DepartmentDepartment of Kinesiology and Public Health (KPH)
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  • B.A., Concordia University
  • M.S., California State University, Fullerton
  • Ph.D., University of Northern Colorado
  • M.P.H., CU Denver, Colorado School of Public Health

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Brent Peterson’s teaching expertise is within the realm of physiology of human movement in research, clinical, and public health applications. His teaching portfolio includes Functional Assessment and the Prescription of Exercise, Contemporary Health and Conscious Consumerism, and Nutrition and Human Metabolism, Molecular and Cellular Physiology of Exercise, and Cardiovascular Physiology, Muscle Physiology, Cardiac Rehabilitation, and Cancer Rehabilitation. Peterson engages learning from a dynamic and energetic approach emphasizing the role of the student to engage with learning and take personal ownership of the material. He approaches student/class interaction from the perspective that each person has unique, God-given skills, talents, and experiences that immensely impact collective learning. He also emphasizes peer-reviewed research, case evaluation, and practical applications and employs digital tools such as Prezi, Screen Cast, and TopHat Monocle, but also enjoys including a good old fashioned “chalk-talk.” He strives to encourage students to be strong and courageous in the integration of their faith in Christ and how they approach their field of study. Students are encouraged to fervently and consistently draw closer to their Heavenly Father as they study His creation.

Peterson’s research interests spans from the molecular to the applied, with particular emphasis on exercise and human movement-related physiological adaptations that impact human health conditions and disease states. Current research is focused on how physical activity and/or exercise (with or without additive nutritional supplementation) impact health, human performance, and disease states such as cancer. Work in his lab aims to greater elucidate the mechanistic actions of healthy and active lifestyles, targeted and prescriptive exercise interventions, and nutritional interventions. Peterson conducted post-doctoral research at the University of Colorado.

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  • Health and Safety Committee
  • Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee
  • Celeb. of Scholarship & Research Committee
  • Public Health Curriculum Steering Committee


  • February 2018: Inaugural Stewart Research Fellowship Faculty
  • February 2016: Rocky Mountain Public Health Training Center Award — Center for Public Heath Practice; Anschutz Medical Campus
  • January 2015: GPA Scholarship Award (above 3.5) — Colorado School of Public Health
  • September 2014: Diversity Scholarship Award — Colorado School of Public Health
  • April 2013: Grant Recipient-Student Speaker — ACSM regional meeting, Greeley, CO
  • April 2012: Graduate Research Excellence Award Finalist, Greeley, CO
  • March 2012: RMACSM-Student research fund award, Colorado Springs, CO
  • February 2012: Graduate Student Speaker Award — NHS research evening, Greeley, CO

Publications (Selected)

