Headshot Ronald Evans

Ronald Evans, Ph.D., FACSM.

Associate Professor
(804) 828-1948
500 Academic Centre
1020 West Grace St.


2000 – Ph.D. Exercise Physiology – Auburn University, AL.

1992 – M.S. Exercise Science – University of South Carolina, SC.

1989 – B.S. Physical Education – Lander University, SC.

Teaching Assignments

HPEX 375 – Physiology of Exercise

HEMS 601 – Movement Physiology 

Research Interests

My research activities are 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

Browning, MG, Franco, RL, Cyrus, JC, Celi, F, Evans, RK. Changes in resting energy expenditure in relation to body weight and composition following gastric restriction: A systematic review. Obes Surg. 2016 Jul;26(7):1607-15.

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.

Browning, MG, Evans, RK. The contribution of fat-free mass to resting energy expenditure: implications for weight loss strategies in the treatment of adolescent obesity. Int J Adolesc Med Health. 2015;27(3):241-6

Browning, MG, Baugh, NG, Wolfe, LG, Kellum, JK, Maher JW, Evans RK. Evaluation of Pre- and post-operative physical activity participation in laparoscopic gastric banding patients. Obes Surgery. 2014 Nov; 24(11):1981-6.

Evans, RK. Impact of physical activity participation on weight loss outcomes following weight loss surgery. Am. J. Lifestyle Med. 2010 Mar/Apr: 4(2): 124-9.

Evans, RK, Franco RL, Stern M, Wickham EP, Bryan DL, Herrick JE, Larson NY, Abell AM, Laver JL. Evaluation of a 6-month multi-disciplinary healthy weight management program targeting urban, overweight adolescents: effects on physical fitness, physical activity, and blood lipid profile. Int J Ped Obes. 2009;4(3):130-3.

Evans, RK, Bond D, Wolfe L, Meador J, Herrick J, Kellum J, Maher J. Participation in 150 minutes/week of moderate or higher intensity PA yields greater weight loss following gastric bypass surgery. Surg Obes Rel Dis. 2007; 3(5): 526-530. 

Publications listed on PubMed


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

Grant Support (active)

Title: The role of parents in adolescent obesity treatment: randomized controlled trial of TEENS+
Agency:  NIH/NICHD (PI-Bean)
Role:  Co-Investigator

Title:  The role of high intensity interval training in the treatment of adolescent obesity
Agency:  NIH/NICHD (PI-Wickham)
Role: Co-Investigator

Title:  Low intensity weight loss for young adults: autonomous vs. extrinsic motivation
Agency: NIH/NIDDK (PI-LaRose)
Role:  Co-Investigator