department of kinesiology

25 Independence Way, Kingston, RI 02881


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Deborah Riebe

Deb Riebe
  • Professor, Associate Dean of College of Health Sciences
  • Exercise Science
  • Phone: 401.874.5444
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  • Mailing Address: Independence Square, Room 205


Deborah Riebe, Ph.D., obtained her B.S. degree from Springfield College in Physical Education, her M.S. degree from the University of Rhode Island in Exercise Science and her Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut in Exercise Physiology.  She is currently Professor and Chair in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Rhode Island.  Dr. Riebe is a Fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine and served as President of the New England Chapter of American College of Sports Medicine.  She is currently the Chair of ACSM’s Committee for Certification and Registry Boards and was recently elected to the Board of Trustees representing education and allied health. Dr. Riebe was recently appointed Senior Editor of the tenth edition of ACSM’s Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription. She has received research funding in the areas of weight management and physical activity promotion from the American Cancer Society, the National Institutes of Health, and the Champlin Foundations.  Dr. Riebe has authored over 50 articles in refereed journals and book chapters.


Dr. Riebe’s research centers around physical activity interventions for a variety of populations including apparently healthy adults and those with common chronic diseases, older adults, and individuals who are overweight or obese.


  • Ph.D., University of Connecticut, 1995
  • M.S., University of Rhode Island, 1990
  • B.S., Springfield College, 1980



Whitefiled, G.P., Riebe, D., Magal, M., & Liguori, G. Applying the ACSM preparticipation screening algorithm to U.S. adults: NHANES 2001-04. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2017 May 26. doi: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000001331.

Xu, F., Greaney, M., Marchand, S., Baruch, J., Corcoran, C., DiBiasio, H., Riebe, D., & Greene, G. The Impact of a community-based childhood obesity prevention program on children’s physical activity and fitness. Journal of Physical Activity Research. 2017; 2(1):44-49.  doi:10.12691/jpar-2-1-8.

Abrantes, A.M., Farris, S.G., Minami, H., Srong, D.R., Riebe, D., & Brown, R.A. Acute effects of aerobic exercise on affect and smoking craving in the weeks before and after a cessation attempt. Nicotine Tob Res. 2017 May 15. doi: 10.1093/ntr/ntx104

Bloom, E.L., Minami, H., Brown, R.A., Srong, D.R., Riebe, D., & Abrantes, A.M. Quality of life after quitting smoking and initiating aerobic exercise. Psychol Health Med. 2017; 22(9):1127-1135.

Greaney, M.L.,  Lees, F.D.,  Blissmer, B.J.,  Riebe, D.,  Clark, P.G. Psychosocial factors associated with physical activity in older adults. Annual Review of Gerontology and Geriatrics. 2016;36(1): 273–291.

Abrantes, A.M., Bloom, E.L., Strong, D.R., Riebe, D., Marcus, B.H., Desaulniers, J., Fokas, K. & Brown, R.A. A premilinary randomized controlled trail of a behavioral exercise intervention for smoking cessation. Nicotine Tob Res. 2014; 16(8):1094-103.

Healey, K.C., Hatfield, D.L., Blanpied, P., Dorfman, L.R., & Riebe, D. The effects of myofascial release with foam rolling on performance. J Strength Cond Res. 2014; 28(1):61-68.

Hurley, C.F., Hatfield, D.L., & Riebe, D. The effects of caffeine ingestion on delayed onset muscle soreness. J Strength Cond Res. 2013; 27(11), 3101-9.

Thompson, P.D., Arena, R., Riebe, D., & Pescatello, L.S. ACSM’s new preparticipation health screening recommendations from ACSM’s guidelines fro exercise testing and prescription, ninth edition. Curr Sports Med Rep. 2013; 12(4):215-217.

Abrantes, A.M., Friedman, J.H., Brown, R.A., Strong, D.R., Desaulniers, J., Ing, E., Saritelli, J., & Riebe, D. Physical activity and neuropsychiatric symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease.  Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology. 2012;  25 (3):138-145.

Greene, G.W., Schembre, S.M., White, A.A., Hoerr, S.L., Lohse, B., Shoff, S., Horacek, T., Riebe, D., Patterson, J., Phillios, B.W., Kattelmann, K.K., & Blissmer, B. Identifying clusters of college students at elevated health risk based on eating and exercise behaviors and psychosocial determinants of body weight. Journal of the American Dietetic Association. 2011; 111:394-400.

Clark, P.G., Blissmer, B., Greene, G., Lees, F., & Riebe, D. Maintaining exercise and healthy eating in older adults: The SENIOR II project. Contemporary Clinical Trials. 2011; 32:129-139.

Schembre, S. & Riebe D. Non-exercise estimation of VO2max using the International Physical Activity Questionnaire. Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science. 2011;15:168-181.

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