Lifestyle Medicine Walt Thompson

Walter R. Thompson is Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research and a tenured Regents’ Professor of Kinesiology and Health and with joint appointments in the School of Public Health, and in the Department of Nutrition at Georgia State University in Atlanta. He is an American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) certified Program Director, ACSM Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist, formerly licensed Clinical Exercise Physiologist (State of Louisiana) and formerly licensed Clinical Laboratory Director (State of Georgia). Prior to joining the faculty at Georgia State University in 1994, Dr. Thompson was a tenured Professor of Exercise Science and Director of the Laboratory for Applied Physiology at the University of Southern Mississippi and Program Director for the Center for Cardiac Rehabilitation and Health Enhancement at Swedish Covenant Hospital in Chicago. He has also held adjunct academic appointments at Northeastern Illinois University and at George Williams College. Dr. Thompson has been the Chairman of the ACSM Committee on Certification and Education, Chairman of the ACSM International Relations Committee, Chairman of the ACSM American Fitness Index, Chairman of the ACSM Publications Committee, and the Founding Chairman of the Committee on Accreditation for the Exercise Sciences for the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. Dr. Thompson served as ACSM President for 2017-2018. He has served as the Chair of the Joint Committee on Health Fitness Facilities Standards for NSF International where he also serves as a member of the NSF Council of Public Health Consultants. Dr. Thompson has published over 100 research-based, peer-reviewed articles on many different topics and has received over $40 million in funding for his various initiatives including After-School All-Stars Atlanta, an after-school program for middle school aged children living within the urban environment. He has authored or has edited 13 books. He served as Senior Editor for ACSM’s Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription (8th edition) and is the Editor for the new ACSM’s Clinical Exercise Physiology.

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