Robert Powell joined the DTC team in 2013. He is Associate Professor of Exercise Physiology and Director of the Diabetes Exercise Center at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. He is also Faculty Coordinator/Coach of the Marshall University Cycling Club to promote both recreational riding and collegiate racing.
Prior to his time at Marshall, Rob worked ten years at the University of Pittsburgh Diabetes Institute (UPDI) as a manager and researcher for community-based programs involving diabetes, obesity and physical activity. During the latter part of his time there, he worked as a diabetes educator in the primary care setting. Rob received both his Master of Science and PhD in exercise physiology from the University of Pittsburgh and holds the credentials of Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (CDCES), ACSM-Clinical Exercise Physiologist (ACSM-CEP) and NSCA-Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and is a licensed USA cycling coach.
Rob’s professional ambition is to enhance the promotion of exercise as a therapeutic modality to the diabetes population and to educate both students and healthcare professionals on the role of exercise in diabetes management. Rob also provides coaching services for health/fitness and sports performance in those with and without diabetes.
Rob has a personal passion for exercise. In the warmer months, you can usually find him road cycling, mountain biking, running (mostly trail) or kayaking. When snow falls, he likes to strap on the skis and snowshoes. However, when he is not working or playing solo, he dedicates his time with his wonderful boys Preston and Evan.