David O. Garcia, PhD


Cancer Prevention and Control Program Postdoctoral Fellow

Short Bio: 

Dr. Garcia completed his doctoral degree in Exercise Physiology on August 2013 from the Department of Health and Physical Activity at the University of Pittsburgh. His dissertation research examined the feasibility of campaign intervention, including a thematic framework and an incentive-based point system, as an alternative strategy for weight management. Dr. Garcia received his Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Slippery Rock University and his Master’s Degree and his PhD in Exercise Physiology from the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to pursuing his doctoral studies, he worked at the University of Pittsburgh Physical Activity and Weight Management Research Center where he assisted with numerous National Institutes of Health funded research studies examining the effects of exercise on weight loss and weight maintenance in overweight and obese individuals. These studies have provided him with invaluable experience in individual exercise counseling and group weight management. In addition, he has developed and implemented physical activity and weight management programs for corporate and community partners. Dr. Garcia began his R25 training in April 2014 and selected Cynthia Thomson, PhD (College of Public Health) as his primary mentor. Cecelia Rosales, MD (College of Public Health), and Bijan Najafi, PhD, M.Sc. (College of Medicine) also serve on his mentoring team. Dr. Garcia’s R25 research will promote physical activity with healthy dietary behaviors and weight management as it relates to cancer risk reduction and survivorship with a particular emphasis on health disparities in Hispanics.

Clinical Information
Clinical Practice Sites: 
The University of Arizona Medical Center - University Campus
Research Information
Research Program: 
4. Cancer Prevention and Control