Health and Exercise Physiology

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Deborah Feairheller

Deborah Feairheller joined the Ursinus community as an Assistant Professor in Health & Exercise Physiology in 2013. She received her B.S. in Microbiology from Pennsylvania State University and her Ph.D. in Integrative Physiology from Temple University. Deborah has worked in Pharmaceutical research and development industry, worked in patient-centered research, and owned her own wellness and fitness company. She also received training as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at UCLA. Deborah has an active clinical research laboratory, the Hypertension and Endothelial function with Aerobic and Resistance Training (HEART) Laboratory, where she mentors and collaborates with students.

Title

Assistant Professor, Health and Exercise Physiology
Director, the HEART Laboratory

Department

Health and Exercise Physiology

Degrees

  • B.S., Penn State University
  • Ph.D., Temple University

Teaching

  • CIE
  • Current Trends in Health    
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Principles and Practices of Exercise Assessment
  • Research Methods in Health and Human Performance

Research Interests

The HEART lab examines the effects of lifestyle modifications on cardiovascular health, in particular blood pressure, and studies examine cardiovascular health in volunteer firefighters, athletes, and adults. Research projects focus exercise and diet interventions that are aimed at improving health, increasing adherence to exercise, as well as reducing weight and cardiovascular risk.

Recent Work

Highlighted Publications

1.       Aichele K.R., Bye, N.L., Oakman, J.E., Neal, M.P., Cromwell, C.M., Lenzo, J.M., Perez, A.N., Santaniello, E.L., Hill, J.A., Evans, R.C., Thiele, K.A., Chavis, L.N., Getty, A.K., Wisdo, T.R., & Feairheller, D.L. Effect of Weight and an Increased Workload on Heart Rate and Blood Pressure.

2.       Feairheller, D.L., Aichele K.R., Oakman, J.E., Neal, M.P., Cromwell, C.M., Lenzo, J.M., Perez, A.N., Bye, N.L., Santaniello, E.L., Hill, J.A., Evans, R.C., Thiele, K.A., Chavis, L.N., Getty, A.K., Wisdo, T.R., McClelland, J.M., Sturgeon, K., & Chlad, P. Cardiovascular Health in Division III Football Players. Under Review.

3.       Feairheller, D.L. Blood Pressure and Heart Rate Responses in Volunteer Firefighters while Wearing Personal Protective Equipment. Blood Pressure Monitoring, 20(4), 194-198. 2015. [PMID:25856421]

4.       Feairheller, D.L., Diaz, K.M., Kashem, M.A., Thakkar, S.R., Veerabhadrappa, P., Sturgeon, K.M., Ling, C., Williamson, S.T., Kretzschmar, J., Lee, H., Grimm, H., Babbitt, D.M., Vin, C., Fan, X., Crabbe, D.L., & Brown, M.D. Effects of Moderate Aerobic Exercise Training on Vascular Health and Blood Pressure in African Americans. Journal of Clinical Hypertension. 16(7), 504-510. 2014. [PMID: 24779748]

5.       Ling, C., Diaz, K.M., Kretzschmar, J., Feairheller, D.L., Sturgeon, K.M., Perkins, A.M., Veerabhadrappa, P., Williamson, S.T., Lee, H., Grimm, H., Babbitt, D.M.,  & Brown, M.D. Chronic Aerobic Exercise Improves Blood Pressure Dipping Status in African American Non-Dippers. Blood Pressure Monitoring. 19(6), 353-358. 2014. [PMID: 25100263]

6.       Brown, M.D. & Feairheller, D.L. Are there Race-Dependent Endothelial Cell Responses to Exercise? Exercise and Sport Sciences Review. 41(1), 44-54. 2013. [PMID: 23262464]

7.       Diaz, K.M., Veerabhadrappa, P., Kashem, M.A., Thakkar, S.R., Feairheller, D.L., Sturgeon, K.M., Ling, C., Williamson, S.T., Kretzschmar, J., Lee, H., Grimm, H., Babbitt, D.M., Vin, C., Fan, X., Crabbe, D.L., Brown, M.D. Visit-to-visit and 24-h blood pressure variability: association with endothelial and smooth muscle function in African Americans. Journal of Human Hypertension. 27, 671-677. 2013. [PMID: 23615389]

8.       Babbitt, D.M., Diaz, K.M., Feairheller, D.L., Sturgeon, K.M., Perkins, A.M., Veerabhadrappa, P., Williamson, S.T., Kretzschmar, J., Ling, C., Lee, H., Grimm, H., Thakkar, S., Crabbe, D.L., & Brown, M.D. Endothelial activation microparticles and inflammation status improve with exercise training in African Americans. International Journal of Hypertension. 2013. http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/538017. [PMID: 23691280]

