Paula Papanek, Ph.D., M.P.T., LAT, ATC, FACSM, CEEAA

Paula Papanek, Ph.D., M.P.T., LAT, ATC, FACSM, CEEAAMarquette University

Cramer Hall, 215A

MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America
(414) 288-5069Dr. Papanek's research
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Professor and Director of Exercise Science

Physical Therapy

Director of Sports and Exercise Analytics

Exercise Science

As the founding director of the Program of Exercise Science in the Department of Physical Therapy at Marquette University, I have been teaching and training exercise physiologists for over 25 years.  

My research involves using exercise as an independent variable to disrupt homeostasis and drive adaptations for improved health and well-being in multiple populations including adult survivors of cancer, adolescent minority populations with obesity, and improving bone mineral density in women. 

My graduate work and post-doctoral studies were in animal models of hypertension and I have maintained active collaborations with the Clinical and Translational Research Center of SE Wisconsin and the Department of Physiology at MCW with an overall interest in disease prevention and wellness in human populations.


  • 1999, M.P.T., Physical Therapy, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI.
  • 1989, Ph.D., College of Medicine-Physiology, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.
  • 1984, M.S., Exercise Physiology, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY.
  • 1981, B.S., Nutritional Science, Illinois State University, Normal, IL.

Courses Taught

  • EXPH 3600: Exercise and Cancer, lecturer
  • EXPH 3600: Physiology of Obesity, lecturer
  • EXPH 4995: Independent study
  • MATR 7120: Pharmacology for Athletic Training

Professional Affiliations

  • American Physiological Society (APS)
  • American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
  • American Society of Exercise Physiologists (ASEP)
  • National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)
  • National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA)
  • Obesity Society


  • Licensed Physical Therapist, State of Wisconsin
  • Licensed and Certified Athletic Trainer