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Dr. Paul A. McAuley

 Dr. Paul A. McCauley

Paul A. McAuley

Assistant Professor of Health Education

Office: Anderson C024-E
Phone: 336-750-2578 

Curriculum Vitae

Educational History

Ph.D., University of Southern California, 1990
M.A., University of South Florida, 1986


Prior to coming to WSSU, Dr. McAuley taught at the University of Southern California where he also earned his Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology.  In the 1990s, Dr. McAuley developed and operated a Corporate Fitness Program at Sony Pictures Entertainment in Culver City, CA.  In 2004, McAuley returned to academia by collaborating with Stanford University cardiologists on a series of studies focusing on the role of fitness in reducing the health risks of obesity and diabetes.  His work in this area has been published in the American Journal of Medicine, Diabetes Care, Circulation, and Mayo Clinic Proceedings.  Dr. McAuley's research has particular relevance to fitness versus fatness and health outcomes.  His work with men from the Veterans Exercise Testing Study (VETS) has shown that individuals can be overweight and healthy.  And his many collaborations with the Aerobics Center Longitudinal Study (ACLS), found that using body mass index to estimate mortality risk in women can be misleading unless fitness is taken into account.


Courses Taught

  • Concepts of Fitness and Health (Health Education 1201 and 1301)
  • Aging and Health (Exercise Science 2322)
  • Management of Health Promotion Programs (Health Education 4301)
  • Research II/III (Doctorate Physical Therapy 7207/7208)

Selected Publications

  • McAuley PA, Artero EG, Sui X, Lee DC, Church TS, Lavie, CJ, Myers JN, Espana-Romero V, Blair SN. The obesity paradox, cardiorespiratory fitness, and coronary heart disease. Mayo Clin Proc 2012;87(5):443-451.
  • McAuley PA, Hsu FC, Loman KK, Carr JJ, Budoff MJ, Szklo M, Sharrett AR, Ding J. Liver attenuation, pericardial adipose tissue, obesity, and insulin resistance: the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA). Obesity (Silver Spring) 2011;19(9):1855-60.
  • McAuley PA, Blair SN. Obesity paradoxes. J Sports Sci 2011;29(8):773-82.
  • McAuley PA, Kokkinos PF, Oliveira RB, Emerson BT, Myers JN. Obesity paradox and cardiorespiratory fitness in 12,417 male veterans aged 40 to 70 years. Mayo Clinic Proc 2010;85(2):115-21.
  • McAuley P, Pittsley J, Myers J, Abella J, Froelicher VF. Fitness and fatness as mortality predictors in healthy older men: the Veterans Exercise Testing Study. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci 2009;64A(6):695-9.
  • McAuley PA, Myers JN, Abella JP, Tan SY, Froelicher VF. Exercise capacity and body mass as predictors of mortality among male veterans with type 2 diabetes. Diabetes Care 2007;30:1539-43.


McAuley PA (Principal Investigator), Kavas A (Senior Faculty Advisor) $100,000 (RFA: DP10-009E: FY 10 Directed Source Awards): National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention September 30, 2010 – September 29, 2011


  • Physical activity attenuates the impact of obesity on cardiometabolic risk: The Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA). American Heart Association Joint Conference – 51st Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention – and – Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism (Physical Activity), San Diego, CA, March 2012.
  • Fitness, obesity, and mortality in women from the Veterans Exercise Testing Study (VETS). American Heart Association Joint Conference – 50th Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention – and – Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism (Physical Activity), Atlanta, GA, March 2011.
  • Influence of cardiorespiratory fitness on mortality among men with and without diabetes and cardiovascular disease in the Veterans Exercise Testing Study. American Diabetes Association Scientific Sessions (Epidemiology), New Orleans, LA, June 2009.
  • Cardiorespiratory fitness and obesity as mortality predictors in healthy people. Rio de Janeiro International Symposium of Physical Activities, Brazilian Army Physical Fitness Research Institute, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, November 2009.

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