9.       Kretzschmar, J., Babbitt, D.M., Diaz, K.M., Feairheller, D.L., Sturgeon, K.M., Perkins, A.M., Veerabhadrappa, P., Williamson, S.T., Ling, C., Lee, H., Grimm, H., Thakkar, S., Crabbe, D.L., Kashem, M.A., & Brown, M.D. A Standardized Exercise Intervention Differentially Affects Premenopausal and Postmenopausal African American Women.  Menopause. 21 (6). 2013. [PMID: 24193297]

10.   Diaz, K.M., Veerabhadrappa, P., Kashem, M.A., Feairheller, D.L., Sturgeon, K.M., Williamson, S.T., Crabbe, D.L., & Brown, M.D. Relationship of Visit-to-Visit and Ambulatory Blood Pressure Variability to Vascular Function in African Americans.   Hypertension Research.  35, 55-61. 2012.  [PMID: 21814215]

11.   Feairheller, D.L., Park, J-Y, Sturgeon, K.M., Williamson, S.T., Diaz, K.M., Veerabhadrappa, P., & Brown, M.D. Racial Differences in Oxidative Stress and Inflammation: In vitro and In vivo.  Clinical & Translational Science. 4, 32-37. 2011.  [PMID: 21348953]

12.   Feairheller, D.L., Diaz, K.M., Sturgeon, K.M., Williamson, S.T., & Brown, M.D. Racial Differences in the Time-Course Oxidative Stress Responses to Acute Exercise. Journal of Exercise Physiology. 14, 49-59. 2011.  [PMID: 21691463]

13.   Feairheller, D.L., Park, J.Y., Rizzo, V., Kim, B., Brown, M.D. Racial differences in the responses to shear stress in human umbilical vein endothelial cells. Vascular Health & Risk Management. 7, 425-431. 2011. [PMID: 21796257]

14.   Brown, M.D., Feairheller, D.L., Thakkar, S., Veerabhadrappa, P., & Park, J-Y. Racial Differences in Tumor Necrosis Factor-α-Induced Endothelial Microparticles and Interleukin-6 Production. Vascular Health & Risk Management. 7, 541-550. 2011. [PMID: 21966220]

15.   Veerabhadrappa, P., Diaz, K.M., Kashem, A.M., Crabbe, D.L., Feairheller, D.L., Sturgeon, K.M., Williamson, S.T., & Brown, M.D. Endothelial-Dependent Flow-Mediated Dilation in African Americans with Masked Hypertension.  American Journal of Hypertension. 24(10), 1102-1107. 2011. [PMID: 21677701]

16.   Diaz, K.M., Feairheller, D.L., Sturgeon, K.M., Williamson, S.T., & Brown, M.D. Oxidative Stress Response to Short Duration Bout of Submaximal Aerobic Exercise in Healthy Young Adults. International Journal of Exercise Science. 4(4), 247-256. 2011. [PMID: 24340124]

17.   Veerabhadrappa, P., Diaz, K.M., Feairheller, D.L., Sturgeon, K.M., Williamson, S., Crabbe, D.L., Kashem, A., Ahrensfield, D., & Brown, M.D. Enhanced Blood Pressure Variability in a High Cardiovascular Risk Group of African Americans. Journal of American Society of Hypertension. 4, 187-195. 2010.  [PMID: 20885987]

18.   Feairheller, D.L., Sturgeon, K.M., Diaz, K.M., Veerabhadrappa, P., Williamson, S.T., Crabbe, D.L., & Brown, M.D. Pre-hypertensive African American Women have Preserved Nitric Oxide and Renal Function but High Cardiovascular Risk. Kidney & Blood Pressure Research. 33, 282-290. 2010.  [PMID: 20628261]

19.   Sturgeon, K.M., Feairheller, D.L., Diaz, K.M., Williamson, S.T., Veerabhadrappa, P., Kretzschmar, J., Crabbe, D.L., & Brown, M.D. Clinical Risk Factors Demonstrate an Age-Dependent Relationship with Oxidative Stress Biomarkers in African Americans. Ethnicity & Disease. 20(4), 403-408. 2010.  [PMID: 21305829]

20.   Feairheller, D.L., Park, J.Y., Ellis, T., Basu, S., Hagberg, J.M., Brown, M.D., & Fenty-Stewart, N. NADPH Oxidase p22phox Gene Polymorphisms and Oxidative Stress Responses to Exercise Training in Pre and Stage 1 Hypertensives. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. 41, 1421-1428. 2009.  [PMID: 19516159]