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Leslie Brandon


Bachelor of Science, Health, Physical Education and Recreation and Sociology, Murray State University.
Master of Arts, Physical Education, Murray State University.
Doctor of Philosophy, Physical Education, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Concentration: Exercise Physiology


Body composition and obesity with specific focus on African American health


L. Jerome Brandon, (Leslie Brandon) Ph.D. is a professor at Georgia State University in the Department of Kinesiology and Health. He has also held appointments with the VA Medical Center, Research, Rehabilitation and Development, Emory University Rehabilitation Medicine and the Geriatric Institute at Georgia State University. His primary area of research is lifestyle choices and management of obesity and the metabolic syndrome in African Americans and functional ability and aging as influenced by muscle functions. He is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, the past-president of the American College of Sports Medicine-Southeast Chapter and former chair of the Fitness Council of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD). He has been funded for research by the Veteran Affairs, Robert Woods Johnson Foundation, General Mills and National Institute of Health. He had published more than 45 papers and made more than 130 professional presentations.


Brandon, L.J. ( 2013). “Phenotype and cardiovascular disease morbidity and mortality in multicultural populations.” Journal of the National Medical Association, In review.

Ingram, K.H., Hill, H., Moellering, D.R., Hill, B.G., Lara-Castro, C., Bradley Newcomer, B., Brandon, L.J., Ingalls,C.P., Penumetcha, M., Jeffrey C. Rupp, J.C. and Garvey, W.T. (2012). “Skeletal muscle lipid peroxidation and insulin resistance in humans.” Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, 97:E1182–E1186.

Brandon, L.J. and Proctor, L. (2010). “Health perceptions of Southern African American and caucasian adults.” Journal of the National Medical Association, 102:590-597.

Pullen, P, Thompson, W.R., Benardot, D, Brandon, L.J., Mehta, P.K., Rifai, L., Vandnais, D.S., Parrott, J.M. and Kahn, B.V. (2010). “The benefits of yoga for African American heart failure patients.” Medicine & Science in Sport and Exercise, 42(4):651-657.

Brandon, L.J. and Proctor, L. (2008). “Relationship of BMI and body fat in men and women.” International Journal of Fitness, 4:1-8.