Christopher Comer, Dean
Dean & Professor, College of Health Professions & Biomedical Sciences
PT 563 - Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy
Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, School of Allied Health Professions, 1991-1994. M.S. degree in Physical Therapy, 1994.
University of Pittsburgh, 1981-1986. Ph.D. degree in Education & Exercise Physiology, 1986.
Wake Forest University, 1974-1976. M.A. degree in Health & Exercise Science, 1976.
University of Pittsburgh, 1972-1974. B.S. degree in Health & Physical Education, 1974.
Lock Haven State College, 1970-1972.
Exercise and chronic heart failure.
Exercise testing and oxygen kinetics.
Exercise and community-based interventions.
Founding Director, Neural Injury Center.
Field of Study
Humphrey R. Physical inactivity as a pervasive risk factor. International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society (in press).
Egger A, Eichinger J, Oberreiter H, Humphrey R, Niebauer J. Exercise training as an effective therapy for a patient with a left ventricular device. Deutsche Zeitschrift Fur Sportmedizin 2015;66:104-108.
van Buuren F, Horstkotte D, Mellwig KP, Fründ A, Vlachojannis M, Bogunovic N, Zisis Dimitriadis, Vortherms J, Humphrey R, Niebauer J. Electrical myostimulation improves glucose metabolism and oxygen uptake in type 2 diabetes mellitus patients - Results from the EMS study. Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics 2015 Jun;17(6):413-9. doi: 10.1089/dia.2014.0315.
Humphrey R, Malone D. Effectiveness of pre-operative physical therapy for elective cardiac surgery. Physical Therapy 2015; 95:160-166.
Humphrey R, Niebauer J, Guazzi M. Cardiac Rehabilitation in Europe. Progress in CV Diseases 2014;6:551-556.
Arena R, Williams M, Forman D, Cahalin L, Coke L, Myers J, Hamm L, Kris-Etherton P, Humphrey R, Bittner V, Lavie C. Increasing Referral and Partcipation rates to Outpatient Cardiac Rehabilitation: The Valuable Role of Healthcare Professionals in the Inpatient and Home Health Settings: A Science Advisory From the American Heart Association. Circulation published on line ahead of print January 30, 2012.
Humphrey R. Left Ventricular Assist Devices. Encyclopedia of Exercise Medicine in Health and Disease Springer, 2012.
Humphrey R, Tepper S. Addressing Health Care Needs to Reduce Chronic Disease Risk Associated With Obesity. American Physical Therapy Association Issue Brief, November 2008.
Laskin J, Bundy S, Marron H, Moore H, Swanson M, Blair M, Humphrey R. Using a Treadmill for the Six-Minute Walk Test: Reliability and Validity. Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation 2007;27(6):407-410.
Humphrey R. Abdominal obesity and the metabolic syndrome. Acute Care Perspectives 2004 13(4) 1-4.
Humphrey R. Caloric thresholds, clinical and health outcomes: Optimizing exercise intervention programs based on evidence and health intervention priorities. Cardiopulmonary Phys Ther 2003;14(2):14-16.
Arena R, Humphrey R, Peberdy M. Prognostic ability of VE/VCO2 slope calculations using different exercise test time intervals in subjects with heart failure. European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation. 2003;10:463-468.
Kennedy MK, Haykowsky M, Humphrey R. Function, Eligibility, Outcomes and Exercise Capacity Associated with Left Ventricular Assist Devices (LVAD): Exercise rehabilitation and training for patients with ventricular assist devices. Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation. 2003;23:208-217.
Arena R, Humphrey R, Peberdy M, Madigan M. Predicting peak oxygen consumption during a conservative ramping protocol: Implications for the heart failure population. Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation. 2003;23:183-189.
Arena R, Humphrey R, Peberdy M, Madigan M. Comparison of oxygen uptake on-kinetic calculations during submaximal exercise. Journal of Exercise Physiology 2003;6:1-7.
Humphrey R. Editorial: Tai Chi as an adjunct to cardiac rehabilitation exercise training. J Cardiopulmonary Rehabil 2003;23:97-99
Humphrey R. The changing perspective of exercise for patients with chronic heart failure. Acute Care Perspectives 2002;11(2):1-4
Arena R, Humphrey R, Peberdy M, Madigan M. Comparison of oxygen consumption on-kinetic calculations in heart failure. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. 2002;34:1563-1569
Arena, R, Humphrey R, Peberdy M. Relationship between the Minnesota Living With Heart Failure Questionnaire and symptom-limited exercise testing in patients with heart failure: Implications for post-test counseling. J Cardiopulmonary Rehabil 2002;22:272-277.
Arena R, Humphrey R, Peberdy M. Using the Duke Activity Status Index in heart failure. Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation. 2002;22:93-95.
Arena R, Humphrey R. Comparison of ventilatory expired gas parameters used to predict hospitalization in patients with heart failure. American Heart Journal. 2002;143:427-432.
