Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition
University of Illinois at Chicago
Dr. Marquez directs the Exercise Psychology Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Chicago and specializes in exercise psychology/behavioral medicine. He received his PhD in Kinesiology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research agenda focuses on disparities in physical activity and disease/disability among Latinos. Dr. Marquez has been Chair of the Minority Health and Research Special Interest Group (SIG) of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and Chair of the Physical Activity SIG of the Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM). He is a fellow of the ACSM, SBM, and the Gerontological Society of America. He has had various sources of funding. He was Principal Investigator of a randomized controlled trial (RCT) funded by the Alzheimer’s Association and the Midwest Roybal Center for Health Promotion and Translation, and he is currently funded with an NIH R01, a large-scale RCT of the impact of the BAILAMOS© dance program on cognitive and physical function of older Latinos. In related work, he is Leader of the Latino Core of the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center (3P30AG010161-25S1), a prospective study that is recruiting and enrolling older Latinos without dementia who agree to annual, detailed clinical evaluations.