photo of Alexander F. Roche, M.D., Ph.D.

Alexander F. Roche, M.D., Ph.D., D.Sc., D.Sc., FRACP, FACMG
Fels Emeritus Professor of Community Health & Pediatrics

(937) 775-1427 voice
(937) 775-1456 fax


Major Active Projects

  • Revision of NCHS/CDC growth charts
  • Growth in preterm low birth-weight infants
  • Body composition changes with age within gender
  • Evaluation of body composition methods


University of Melbourne (Australia), M.B., B.S., 1946, Medicine

University of Melbourne (Australia), Ph.D., 1954, Anatomy

University of Melbourne (Australia), D.Sc., 1966, Child Growth

University of Melbourne (Australia), M.D., 1968, Internal Medicine

Professional Positions

1949-1957 Senior Demonstrator, Department of Anatomy, University of Melbourne

1950-1951 Lecturer, Department of Anatomy, University of Melbourne

1952-1953 Fulbright Scholar, Postgraduate Fellowship, Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH

Grants-in-aid from the Smith-Mundt Fund and the Rockefeller Foundation

1952-1961 Various Faculty Posts, Department of Anatomy, University of Melbourne

1954-1968 Director, Melbourne University Child Growth Study

1968-1984 Chief, Section of Growth and Genetics; Chief, Section of Fels Longitudinal Study and Families; Chief

Section for the Measurement of Growth and Maturity; Senior Scientist, Fels Research Institute, Yellow Springs, Ohio

1977-1990 Fels Professor of Pediatrics and Fels Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Wright State University,

School of Medicine, Yellow Springs, Ohio

1984-1992 Head, Div. of Human Biology, Depart. of Community Health, Wright State University

1990- Fels Professor of Community Health and of Pediatrics, Wright State University School of Medicine,

Yellow Springs, Ohio

1990-1995 University Professor, Wright State University

1993- Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Human Ecology


Fellow, Royal Australasian College of Physicians

Honorary Life Member, Sociedad Argentina de Pediatria, Australian Society of Orthodontics and Sociedad Mexicana de Anatomia

President, Human Biology Council (1980-82)

American Dermatoglyphics Association (1982-84)

Outstanding Scientist Award, Affiliated Societies Council, Dayton, Ohio (1978)

Outstanding Achievement Award, Academy of Medicine, Wright State University (1986)

Presidential Award for Excellence in Research, Wright State University (1988)