World Renowned Epidemiologist

Dr. Barbara Ainsworth, Ph.D., M.P.H., FACSM, FNAK

Clinical Evidence and Scientific Validity

Barbara E. Ainsworth is a Regents’ Professor in the Exercise and Wellness Program in School of Nutrition

and Health Promotion at Arizona State University (ASU). With over 300 publications, her research relates

to physical activity and public health with focus on the assessment of physical activity in populations,

the evaluation of physical activity questionnaires, and physical activity in women. Dr. Ainsworth is best

known as the lead author for the Compendium of Physical Activities, an exhaustive list of the energy cost

of human physical activities. Dr. Ainsworth is a Past President of the American College of Sports Medicine

(ACSM) and Past President of the National Academy of Kinesiology. Dr. Ainsworth is a recipient of the

ACSM Citation Award and the AAHPERD McKenzie Award. In 2015 she received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition and also served on the U.S. President’s Council and the California Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sport Scientific Committees. She is a life-long advocate of active lifestyles and spends her free time maintaining her mini-ranch in Arizona and hiking in the nearby hills.

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