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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