J. Derek Kingsley, Ph.D.

J. Derek Kingsley, Ph.D., FACSM, CSCS, D*, ACSM-EP

Health Sciences
Associate Professor
Contact Information


Dr. Kingsley's area of research is autonomic modulation and vascular changes in response to resistance exercise and resistance exercise training in healthy individuals and those with chronic diseases.  He is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), is a Certified Exercise Physiologist (ACSM-EP), and holds certification from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach (CSCS).  He completed his undergraduate work at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro and his graduate work at Florida State University.  Upon completion of his doctorate he took a faculty position at Indiana State University before joining the faculty at Kent State University in 2013.  His research has primarily encompassed improving quality of life in women with Fibromyalgia through the use of resistance exercise but also alternative medicine such as chiropractic care and low-level laser therapy.


B.S. in Exercise and Sport Science, University of North Carolina-Greensboro, M.S. in Exercise Physiology, Florida State University , Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology, Florida State University

Research Methods

Autonomic modulation, vascular function, resistance exercise


  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist-NSCA, Certified Exercise Physiologist-ACSM-EP
  • Fellow-American College of Sports Medicine
  • President Elect-Midwest American College of Sports Medicine

Research Institutes and Initiatives

Brain Health Research Institute, Healthy Communities Research Initiative