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About Dr. Rebecca Kappus

Dr. Rebecca Kappus is in the Exercise Science department and studies cardiovascular physiology and health with a focus in the prevention of cardiovascular disease among high-risk populations. She is interested in the contribution of oxidative stress to cardiovascular disease and potential interventions to reduce risk factors. In various studies, her research has explored cardiac and arterial health in relation to age, race, sex, occupation, weight, exercise, and health conditions.

She has led community outreach on topics such as how to eat healthy on a budget, fitting exercise into a busy schedule, and how to exercise safely at a gym or at home. At Appalachian State University, she teaches courses in cardiovascular physiology and pathophysiology, exercise prescription in clinical populations, and clinical exercise testing.

Areas of Expertise
Cardiovascular health
Cardiovascular disease prevention in high-risk populations
Oxidative stress
Sex differences and effects of aging on cardiovascular function
Exercise and arterial and endothelial function


Present Assistant Professor, Appalachian State University Department of Health and Exercise Science

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Honors and Awards

  • Charles M. Tipton Student Research Award, American College of Sports Medicine, 2015
  • President’s Research in Diversity Travel Award - University of Illinois, 2015
  • Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Graduate Student Research Award, 2015
  • Michael L. Pollock Student Travel Fund Scholarship (American College of Sports Medicine), 2014
  • ACSM-GSSI Young Scholar Travel Grant (Gatorade Sports Science Institute), 2014
  • Paul D. Doolen Graduate Scholarship for the Study of Aging-University of Illinois (multi-campus), 2014-2015


  • ES 4100 Sex Differences in Exercise Science
  • ES 4645 Cardiopulmonary Pathophysiology and Rehabilitation
  • ES 4625 Concepts of Clinical Exercise Testing
  • ES 4620 Cardiovascular Physiology


Ph.D., The University of Illinois at Chicago ‐ Kinesiology, Nutrition, and Rehabilitation
M.S., Appalachian State University ‐ Clinical Exercise Science
B.S., The University of Toledo ‐ Biology

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