Kevin Heffernan

Kevin Heffernan
Dean's Associate Professor
Curriculum Vitae: Kevin Heffernan CV
Phone: 315.443.9801
Address: 207B Women's Building

Professor Heffernan is the director of the Human Performance Laboratory (HPL) which is fully equipped to probe numerous aspects of systemic vascular structure and function in vivo.  The lab is currently funded by the Dairy Research Institute, The Center for Aging and Policy Studies and the National Institutes of Health.


  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship. Tufts Medical Center, Molecular Cardiology Research Institute
  • PhD. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Kinesiology/Exercise Physiology
  • MS. Columbia University, Applied Physiology and Nutrition
  • BS. University of Scranton, Exercise Science

Research & Scholarship

Research Focus:

Cardiovascular Exercise Physiology

Kevin Heffernan’s research examines the interaction of diet, nutritional supplementation and exercise (with an emphasis on resistance exercise) on vascular function in health, disease and disability throughout the human lifespan. He has published extensively on the role of exercise in modulating vascular function. Past research has been funded by the American College of Sports Medicine, the American Heart Association and the National Institutes of Health. He received the New Investigator Award from the American College of Sports Medicine in 2010 and the North American Artery Society in 2013. Professor Heffernan serves as an external grant reviewer for the American Heart Association and the American College of Sports Medicine.

Courses Taught

  • PPE 295 Introduction to Exercise Science
  • PPE 514 Exercise and Aging
  • PPE 518 Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • PPE 685 Systemic Physiology and Exercise
  • PPE 753 Advanced Cardiovascular Exercise Physiology

Recent Publications

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