Arlette C. Perry


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Arlette Perry joined the University of Miami faculty and became Director of the Laboratory of Clinical and Applied Physiology (formerly known as Human Performance and Research Laboratory) in 1981. She is currently the chair of the Kinesiology and Sport Sciences Department. Perry holds a secondary appointment in the School of Medicine’s Department of Internal Medicine. Her research focuses on cardiovascular physiology (reducing metabolic risk factors), obesity prevention, women’s health, and pediatrics. A former secondary school teacher, Perry earned a Ph.D. in exercise physiology from New York University and is a certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist. She received the Florida’s Governor Award for Outstanding Achievement in the field of Physical Fitness. Perry serves as a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and The Obesity Society. In addition, she serves as a reviewer for several professional journals including Obesity Research, Journal of Sports Nutrition, Journal of Pediatrics, and the American Heart Journal.

Dr. Perry has been the principal investigator of several clinical trials designed to examine the impact of pharmacological agents on weight loss in both adults and adolescents. She has also examined and published research on diet and exercise for weight loss including cross continental research examining "A Comparison of Health and Fitness-Related Variables in a Small Sample of Children of Japanese Descent on Two Continents," published in Archives of Pediatric Adolescent Medicine. Dr. Perry’s article “The Relationship Between Cardiometabolic and Hemostatic Variables: Influence of Race” was selected for Web audiocasting and archived podcasting worldwide by the Endocrinology Edition of the Cardiometabolic E-Journal Club. Dr. Perry’s most current research focuses upon the Translational Health in Nutrition and Kinesiology (THINK) program in which she received funding to partner with the YMCA in promoting increased personal health and fitness levels in elementary school children.


Perry, A. and Martin, L. (2015) Redefining the Metabolic Syndrome: Contribution of Inflammatory and Sex Steroidal Antecedents. Medical Research Archives. 2(9): 1-6.

Cutrono, S.E., Lewis, J.E., Perry, A.C., Signorile, J.F., Tiozzo, E., Jacobs, K.A. (2015) The effect of a community-based exercise program on inflammation, metabolic risk and fitness levels among persons living with HIV/AIDS. AIDS and Behavior. 20(5): 1123- 1131

Martin, L., Signorile, J.F., Kahn, B.E., Perkins, A.W., Ahn, S., Perry, A.C. Improving exercise adherence and physical measures in English-speaking Latina women. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities. (4): 517-526. Perry, A. and Martin, L. (2014). Race Differences in Obesity and its Relationship to the Sex Hormone Milieu (Invited review). Horm Mol Biol Clin Investig. 19(3):151-161.

Vance, D., Chen, G., Stoutenberg, M., Myerburg, R., Jacobs, K., Nathanson, L., Perry, A., Seo, D., Goldschmidt-Clermont, P., and Rampersaud, E. (2014). Cardiac Performance, Biomarkers And Gene Expression Studies In Previously Sedentary Men Participating In Half Marathon Training. BMC Sports Sci Med Rehabil. 6(1):1-6.

Perry, A. Wang, X., Goldberg, R., Ross, R., Jackson, L. (2013) Androgenic Sex Steroids Contribute to Metabolic Risk Beyond Intra-Abdominal Fat in Overweight/Obese Black and White Women. Obesity. 21(8):1618-1624. Stoutenberg M, Kressler J, Chen GL, Perry AC, Myerburg RJ, Mendez AJ, Signorile JF, Arheart KL, Lewis JE, Jacobs KA. (2012). Aerobic training does not alter CRP in apparently healthy, untrained men. J Sports Med Phys Fitness. 52(1):53-62.

Musto, A., Jacobs, K., Nash, M., Del Rossi, G., Perry, A. (2010) The effects of an incremental approach to 10,000 steps a day on Metabolic Syndrome components in sedentary, overweight women. Journal of Physical Activity, 7(6):737-745.

