Rebecca Kappus


  • Ph.D. 2015 Kinesiology, Nutrition, and Rehabilitation, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • M.S. 2010 Exercise Science, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC
  • B.S. 2004 Biology, University of Toledo, Toledo, OH

Current Teaching

  • ES 4100 - Sex Differences in Exercise Science
  • ES 4620 – Cardiovascular Physiology
  • ES 4625 – Concepts of Clinical Exercise Testing
  • ES 4645 - Cardiopulmonary Pathophysiology and Rehabilitation
  • ES 4660 - Exercise Prescription for Clinical Populations
  • ES 5625 – Exercise Testing in Clinical Populations
  • ES 5660 - Exercise Prescription & Chronic Disease Management

Professional Affiliations/Organizations

  • American College of Sports Medicine - Clinical Exercise Physiologist (CEP) Certified
  • American College of Sports Medicine, Southeast Chapter
  • American Physiological Society
  • Organization for the Study of Sex Differences
  • North American Artery Society
  • American Heart Association

Laboratory Affiliation

Research Interests

  • Cardiovascular disease prevention in high risk populations
  • Sex differences and effects of aging on cardiovascular function
  • Exercise and endothelial function
  • Oxidative stress and disease

Selected Publications

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The feasibility of a novel method of bystander CPR training: A pilot study. Kappus RM, McCullough G. Am J Emerg Med. 2020 Mar;38(3):594-597.

Effect of oxidative stress on racial differences in vascular function at rest and during hand grip exercise. Kappus RM, Bunsawat K, Brown MD, Phillips SA, Haus JM, Baynard T, Fernhall B. J Hypertens. 2017 Jun 7. 

Racial Differences in Endothelial Function Following Antioxidant Supplementation. Kappus RM, Bunsawat K, Rosenberg AJ, Fernhall B. Int J Sports Med 2017 Feb 20.

Sex Differences in Autonomic Function Following Maximal Exercise. Kappus RM, Ranadive SM, Yan H, Lane-Cordova AD, Cook MD, Sun P, Harvey IS, Wilund KR, Woods JA, Fernhall B. Biology of Sex Differences. 2015 Dec 1;6:28.

Effect of Aspirin Supplementation on Hemodynamics in Older Firefighters. Lane-Cordova AD, Ranadive SM, Yan H, Kappus RM, Sun P, Bunsawat K, Smith DL, Horn GP, Ploutz-Snyder R, Fernhall B. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2015 Dec;47(12):2653-9

Caffeine delays autonomic recovery following acute exercise. Bunsawat K, White DW, Kappus RM, Baynard T. Eur J Prev Cardiol. 2015 Nov;22(11):1473-9

Sex Differences in Ventricular-Vascular Coupling Following Endurance Training. Lane AD, Ranadive SM, Yan H, Kappus RM, Cook MD, Wilund K, Woods J, Fernhall B. European Journal of Applied Physiology. 2014 Dec;114(12):2597-606

Effect of Acute Moderate Exercise on Induced Inflammation and Arterial Function in Older Adults. Ranadive SM, Kappus RM, Cook MD, Yan H, Lane AD, Woods JA, Wilund KR, Iwamoto G, Vanar V, Tandon R, Fernhall B. Exp Physiol. 2014 Apr;99(4):729-39.

Hemodynamic and arterial stiffness differences between African-Americans and Caucasians following maximal exercise. Yan H, Ranadive SM, Heffernan KS, Lane AD, Kappus RM, Cook MD, Wu PT, Sun P, Harvey IS, Woods JA, Wilund KR, Fernhall B. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol. 2014 Jan;306(1):H60-8.

Obesity and Overweight are Associated with Increased Carotid Diameter and Decreased Arterial Function in Young Otherwise Healthy Men. Kappus RM, Fahs CA, Smith D, Horn GP, Agiovlasitis S, Rossow L, Jae SY, Heffernan KS, Fernhall B. Am J Hypertension. 2013 Sep 18.

Title: Associate Professor, PhD, Kinesiology, Nutrition and Rehabilitation, Graduate Faculty

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-7214

Fax: (828) 262-3138

Office address
Leon Levine Hall 413