• Paula Pullen, Ph.D.

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  • Paula Pullen., Ph.D.
      Research Instructor, Department of Physiology
    Research Instructor, Cardiovascular Research Institute

    Contact Information
    Phone: (404) 756-5048
    Ph.D., Georgia State University, Kinesiology

    Research Interests
    Dr. Pullen has extensive experience in cardiac rehabilitation, clinical cardiology, fitness and yoga instruction. Her dissertation research involved the combination of clinical cardiology and yoga by examining the effects of yoga on African American heart failure patients. Her research found that a yoga intervention reduced inflammatory markers, improved cardiovascular endurance, flexibility and quality of life in these patients.

    During her doctoral studies, she worked as a Research Exercise Physiologist for Emory University's School of Public Health on a CDC supported project involving the implementation of work site walking and nutrition programs for African American women. The pilot study for Dr. Pullen’s dissertation research was published in The Journal of Cardiac Failure (2008) and a more extensive study appears  in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise (April, 2010). She is committed to complementary and alternative therapies for cardiac patients and the elimination of health care disparities.


    • 2008 Grant Recipient of the Raymond and Rosalee Weiss Research Endowment from the American College of Sports Medicine
    • American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM): Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist- 2006- present.
    • ACSM Program Director for preventive & rehabilitative exercise programs –1994- present.
    • ACSM Exercise Test Technologist – 1987- present