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 the 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

  • Cardiovascular Physiology
  • CIE
  • Current Trends in Health    
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Nutrition
  • 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.  Getty AK. Wisdo TR, Chavis LN, Derella CC, McLaughlin KC, Perez AN, DiCiurcio WT, Corbin M, Feairheller DL. Effects of Circuit Exercise Training on Vascular Health and Blood Pressure. Preventive Medicine Reports. 2018; 10:106-112.
  2. Kretzschmar J, Babbitt DM, Diaz KM, Feairheller DL, Sturgeon KM, Perkins AM, Veerabhadrappa P, Williamson ST, Ling C, Lee H, Grimm H, Thakkar S, Crabbe DL, Kashem MA, Brown MD. Differential Response to Exercise in African Americans with High Levels of Inflammation. Ethnicity & Disease. 2017;27(3):233-240.
  3. McClelland JM, Fowkes Godek S, Chlad PS, Feairheller DL, Morrison KE. The Effects of Cardiovascular Fitness and Body Composition on Maximal Core Temperature in Collegiate Football Players During Pre-Season. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 2017. Doi:10.1519/JSC.0000000000002027.
  4. Getty AK, Lenzo JM, Wisdo TR, Aichele KR, Oakman JE, Neal MP, Cromwell CM, Hill JA, Chavis LN, Feairheller DL. Blood Pressure and Cardiovascular Health in Young and Middle-aged Adults. International Journal of Exercise Science. 2017;10(5):798-806.
  5. Derella C, Aichele KR, Bye NL, Oakman JE, Cromwell CM, Lenzo JM, Perez AN, Santaniello EL, Hill JA, Chavis LN, Getty AK, Wisdo TR, Feairheller DL. Heart Rate and Blood Pressure Responses to Gear Weight Under a Controlled Workload. Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine. 2017;59(4):e20-e23.
  6. Babbitt DM, Perkins AP, Diaz KM, Feairheller DL, Sturgeon KM, Veerabhadrappa P, Williamson ST, Kretzschmar J, Ling C, Lee H, Grim H, Brown MD. Adherence to Exercise Prescription and Improvements in the Clinical and Vascular Health of African Americans. International Journal of Exercise Science. 2017;10(2):246-257.
  7. Feairheller DL, Hill JA. How Should Firefighters Exercise and What Works? Fire Engineering. 2016;169(12):14-18.
  8. Cromwell CM, Aichele KR, Oakman JE, Neal MP, Lenzo JM, Perez AN, Bye NL, Santaniello EL, Hill JA, Evans RC, Thiele KA, Chavis LN, Getty AK, Wisdo TR, Feairheller DL. Carotid Artery IMT, Blood Pressure, and Cardiovascular Risk Factors in Males and Females. International Journal of Exercise Science. 9(4),482-490. 2016
  9. Feairheller DL, Aichele KR, Oakman JE, Neal MP, Cromwell CM, Lenzo JM, Perez AN, Bye NL, Santaniello EL, Hill JA, Evans RC, Thiele KA, Chavis LN, Getty AK, Wisdo TR, McClelland JM, Sturgeon K, Chlad P. Cardiovascular Health in Division III Football Players. International Journal of Vascular Medicine. 2016:6851256. epub.
  10. Feairheller DL. What’s Your Blood Pressure? Fire Engineering. 168(11), 30-33. 2015.
  11. 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]
  12. 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]
  13. 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]
  14. 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]
  15. 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]
  16. 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]
  17. 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. 21 (6). 2013. [PMID: 24193297]
  18. 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]
  19. 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]
  20. 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]
  21. 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]
  22. 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]
  23. 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]
  24. 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]
  25. 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]
  26. 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]
  27. 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]
  28. 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]