School of Nursing and Health Sciences


Alvin Morton, III


Assistant Professor
Research Summary

The primary goal of my research is to positively impact health disparities in underserved groups by promoting physical activity and exercise. Most of my research is centered on African-American communities and aims to reduce health disparities through developing and implementing culturally relevant physical activity and exercise interventions.


  • Ph.D., Kinesiology with a Concentration in Exercise Psychology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • M.S., Exercise Science with a Concentration in Physical Activity and Public Health, Northeastern University
  • B.S., Cardiopulmonary Science, Northeastern University

Areas of Expertise

  • Culturally Relevant Behavioral Interventions

Recent Publications

Morton, AL, Hornbuckle, LM, Strohacker, K, Baldwin, D, Springer, C, Bassett, DR. Psychological Determinants of Physical Activity and the Prediction of Physical Activity Levels in African American Men [Dissertation]. Dec. 2022

Oliver, MD, Morton, AL, Baldwin, DR, Datta, S. A pilot study exploring the relationship between wellness and physical fitness: an examination into autonomic health. Journal of American College Health. 2019 Apr 8:1-8. doi: 10.1080/07448481.2019.1596919.

Morton, AL, Aranda, M, Yates, DT, Anderson, CL, Hornbuckle, LM. An Exploratory Study on Determinants of Regular Indoor Group Cycling Participation in Racially Diverse Adults. SAGE Open 9.3 (2019): 2158244019863568.

Arguello, D, Anderson, K, Morton, AL, Freedson, PS, Intille, SS, John, D. Validity of proximity sensor-based wear-time detection using the Actigraph GT9X. Journal of Sports Sciences. 2017:1- 6. doi: 10.1080/02640414.2017.1398891

Toth, LP, Park, S, Pittman, WL, Sarisaltik, D, Hibbing, PR, Morton, AL, Springer, CM, Crouter, SE, Bassett, DR. Validity of Activity Tracker Step Counts during Walking, Running, and Activities of Daily Living. Translational Journal of the American College of Sports Medicine. 2018: 52-59. doi: 10.1249/TJX.0000000000000057

John, D, Morton, AL, Arguello, D, Lyden, K, Bassett, DR. What is a Step? Disparity in Step- Detection Criteria in 3 Research Activity Monitors. Sensors 2018, 18, 1206. doi:10.3390/s18041206