William ”Jody“ Wilkinson, MD

Associate Professor, Department of Kinesiology

Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 5457
Fax: (626) 815-5084
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William “Jody” Wilkinson, MD, is an exercise physiologist who has been with APU’s Department of Kinesiology since January 2015. Prior to coming to APU, he was a medical director at the Cooper Institute in Dallas, and the director of the Center for Weight Management. Wilkinson began his teaching career as a faculty member with the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Doctor of Physical Therapy program. He has authored several textbook chapters and peer-reviewed research articles, as well as professional and popular publications related to exercise, wellness, and weight management. He has clinical and research expertise in exercise physiology, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, obesity, preventive medicine, and public health, and has been a principal investigator and medical director for several research studies funded by the National Institutes of Health and the pharmaceutical industry.

Wilkinson’s current scholarly interests are in the areas of Christian approaches to health and wellness and the application of spiritual disciplines to the process of lifestyle change. He is also exploring mindfulness and meditation-based interventions from Christian perspectives for the management of stress and enhancing of spirituality and academic success in students. He has a passion for teaching and has taught courses in pathology, physiology, pharmacology, exercise physiology, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, and health promotion and wellness. He also has an interest in the application of technology in teaching and incorporates several innovative teaching methods into his courses.

Wilkinson volunteers with a national organization called Back on My Feet, which combats homelessness through the power of running, and engages students in several aspects of this organization in downtown Los Angeles. He also is a member of the Faculty Senate, APU Wellness Council, and APU Creation Care Council. Wilkinson is married and has four children. He enjoys the outdoors and endurance activities, including trail running, bicycling, and hiking.

Academic Area

  • School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences
    • Department of Kinesiology


  • Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Obesity
  • Preventive Medicine
  • Public Health

Courses Taught

  • KIN 363 – Physiology of Exercise
  • KIN 473 – Fitness and Exercise Prescription