David Bassett is a Full Professor in the Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport Studies. Bassett is an exercise physiologist and one of the world’s most recognized experts in the area of measurement of physical activity energy expenditure. His work with various objective monitors of physical activity (accelerometers, pedometers, etc.) was key to the explosion of interest in these devices among researchers in the last decade. He was among the first to demonstrate that certain pedometers could be valid and reliable research tools, thus providing a way for researchers to objectively document the activity levels of individuals.
Bassett is the author of over 130 peer-reviewed journal articles, a book, several book chapters, and other scholarly writings. In September 2012, he was an invited faculty member of the Post-Graduate Training Program in Physical Activity and Public Health sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the University of South Carolina’s Arnold School of Public Health. He recently completed a commissioned analysis on “Estimated Energy Expenditures for School-Based Policies and Active Living” funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The article will appear in American Journal of Preventive Medicine in early 2013.