Deborah Riebe

  • Professor, Interim Dean, College of Health Sciences
  • Exercise Science
  • Phone: 401.874.5444
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  • Office Location: Independence Square, Suite P, Room 202


Deborah Riebe, Ph.D., FACSM, FNAK is currently Professor of Kinesiology and Associate Dean of College of Health Sciences at the University of Rhode Island. Dr. Riebe is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and of the National Academy of Kinesiology. As an active member of the ACSM, she has served in several leadership roles including Board of Trustees Member at Large representing education and allied health, chair of ACSM’s Committee for Certification and Registry Boards, and chair of ACSM’s International Health Fitness Summit Planning Committee. She is the current chair of the Exercise is Medicine Credentials Committee. In addition to her national service, Dr. Riebe also served regionally as President of the New England Chapter of ACSM.


Dr. Riebe’s research centers around the development of physical activity interventions for a variety of populations including apparently healthy adults, older adults, and individuals with common chronic diseases including obesity. She regularly works with interdisciplinary teams focused on physical activity and exercise, nutrition, and behavior modification. She has received funding from the American Cancer Society, the National Institutes of Health, and the Champlin Foundations to support her research. Dr. Riebe has authored over 80 scientific articles and book chapters. Notably, she was the Senior Editor of ACSM’s Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription, 10th Edition.


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

Selected Publications

Riebe D & Magal M. Pre-exercise evaluation. In (G. Liguori, Sr. Ed.) ACSM’s Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription, 11th edition. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2021.

Greaney ML, Cohen SA, Xu F, Ward-Ritacco CR, Riebe, D. Healthcare provider counseling for weight management behaviors among adults with overweight or obesity: A cross-sectional analysis of National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2011-2018. BMJ Open, 2020.

Riebe D, Baggish AL, Franklin BA, Jaworski CA, Thompson, PD. The new ACSM Recommendations for preventing cardiovascular events at fitness facilities. ACSM’s Health Fitness Journal, 2020, 24(6), 10-17.

Thompson PD, Baggish AL, Franklin B, Jaworski C, Riebe D. American College of Sports Medicine expert consensus statement to update recommendations for screening staffing and emergency policies to prevent cardiovascular events at health fitness facilities. Current Sports Medicine, 2020, 19(6), 223-231.

Greaney M, Cohen SA, Ward-Ritacco CL, Riebe D. Variation in weight loss recommendations for arthritis by rural-urban status among US older adults with obesity. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 2019, 16, 946.

Abrantes AM, Farris SG, Brown RA, Greenberg BD, Strong DR, McLaughlin N, Riebe, D. Acute effects of aerobic exercise on negative affect and obsessions and compulsions in individuals with obsessive-compulsive disorder.  Journal of Affective Disorders, 2019, 245, 991-997.

Ward-Ritacco CL, Garber CE, Riebe D. Benefits of exercise and pre-participation screening. In (W. Thompson, ED) ACSM’s Clinical Exercise Physiology. Baltimore: Wolters Kluwer, 2019.

Xu F, Greaney M, Cohen S, Riebe D, Greene G. Association between adolescent’s weight perception and health behaviors: Analysis of National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey Data, 2011-2014. Journal of Obesity, 2018(1), 1-8.

Riebe D (Senior Editor), Ehrman JK, Liguori G, Magal M. ACSM’s Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription, 10th Edition. Baltimore: Wolters Kluwer, 2018.

Whitfield GP, Riebe D, Magal M, Liguori G. Applying the ACSM Preparticipation Screening Algorithm to U.S. adult: NHANES 2001-04. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 2017, 49(10), 2056-2063.

Greaney ML, Lees FD, Blissmer B, Riebe D, Clark PG. Psychosocial Factors Associated With Physical Activity in Older Adults. Annual Review of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 2016, 36 (1), 273-291.

Riebe D, Franklin BA, Thompson PD, Garber CE, Whitfield GP, Magal M, Pescatello, LS. Updating ACSM’s recommendations for exercise preparticipation health screening. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 2015 47(11), 2473-79.

Garber CE, Greaney ML, Riebe D, Nigg CR, Burbank PA, Clark PG. Physical and Mental Health-Related Correlates of Physical Function in Community Dwelling Older Adults: A Cross Sectional Study, BMC Geriatrics, 2010, 10:6.

Riebe D, Blissmer B, Greaney M, Garber CE, Lees FD, Clark P.  The relationship between obesity, physical activity and physical function in older adults. Journal of Aging and Health, 2010, 21, 1159-1178.

Blissmer B, Riebe D, Dye G, Ruggiero L, Greene G, Caldwell M.  Health-related quality of life following a clinical weight loss intervention among overweight and obese adults: Intervention and 24-month follow-up effects.  Health and Quality of Life Outcomes, 2006, 4, 43-48.

Riebe D, Blissmer B, Greene GW, Caldwell M, Ruggiero L, Stillwell KM, Nigg CR. Long-term maintenance of exercise and healthy eating behaviors in overweight adults. Preventive Medicine, 2005, 40, 769-778.

Riebe D, Garber CE, Rossi JS, Greaney ML, Nigg CR, Lees FD, Burbank PM, Clark PG. Physical activity, physical function and stages of change in older adults. American Journal of Health Behavior, 2005, 29, 70-80.

Riebe D, Greene GW, Ruggiero L, Stillwell KM, Blissmer B, Nigg, CR, Caldwell M. Evaluation of a healthy-lifestyle approach to weight management. Preventive Medicine, 2003, 36, 45-45.