David X. Marquez, PhD

Associate Professor, Kinesiology and Nutrition

Dr. David X. Marquez is an associate professor of kinesiology in the UIC College of Applied Health Sciences. In addition to his independent research conducted in his home department, Dr. Marquez collaborates in multidisiplinary research at IHRP, which recognizes him as a Fellow.

Dr. Marquez specializes in exercise psychology and behavioral medicine. He currently chairs the Minority Health and Research Special Interest Group of the American College of Sports Medicine and is an advisor in the Urban Allied Health Academy at UIC.

Dr. Marquez obtained his bachelor of science degree in psychology from Loyola University Chicago (1997) and his master's (2000) and doctoral (2004) degrees in kinesiology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. From 2004 to 2007, he was an assistant professor in the Departments of Kinesiology and Public Health at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Research Interests

Dr. Marquez’s research focuses on disparities in physical activity and disease/disability among Latinos. He is interested in using physical activity interventions towards the prevention of disability and the maintenance of cognitive function and quality of life in older Latino adults. Moreover, he is interested in the interaction between the physical/cultural environment and behavior among underserved populations.

Recent and Noteworthy Publications

Find more articles by Dr. Marquez on this PubMed list.

Erickson KI, Hillman C, Stillman CM, Ballard RM, Bloodgood B, Conroy DE, Macko R, Marquez DX, Petruzzello SJ, Powell KE. Physical Activity, Cognition, and Brain Outcomes: A Review of the 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines.Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2019 Jun;51(6):1242-1251.doi: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000001936. [See abstract]

Powell KE, King AC, Buchner DM, Campbell WW, DiPietro L, Erickson KI, Hillman CH, Jakicic JM, Janz KF, Katzmarzyk PT, Kraus WE, Macko RF, Marquez DX, McTiernan A, Pate RR, Pescatello LS, Whitt-Glover MC. The Scientific Foundation for the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, 2nd Edition. J Phys Act Health. 2018 Dec 17:1-11. doi: 10.1123/jpah.2018-0618. [See abstract]

Hughes SL, Tussing-Humphreys L, Schiffer L, Smith-Ray R, Marquez DX, DeMott AD, Berbaum ML, Fitzgibbon ML. Fit & Strong! Plus Trial Outcomes for Obese Older Adults with Osteoarthritis. Gerontologist. 2018 Nov 26. doi: 10.1093/geront/gny146. [See abstract]

Aguiñaga S, Marquez DX. Feasibility of a Latin Dance Program for Older Latinos With Mild Cognitive Impairment. Am J Alzheimers Dis Other Demen. 2017 Dec;32(8):479-488. doi: 10.1177/1533317517719500. [See abstract]

Fernández-Villa JM, Márquez DX, Sánchez-Garrido N, Pérez-Zepeda MU, González-Lara M. Association of Healthy Habits Beliefs and Mortality in Older Adults: A Longitudinal Analysis of the Mexican Health and Aging Study. J Aging Health. 2017 Sep;29(6):973-985. doi: 10.1177/0898264317719130. [See abstract]

Perez LG, Chavez A, Marquez DX, Soto SC, Haughton J, Arredondo EM. Associations of Acculturation With Self-Report and Objective Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviors Among Latinas. Health Educ Behav. 2017 Jun;44(3):431-438. doi: 10.1177/1090198116669802.

Wilson RS, Capuano AW, Marquez DX, Amofa P, Barnes LL, Bennett DA. Change in Cognitive Abilities in Older Latinos. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2016 Jan;22(1):58-65. doi: 10.1017/S1355617715001058.

Schwingel A, Linares DE, Gálvez P, Adamson B, Aguayo L, Bobitt J, Castañeda Y, Sebastião E, Marquez DX. Developing a culturally sensitive lifestyle behavior change program for older Latinas. Qual Health Res. 2015 Dec;25(12):1733-46. doi: 10.1177/1049732314568323.

Marquez DX, Wilbur J, Hughes S, Berbaum ML, Wilson R, Buchner DM, McAuley E. B.A.I.L.A. -- A Latin dance randomized controlled trial for older Spanish-speaking Latinos: rationale, design, and methods. Contemp Clin Trials. 2014 Jul;38(2):397-408. [See abstract.]

Marquez DX, Aguiñaga S, Campa J, Pinsker EC, Bustamante EE, Hernandez R. A qualitative exploration of factors associated with walking and physical activity in community-dwelling older Latino adults. J Appl Gerontol. 2016 Jun;35(6):664-77. doi: 10.1177/0733464814533819.

Carrion IV, Nedjat-Haiem FR, Marquez DX. Examining cultural factors that influence treatment decisions: a pilot study of Latino men with cancer. J Cancer Educ. 2013;28(4):729-737. [See abstract.]

Honors and Awards

UIC 2009 Research Funds for Minority Faculty
IHRP Fellow
Fellow, American College of Sports Medicine Fellow, Gerontological Society of America