David N. Proctor 

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Professor of Kinesiology and Physiology

Contact Information

105 Noll Laboratory
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park PA 16802


(fax) 814-865-4602




Teaching Interests

Scientific Basis of Exercise for Older Adults, Exercise as Medicine, Advanced Exercise Physiology  

Research Interests

Our research focuses on human cardiovascular aging, its functional consequences, sex-specific mechanisms, and potential therapeutic strategies. Of interest are its effects on arterial & cardiac stiffness as well as control of skeletal muscle blood flow at rest and during exercise.


Ph.D., 1994, Exercise Physiology, Kent State University


  • Vascular physiology
  • Aging
  • Exercise as medicine

Selected Publications

Proctor DN and Parker BA. Vasodilation and vascular control in contracting muscles of the aging human, Microcirculation 13(4): 325-337, 2006.

Parker BA, Kalasky MJ, and Proctor DN. Evidence for sex differences in cardiovascular aging and adaptive responses to physical activity. European Journal of Applied Physiology 110(2), 235-246, 2011.

Parker BA, Smithmyer SL, Pelberg JA, Mishkin AD, & Proctor DN. Sex-specific influence of aging on exercising leg blood flow. Journal of Applied Physiology 104(3), 655-64, 2008.

Ridout SR, Parker BA, Smithmyer SL, Gonzales JU, and Proctor DN. Age and sex affect the balance between central supply and peripheral vascular reserve. Journal of Applied Physiology 108(3), 483-89, 2010.

Gonzales JU, Miedlar JA, Parker BA, and Proctor DN. Relation of femoral artery diameter, shear rate, and dilatory response to exercise. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise 42(10), 1870-75, 2010.

Gonzales JU, Grinnell DM, Kalasky MJ, and Proctor DN. Sex-dependent associations between daily physical activity and leg exercise blood pressure responses in healthy older adults. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity 19, 306-321, 2011.

Moore DJ, Gonzales JU, Tucker SH, Elavsky S, and Proctor DN. Exercise-induced vasodilation is associated with menopause stage in healthy middle-aged women. Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism 37(3), 418-24, 2012.

Center Affiliations

  • Center for Healthy Aging

Strategic Themes

  • Domains of Health and Behavior