Communications Staff | January 29, 2018
    Sport and exercise science assistant professor David Fukuda’s passion for judo and wrestling shaped his career. He’s a former national and international judo competitor and judo black belt who enjoys coaching and...