Youngdeok Kim

Youngdeok Kim, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Associate Department Chair

(804) 828-1948

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


  • Ph.D., Health and Human Performance (Kinesmetrics), Middle Tennessee State University, TN, 2014
  • M.S., Kinesiology (Kinesmetrics), Seoul National University, South Korea, 2010
  • B.S., Kinesiology, Soonchunhyang University, South Korea, 2007

Research Interests

The overarching goal of Kim's research is to study and better understand the dynamic nature of lifestyle behaviors, particularly physical activity and sedentary behaviors, and its impact on health in diverse population groups. In this regard, the scope of his research is broad and largely cross-disciplinary, addressing the key phases of the behavioral epidemiological framework:

  • Examining the links between behaviors and health
  • Validating and refining methods for quantifying outcome variables of behaviors
  • Identifying the contextual factors influencing behaviors
  • Developing and implementing an intervention

Select Publications

  • Kim, Y., Franco, R. L., Lucas, A. R., Sutton, A. L., LaRose, J. G., Kenyon, J., Via, J., Cheng, R., D'agostino, R. B., Sheppard, V. B., Hundley, G. W. (Online ahead of print). Prevalence of cardiovascular diseases among breast cancer survivors: Findings from NHANES. American Journal of Health Promotion.
  • Kim, Y., Canada, J., Kenyon, J.*, Billingsley, H., Arena, R., Lavie, C., & Carbone, S. (2022). Effects of Replacing sedentary time with physical activity on mortality among patients with heart failure: NHANES Follow-Up Study. Mayo Clinic Proceedings, 97, 1897-1903. 
  • Carbone, S., Kim, Y., Kachur, S., Billingsley, H., Kenyon, J., Schutter, A. D., Milani, R. V., & Lavie, C. J. (2022). Peak oxygen consumption achieved at the end of cardiac rehabilitation predicts survival in patients with coronary heart disease. European Heart Journal: Quality of Care & Clinical Outcomes, 8(3), 361-367. 
  • Kim, Y., Canada, J., Kenyon, J., Billingsley, H., Arena, R., Lavie, C. L., & Carbone, S. (2022). Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviors and All-Cause Mortality in Heart Failure: Findings from the NHANES 2007-2014. PLoS One, 17, e0271238.
  • Kim, Y., Schneider, T., Faß, E., & Lochbaum, M. (2021). Social capital and self-rated health among middle-aged and older adults: Exploring the role of physical activity and socioeconomic status. BMC Public Health, 21(1), 48. 


  • HPEX 358 - Introduction to Epidemiology


  • Research Fellow - Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE) - America, 2018
  • Reviewer of the Year - Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science journal, 2016
  • Early Career Investigator Research Grant Award - SHAPE-American, 2015
  • Paffenbarger-Blair Fund for Epidemiological Research on Physical Activity - American College of Sports Medicine, 2015