Faculty & Staff

Richard K. Fleming, PhD

Professor, Department of Exercise and Health Sciences


photo of Richard Fleming

Areas of Expertise

Childhood Obesity, Physical Activity, Oral Health Promotion in People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities


PhD, University of Massachusetts Amherst (Psychology)
MS, University of Massachusetts Amherst (Psychology)
MEd, University of Massachusetts Amherst (School Psychology)
BS, University of New Hampshire (Recreation and Parks)

Professional Publications & Contributions

Additional Information

Dr. Fleming conducts research on lifestyle change to prevent and treat childhood obesity, and increase physical activity and fitness, with special emphasis on adolescents with intellectual and developmental disabilities. His recent NIH-funded research projects have included an investigation of the effects of family-based behavioral intervention to promote weight loss and weight maintenance in adolescents with Down syndrome (DS), a community-based participatory research study to increase moderate-to-vigorous intensity physical activity in adolescents with autism spectrum disorder, and a comprehensive YMCA-based exercise program to increase fitness in adolescents with DS. In addition, he also conducts NIH-funded research and development on distance learning options for oral health professionals seeking to learn more about serving patients with developmental disabilities. He has served on numerous national advisory boards and research consensus panels in the areas of childhood health and intellectual disabilities.

Teaching Expertise

Health Behavior Change, Sport Psychology, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Awards and Accomplishments

Auburn University Award for Excellence in Outreach and Extension
Sloan-C 2008 National Award for Most Outstanding Online Teaching and Learning Program, Online Graduate Behavioral Intervention in Autism Program