Scott Going, PhD

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(520) 626-3432
Professional Bio: 

Dr. Going has the training, experience, and motivation to contribute to various research initiatives at the University of Arizona Cancer Center (UACC).  He has experience with the training and mentoring of students, postdocs and early-stage investigators.  He also has over 25 years of experience leading NIH funded studies and collaborating with a diverse group of investigators at the UACC and other units and at other institutions.

Dr. Going has broad training in physiology, exercise physiology and exercise science and particular expertise in design, delivery and assessment of exercise interventions in youth and adults, including clinical populations (cancer, obesity, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis). He is experienced with all methods for physical activity assessment, including acelerometry-based methods, and strategies for physical activity promotion and adherence/retention in exercise trials and community programs, and the use of technology such as mobile devices and platforms for automated messaging and data capture. He is also expert in most body composition assessment methods and has contributed to development of methods and models for soft tissue and bone assessment in children and adults.

Dr. Going has successfully led large teams and has been responsible for both physical activity and body composition assessment protocols and the design and delivery of activity interventions for multi-site, multi-university studies. These studies have all led to multiple publications and he has more than 300 publications in well-respected journals. Over his career at UA, he has enjoyed multiple, fruitful collaborations with UACC investigators. He has provided body composition assessment, physical activity assessment, and physical activity interventions for studies in breast cancer, prostate cancer, and most recently colorectal cancer survivors.

Research Information

Research Program: 
Cancer Prevention and Control
Member Status: 
Research Member
Year of Membership Acceptance: 
University of Arizona
College Agriculture and Life Sciences
Summary of Research Activity: 

Director of the Body Composition Research Laboratory and University of Arizona, Center for Physical Activity and Nutrition. Expertise in body composition assessment methods, including dual energy x-ray absorptiometry, and physical activity assessment, exercise training and physical activity interventions, and promotion of health-related behaviors including physical activity and diet.

Selected Publications: 

Dr. Going's NCBI bibliography

  1. Going SB and Davis R. Body composition assessment. In: Resource Manual for Guidelines for Exercise Testing, and Prescription, 3rd edition. Lea and Febiger, Philadelphia, PA., Chapter 45, pp 378-386, 1998.
  2. Lohman TG, Caballero B, Himes J, Hunsberger S, Houtkooper L, Going SB, Weber J, Reid R, Davis CE, Stewart, D, and Stephenson L. Estimation of body fat from anthropometry and bioelectrical impedance in Native American children. International Journal of Obesity, 24:1-7, 2000.
  3. Sardinha, L.B., Teixeira, P.J., Guedes, D.P., Going, S.B., and Lohman, T.G. Subcutaneous central fat is associated with cardiovascular risk factors in men independently of total fatness and fitness. Metabolism, 49:1379-1385, 2000.
  4. Blew, R.M., Sardinha, L.B., Milliken, L.A., Teixeira, P.J., Going, S.B., Ferreira, D.L., Harris, M.M., Houtkooper, L.B., and Lohman, T.G. Assessing the validity of body mass index standards in early postmenopausal women. Obesity Research, 10(8), 799-808, 2002.
  5. Lohman T, Thompson J, Going S, Himes JH, Caballero B, Norman J, Cano S, and Ring K. Indices of changes in adiposity in American Indian children small star, filled. Prev Med 37 Suppl 1: S91-96, 2003.
  6. Nichols, J. F., Going, S., Loftin, M., Stewart, D., Nowicki, E. M., Pickrel, J. Comparison of Two Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (BIA) Instruments for Determining Body Composition in Adolescent Girls. International Journal of Body Composition Research. 2006; 4(4):153-159.
  7. Houtkooper LB, Going SB, Lohman TG, Roche AF, Van Loan M. Bioelectrical impedance estimation of fat-free body mass in children and youth: a cross-validation study. J Appl Physiol. 1992 Jan;72(1):366-73. PMID: 1537738.
  8. Going, S., Nichols, J., Loftin, M., Stewart, D., Lohman, T., Tuuri, G., Ring. K., Pickrel, J., Blew, R., Stevens, J. Validation of Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (BIA) in Black, White and Hispanic Adolescent Girls. International Journal of Body Composition Research. 2006; 4(4):161-167.
  9. Loftin, M., Nichols, J., Going, S., Sothern, M., Schmitz, K.H., Ring, K., Tuuri, G., and Stevens, J., Comparison of the Validity of Anthropometric and Bioelectric Impedance Equations to Assess Body Composition in Adolescent Girls. International Journal of Body Composition, 5(1):1-8, 2007. PMID: PMC18163160