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About Warren D Franke

My interests center around the cardiovascular system and efforts to improve cardiovascular health. My primary focus has been on the effects of job duties associated with emergency responder occupations (e.g., law enforcement and firefighters) on cardiovascular disease risk in these occupations. In the past, this work has included assessments of traditional CVD risk factors, novel risk factors (e.g., inflammatory mediators) and job demands (stress, sleep disturbances). In collaboration with Dr. Nir Keren ( a major focus now is on the use of virtual reality environments to assess the effects of acute, occupationally-relevant stress on the cardiovascular and decision making responses in firefighters (


Present Professor, Iowa State University Department of Kinesiology

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • 2012 Rossmann Manatt Faculty Development Award (for research excellence), College of Human Sciences, ISU
  • 2011 Honorary member, Golden Key International Honour Society, ISU
  • 2010 Career Achievement in Teaching Award, College of Human Sciences, ISU
  • 2001 Superior Teaching Medallion, College of Education, Iowa State University

Contact Information

247 Forker Building
534 Wallace Rd
Ames, IA 50011
Phone: 515-294-8257
Fax: 515-294-8740


Peer - Reviewed Articles (14)

Conference Proceedings (3)