Vernon A. Barnes

Georgia Health Sciences University, USA


Vernon A. Barnes, a holder of the Ph.D. degree, is a Research Scientist at the Georgia Prevention Institute of the Medical College of Georgia, Georgia Health Sciences University, Augusta, Ga, USA, where he currently holds a full-time nontenured faculty position as an Assistant Professor. In 1999, Dr. Barnes received a Scientist Development Grant from the American Heart Association to examine the impact of transcendental meditation in prehypertensive adolescents. He has been the Project Director and Coinvestigator of the NIH/NHLBI study of the impact of stress reduction on blood pressure control in prehypertensive African American adolescents. Dr. Barnes’ research interests focus upon the effects of behavioral stress reduction, including meditation, in the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease. He has completed a number of studies of the long-term effects of the meditation on the cardiovascular system in adults. Dr. Barnes served as an Ad Hoc Reviewer for the NHLBI Clinical and Integrative Cardiovascular Science (CICS) and NCCAM study sections, and he has served as a reviewer for medical journals in the area of mind-body and behavioral medicine. He has written or coauthored 20 journal articles related to meditation. He is a recipient of the American Psychosomatic Society Scholar Award for his work with transcendental meditation and blood pressure in adolescents and an Investigator Research Award from the Society of Behavioral Medicine Complementary and Alternative Medicine Special Interest Group. Dr. Barnes is a Member of the Society for Behavioral Medicine, the American Psychosomatic Society, American Heart Association, and the International Society of Hypertension in Blacks. He is a regular ad hoc reviewer for 25 journals. His citation index rating is approximately 12, based on more than 640 citations.

Biography Updated on 26 December 2012

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