OKA, Koichiro

Doctoral Program / SPORTS MEDICINE SPECIALIZATION / Health and Behavioral Science

sedentary behavior, physical (in)activity, built environment
Koichiro Oka is a Professor in the Faculty of Sport Sciences at Waseda University in Japan. His research specialty is health and behavioral sciences/behavioral epidemiology. His research focuses on identifying the role of sedentary behavior and physical activity in the prevention and management of chronic diseases. Especially, his research relates to examining the health consequences and environmental determinates of sedentary behavior and physical inactivity. This involves large scale prospective observational studies and field-based intervention trials. He has published about 200 peer-reviewed papers including publications in high impact journals such as Nature Reviews Cardiology, British Journal of Sports Medicine, International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. He is currently the President of the Japanese Society of Exercise Epidemiology, and also serves as a Board of Directors in the Japanese Society of Health Education and Promotion.
1999-2000: Waseda University School of Human Sciences, Research Assistant
2001-2003: Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Research Fellowship for Young Scientists (PD)
2004-2005: Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology Department of Long-term Care Prevention, Senior Researcher
2006-2011: Waseda University School of Sport Sciences, Associate Professor
2012- : Waseda University School of Sport Sciences, Professor

Educational background:
-1999: Waseda University Graduate School of Human Sciences

Ph.D. Waseda University

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