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Eric Wickel, Ph.D.

Chair of Exercise & Sports Science

John C. Oxley Chair in Exercise Science and Athletic Training

Professor of Exercise and Sports Science


Eric Wickel, Ph.D., is the John C. Oxley Endowed Chair of Kinesiology and Rehabilitative Sciences and professor of exercise and sports science within TU’s Oxley College of Health and Natural Sciences.

Wickel completed his Ph.D. in health and human performance in 2006 at Iowa State University. At TU, his research focuses on the use and interpretation of wearable devices and self-report tools to inform physical behavior surveillance, intervention, and health outcome research. Current research funded by the TSET Health Promotion Research Center and the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology explore the feasibility of emergent assessment tools, such as thigh worn accelerometers, to assess daily behavior and examine unique associations involving physical activity, sedentary behavior and sleep with primary and secondary health outcomes. To date, his research has been published in scientific publications (Google Scholar h-index = 24) and presented at national and international conferences, including Hong Kong, South Africa, Finland, and British Columbia.

Wickel is a contributing member of the Tulsa County Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP), faculty affiliate of the TSET Health Promotion Research Center, passionate fan of his family, life-long optimist, and perhaps the luckiest person on Earth.

Awards and Honors

  • Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology Health Research Award, 2023
  • TSET Health Promotion Research Center Seed Grant Award, 2023
  • NOVA Innovation Award, 2021
  • Oxley College of Health Sciences Outstanding Research Award, 2020 and 2016
  • Oxley College of Health Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award, 2020


  • Ph.D., Iowa State University
  • M.S., University of Wyoming
  • B.S., University of Wyoming

Research interests and areas of expertise

  • Physical behavior assessment
  • Physical activity
  • Sedentary behavior
  • Wearable devices
  • Cardiovascular disease risk factors