  • Galbadage, D.T., Peterson, B.M., Wang, J.S., Jayasekera, A., Ramirez, D., Awada, J., … & Gunasekera, R.S. (2020). Molecular Mechanisms Lead to Sex-Specific COVID-19 Prognosis and Targeted Therapies. Frontiers in Medicine, 7(589060), 1-8, doi: 10.3389/fmed.2020.589060
  • Galbadage, T., Peterson, B.M., Wang, D.C., Wang, J.S., & Gunasekera, R.S. (2020). Biopsychosocial and spiritual implications of patients with COVID-19 dying in isolation. Frontiers in Psychology, 11(588623), doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2020.588623
  • Jalali, A.M., Peterson, B.M., & Galbadage, D.T. (2020). Early COVID-19 interventions failed to replicate st. louis vs. philadelphia outcomes in the united states. Frontiers in Public Health, 8(579559), doi:10.3389/fpubh.2020.579559
  • Galbadage, D.T., Peterson, B.M., Awada, J., Buck, A.S., Ramirez, D.A., Wilson, J., & Gunasekera, R.S. (2020). Systematic review and meta-analysis of sex-specific COVID-19 clinical outcomes. Frontiers in Medicine, 7(1), 348. doi:10.3389/fmed.2020.00348
  • Altamirano, K., Peterson, B.M., Miller, K., & Gardner, J.K. (2020). Evaluation of sitting time on faculty and staff in a small private university. American College of Sports Medicine national conference, San Francisco, CA (Cancelled: COVID-19). Abstract: Medicine & Science in Sports Exercise, 52(5S1): 223. doi:10.1249/01.mss.0000676696.37310.2c
  • Peterson, B.M., Shackelford, D.Y.K., Brown, J. M., Brennecke, A.P., & Hayward, R. (2020). Effects of Aerobic and Flexibility training on physiological and psychosocial function in a patient with anaplastic oligodendroglioma: a case report. Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine, 3(1000032), 1-5. doi:10.2340/20030711-1000032
  • Galbadage, D.T., Peterson, B.M., & Gunasekera, R.S. (2020). Does COVID-19 spread through droplets alone? Frontiers in Public Health, 8(163), 1-4. doi:10.3389/fpubh.2020.00163
  • Peterson, B.M., Brown, L.E., Judelson, D.A., Rehbert, S, & Coburn, J.W. (2019). Caffeine Increases Rate of Torque Development Without Affecting Maximal Torque. Journal of Science and Sport in Exercise, 1, 248-256. doi:10.1007/s42978-019-00048-y
  • Olson, T.L., Dames, K.D., Page, J., Mahr, M., & Peterson, B.M. (2019). Impact of Wearable Technology on Health Outcomes in College Students with Disabilities. Journal of Physical Activity Research, 4(2), 137-143. doi: 10.12691/jpar-4-2-10

  • Brown, P., (RELISH Consortium, Peterson, B.M. author 1124), & Zhou, Y. (2019). Large expert-curated database for benchmarking document similarity detection in biomedical literature search. Database, 2019(baz085). doi:10.1093/database/baz085


  • Colorado SPH Spring Student Public Health Forum, Colorado. Presented on "Assessing mental and emotional health asset capacity in weld county." May 2016.
  • American Public Health Association national conference, Denver, CO. Presented on "A qualitative investigation of physical activity and binge drinking among college students." 2016
  • American College Health Association national conference, San Francisco, CA. Presented on "Physical activity and binge drinking among male college students: A qualitative investigation." June 2016.
  • Colorado Public Health Association Conference, Vail, CO. Presented on "Physical activity and binge drinking among female college students: A preliminary qualitative investigation." September 2015.
  • American College of Sports Medicine Regional Conference, Denver, CO. Presented on, "A cancer population specific VO2peak assessment: the rocky mountain cancer rehabilitation institute multistage treadmill protocol." March 2015.
  • American College of Sports Medicine Regional Conference, Denver, CO. Presented on "Effects of cognitive and aerobic training on age-related cognitive impairment in apparently healthy older adults." March 2015.
  • American College of Sports Medicine Regional Conference, Denver, CO. Presented on "Effects of a 12-week aerobic & cognitive training intervention on cognitive function in apparently healthy older adults." March 2015.
  • 2014 Society of Advancing Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) National Conference, Los Angeles, CA. Presented on "Cognitive function and dysfunction in cancer survivors." October 2014.
  • 22nd Annual McNair Scholar Symposium, Berkeley, CA. Presented on "Cognitive function and dysfunction in cancer survivors." August 2013.

Research Interests

  • Bioethics
  • Nutrition
  • Neuroscience
  • Mental Health
  • Medicine
  • Biological Sciences
  • Education
  • Energy
  • Environment
  • Science
  • Sports and Fitness
  • Exercise
  • Cancer
  • Metabalomics
  • Microbiomics


  • Lecture, Molecular and Cellular Exercise Physiology, KNES 460 (Fall 2018)
  • Lecture, Nutrition for Health and Sport, KNES 440 (Spring 2018)
  • Lecture, Contemporary Health and Conscious Consumerism, KNES 460 (Fall 2017)
  • Lecture, Introduction to Community and Public Health, KNES 460 (Spring 2017)
  • Lecture, Exercise Prescription and Program Design, KNES 446 (Spring 2017/2018)
  • Lecture, Motor Learning, KNES 408 (Fall 2016/Fall 2017/Spring 2018)
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