Brett NickersonOverview

Associate Professor

243F Atwell Hall
453 W. 10th Ave.
Columbus, Ohio 43210

Office: (614) 247-6231

Professional Areas of Interest

  • Exercise Physiology
  • Body Composition
  • Obesity
  • Strength and Conditioning

Research Focus

My research focus is body composition. I have developed methods for the assessment of body composition and examined the validity and reliability of numerous techniques such as underwater weighing, air displacement plethysmography, dual energy X-ray absorptiometry, deuterium oxide, bioimpedance analysis, etc. My recent research in body composition has focused on Hispanic adults. I have also conducted extensive research in collegiate athletes.

Recent Publications

Nickerson BS, Snarr RL. Proportional bias of multi-frequency bioimpedance analysis is larger in Hispanic males than females Nutrition Research (Accepted for Publication). 

Cicone ZS, Nickerson BS, Choi Y, Holmes CJ, *Hornikel B, Fedewa MV, Esco MR. Generalized equations for predicting percent body fat from anthropometric measures using a criterion five-compartment model. Medicine and Sciences in Sports and Exercise (Accepted for Publication).

Nickerson BS. Evaluation of obesity cutoff values in Hispanic adults: derivation of new standards. Journal of Clinical Densitometry 24(3): 388-396, 2021.  

Recent Presentations

Snarr RL, Nickerson, BS. Assessment of laboratory devices for estimating body composition in a Hispanic population. American College of Sports Medicine 2022 National Conference, San Diego, CA.

Cicone ZS, Fedewa BS, Nickerson BS, Esco MR. Development and cross-validation of an equation to predict underwater residual lung volume in healthy men and women. National Strength and Conditioning Association 2020 Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NV.  

Major Awards

  • Principal Investigator: “Critical analysis of a rapid 4-compartment model in Hispanic adults: effect of age and level of body fatness” 1SC1GM135099-01A1. Funded by NIGMS.


Ph.D. – Exercise Physiology, University of Alabama, 2016
Ed.S. – Special Education, Auburn University Montgomery, 2013
M.Ed. – Physical Education, Auburn University Montgomery, 2011
B.S. – Sport Management, University of South Alabama, 2008

Research Links

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