Matthew Delmonico

  • Professor, Department Chair
  • Phone: 401.874.5440
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  • Office Location: Independence Square, Suite P, Room 205


Dr. Delmonico is a Professor in the Kinesiology Department at the University of Rhode Island where his research focus is on physical activity interventions that target health problems associated with obesity and sarcopenia in older adult populations. Additionally, Dr. Delmonico has examined the influence of gene polymorphisms on aging- and exercise-related traits.  He is a journal reviewer for more than 30 journals and is the author of more than 50 peer-reviewed journal articles along with numerous abstracts and presentations based on his research.  Dr. Delmonico teaches several undergraduate and graduate KIN courses at URI including KIN 123, 275, 325, 420, 501, 563 and 565.


Physical activity, sarcopenia, physical function, aging, epidemiology


  • Post-Doctoral, Epidemiology of Aging, University of Pittsburgh, 2007
  • PhD, Kinesiology, University of Maryland, 2005
  • MPH, Epidemiology, University of South Florida, 2001
  • MS, Exercise Science, University of Rhode Island, 1996
  • BS, Health & Physical Education, University of Maine, 1992

Selected Publications


Xu F, Cohen SA, Greaney ML, Earp JE, Delmonico MJ. Longitudinal sex-specific physical function trends by age, race/ethnicity and weight status. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, in press.

Beatty JA, Greene GW, Blissmer BJ, Delmonico MJ, Melanson KJ. Effects of a novel bites, steps and eating rate-focused weight loss randomised controlled trial intervention on body weight and eating behaviours. J Hum Nutr Diet. 33(3):330‐341, 2020. doi:10.1111/jhn.12704

Xu F, Cohen SA, Lofgren IE, Greene GW, Delmonico MJ, Greaney ML. The association between physical activity and metabolic syndrome in older adults with obesity. Journal of Frailty and Aging, 8(1): 27-32, 2019. doi: 10.14283/jfa.2018.34

MacNab L, Francis SL, Lofgren IE, Violette C, Shelley MC, Delmonico MJ, Xu F. Factors Influencing Dietary Intake Frequencies and Nutritional Risk Among Community-Residing Older Adults. Journal of Nutrition in Gerontology and Geriatrics, 37(3-4): 255-268, 2018. doi: 10.1080/21551197.2018.1524809

Xu F, Cohen SA, Lofgren IE, Greene GW, Delmonico MJ, Greaney ML. Relationship between diet quality, physical activity and health-related quality of life in older adults: Findings from 2007-2014 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging, 22(9):1072-1079, 2018. 

Baker JF, Long J, Leonard MB, Harris T, Delmonico MJ, Santanasto A, Satterfield S, Zemel B, Weber DR. Estimation of Skeletal Muscle Mass Relative to Adiposity Improves Prediction of Physical Performance and Incident Disability. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci., 73(7): 946-952, 2018. doi: 10.1093/gerona/glx064. 

Renna EN, Slezak SG, Mahoney KB, Lofgren IE, Hatfield D, Delmonico MJ, Xu F. The relationship between arthritis and muscular strength in older women with symptoms of sarcopenia. Journal of Aging Research & Clinical Practice,  6: 217-222, 2017. doi: 10.14283/jarcp.2017.29.

Slezak SG, Mahoney KB, Renna EN, Lofgren IE, Xu F, Hatfield DL, Delmonico MJ. Comparison of current sarcopenia classification criteria in older New England women. Journal of Aging Research & Clinical Practice, 6:163-167, 2017. doi: 10.14283/jarcp.2017.21.

Xu F, Delmonico MJ, Lofgren IE, Uy KM, Maris SA, Quintanilla D, Taetzsch A, Letendre J, Mahler L. Effect of a Combined Tai Chi, Resistance Training and Dietary Intervention on Cognitive Function in Obese Older Women. Journal of Frailty and Aging, 6(3):167-171, 2017.

LoBuono D, Taetzsch AG, Lofgren IE, Xu F, Delmonico MJ, Mahler LM. Cognitive Status and Cardio-Metabolic Risk of Patients with Acquired Brain Injury and Parkinson’s Disease. Disability and Health Journal, 9(1):134-139, 2016.  doi:10.1016/j.dhjo.2015.06.001

Delmonico MJ and Beck DT.  The Current Understanding of Sarcopenia: Emerging Tools and Interventional Possibilities. American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, 2015. doi: 10.1177/1559827615594343

Xu F, Quintanilla D, Taetzsch AG, Picard A, Letendre J, Mahler L, Lofgren IE, Delmonico MJ.  Impact of a Program of Tai Chi Plus Behaviorally-Based Dietary Weight Loss on Physical Functioning and Coronary Heart Disease Risk Factors:  A Community-based Study in Obese Older Women. Journal of Nutrition in Gerontology and Geriatrics, 34:50-65, 2015.

Taetzsch AG, Quintanilla D, Maris S, Letendre J, Mahler L, Xu F, Delmonico MJ, Lofgren IE, Impact on Diet Quality and Resilience in Urban Community Dwelling Obese Women with a Nutrition and Physical Activity Intervention.   Journal of Aging Research & Clinical Practice, 4(2):102-108, 2015.

Maris S, Quintanilla D, Taetzsch AG, Picard A, Letendre J, Mahler L, Lofgren IE, Xu F, Delmonico MJ.  The Combined Effects of Tai Chi, Resistance Training, and Diet on Physical Function and Body Composition in Obese Older Women. Journal of Aging Research, Article ID 657851, 2014.

Tseng LA, Delmonico MJ, Visser M, Boudreau RM, Goodpaster BH, Schwartz AV, Simonsick EM, Satterfield S, Harris TB, Newman AB.  Body Composition Explains Sex Differential in Physical Performance Among Older Adults. Journal of Gerontology, Medical Sciences, 69:93-100, 2014.

Katkowski LA, Benson MC, Magnanti S, Xu F, Lofgren IE, Delmonico MJ.  Additive Effect of Tai Chi during Dietary Weight Loss on Physical Function and Body Composition in Obese Older Women. Journal of Aging Research & Clinical Practice, 2(1):78-85, 2013.

Beebe N. Magnanti S, Katkowski L Benson M, Delmonico MJ, Xu F, Lofgren IE.  Effects of the Addition of Tai Chi to a Dietary Weight Loss Program on Lipoprotein Atherogenicity in Obese Older Women. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 19:759-766, 2013.

Straight C, Dorfman L, Cottell K, Krol J, Lofgren IE, Delmonico MJ.  Effects of Resistance Training and Dietary Changes on Physical Function and Body Composition in Overweight and Obese Older Adults. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 9:875-83, 2012.

Straight C, Lofgren IE, Delmonico MJResistance Training in Older Adults: Are Community-Based Interventions Effective for Improving Health Outcomes? American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine, 5:407-414, 2012.

Delmonico MJ, Harris TB, Visser M, Park SW, Conroy M, Boudreau RM, Newman B, Goodpaster BH. Longitudinal study of muscle strength, quality, and adipose tissue infiltration. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 90:1579-1585, 2009

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