Vernon A. Barnes, PhD
Phone: (706) 721-2195
Education and Training
My present research interests involves examining the impact of interventions in the areas of behavior and complementary and alternative medicine. I have over 15 years of experience conducting interventions to evaluate the effectiveness of stress reduction in treatment of elevated blood pressure and associated pre-clinical markers of cardiovascular disease in youth and adolescents. I have received funding as principal investigator from the American Heart Association, the NIH NHLBI and the Georgia Health Sciences University.
Contributed to studies with mind-body medicine:
Studies on childhood obesity:
Co-Investigator (Current) “Effectiveness of AVAPRO in the treatment of salt sensitivity in young African Americans” NHLBI. 5P01HL069999-07. PI: Harshfield
Co-Investigator (Current) “Epigenetic basis of obesity induced cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.” NHLBI. 1R01HL105689-01 PI: Wang
Barnes, V.A., Kapuku, G., and Treiber, F.A. Impact of Transcendental Meditation� on Left Ventricular Mass in African American Adolescents. eCAM. 2012. article ID 923153. doi:10.1155/2012/923153. 6 pages.
Barnes VA, Orme-Johnson DA. Prevention and Treatment of Cardiovascular Disease in Adolescents and Adults through the Transcendental Meditation Program�: A Research Review Update. Current Hypertension Reviews 20128(3). 8(3) 227-242.
Barnes VA, Johnson MH, Williams RB, et al. Impact of Williams Lifeskills Training on Anger, Anxiety and Ambulatory Blood Pressure in Adolescents. Translational Behav Med.2012. DOI: 10.1007/s13142-012-0162-3.
Barnes VA, Gregoski MJ, Tingen M, & Treiber FA. Family Environmental Influences of Meditation Efficacy On Hemodynamic Function Among African American Adolescents. Journal of Complementary and Integrative Medicine. 2010. Vol 7, issue 1, article 25.
Barnes VA, Treiber FA, Musante L, Turner JR, Davis H, Strong WB. Ethnicity and socioeconomic status: Impact on cardiovascular activity at rest and during stress in youth with a family history of hypertension. Ethnicity and Disease, 10(1):4-16, 2000.
2008 - Society of Behavioral Medicine Complementary and Alternative Medicine Special
Interest Group Investigator Research Award