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Dixie L. Thompson, PhD

Professor, Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School
111-K Student Services Building


  • The role of physical activity in promoting health, particularly in women
  • Exploration of ways to improve adherence to regular exercise
  • Body composition assessment techniques
  • Training kinesiology students


PhD University of Virginia Exercise Physiology
MA University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Exercise Physiology
BA University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Physical Education


  • Fellow, American College of Sports Medicine
  • Fellow, National Academy of Kinesiology
  • Editor-in-Chief, ACSM’s Fit Society Page newsletter
  • Current research funding through USDHHS-HRSA
  • Co-editor of Fitness Professional’s Handbook, 6th edition

Raynor, H.A., D.S. Bond, J. Steeves, and D.L. Thompson. Physical activity variety, energy expenditure, and body mass index. American Journal of Health Behavior, 38(4): 624-630, 2014.

Rider, B.C., D.R. Bassett, D.L. Thompson, E.A. Steeves, H. Raynor. Monitoring capabilities of the Omron HJ-720ITC pedometer. Physician and Sportsmedicine, 42(1): 24-9, 2014.

Raynor, H.A., E.A. Steeves, D.R. Bassett, D.L. Thompson, A.A. Gorin, and D.S. Bond. Reducing TV watching during adult obesity treatment: Two pilot randomized controlled trials. Behavior Therapy, 44(4): 674-685, 2013.

Welch, W.A., D.R. Bassett, D.L. Thompson, P.S. Freedson, J.W. Staudenmayer, D. John, J.A. Steeves, S.A. Conger, T. Ceaser, C.A. Howe, J.E. Sasaki, and E.C. Fitzhugh.  Classification accuracy of the wrist-worn GENEA acclerometer.Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 45(10): 2012-2019, 2013 (PMID: 23584403).

Coletta, A., D.L. Thompson, H.A. Raynor. The influence of commercially-available carbohydrate and carbohydrate-protein supplements on endurance running performance in recreational athletes during a field trial. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, 10: 17, 2013. DOI: 10.1186/1550-2783-10-17.

Scott, S.N., D.L. Thompson, and D.P. Coe.  The ability of the PACER to elicit peak exercise response in youth.   Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 45(6): 1139-1143, 2013.

Freedman Silvernail, J.F., C.E. Milner, D.L. Thompson, S. Zhang and X. Zhao. The influence of body mass index and velocity on knee biomechanics during walking.Gait and Posture, 37(4):575-9, 2013. doi: 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2012.09.016

Tyo, B., Y. Feito, D.R. Bassett, and D.L. Thompson. Effect of BMI on pedometers in early adolescents under free-living conditions. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 45(3); 569-574, 2013.

Ceaser, T.G., E. Fitzhugh, D.R. Bassett, and D.L. Thompson. Association of physical activity, fitness and race:  NHANES 1999-2004.  Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 45(2): 286-293, 2013.

Steeves, J.A., D.R. Bassett, Jr., E.C. Fitzhugh, H.A. Raynor, and D.L. Thompson. Can sedentary behavior be made more active? A randomized pilot study of TV commercial stepping versus walking. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 9:95, 2012; doi:  10.1186/1479-5868-9-95.

Feito, Y., B. Tyo, D.R. Bassett, Jr., and D.L. Thompson. Effects of body mass index on step count accuracy of physical activity monitors. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 9 (4): 594-600, 2012.

Steeves, J.A., D.R. Bassett, Jr., D.L. Thompson, and E.C. Fitzhugh. Occupational and non-occupational activity in relation to abdominal obesity. International Journal of Obesity, 36: 100-106, 2012.

Steeves, J.A., D.L. Thompson, D.R. Bassett.  Energy cost of stepping in place while watching TV commercials. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 44(2): 330-5, 2012.

Lee, J-M, D.R. Bassett, Jr., D.L. Thompson and E.C. Fitzhugh. Validation of the Cosmed Fitmate for prediction of maximal oxygenconsumption. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 25 (9): 2573-9, 2011.

John, D., D.L. Thompson, H. Raynor, K. Bielak, B. Rider, and D.R. Bassett. Treadmill workstations: A worksite physical activity intervention in overweight and obese office workers. Journal of PhysicalActivity and Health, 8: 1034-43, 2011.

Silcott, N.A., D.R., Bassett, Jr., D.L. Thompson, E.C. Fitzhugh, J.A. Steeves.  Accuracy of the Omron HJ-720ITC pedometer under free-living conditions. Medicine andScience in Sports and Exercise, 43(9): 1791-7, 2011.

Steeves, J., D.L. Thompson, D.R. Bassett, E.C. Fitzhugh, and H. Raynor. A review of different behavior modification strategies designed to reduce sedentary screen behaviors in children. Journal of Obesity, Volume 2012, Article ID 379215, 16 pages; doi:10.1155/2012/379215.

Bassett, D.R., J. Pucher, R. Buehler, D.L. Thompson, and S.E. Crouter. Active transportation and obesity in Europe, North America, and Australia. Institute of Transportation Engineers Journal, 81(8): 24-28, 2011.

Connolly, C.P., D.P. Coe, J.M. Kendrick, D.R. Bassett, Jr., and D.L. Thompson. Accuracy of physical activity monitors in pregnant women. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 43(6): 1100-1105, 2011.

Feito, Y., B. Tyo, D.R. Bassett, Jr., and D.L. Thompson. Effects of BMI and tilt angle on output of two wearable activity monitors.  Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise43 (5): 861-866, 2011.

Tyo, B.M., Y. Feito, D. John, D.R. Bassett, Jr., E.C. Fitzhugh, and D.L. Thompson.  Effects of BMI and step rate on pedometer error in a free-living environment.  Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 43(2): 350-6, 2011.