Duane Corbett, Ph.D.

Published: September 10th, 2014

Category: Faculty

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Post Doctoral Fellow


CTRB (IOA) Room 3122
2004 Mowry Road
Gainesville, FL 32611





Departmental Affiliation

Department of Aging and Geriatric Research, Clinical Research Division


Duane B. Corbett, PhD, EPc graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science. A former collegiate cyclist, he is also a certified Exercise Physiologist through the American College of Sports Medicine. Before earning his Master of Science in Exercise Science from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, he completed a summer internship with the University of Pittsburgh Human Energy Research Laboratory. In 2014 he earned his doctorate in Exercise Physiology from Kent State University. Upon earning his PhD, he accepted a fellowship with the University of Florida Department of Aging and Geriatric Research and is currently supported through an NIA training grant in partnership between the UF Institute on Aging (IoA) and UF Pain Research Intervention Center of Excellence (PRICE) under the mentorship of Dr. Todd Manini.


Dr. Corbett has received several awards including a highly competitive travel award to present his work at the Gerontological Society of America’s preconference workshop titled, Aging, the Central Nervous System, and Mobility in Older Adults, a professional development award for his role as instructor of First Year Florida – the University of Florida’s signature course for first-year students, and the Robert A. Levitt Aging Research Award for his work titled, “Social Activity Modifies the Effect of Exercise on Major Mobility Disability among Older Adults.” In addition, his research article titled, “Evaluating Walking Intensity with Hip-Worn Accelerometers in Elders,” was selected by the American College of Sports Medicine’s Communications and Public Information Committee as one of special importance for its field.

Professional Interests

Dr. Corbett’s previous training was comprised of laboratory work focused on understanding age-related changes in the metabolic cost of physical activity using methods of accelerometry and indirect calorimetry. His current work seeks to understand the role of movement in the relationship between pain and disability. He is specifically interested in the paradox of how movement can reduce, yet also induce pain, for the purpose of improving adherence to exercise prescription among older adults with chronic pain. Dr. Corbett’s work has been presented at national and international science meetings.