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Warren Franke

Title: Professor
Department: Kinesiology

Office: 0103j Forker 534 Wallace Rd, Ames, IA 50011
Phone number: +1 515 294 8257
Email: wfranke@iastate.edu

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Research interests

  • Mechanisms underlying cardiovascular disease in emergency responders, such as law enforcement officers and firefighters
  • Using virtual reality environments to assess decision making and cardiovascular responses to occupationally relevant stressful situations
  • Exercise in older adults
  • Cardiovascular exercise physiology

Research Interests


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. 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 (http://www.abe.iastate.edu/nir-keren/) a major focus now is on the use of virtual reality environments to assess the effects of acute, occupationally-relevant stress on cardiovascular and decision making responses (e.g., the ISS:  https://youtu.be/csz_4b-seTc).



My primary teaching responsibilities revolve around exercise programming at both the undergraduate [KIN 458 (4 cr; every semester) and KIN 459 (1 cr; every semester)] and graduate (KIN 558; 3 cr; fall semester of odd years) levels. While it varies by year, I usually mentor 1 doctoral student and 2-3 masters students.

Professional Activities

In the area of professional service, my most visible responsibility is that of Director of The Exercise Clinic at ISU, an on-campus adult fitness program (http://www.kin.hs.iastate.edu/exercise-clinic/). I also serve as the Associate Chair for the Department of Kinesiology, am on a number of committees at ISU, the Editorial Board of ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal and review for a number of journals as well as funding agencies.  Finally, I serve on several committees for the national Boy Scouts of America, including chairing the ScoutStrong Healthy Living Initiative.