Carlos Juan Crespo head shot

Carlos Juan Crespo

Dean, College of Applied Health Sciences

Professor, Kinesiology and Nutrition

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808 S. Wood St., 169 CMET

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Office Hours

By appointment


Dr. Carlos Crespo's main area of research involves the epidemiology of physical activity in the prevention of chronic diseases, and research on minority health issues. He lists more than 100 publications and has been a contributing author to five textbooks on minority health and sports medicine, and more than 30 government reports, including the Surgeon General’s Report on Physical Activity and Health. He received the 1997 U.S. Secretary of Health Award for Distinguished Service as part of the Salud para su Corazon campaign, and in 2003 became a Health Disparities and Minority Health Scholar from the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities at NIH. He has served in the Board of Trustees for the American College of Sports Medicine, Oregon Health Policy Board, and the Executive Leadership Team of the NIH Diversity Program Consortium. He currently serves in a CDC Advisory Committee for the Community Guide for Physical Activity, and the Physical Activity Alliance Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee. He is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal Cities and Health.

Selected Grants

National Institutes of Health , Enhancing Cross-disciplinary Infrastructure and Training at Oregon (EXITO), Principal Investigator

National Institutes of Health, Undergraduate Research Training Initiative for Student Enhancement at PSU (URISE at PSU), Principal Investigator

Oregon Higher Education Commission, College Access Program, Project Director

Genentech Foundation, Pathways Leading to Uninterrupted Success (PLUS), Principal Investigator

Service to the Community

Dr. Crespo has served as an advisor for the World Health Organization, the Pan American Health Organization in areas of Healthy Eating, Active Living, Aging in Place, Urban Health and Sustainability, and Health and Housing. He was a member of the National Advisory Council for the Active Living Research Initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He is also as an advisor for NIH and CDC.

Leadership in the Profession

American College of Sports Medicine, Board of Trustees

World Health Organization, Director, Collaborating Center in Urban Health and Sustainability

National Institutes of Health, Reviewer, Center for Scientific Research

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Advisor, Community Guide for Physical Activity

Notable Honors

2012 - Leadership Recognition Award, Oregon Latino Agenda for Action

2010 - Lifetime Contribution Award, Asociacion Puertorriquena de Educacion Fisica

2005 - Alumnus of the Year Award, Loma Linda University School of Public Health

1997 - US Secretary of Health Distinguished Service Award, US Department of Health and Human Services


DrPH, Loma Linda University, 1989
MS, Sports Health, Texas Tech University, 1986
BS, Chemistry, Inter American University of Puerto Rico—San German, 1980