Deborah Feairheller

Clinical Associate Professor
Director, Clinical Cardiac Program
Office: UNH Kinesiology, New Hampshire Hall, Durham, NH 03824
Deborah Feairheller

Dr. Feairheller (“Dr. F”) has worked in the clinical health and wellness field for over 25 years and has a passionate interest in chronic disease management through lifestyle changes. Her work focuses on cardiovascular health, in particular. Dr. Feairheller is a Professional Member of the American Heart Association and a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine. As clinical faculty at UNH, Dr Feairheller works as the Director of the UNH Clinical Cardiac Program (Rehabilitation, Prevention, & Telehealth). She works to improve the heart health of cardiac patients and community members who have modifiable risk factors through both in person and telehealth remote wellness modules.

Dr Feairheller also has an active clinical research program. The Hypertension and Endothelial function with Aerobic and Resistance Training (HEART) 'lab' group examines the effects of exercise and diet on heart health, in particular blood pressure. She recently was awarded the Certificate of Research Excellence from the American Heart Association. Dr Feairheller’s current research project funded by the American Heart Association examines how circuit training and a modified Mediterranean diet can improve cardiovascular health in firefighters and civilians. She has national certifications as a firefighter and a rescue technician, and having been a volunteer firefighter herself, she has a vested interest in getting the fire service physically active and healthy.

Prior to joining UNH, Dr Feairheller spent years working as in integrative physiologist with broad training in translational research focusing on diet and exercise interventions aimed at improving cardiac risk and modulating endothelial function. She gained bench-top research experience in cell culture in both pharmaceutical and university-based research programs. She gained experience in the health industry in pharmaceutical research, development, regulatory support, and quality assurance. She has experience in patient safety working as a project manager and senior scientific medical writer for an evidence-based non-profit patient safety organization conducting patient-centered outcomes research and health technology assessments on interventions for cardiovascular disorders and obesity. She also has experience as a business owner-operator for a health and wellness business conducting diet and exercise interventions, community seminars and private instructions.

Her motto “~live healthy, live for your heart!”


  • Ph.D., Temple University
  • B.S., Pennsylvania State University

Research Interests

  • Cardiovascular Diseases
  • Dieting/Weight Management
  • Exercise
  • Heart
  • Inflammation
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Vascular Disease

Courses Taught

  • EXSC 621: Exercise Laboratory Technique
  • EXSC 704: Electrocardiography
  • EXSC/KIN 720/820: Sci Pract Strength Training
  • EXSC/KIN 794/894: Cardiopulmonary Pathologies
  • INCO 590: Rsrch Exp/Kinesiology
  • INCO 790: Adv Rsrch Exp/Kinesiology

Selected Publications

Almeida, A. A., Reeve, E. H., Dickinson, R. L., Carty, M., Gilpin, J., & Feairheller, D. L. (2022). Civilians Have Higher Adherence and More Improvements in Health with a Mediterranean Diet and Circuit Training Program Compared to Firefighters. Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine, Publish Ahead of Print. doi:10.1097/jom.0000000000002478

McMorrow, C., & Feairheller, D. L. (2022). Blood pressure responses in firefighters reviewed. Current Hypertension Reviews, 18. doi:10.2174/1573402118666220103094201

Reeve, E. H., Picicci, F., & Deborah L, F. (n.d.). Validation of a Mediterranean Diet Scoring System for Intervention Based Research. Journal of Nutritional Medicine and Diet Care, 7(1). doi:10.23937/2572-3278/1510053

Feairheller, D. L., Carty, M. A., Dickinson, R. L., Baker, C., Gilpin, J., & Reeve, E. H. (2021). Firefighters On Medication Have Worse Health Profiles But Larger Improvements With Diet & Exercise. In MEDICINE AND SCIENCE IN SPORTS AND EXERCISE Vol. 53 (pp. 360-361). Retrieved from

Feairheller, D., McLaughlin, K., Perez, A., & Donahue, S. (2021). Tactical Circuit Training Improves Blood Pressure and Vascular Health More Than Resistance Training. International Journal of Exercise Science, 14(3), 1320-1333. Retrieved from

Diaz, K. M., Veerabhadrappa, P., Kashem, M. A., Thakkar, S. R., Feairheller, D. L., Sturgeon, K. M., . . . Brown, M. D. (2013). Visit-to-visit and 24-h blood pressure variability: association with endothelial and smooth muscle function in African Americans. JOURNAL OF HUMAN HYPERTENSION, 27(11), 671-677. doi:10.1038/jhh.2013.33

Diaz, K. M., Veerabhadrappa, P., Kashem, M. A., Feairheller, D. L., Sturgeon, K. M., Williamson, S. T., . . . Brown, M. D. (2012). Relationship of visit-to-visit and ambulatory blood pressure variability to vascular function in African Americans. HYPERTENSION RESEARCH, 35(1), 55-61. doi:10.1038/hr.2011.135

Veerabhadrappa, P., Diaz, K. M., Feairheller, D. L., Sturgeon, K. M., Williamson, S. T., Crabbe, D. L., . . . Brown, M. D. (2011). Endothelial-Dependent Flow-Mediated Dilation in African Americans With Masked-Hypertension. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF HYPERTENSION, 24(10), 1102-1107. doi:10.1038/ajh.2011.103

Feairheller, D. L., Park, J. -Y., Sturgeon, K. M., Williamson, S. T., Diaz, K. M., Veerabhadrappa, P., & Brown, M. D. (2011). Racial Differences in Oxidative Stress and Inflammation: In Vitro and In Vivo. CTS-CLINICAL AND TRANSLATIONAL SCIENCE, 4(1), 32-37. doi:10.1111/j.1752-8062.2011.00264.x

Brown, M. D., Feairheller, D. L., Thakkar, S., Veerabhadrappa, P., & Park, J. -Y. (2011). Racial differences in tumor necrosis factor-α-induced endothelial microparticles and interleukin-6 production.. Vasc Health Risk Manag, 7, 541-550. doi:10.2147/VHRM.S22930

Most Cited Publications