Praveen Veerabhadrappa, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Kinesiology
The Pennsylvania State University-Berks
Tulpehocken Rd, PO Box 7009, Reading, PA 19610, USA



Dr. Veerabhadrappa is a Clinical Researcher, Educator and Emerging Leader in the field of Hypertension are some of many hats that he wears, professionally. Author of 20+ peer reviewed manuscripts, 50+ scientific abstract and conference presentations and reviewer for more than a dozen scientific journals are some of his professional accomplishments. Dr. Veerabhadrappa is the Founding Member of the New Investigators Network of The International Scotty of Hypertension.

Research Interest

His research interests include: The effects of physical activity and inactivity on the cardiometabolic profile relating to hypertension, Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring, blood pressure variability and workplace wellness are of great interest as well.

Scientific Activities


• AHA-Pfizer 7th Hypertension Summer School Travel Award (2010)
• ASH-Boehringer Ingelheim Young Investigator Travel Award (2010)
• Press Briefing of Late Breaking Clinical Trials-ASH 26th Annual Scientific Meeting, NYC (2011)
• Nominated for the 62nd Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting, Germany (2012)
• Travel Grant to attend the 24th Scientific Meeting of ISH, Sydney, Australia (2012)
• Featured in Connections AHA, HBPR Newsletter(2012)
• Travel Grant to attend European Society of Hypertension Meeting, Milan, Italy (2013)
• Featured in Shippensburg University Magazine-Keeping other sin Ship Shape, Faculty profile (2013)
• Featured in Shippensburg Universitys TV commercial for student mentorship (2013)


1. Veerabhadrappa P, Bahrainwala J, Patel A, et al . Ambulatory Arterial Stiffness Index and circadian blood pressure variability. J Am Soc Hypertens. 2015. doi: 10.1016/j.jash.2015.07.001.
2. Veerabhadrappa P, Burger D, Brouwers S, et al. Across theglobe in 4 months: two International Society of Hypertension new investigator symposia in 2014. J Hypertens. 2015; 33(4): 891-893. doi: 10.1097/HJH.0000000000000525
3. 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; 28(7): 900-908. doi: 10.1093/ajh/hpu241
4. Ling C, Diaz KM, Veerabhadrappa P, et al. Chronic aerobic exercise improves blood pressure dipping status in African American nondippers. Blood Press Monit. 2014; 19(6): 353-358. doi: 10.1097/MBP.0000000000000075doi
5. Feairheller DL, Veerabhadrappa P, Sturgeon KM, et al. Effects of moderate aerobic exercise training on vascular health and blood pressure in African Americans. J Clin Hypertens (Greenwich). 2014; 16(7): 504-510. doi: 10.1111/jch.12328
J Hypertens. 2014; 32(2): 448-449. doi: 10.1097/HJH.0000000000000087
7. Kretzschmar J, Babbitt DM, Veerabhadrappa P, et al. A standardized exercise intervention differentially affects premenopausal and postmenopausal African-American women. Menopause. 2014; 21(6): 579-584. doi: 10.1097/GME.0000000000000133
8. Veerabhadrappa P. Blood pressure variability: does speed matter? Hypertens Res. 2013; 36(12): 1035-1036. doi: 10.1038/hr.2013.114
9. Babbitt DM, Diaz KM, Veerabhadrappa P, et al. Endothelial activation microparticles and inflammation status improve with exercise training in african americans. Int J Hypertens. 2013; 2013: 538017. doi: 10.1155/2013/538017
10. Veerabhadrappa P, Charchar F, Burger D, Tomaszewski M, Carlberg B. Leading the change: Second International Society of Hypertension New Investigators Symposium. J Hypertens. 2013; 31(2): 429-430. doi: 10.1097/HJH.0b013e32835c552c
11. Diaz KM, Veerabhadrappa P. Slowing chronic kidney disease progression: should we be looking beyond mean blood pressure?. Hypertens Res. 2013; 36(2): 112-114. doi: 10.1038/hr.2012.167
12. Burger D, Veerabhadrappa P, Charchar F, et al. Report of the first International Society of Hypertension (ISH) Trainee/New Investigator Symposium: A Global Hypertension Initiative. J Hypertens. 2012; 30(3): 631-632. doi: 10.1097/HJH.0b013e32834f8267
13. Veerabhadrappa P, Burger D, Charchar F, et al. Council for [corrected] High Blood Pressure Research/InterAmerican Society of Hypertension/International Society of Hypertension: [corrected] first New Investigators Symposium at the High Blood Pressure Research 2011 Scientific Sessions. Hypertension. 2012; 59(2): 382-383. doi: 10.1161/HYPERTENSIONAHA.111.185421
14. Brown MD, Feairheller DL, Thakkar S, Veerabhadrappa P, Park JY. Racial differences in tumor necrosis factor-α-induced endothelial microparticles andinterleukin-6 production. Vasc Health Risk Manag. 2011; 7: 541-550. doi: 10.2147/VHRM.S22930
15. Diaz KM, Veerabhadrappa P, Kashem MA, et al . Relationship of visit-to-visit and ambulatory blood pressure variability to vascular function in African Americans. Hypertens Res. 2012; 35(1): 55-61. doi: 10.1038/hr.2011.135
16. Veerabhadrappa P, Burger D, Carlberg B, Charchar F, Tomaszewski M, Harrap S. New Investigators Committee, International Society of Hypertension. ISH Hypertension Future Leaders Group: a network for new investigators run by new investigators. J Hypertens. 2011; 29(8): 1664-1665. doi: 10.1097/HJH.0b013e3283491598
17. Veerabhadrappa P, Diaz KM, Feairheller DL, et al. Endothelial-dependent flow-mediated dilation in African Americans with masked-hypertension. Am J Hypertens. 2011; 24(10): 1102-1107. doi: 10.1038/ajh.2011.103
18. Feairheller DL, Park JY, Veerabhadrappa P, et al. Racial differences in oxidative stress and inflammation: in vitro and in vivo. Clin Transl Sci. 2011; 4(1): 32-37. doi: 10.1111/j.1752-8062.2011.00264.x
19. Sturgeon KM, Feairheller DL, Diaz KM, Williamson ST, Veerabhadrappa P, Brown MD. Clinical risk factors demonstrate an age-dependent relationship withoxidative stress biomarkers in African Americans. Ethn Dis. 2010; 20(4): 403-408.
20. Diaz KM, Feairheller DL, Veerabhadrappa P, et al. Increased nitric oxide and attenuated diastolic blood pressure variability in african americans with mildly impaired renal function. Int J Hypertens. 2011; 2010: 137206. doi: 10.4061/2010/137206
21. Veerabhadrappa P, Diaz KM, Feairheller DL, et al. Enhanced blood pressure variability in a high cardiovascular risk group of African Americans: FIT4 Life Study. J Am Soc Hypertens. 2010; 4(4): 187-195. doi: 10.1016/j.jash.2010.04.005
22. Feairheller DL, Sturgeon KM, Veerabhadrappa P, Williamson ST, Crabbe DL, Brown MD. Prehypertensive African-American women have preserved nitric oxide and renal function but high cardiovascular risk. Kidney Blood Press Res. 2010; 33(4): 282-290. doi: 10.1159/000317944