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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
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
  • 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 Grad Student Receives McKnight Doctoral Fellowship
    Written By: Camille Dolan '98 | May 12, 2021
    Maxine Furtado, a graduate student starting the Ph.D. program in exercise physiology, is a recipient of the McKnight Doctoral Fellowship.  The coveted program is awarded to up to 50 students each year...
  • 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...
  • CHPS Programs Gain STEM Designation
    Written By: Camille Dolan | July 27, 2020
    Programs in  the Division of Kinesiology are now designated STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), thanks to recent approval by the State of Florida.  David Fukuda The change in the Classification of...
  • Internationally Known Martial Artist to Teach Brazilian Jiu-jitsu this Fall
    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...
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