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Paula Seffens, Ph.D.

Paula Seffens
Title: Assistant Professor
Phone: 678-717-3953

Office: Physical Education Building, 103, Gainesville
Areas of Expertise: Online Teaching, Graduate Course Development in Kinesiology, Yoga and Yoga Research, Clinical Exercise Physiology and Cardiac Rehabilitation


Dr. Seffens has over thirty years of comprehensive experience in the field of exercise physiology, cardiology, cardiac rehabilitation, diabetes, exercise leadership and yoga.


  • Ph.D., Kinesiology, Georgia State University, 2009

Research/Special Interests

Dr. Seffens has research and grantsmanship experience in smart and connected technologies, yoga, heart failure, metabolic syndrome, sleep and strategies to increase physical activity.


Calculated Metabolic Equivalents: A Tool for Exercise Prescription Among African American Women. Laura M. Gaydos, Paula R. Pullen, Carol J.R. Hogue, Cheryl Goffney Franklin. Article, Aug 2011, Journal of Women's Health.

Benefits of Yoga for African American Heart Failure Patients. Paula R. Pullen, Walter R. Thompson, Dan Benardot, Bobby V. Khan. Article, Nov 2009, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise.

Effects of Yoga on Inflammation and Exercise Capacity in Patients with Chronic Heart Failure, by P.R. Pullen (2008).  

Penetrating Postures: The Science of Yoga, by P.R. Pullen. Forbes.

Work Experience

2015-present: assistant professor of exercise science- University of North Georgia (UNG), Department Kinesiology.

2009-2013: research instructor- Morehouse School of Medicine, Department of Physiology.

1996-2013: part-time instructor - Georgia State University, Department of Kinesiology and Health.

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