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Ben Johnson, Ph.D.

Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion
102 Seaton Center
(859) 257-5826

Ben Johnson, Professor of Biomechanics/Exercise Science was formerly Professor and Chair of the Department of Kinesiology at City University of New York – Brooklyn College in Brooklyn, NY. Prior to his stint in New York, Dr. Johnson was Associate Dean for Community Partnerships and Global Initiatives in the WellStar College of Health and Human Services and Professor in the Department of Health, Physical Education and Sport Science at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, GA. While there, he directed the KSU Global Center for Social Change that had four major divisions including the International Academy for Disability Rights, International Academy for Women’s Leadership and Sport for Health, Development and Peace.

Prior to KSU, he was a faculty member and lab director at Georgia State University in Atlanta. Dr. Johnson is the author of numerous sport and exercise science research articles and has presented this research widely in international and national professional meetings. Dr. Johnson was a member of the IOC Medical Commission from 1990-1999 and coordinated the IOC’s Sport Science Research Projects during the 1996 Atlanta Centennial Olympic Summer Games. In addition, he routinely works with athletes of all ages and abilities in improving their sport performance and minimizing their chances for injury. Dr. Johnson has served on a number of international sport-related committees during his career including the Program Committee for the 1996 IOC World Congress on Sport Science.

Dr. Johnson has been the Co-Primary Investigator on seven Department of State International Sport Programming Initiative projects since 2002 as well as several other federally funded projects. He is the Co-Founder of the African Academy of Disability Sport and Founder of the International Academy for Disability Rights. He has received more than $11M in funding during his career. Dr. Johnson was the second student to receive a doctorate and the first in Biomechanics in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion at the University of Kentucky.

Research categories: Biomechanics, Exercise Science, Athletics, Special Education