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About Dr. Scott Collier

Dr. Scott Collier has taught in Appalachian State University’s Department of Health and Exercise Science since 2009. He conducts research on the benefits of exercise on cardiovascular health, with teaching specialties in clinical cardiovascular physiology and vascular biology. Collier’s research primarily focuses on how the vessels remodel with diseases such as hypertension, and how exercise can help prevent or treat the disease in humans. Recently, he has  completed sleep studies to see how behaviors change with stress or pain and how thermal therapy or exercise may help an individual attain better sleep, which in turn will help several clinical conditions.

The American Heart Association has cited two of Collier’s studies in their position stand on exercise as an alternative therapy for hypertension. This decreases the dependence on pharmaceuticals and all the side effects they elicit. Collier has over 20 students that participate as research technicians in the Vascular Biology and Autonomic Research Laboratory, and since he has been at Appalachian, over 50 of those students have their names on published manuscripts.

Areas of Expertise
Exercise and cardiovascular health
Vascular biology
Sleep studies
Fitness trackers
Down Syndrome
Public school health education
Back pain


Present Professor, Beaver College of Health Sciences, Appalachian State University Department of Health and Exercise Science

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Honors and Awards

  • Appalachian State University - The Effect of Aerobic Exercise vs. Angiotensin Converting Enzyme Inhibition on Hemodynamic, Vascular and Cardiac Autonomic Modulation in Individuals With Pre-to Stage-One Hypertension. $5000
  • BeActive/NC Partnership – The Effects of 8-Weeks of Supervised vs. Unsupervised Exercise on Hemodynamic, Autonomic and Vascular Function in Obese and Non-Obese Children. $32,000
  • McCormick Science Institute - Influence of Selected Spices on Endothelial Cell Function, Inflammation, and Oxidative Stress in Overweight Human Subjects. $130,000
  • General Administration of North Carolina - Application of GC/LC Mass spectrometry for the identification of new biomarkers of oxidative stress. $322,765
  • Appalachian State University Research Council - The effect of Exercise Timing on nocturnal blood pressure, sleep architecture and decision making in prehypertensive individuals. $3500
  • Graduate Research and Mentoring Award (GRAM) - The effects of multi-flavanoid supplementation on markers of oxidative stress and vascular remodeling in hypertensive individuals. $20,000
  • Appalachian State University College of Health Sciences Outstanding Researcher Award – Inaugural award
  • National Institutes of Health – 1R15AT006332- Effects of Tai chi chuan, Pilates, and Aerobics on Symptoms of Depression and Anxiety in Young Adults, $387,000
  • Academy of Outstanding Graduate Mentors – Appalachian State University
  • Graduate Research and Mentoring Award (GRAM) - The Effects of Whole Body Heating on Sleep Architecture to Mitigate Pain. 2015 $20,000
  • Georgetown University- Internal Pilot Grant- Withings wireless devices to measure physical activity, body weight and blood pressure. $40,000
  • National Institutes of Health – 1 RO1 Disparities in Cardiovascular Disease
  • Neighborhood, Traumatic Stress and Sleep, $1,400,000


  • ES 5660 Exercise Prescription and Chronic Disease Management
  • ES 3450


2006 Ph.D., Syracuse University ‐ Cardiovascular Exercise Science
2002 M.S., Syracuse University ‐ Exercise Endocrinology
2000 B.S., Cortland State University ‐ Physical Education

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