Veerabhadrappa, Praveen

Associate Professor of Kinesiology
Office Phone
Office Location
Perkins, 120

    Membership of editorial board
    Annals of Clinical and Experimental Hypertension (2015-
    Internal Medicine Open Journal (2012-
    Asian Journal of Medical Sciences (2012-

    Journal peer-reviewer
    American Journal of Hypertension
    Annals of Internal Medicine
    Hypertension Research
    Journal of American Heart Association
    Integrated Blood Pressure Control
    Gender Medicine

    Conference abstract reviewer
    International Society of Hypertension
    American Heart Association Scientific Sessions
    Council on Hypertension of the American Heart Association

    International leadership in professional organizations
    Founding Member of International Society of Hypertension New Investigator Committee (2010–2016)
    Member of International Society of Hypertension Membership Committee (2014–present)
    Member of the International Society of Hypertension Corporate Liaison Committee (2016-present)
    Member of Trainee Advocacy Committee of the High Blood Pressure Research Council of American Heart Association (2012-2014)

    Research awards
    American Society of Hypertension/Boehringer Ingelheim Young Investigator Travel Award (2010)
    American Heart Association-Pfizer 7th Hypertension Summer School Travel Award (2010)

    Research grants
    Association of Pennsylvania State College & University Faculties (APSCUF)
    Welfare and Carlisle Area Health & Wellness Foundation (CAHWF) Wellness at Work initiative
    Summer undergraduate research experience grant
    Frank Franco Undergraduate research grant

    Undergraduate research supervision
    Principal supervisor of 17 undergraduate research projects (7 projects funded through undergraduate research grants)

    Dr. Praveen Veerabhadrappa (Dr. V) is passionate about research, innovation and inspiring the next generation of leaders (students) to further Scientific research.

    Dr. V’s utmost important work on longterm effects of exercise training on the cardio-metabolic risk factors, prevalence of masked hypertension and blood pressure variability has earned international recognition. Currently, Dr. V’s research is focused on incorporating wearable technology to enhance physical activity and improve health. Dr.V’s research group is studying the cardio-metabolic effects of sedentary behavior using novel devices such as, Actigraph, Fitbit, Vibralite and Apple Watch. Dr. V’s research students have presented their research at local, regional and national professional conferences.

    Dr. V is also recognized internationally with many awards. Dr. V has published 22 manuscripts and more than 60 abstracts in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. V is in the editorial board and a peer-reviewer for many high-impact journals in Science and Medicine.  Dr. V is the founding member of the New Investigator Network of The International Society of Hypertension. Dr. V has organized and moderated many national and international symposia liaising with the American Heart Association and the European Society of Hypertension. Dr V is frequently invited to give talks at international conferences.


    Diaz KM, Veerabhadrappa P, Brown MD, Whited MC, Dubbert PM, Hickson DA. Prevalence, Determinants, and Clinical Significance of Masked Hypertension in a Population-Based Sample of African Americans: The Jackson Heart Study. Am J Hypertens. 2015 Jul;28(7):900-8. doi: 10.1093/ajh/hpu241. Epub 2014 Dec 12. PubMed PMID: 25499058; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4481565.

    Veerabhadrappa P. Blood pressure variability: does speed matter? Hypertens Res. 2013 Dec;36(12):1035-6. doi: 10.1038/hr.2013.114. Epub 2013 Sep 12. PubMed PMID: 24026040.

    Diaz KM, Veerabhadrappa P, Kashem MA, Feairheller DL, Sturgeon KM, Williamson ST, Crabbe DL, Brown MD. Relationship of visit-to-visit and ambulatory blood pressure variability to vascular function in African Americans. Hypertens Res. 2012 Jan;35(1):55-61. doi: 10.1038/hr.2011.135. Epub 2011 Aug 4. PubMed PMID: 21814215; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3629695.

    Veerabhadrappa P, Diaz KM, Feairheller DL, Sturgeon KM, Williamson ST, Crabbe DL, Kashem AM, Brown MD. Endothelial-dependent flow-mediated dilation in African Americans with masked-hypertension. Am J Hypertens. 2011 Oct;24(10):1102-7. doi: 10.1038/ajh.2011.103. Epub 2011 Jun 16. PubMed PMID: 21677701; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3711226.

    Veerabhadrappa P, Diaz KM, Feairheller DL, Sturgeon KM, Williamson S, Crabbe DL, Kashem A, Ahrensfield D, Brown MD. Enhanced blood pressure variability in a high cardiovascular risk group of African Americans: FIT4Life Study. J Am Soc Hypertens. 2010 Jul-Aug;4(4):187-95. doi: 10.1016/j.jash.2010.04.005. PubMed PMID: 20885987; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2945908.


    Ph.D., Kinesiology (Exercise Physiology), Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

    M.S., Kinesiology (Exercise Physiology), Temple University, Philadelphia, PA