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Paula Papanek, Ph.D., M.P.T., LAT, ATC, FACSM

Paula Papanek, Ph.D., M.P.T., LAT, ATC, FACSMMarquette University

Cramer Hall, 215A

MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America
(414) 288-5069
Curriculum Vitae

Associate Professor and Director of Exercise Science

Physical Therapy

Director of Graduate Studies for Clinical and Translational Rehabilitation Science

Exercise Science

As the founding director of the Program of Exercise Science in the Department of Exercise Science at Marquette University, I have been teaching and training exercise physiologists for over 10 years. My expertise will be critical to the success of this proposal as I will ensure the proper use and application of the accelerometers, 24 hour ambulatory blood pressure monitors, and appropriately designed exercise prescriptions at Quad Med. The quality of these data collections is vital to objectively quantify exercise compliance, volume, and intensity as well as determine the impact on blood pressure.

My active involvement in the use and application of these devices and the analysis and interpretation of the data is demonstrated in two ongoing initiatives: exercise and bone mineral density in multiple sclerosis patients and the impact of folic acid on vascular flow-mediated dilation in elite dancers. Data from both studies have been presented at national meetings and the manuscripts are in review.

My graduate work and post-doctoral studies were in animal models of hypertension and I have maintained active collaborations with the Cardiovascular Center and the Department of Physiology at MCW with an overall interest in disease prevention and wellness in human populations. Over the last 5 years I have been involved in community initiatives directed at exercise and wellness in both geriatric and youth populations.


  • 1999, M.P.T., Physical Therapy, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI.
  • 1989, Ph.D., College of Medicine-Physiology, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.
  • 1984, M.S., Exercise Physiology, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY.
  • 1981, B.S., Nutritional Science, Illinois State University, Normal, IL.

Courses Taught

  • EXPH 3189: Nutrition and Sports Performance, lecturer, fall
  • EXPH 2931: Exercise and Cancer, lecturer, fall
  • EXPH 2931: Physiology of Obesity, lecturer
  • EXPH 3100: Exercise Leadership, lecturer
  • Biology: guest lecturer
  • ATTR 3984: co-course director
  • PHTH: Adv Elective fall, course director
  • EXPH 4995: Independent study
  • ATTR 4195: Independent research study

Professional Affiliations

  • American Physiological Society (APS)
  • American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
  • American Society of Exercise Physiologists (ASEP)
  • National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)
  • National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA)
  • Obesity Society


  • Licensed Physical Therapist, State of Wisconsin
  • Licensed and Certified Athletic Trainer