Scott R. Collier, Ph.D., FACSM
Dr. Collier received his PhD from Syracuse University and completed PostDoctoral training at SUNY Upstate Medical University. Dr. Collier is an Associate Professor within the Donald C. Beaver College of Health Sciences at Appalachian State. Dr. Collier directs the Vascular Biology and Autonomic Studies Laboratory (VBASL), located at Charleston Forge. The primary research of this lab investigates vascular remodeling and blood flow control associated with aerobic and resistance exercise training, along with acute and chronic alterations in the autonomic nervous system due to environmental (e.g. orthostatic challenges) challenges and pathological (e.g. hypertension) conditions. Also, the laboratory is equipped to study the effects of sleep following interventions such as exercise or heat therapy change nocturnal hemodynamics and sleep architecture. The VBASL has held funding from the State of North Carolina and the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Collier serves as an external grant reviewer for the American Heart Association. Dr. Collier’s research has been cited in the American Heart Association, Position Stand for Alternative Therapies to Lower Blood Pressure. Several students have received grant funding both internally and externally (American Physiological Society Summer Research Fellowship, Sleep monitor equipment grant, Glaxo Smith Kline research grant, Honors College Research Grant) to complete research in the laboratory. Students receive hands-on training in this lab and over 80 students from High-school to PhD students have their names on peer-reviewed manuscripts and over 100 students are published on peer-reviewed published abstracts.