Dr. Colberg-Ochs obtained a Californian higher education, beginning with a B.A. from Stanford University (Palo Alto, CA) in Dec. 1985. At Stanford, she "minored" in athletics by spending four years as the first woman student equipment manager for the Varsity Football team and becoming the first woman to hold the position of head (student) manager of an NCAA Division I Football program.
She then pursued an M.A. in Exercise Physiology from the University of California, Davis, which she completed in Dec. 1987 with a thesis entitled "Relationship Between Differing Exercise Levels and the Self-Concept of Adolescent Insulin-Dependent Diabetics."
After working briefly as an exercise specialist in a Diabetes Treatment Center in San Francisco, CA, she earmed a Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology from the University of California, Berkeley in Dec. 1992. At Berkeley, she worked with Dr. George A. Brooks on her doctoral dissertation entitled "The Effects of Smoking on the Dependency on Blood Glucose as a Fuel During Rest and Moderate Exercise."
In addition to being an exercise specialist in a diabetes treatment center in San Francisco, Dr. Colberg-Ochs served as a graduate teaching assistant during both her M.A. and Ph.D. degree programs at U.C. Davis and U.C. Berkeley. Following completion of her doctorate, she held an NIH-funded post-doctoral research position at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine (1/93-9/94), where she completed clinical studies on resting metabolism in obese women and exercise metabolism in individuals with type 2 diabetes. She then began a 3-year full-time lecturer position at California State University, East Bay (9/94-7/97). Finally returning to the East Coast, she became an Assistant Professor of Exercise Science in the Human Movement Sciences (HMS) Department at Old Dominion University in Aug. 1997, where she was later tenured and promoted to Associate Professor in May 2003 and to Professor in May 2009.
Since arriving at ODU, she has successfully collaborated on research with Dr. Aaron Vinik, Director of the Strelitz Diabetes Research Center at Eastern Virginia Medical School (where she was appointed Adjunct Professor of Internal Medicine in 2008), colleagues in Health Sciences at ODU, and many others. She has received clinical research grants from the American Diabetes Association, National Institutes of Health, Commonwealth of Virginia Alzheimer's and Related Diseases Research Award Fund, Lifescan, Inc., and others exceeding $2,470,000.
Honors and Awards:
- Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (FACSM) - 1996
- Old Dominion University Darden College of Education Young Investigator Grant Award - 2003
- The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi - 2004
- Great Women of the 21st century by the American Biographical Institute - 2004 and 2005
- Old Dominion University Darden College of Education Largest Grant Award - 2006
- Old Dominion University Darden College of Education Publications Award - 2006
- Old Dominion University Darden College of Education Tonelson Award for Excellence in Teaching, Research, and Service - 2007
- Max K. Horwitt Memorial Lecture Distinguished Lectureship at Saint Louis University - 2008
- Old Dominion University Darden College of Education Grants Award - 2009
- Old Dominion University Darden College of Education Publications Award - 2009
- Old Dominion University Darden College of Education Service Award - 2011
- Old Dominion University Friends of the Library Outstanding Achievement Award - 2012
- Old Dominion University Faculty Research Achievement Award (28th Annual) - 2012
- Old Dominion University Finalist for SCHEV Outstanding Faculty Award - 2014
Director, Human Performance Laboratory, HMS Dept., Old Dominion University, 1998 to 2011