Obesity Treatment, Physical Activity Interventions, Epidemiology, Aging, Public Health Surveillance and Health Disparities. Physical Activity Policy
Ross Andersen, Ph.D. joined McGill University in 2007 as a Tier I Canada Research Chair and is a Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education at McGill University. He has also been on the Faculty at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. His research has focused on the role that physical activity plays in weight management. His work has been funded by the American Heart Association and the National Institute of Health to examine strategies to improve exercise adherence and to examine the dose of exercise required to promote long term weight control. Dr. Andersen has numerous publications and presentations in the area of physical activity and weight management, including publications in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Annals of Internal Medicine, Obesity Research, Medicine, Science in Sports and Exercise and many other peer-reviewed journals. He has authored three text books and several book chapters and serves on the editorial board for several research journals. He is known for his work in introducing Lifestyle Physical Activity to overweight adults to promote weight maintenance and long term adoption of physical activity.
Dr. Andersen has also been associated with several investigations to develop novel medical devises. He has headed up projects to design equipment to assess and monitor body fluid levels as well as the size and health of large wounds. Recently, he has been involved with developing a next-generation mechanical arm that will look, feel, perform and be controlled like a natural limb.
Dr. Andersen is a Fellow with American College of Sports Medicine and served as the President of ACSM Mid Atlantic Chapter. For eight years he served on the board of Directors for the American Council on Exercise and during that time Co-Edited their Clinical Exercise Specialist Text book.