Vernon Barnes

Vernon Barnes

Academic Appointment(s)

Medical College of Georgia
Department of Medicine: Georgia Prevention Institute

Emeritus Faculty

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  • (706) 721-7150
  • HS 1724


  • Ph.D., Physiology, General Maharishi University of Manage, 1996

  • BS, Computer Science. University of Calgary, 1973

Awards & Honors

  • Listed in Who’s Who in America and Who's Who in Science and Engineering 2015

  • Special Interest Group Investigator Research Award Society of Behavioral Medicine Complementary and Alternative Medicine , 2008

  • Director of Education Research Williams LifeSkills, 2003

Courses Taught Most Recent Academic Year

  • PEDS 5086

    Intro to Ped Hth Prom-Dise


Selected Recent Publications

  • Transcendental Meditation and treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder, 2018
    Journal Article, Professional Journal
  • Education of Physicians and Implementation of a Formal Referral System Can Improve Cardiac Rehabilitation Referral and Participation Rates after Percutaneous Coronary Intervention, 2015
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Functional representation of vision within the mind: A visual consciousness model based in 3D default space, 2015
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Obesity is associated with more activated neutrophils in African American male youth, 2015
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Scientific Research on Maharishi's Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi Program: Collected Papers , 2015

Research Interests

My research evaluated the effectiveness of stress reduction techniques in the treatment of elevated blood pressure and associated preclinical markers of cardiovascular disease in youth. Research highlights: Contributed to studies with mind-body medicine: The mechanism of blood pressure lowering effects with Transcendental Meditation was proposed based on findings with adults. This study was followed up in a school-based study with prehypertensive African American adolescents, that reported and improved school behavior, reduced resting and ambulatory blood pressure and reduced cardiovascular reactivity and left ventricular mass in adolescents at risk for hypertension practicing the Transcendental Meditation program. We were able to demonstrate that a school-based meditation program could be successful in lowering blood pressure in normotensive 12 year-olds. A later study with prehypertensive adolescents reported reduced blood pressure and sodium retention and the importance of family influences on meditation efficacy. Studies on childhood obesity: Our studies with childhood obesity reported findings on the association of adiposity and cardiovascular reactivity in adolescents that was published in the International Journal of Obesity. These findings were followed up with a school-based mindfulness-based eating awareness training for overweight adolescents that showed improved diet and exercise habits. A later study examined ethnicity and socioeconomic status on cardiovascular reactivity in youth. We were the first to measure stress levels and hemodynamics in adolescents with family members deployed in the Iraq War and the first to report on anger, anxiety and blood pressure changes with a school-based anger management program for adolescents. We recently reported on an in-patient program to increase bicycle helmet use in youth for prevention of traumatic brain injury. Recent findings with Transcendental Meditation and PTSD in active duty military service members has been published in Military Medicine.

Professional Service

  • American Biological Psychology 2015 - Present

    Role: Reviewer
  • American Journal of Hypertension 2015 - Present

    Role: Reviewer
  • Annals of Behavioral Medicine 2015 - Present

    Role: Reviewer
  • BioMed Central Public Health 2015 - Present

    Role: Reviewer
  • British Medical Journal 2015 - Present

    Role: Reviewer