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Philip Jay Troped, PhD

  • Associate Professor, Department of Exercise and Health Sciences
  • Telephone: 617.287.3809
  • Office Location: S-301-12

Areas of Expertise

Determinants of Physical Activity in Adults and Older Adults, Built Environment and Physical Activity, Use of Accelerometers and GPS in Physical Activity Studies, Evaluation of Physical Activity Interventions


PhD, Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC (Health Promotion, Education and Behavior)
SM, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA (Health and Social Behavior)
MS, Northeastern University (Clinical Exercise Physiology)
BA, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA (Psychology)

Professional Publications & Contributions

Additional Information

Philip Troped joined the Department of Exercise and Health Sciences in January 2013 after teaching for six years at Purdue University.  Professor Troped’s research interests include examining multi-level determinants of physical activity, design and evaluation of physical activity interventions, and objective assessment of physical activity with accelerometers and portable global positioning system (GPS) units. 

He recently was the Principal Investigator on a National Cancer Institute-funded study investigating the influence of the neighborhood built (person-made) environment on physical activity and obesity among older women living in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and California. In part this study focused on examining the effects of both perceived and objective built environment measures on different physical activity outcomes, including walking for leisure and utilitarian purposes.  His work has also been funded by the Active Living Research Program (The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Teaching Expertise
Physical Activity and Public Health, Theories of Behavior Change, Research Methods, Epidemiology

Professional Memberships/Affiliations
American College of Sports Medicine
American Public Health Association
Delta Omega Society (honorary public health society)

Awards and Accomplishments
Faculty Fellowship for Study in a Second Discipline (multilevel statistics), Purdue University, 2011