Humphrey R, Bartels M. Exercise, cardiovascular disease and chronic heart failure: A focused review. Arch Phys Med and Rehabil 2001;82 Suppl 1:S76-81.
Humphrey R, Arena R. Surgical innovations for chronic heart failure in the context of cardiopulmonaryrehabilitation. Phys Ther. 2000;80:60-68.
McCall R, Humphrey R. Exercise Training in a young adult late after a Fontan procedure to repair single ventricle physiology. Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation 2001;21(4):227-230.
Arena R, Humphrey R. Measurement of oxygen consumption on-kinetics during exercise: implications for the patient with chronic heart failure. Journal of Cardiac Failure. 2001;7(4):302-310.
Arena R, Humphrey R. Relationship between ventilatory expired gas and cardiac parameters during symptom-limited exercise testing in patients with chronic heart failure. Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation 2001;21: 130-134.
Arena R, Humphrey R. Oxygen uptake kinetics and functional status issues in congestive heart failure: A pilot report. Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy 2000;11(2): 54-57.
Arena, R, Humphrey R, Peberdy M. Safety and efficacy of exercise training in a patient awaiting heart transplantation while on positive intravenous inotropic support. J Cardiopulmonary Rehabil 2000;20(4): 1-3.
Arena R, Humphrey R. Characteristic ventilatory expired gas values in patients with heart failure during exercise testing. Clinical Exercise Physiology 2001;3(1): 17-26.
Arena R, Humphrey R, McCall R. Altered exercise pulmonary function following left ventricular device implantation. J Cardiopulmonary Rehabil 1999;19:344-346.
Humphrey R, Buck L, Cahalin L, Morrone T. Physical therapy assessment and intervention for patients with left ventricular assist devices. Cardiopulmonary Physical Therapy 9(2), 3-7, 1998.
Humphrey R. Cardiopulmonary exercise response in a patient with a left ventricular assist device: Inability of conventional cardiopulmonary exercise testing to identify functional capabilities. Physical Therapy Case Reports 1(4), 172-177, 1998.
Humphrey R. Exercise physiology of left ventricular assist devices. Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation 17:73-73, 1997.
2014 - present Dean & Professor, College of Health Professions & Biomedical Sciences, University of Montana.
Description of responsibilities – Chief administrative officer for the College, which includes the Schools of Pharmacy, Public & Community Health Sciences, Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Science, & Social Work; the Family Practice Residency Program and the Western Montana Area Health Education Center.
2006 - 2014 Professor & Chair, School of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Science, College of Health Professions & Biomedical Sciences, University of Montana.
2012 - 2013 Interim Associate Dean for Planning & Development, College of Health Professions & Biomedical Sciences, University of Montana.
2005 - 2006 Professor, Department of Physical and Occupational Therapy, Kasiska College of Health Professions, Idaho State University.
2002 – 2005 Associate Professor, Department of Physical and Occupational Therapy, Kasiska College of Health Professions, Idaho State University.
2000 – 2002 Associate Professor of Physical Therapy & Physiology, Virginia Commonwealth University, Medical College of Virginia Campus.
1992 - 2000 Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, School of Allied Health Professions, Virginia Commonwealth University, Medical College of Virginia Campus.
1997 – 2002 Joint appointment, Health, Physical Education and Recreation, School of Education, Virgina Commonwealth University.
1996 - 2002 Joint appointment, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, School of Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University, Medical College of Virginia Campus.
1987 - 1991 Assistant Professor of Exercise Science, College of Education, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University.
1986 - 1987 Lecturer in Exercise Science, School of Health, Physical Education & Recreation, University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
1992 – 2002 Clinical Practice, Heart Failure and Transplant Program, Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Programs, Medical College of Virginia Hospital and McGuire Veteran's Administration Medical Center, Richmond, VA.
1987 – 1991 Director, Clinical Exercise Programs, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, Blacksburg, VA.
1986 - 1987 Director, Cardiac Rehabilitation Program, Greensboro Cardiovascular Foundation, Greensboro, NC.
1981 - 1986 Graduate Fellow, Human Energy Research Laboratory; Program Coordinator, Cardiac Rehabilitation Program, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA.
1979 - 1981 Program Director, Cardiac Rehabilitation Institute, Borgess Medical Center and Preventive Medicine Programs, Westside Family Medical Center, Kalamazoo, MI.
1977 - 1979 Coordinator, Exercise Therapy and Testing Laboratory; developed the outpatient cardiac rehabilitation program, William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, MI.
1974 - 1977 Graduate Fellow, Human Performance Laboratory and Cardiac Rehabilitation Program, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC.
As an extension of pilot work at Wake Forest, developed the Raleigh Cardiovascular Foundation, a non-profit community-based exercise testing and cardiac rehabilitation program located in Raleigh, NC.
Cycling, running, snow-shoeing, skiing.