Richard E. Killingsworth

Richard E. Killingsworth

Center for Public Private Partnerships in Health

Associate Professor
Behavioral Health & Nutrition
023 Carpenter Sports Bldg.

Ph: 302-831-3101

Research, Policy and Practice Interests

• Public Private Partnerships
• Philanthropy and Public Health Impact
• Food and Beverage Policy
• Tobacco Prevention and Control Policy
• Community Design and Active Living
• Youth Sports, Physical Activity and Physical Education Standards


• M.P.H., Public Health Education, Indiana University, 1988
• B.S., Community Health Education, Indiana State University, 1987

Mr. Killingsworth is currently the Director of the Center for Public Private Partnerships in Health at the University of Delaware where he is also an Associate Professor in the College of Health Sciences – Department of Behavioral Health and Nutrition. The Center was recently created to provide national leadership to enable and advance public private partnerships through facilitation, collaboration, and innovation for improved health outcomes.

Mr. Killingsworth has also served as the Chief of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention for the Delaware Division of Public Health. He was also appointed to serve as the inaugural Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer for the congressionally-chartered National Foundation on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition. He served as Deputy Director of Nemours Health and Prevention Services; Executive Director of the Harvest Foundation; Program Director of the Ruth Mott Foundation; National Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation initiative – Active Living by Design; Health Scientist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and National Wellness Coordinator for the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

Mr. Killingsworth has served extensively on a wide range of Boards of Directors and National Advisory Groups including Walkable and Livable Communities Institute, Partners for Livable Communities, and the City Parks Alliance. He has also served on the National Physical Activity Plan, Convergence National Partnership, League of American Bicyclists; Shaping America’s Health National Campaign; W.K. Kellogg Foundation – Food and Fitness Initiative; and YMCA – Activate America National Steering Committee.  He has also served as Chairperson of the New Castle County Planning Board in Delaware.

In 2015, he received the W.W. Patty Distinguished Alumni Award from Indiana University School of Public Health. This is the oldest and most prestigious alumni recognition award bestowed to a graduate who has demonstrated outstanding personal and professional achievement in his or her career.  In 2012, Mr.Killingsworth received the Cadence Cycling Foundation’s highest award – the Maguire Award for leadership and service in advancing the mission of the Foundation. In 2002, he received the League of American Bicyclists highest award – the Paul Dudley White Award – for his work to promote bicycling and physical activity.

Mr. Killingsworth is a veteran of the U.S. Army Military Police Corps, he received both the French Armed Forces Commando Badge and the German Armed Forces Military Efficiency Badge with bronze distinction. 1996 he received the Department of Army Superior Service Award (the Army’s third highest civilian award).

Mr. Killingsworth is also an avid cyclist, hiker and outdoor recreation enthusiast. He was also a competitive wrestler in high school, college, military and club levels. He is a certified USA Wrestling Bronze Level Coach and is Head Coach at Appoquinimink High School wrestling program in Middletown, DE and is the founder of the Northern Delaware Wrestling Academy. He is also the Assistant Coach at MOT Charter Middle School cross country program.

Mr. Killingsworth earned his Bachelor of Science in Community Health Education from Indiana State University and his Masters of Public Health in Public Health Education from Indiana University.

His professional aspiration is to see public health provide stronger leadership in public/private partnerships that may catalyze better solutions to address emerging issues affecting our nation’s health and well-being.



• BHAN 311, Issues in Health Behavior Science
• HLPR 467/667, Trends and Best Practices in Public Health
• HLPR 807, Topics and Issues in Health Promotion