David is the Laboratory Director of the Exercise and Physical Activity Resource Center (EPARC) at the University of California, San Diego. In this role, David oversees all aspects of the day-to-day operations and is involved in the design, delivery, and dissemination of multiple research studies and educational initiatives. Of particular note, he has made a substantial contribution to the design and dissemination of an Exercise Is Medicine® curriculum based on a global initiative to change healthcare practice to include physical activity as a “vital sign” when assessing patient health status, and to prescribe exercise for primary and secondary prevention of chronic disease.
He began his professional career as a political consultant, working on public health initiatives designed to reduce smoking in public spaces and increase funding for state and national parks. A decade later, he returned to academia and earned his M.S. in exercise physiology from SDSU. His research interests include the use of technology to provide scalable “just-in-time” interventions promoting physical activity, the development of functional exercise tests for individuals with neurological disease, the links between cognitive function and physical activity across the lifespan, and the potential role(s) of exercise in long-term management of clinical depression and anxiety.
He is an avid exerciser and certified personal trainer who has worked with special populations, including, among those, individuals with type 2 diabetes, cystic fibrosis, and multiple sclerosis.