Patricia O’Callaghan Reger, PhD, PT

Dean, College of Health and Social Sciences
Professor of Exercise Science
Office:  McInnis 210
Phone:  610-341-1464


B.S.  in Physical Therapy, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
M.S. in Orthopedic Physical Therapy, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
Ph.D. in Kinesiology, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
At Eastern Since 2006


Dr. Reger joined the EU faculty in 2006 and is now in her 16th year of teaching.  Prior to her arrival at Eastern, Dr. Reger was an Instructor of Physical Therapy at Temple University.   Dr. Reger teaches in both the Athletic Training and Exercise Science programs.  She continues to practice as a physical therapist which enables her to bring the clinical component of exercise science and physical therapy into the classroom and create opportunities for students to develop and strengthen their critical thinking skills.  Dr. Reger also mentors students both in the development of research proposals in exercise science and in the conduction of clinical research.  She remains active in the American Physical Therapy Association and American College of Sports Medicine.  Dr. Reger was recently recognized as “Teacher of the Year” by the students at EU in 2014. 

Courses Taught

Research Methods in Kinesiology; Physiology of Exercise; Exercise for Special Health Populations; Therapeutic Exercise; Therapeutic Modalities; Research in Exercise Science; Exercise and Aging; and Dance Anatomy and Kinesiology. 

Why I Teach at Eastern

It is without question that the integration of faith and learning is at the essence of education at Eastern University, and it is this integration of faith and learning that lead me to Eastern.  As an educator at Eastern University, I am able to prepare students for the vocation to which God has called them.  The educational philosophy at Eastern University allows my teaching to be shaped and formed by faith which in turn results in learning, and ultimately living, that is shaped and formed by faith.  Thus, it is my hope that as I integrate faith into the athletic training and exercise science curricula, students will continue to mature into professionals who demonstrate sound ethical judgment and respect of others that is grounded in Christian principles of reason and justice.  

Research Interests

Dr. Reger’s area of research involves the study of the influence of exercise on myocardial protection in a model of spontaneous hypertension, and the influence of spirituality on the management of childhood obesity.  Her collaborative research in the field of cardiovascular physiology has been published in a variety of peer reviewed journals and she has presented her research at both regional and national conferences.

Original Research

  • Reger PO, Kolwicz SC, Libonati JR.  Acute exercise exacerbates ischemia-induced diastolic rigor in hypertensive myocardium.  SpringerPlus 2012, 1:46.
  • Kolwicz SC, MacDonnell SM, Renna BF, Reger PO, Seqqat R, Rafiq K, Kendrick ZV, Houser SR, Sabri A, Libonati JR.  Left ventricular remodeling with exercise in hypertension.  Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol. 2009 Oct; 297(4):H1361-8. Epub 2009 Aug 7.
  • MacDonnell SM, Kubo H, Harris DM, Chen X, Berretta R, Barbe MF, Kolwicz S, Reger PO, Eckhart A, Renna BF, Koch WJ, Houser SR, Libonati JR.  Calcineurin inhibition normalizes beta-adrenergic responsiveness in the spontaneously hypertensive rat.  Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol. 2007 Nov; 293(5):H3122-9. Epub 2007 Sep 7.
  • Renna BF, MacDonnell SM, Reger PO, Crabbe DL, Houser SR, Libonati JR.  Relative systolic dysfunction in female spontaneously hypertensive rat myocardium.  J Appl Physiol. 2007 Jul;103(1):353-8. Epub 2007 Apr 12.
  • Reger, P.O.  Barbe, M.F., Amin, M., Renna,B.F., Hewston, L.A., MacDonnell, S. M., Houser, and S. R., Libonati, J. R. Myocardial Hypoperfusion/Reperfusion Tolerance With Exercise Training In Hypertension. Journal of Applied Physiology, 100 (2):  541-547, 2006.
  • Renna, B.F., Kubo, H., MacDonnell, S.M.  Crabbe, D.L., Reger, P.O., Houser, SR., and Libonat, J.R. Enhanced Acidotic Myocardial  Ca 2+ Responsiveness with Training in Hypertension.  Med Sci Sports & Exercise, 38(5): 847-855, 2006.
  • MacDonnell, S.M., Kubo, H., Crabbe, D.L., Renna, B. F., Reger, P.O., Mohara, J., Smithwick, L.A. Koch, W.J., Houser, S.R., and Libonati, J.R..  Improved Myocardial Beta-Adrenergic Responsiveness and Signaling with Exercise Training in Hypertension.  Circulation 111:  3264-3272, 2005.

Professional Presentations

  • “Acute Exercise Worsens Myocardial Ischemia-Reperfusion Tolerance in Hypertension.” American College of Sports Medicine’s Conference on Integrative Physiology of Exercise, Indianapolis, IN, September 29, 2006.
  • “Myocardial Hypoperfusion/Reperfusion Tolerance with Exercise Training in Hypertension.”  Student-Faculty Research Symposium, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, December 1, 2005.
  • “Compensatory Hypertrophy Secondary to Pressure and Volume Overload Improves Myocardial Hypoperfusion/Reperfusion Tolerance.”Annual Meeting of American College of Sports Medicine, Nashville, TN, June, 2005.
  • “Exercise Training and Coronary Resistance in Spontaneously Hypertensive Rats.” Annual Meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine, Indianapolis, IN, May, 2004.

Article in Review

  • Kolwicz, S., MacDonnell, S.M., Renna, B.F., Reger, P.O., Seqqat, R., Rafiq, K., Kendrick, Z., Houser, S.R., and Libonati, J.R.  Left ventricular remodeling with exercise in hypertension.  American Journal of Physiology Heart and Circulation (in review).

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