Ronald Evans

Ronald K. Evans, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

(804) 828-1948

813 W Franklin ST (new STEM building 6th floor)


  • Ph.D. Exercise Physiology, Auburn University, 2000
  • M.S. Exercise Science, University of South Carolina, 1992
  • B.S. Physical Education and Exercise Science, Lander University, 1989

Additional Accreditations


Research Interests

Evans' research is focused on the energy expenditure side of the energy balance equation with specific interests in assessing and better understanding factors that may influence resting energy expenditure and physical activity behaviors during weight loss and weight maintenance in adolescents and adults.  

Select Publications

  • Bean MK, LaRose JG, Raynor HA, Adams EL, Evans RK, Farthing S, Wickham EP 3rd, Mazzeo SE. The role of parents in adolescent obesity treatment: Results of the TEENS+ randomized clinical pilot trial. Pediatr Obes. 2021 Oct 3:e12858. doi: 10.1111/ijpo.12858. Online ahead of print. PMID: 34605188
  • Lanoye A, Evans RK, Leahey TM, LaRose JG. Using measured resting metabolic rate to derive calorie prescriptions in a behavioral weight loss program. Obes Sci Pract. 2021 Mar 9;7(3):335-338. doi: 10.1002/osp4.489. eCollection 2021 Jun. PMID: 34123400
  • Chen S, Scott C, Pearce JV, Farrar JS, Evans RK, Celi FS.  An appraisal of whole-room indirect calorimeters and a metabolic cart for measuring resting and active metabolic rates.  Sci Rep. 2020 Aug 31;10(1):14343.
  • Browning MG, Franco RL, Herrick JE, Arrowood JA, Evans RK. Assessment of cardiopulmonary responses to treadmill walking following gastric bypass surgery. Obes Surg. 2017 Jan;27(1):96- 101
  • Browning MG, Bean MK, Wickham EP, Stern M, Evans RK. Cardiometabolic and fitness improvements in obese girls who either gained or lost weight during treatment. J Pediatr. 2015 Jun; 166(6):1364-9.

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  • HPEX 375 Physiology of Exercise
  • HEMS 601 Movement Physiology


  • Fellow – American College of Sports Medicine, 2016
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, 2014
  • Charles P. Ruch Award for Teaching Excellence, VCU School of Education, 2012