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Keith Brazendale is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Sciences. His research interests center on childhood obesity prevention and treatment, specifically focusing on obesogenic behaviors such as physical activity, sleep and sedentary behavior in-and-out of school time. Brazendale also is interested in the etiology of children’s accelerated weight gain during summer months. He developed and published a research hypothesis – the ‘Structured Days Hypothesis’ – to explain why this may be occurring.

  • Ph.D., Doctor of Philosophy, Exercise Science, University of South Carolina
  • MS, Master of Science, Exercise Science, Florida Atlantic University
Areas of Specialty
  • Childhood Obesity
  • Physical Activity
  • Sedentary Behavior
  • sleep
Research Grants
Health Sciences

School versus Summer Weight-Gain and Helath-related Behaviors in Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • PI: Keith Brazendale
  • Amount: $40,000 | Timeframe: 12/01/2021 - 07/30/2022
    Funding Type: Internal
    Funding Agency: Elizabeth Morse Genius Foundation
    Health Sciences

    Investigating the Underlying Mechanisms of Disparities in Sleep Deficiencies in Children

  • PI: Keith Brazendale
  • Co-PI:
  • Amount: $5,000 | Timeframe: 01/01/2020 - 12/31/2020
    Funding Type: Internal
    Funding Agency: Center for Behavioral Health Research and Training (CBHRT)
    Health Sciences

    Development of a Family-Centered Cooking Class for Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • PI: Jeanette Garcia
  • Co-PI: Keith Brazendale
  • Co-PI: Eunkyung “Muriel” Lee
  • Co-PI: Shawn Lawrence
  • Amount: $25,000 | Timeframe: 07/01/2019 - 06/30/2020
    Funding Type: Extramural Research
    Funding Agency: Healthy Weight Research Network
  • Undergraduate Health Sciences Students Showcase Research Proposals at Symposium
    Written By: Drexler James | December 9, 2021
    Students enrolled in HSC4730 Applied Health Research Methods presented their research project proposals to faculty judges during the Department of Health Sciences Fall 2021 Research Symposium on Dec. 8 at...
  • Genius Foundation Awards $300,000 To UCF Interdisciplinary Health Research
    Written By: WENDY SARUBBI | October 7, 2021
    Eight interdisciplinary faculty research projects — on health topics including pain management, improving provider-patient communication, and intimate partner violence — have received about $300,000 in grant funding through a new...
  • School Day Structure Could Benefit Children’s Health
    Written By: Robert Wells | September 1, 2021
    Researchers found that children’s obesogenic behaviors on school days are more favorable compared to non-school days. Having a structured environment for children, whether during school days or when stuck in...
  • The physical benefits of face-to-face learning
    Written By: Fox35 Orlando | August 4, 2021
    Keith Brazendale, assistant professor of health sciences at UCF, talks to Good Day Orlando about the benefits for kids doing in-person learning.
  • Health Sciences Students Compete in Undergraduate Research Symposium
    Written By: Camille Dolan '98 | May 7, 2021
    Ten groups of  health science students across five sections in Applied Health Research Methodology recently gathered online to present their final project – a research proposal poster. As the culmination...
  • Researcher Spotlight: Keith Brazendale
    Written By: Camille Dolan '98 | January 29, 2021
    Keith Brazendale, assistant professor in Health Sciences, studies obesity in children, particularly how daily “routine” and “structure” can impact healthy weight in kids. It’s a passion he always had but took time to realize. He started college as a finance and accounting major. Although he found success...
  • Health Sciences Students Showcase Research Proposals at Annual Symposium
    Written By: Megan Pabian | December 16, 2020
    As the semester draws to an end, Health Sciences students from five sections of the Applied Health Research Methodology class participated in an online symposium of nearly 100 attendees to...
  • Pandemic Presents Unique Research Opportunity for Studying Unhealthy Behavior in Kids
    Written By: Drexler B. James '13 | November 5, 2020
    In early March, Keith Brazendale began gathering initial data for his research project on the factors and behaviors that contribute to weight gain among children living in rural areas. After completing the first part of the project, which...
  • UCF Experts Provide Tips to Maximize Employee Health and Efficiency
    Written By: Drexler B. James '13 | June 1, 2020
    Now, more than ever, it is critical for employees to take care of themselves. Several experts in the College of Health Professions and Sciences at the University of Central Florida...
  • UCF School of Social Work Awards Seed Grants for Interdisciplinary Research
    Written By: UCF School of Social Work | March 9, 2020
    The UCF School of Social Work is committed to providing essential and unique research to health and mental health fields through the school’s Center for Behavioral Health Research and Training...
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