- Researcher / Scientist
- Dr. Phillips is an internationally known consultant, researcher, author, and speaker in the field of aging. Over a career spanning more than 30 years, both in the US and the UK, he has worked with a range of organizations including disease management companies, senior healthcare providers, and senior residential facilities, on ‘Best Practice’ behavioral approaches to strength, wellness and active lifestyles for older adults. He holds an MS in Exercise Science and Physical Education from Loughborough University, UK, a Ph.D. in Exercise and Wellness from Arizona State University, AZ and is a former Post-Doctoral Fellow and Research Scientist at Stanford University School of Medicine, Center for Research in Disease Prevention. He is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Exercise and Wellness at Arizona State University, a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, and a former scientific advisory board member for the International Council on Active Aging. Dr. Phillips also serves on the expert panel of a number of service provider organizations for older adults and is an “Expert Curator” for Organized Wisdom - one of the largest health based search engines on the web.
For the last 2 decades Dr. Phillips has continued to develop his work on discovering accessible and lasting pathways to active, healthy living for seniors. In pursuit of this purpose he has worked proactively and collaboratively with senior-focused organizations and healthcare providers to develop wellness and communication solutions that enable older adults to discover for themselves their “better tomorrows”. As well as his extensive teaching and research experience Dr. Phillips is an advanced level Intrinsic Coach®, and facilitates the renowned Stanford Healthy Lifestyle Program. He also administers and implements the DISC Behavioral Styles Analysis System, a unique and highly effective methodology for improving wellness-related communication.
Dr. Phillips is known for his humorous and provocative speaking style, eliciting 'new thinking' from audiences about wellness and active lifestyle issues for older adults. He has presented on more than 200 occasions, both nationally and internationally, on a wide range of health and wellness topics for older adults and has published close to 100 studies in these areas.
In addition to founding ProActivAge, Dr. Phillips is also a Founding Partner of The STRIVE Wellness Corporation, a company whose mission is to improve the functional independence and quality of life of older adults.
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- Gilbert, Arizona
- Ph.D., FACSM, CIC, CVS-FR
- Honors and Awards
- Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine
Founding recipient, Certified Valuation Specialist
- Active Aging, Healthy Lifestyle Change, Strength
American College of Sports Medicine
Arizona State University: 1991-1993
Exercise and Wellness
Loughborough University of Technology: 1989-1990
Physical Activity and Sports Science
Cardiff College of Education: 1968-1971
Certificate in Education
Physical Education and Mathematics
Stanford University School of Medicine, Center for Research in Disease Prevention: 1994-1997
Physical activity, exercise and strength training in improving and maintaining physical and psychological health in elderly and patient populations.
The Effect of Strength Training on Functional Fitness in Older Chronic Lung Disease Patients Enrolled in Pulmonary RehabilitationJournal of Rehabilitation Nursing | 2008
Authors: Alexander JL, Phillips WT, Wagner CL.
In older patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, the addition of single set strength training to a ‘usual care’ pulmonary rehabilitation program improved participants’ strength and ability to perform functional fitness tasks, more than patients who performed ‘usual care’ only.
The effect of single set strength training on strength and functional fitness in pulmonary rehabilitation patients.Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation | 2006
Authors: Phillips WT, Benton MJ, Wagner CL, Riley C.
Single set RT can elicit significant improvements in both strength and functional fitness, which is not obtained by traditional PR alone. Our results are comparable to other studies with similar outcomes using multiple-set RT protocols.
Energy Cost of Single-Set Resistance Training in Older AdultsJournal of Strength and Conditioning Research | 2004
Authors: Phillips, WT and Ziuraitis, J
A single-set, 8-exercise strength training protocol may be a feasible alternative for achieving moderate intensity physical activity (3–6 METs) for older adults. However, additional sets and/or repetitions appear to be necessary to accumulate moderate amounts of physical activity (150–200 kcal).
"Muscular Fitness" - Easing the burden of disability in elderly adults. Human Kinetics | 1995
Authors: Phillips, WT and Haskell, WL
This landmark review addressed the issue of muscular fitness and disability in the elderly by considering three questions: Is muscular fitness associated with ADL performance? Can muscular fitness be improved with exercise training? Do improvements in muscular fitness improve ADL performance? Answers to these questions will have important implications for future re- search and program implementation. Although initial findings are promising, more data are needed on the effect of muscular fitness on functional independence and quality of life in the elderly.
Energy cost of the ACSM’s health related resistance training protocolNational Strength and Conditioning Association | 2003
Authors: Phillips, WT and Ziuraitis, J
This study assessed (a) the energy cost and intensity of a single-set resistance training (RT) protocol conducted according to the 1998 ACSM muscular fitness guidelines, and (b) compared obtained energy expenditure values to those reported in the 1996 Surgeon General’s report as eliciting health benefits via endurance-based physical activity (PA). We concluded that the ACSM single-set, 8-exercise RT protocol is a feasible alternative for achieving moderate-intensity (3–6 METS) PA, but it is not sufficient to achieve a moderate amount (150– 200 kcal) of PA.
Physical activity as a non-pharmacological treatment for depression: A review.Sage Publications | 2003
Authors: Phillips, WT., Kiernan, M., and King, AC
This article reviewed cross-sectional, longitudinal, and randomized studies that investigated the role of physical activity in the prevention and alleviation of depression. The review found that although there is undoubtedly a need for more research with a greater emphasis on methodological strength, the scientific literature is generally supportive of the beneficial effects of aerobic and nonaerobic exercise on depression in clinically and non-clinically depressed adults. Implications for public health were discussed.
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