David N. Proctor

 David Proctor

Professor of Kinesiology and Physiology

Contact Information

105 Noll Laboratory
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park PA 16802


(fax) 814-865-4602





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

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.


  • 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