Gerald Jerome, Ph.D., FAHA, FACSM


Gerald Jerome, Ph.D., FAHA, FACSM

Contact Info

Burdick Hall, 131L
Tuesday 4-5pm and
Thursday 2-4pm


Ph.D., Exercise Psychology, University of Illinois

M.H.S., Epidemiology of Aging, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

M.S., Sport Psychology, University of Arizona

Areas of Expertise

Lifestyle approaches to obesity treatment and prevention
Behavior change for CVD risk reduction
Epidemiology of physical activity and aging

Dr Jerome is a behavioral exercise scientist with a research focus on empowering people to make lifestyle changes that will improve their mental and physical health. He has expertise in the design, implementation and evaluation of physical activity oriented programs for the treatment and prevention of chronic conditions (e.g. cardiovascular disease, obesity, and mobility disability). His work has a strong theoretical foundation based on social cognitive theory.

Dr Jerome has over 70 peer reviewed publications. He is a fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Heart Association (Council on Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health).

Select Publications

  • Depuy, J., Molina-Morales, J., Conover, A., & Jerome, G.J. (2023) Accessible Weight Loss Program for Adults who are Legally Blind: A Pilot Study. Disability and Health Journal; 10502.

  • Jerome G.J., Boyer W.R., Bustamante E.E., Kariuki J., Lopez-Jimenez F., Paluch A.E., Swift D.L., Webber-Ritchey K.J., & Barone Gibbs B.; on behalf of the American Heart Association Physical Activity Committee of the Council on Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health; Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing; Council on Clinical Cardiology; and Council on Peripheral Vascular Disease. (2023) Increasing equity of physical activity promotion for optimal cardiovascular health in adults: A scientific statement from the American Heart Association. Circulation; 147(25):1951-1962. doi: 10.1161/CIR.0000000000001148

  • Jerome, G. J., Fink, T., Brady, T., Young, D. R., Dickerson, F. B., Goldsholl, S., Findling, R. L., Stepanova, E. A., Scheimann, A., Dalcin, A. T., Terry, A., Gennusa, J., Cook, C., Daumit, G. L. and Wang, N. Y. (2022) Physical Activity Levels and Screen Time among Youth with Overweight/Obesity Using Mental Health Services. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 19(4)doi:10.3390/ijerph19042261

  • Lane-Cordova, A. D., Jerome, G. J., Paluch, A. E., Bustamante, E. E., LaMonte, M. J., Pate, R. R., Weaver, R. G., Webber-Ritchey, K. J., Gibbs, B. B., Committee on Physical Activity of the American Heart Association Council on, L. and Cardiometabolic, H. (2022) Supporting Physical Activity in Patients and Populations During Life Events and Transitions: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association. Circulation. 145(4):e117-e128. doi:10.1161/CIR.0000000000001035
  • Barone Gibbs B., Hivert, M.F., Jerome G.J., Kraus W.E., Rosenkranz S.K., Schorr E.N., Spartano N.L., Lobelo, F. (2021) Physical Activity as a Critical Component of First-Line Treatment for Elevated Blood Pressure or Cholesterol: Who, What, and How?: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association. Hypertension. DOI: 10.1161/HYP.0000000000000196
  • Jerome G.J., Lisman P.J., Dalcin A.T., Clark A., Milewski M. Weight Management Program for First Responders: Feasibility Study and Lessons Learned. (2020) Work, 65(1): 161-166. Doi:10.3233/WOR-193069.
  • Jerome, G.J., Rohm Young, D., Dalcin, A.T., Gennusa, J. 3rd, Wang, N.Y., Goldsholl, S., Appel, L.J., & Daumit, G.L. (2017) Cardiorespiratory benefits of group exercise among adults with serious mental illness. Psychiatry Research, (256):85-87. PMC5603397
  • Pratt S.I., Jerome G.J., Schneider K.L., Craft L.L., Buman M.P., Stoutenberg M., Daumit G.L., Bartels S.J., & Goodrich D.E. (2016). Increasing US health plan coverage for exercise programming in community mental health settings for people with serious mental illness: a position statement from the Society of Behavior Medicine and the American College of Sports Medicine. Transl Behav Med. (6)3:478-81. doi: 10.1007/s13142-016-0407-7. PMC4987610

Courses Taught 

  • KNES 361 Exercise Psychology 
  • KNES 367 Quantitative Research Methods