Perry, A., Wang, X., Goldberg, R., Ross, R., Ip, L. (2010) Racial disparities between the sex steroid milieu and the metabolic risk profile. Journal of Obesity, Article ID 174652. doi: 10.1155/2010/174652

Wang, X., Perry, A.C., Elbaum, B.E., Burnett, K.F. and Swaminathan, H. (2009) ‘Psychometric properties of a scale to measure menopause-related symptoms in two ethnicities’, Climacteric: 12: 341- 351.

Perry A., Wang X., Kuo Y.T. (2008). Anthropometric correlates of Cardiometabolic Variables in a tri-racial sample of overweight, obese women. Ethnicity and Disease. 18:163-168.

Perry, A.C., Wang, X., Goldberg, R., Ross, R., Jackson, L. (2008). The relationship between cardiometabolic and hemostatic variables: Influence of race. Metabolism Clinical and Experimental. 57;2:200-206.

Robert Berkowitz, MD, Ken Fujioka, MD, Stephen Daniels, MD, PhD, Arlette Perry, PhD, Stanford Owen, MD, Melinda Sothern, PhD, Alison Hoppin, MD, Julia Walch, Olga Jasinsky, MBA, Ann Hewkin, MSc and Vicky Blakesley, MD, PhD. for the Sibutramine Adolescent Study Group (2006). Effects of Sibutramine Treatment in Obese Adolescents: A Randomized Trial. Annals of Internal Medicine. 145(2): 81-90.

Wang, X. and Perry, A.C. (2006). Metabolic and physiological responses to video game play in a group of 7-10 year-old boys. Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine. 160; 411-415.

Perry, A., Rosenblatt, E., & Wang, X. (2004). Physical, Behavioral, and Body Image Characteristics in a Tri-racial Group of Adolescent Girls. Obesity Research 12:1670- 1679.

Solano, M.P., Perry, A.C., Wang, X., Ross, R., and Goldberg, R.B. (2003). Insulin resistance but not visceral adipose tissue is associated with plasminogen activator inhibitor type 1 levels in overweight and obese premenopausal African-American women. International Journal of Obesity Related Metabolic Disorders. 27(1):82-87.

Bond Brill, J., Perry, A.C., L. Parker, Robinson A. and Burnett K. (2002). Dose- response effect of walking exercise on weight loss. How much is enough? International Journal of Obesity 26,(11):1484-1493.

Perry, A.C., Rosenblatt, E.S., Kempner, L., Feldman, B.B., Paolercio, M.A., and Van Bemden, A.L. (2002). The Effects of an Exercise Physiology Program on Physical Fitness Variables, Body Satisfaction and Physiology Knowledge. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 16(2); 219-226.

Perry, A.C., Okuyama, T., Tanaka, K.A., Signorile, J.F., Kaplan, T.A., Wang, X. (2002). "A Comparison of Health and Fitness-Related Variables in a Small Sample of Children of Japanese Descent on Two Continents". Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine. 156;(1546):362-368.

Perry, A.C., Applegate, E.B., Jackson, M.L., Ross, R.J., Goldberg, R.M., Kempner, L. and Feldman, B.B. (2000). Can visceral adipose tissue and its anthropometric surrogates predict health-related outcomes in overweight women: The case for racial differences. Journal of Applied Physiology. 89;636-643.

Marquez-Sterling, S., Perry, A.C., Kaplan, T.A., Halberstein, R.A., Signorile, J.F. (2000). Physical and psychological changes with vigorous exercise in sedentary primigravidae. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. 32:58-62.


Dr. Perry has received a $100,000 grant from the Sherman Fairchild Foundation to teach children about exercise physiology, nutrition, health and fitness as part of her Translational Health In Nutrition and Kinesiology (THINK) program. The THINK program combines education in nutrition and kinesiology with hands-on clinical learning experiences related to a particular theme and follows up with relevant physical activities designed to improve the health and fitness of students.

Worksite Metabolic Syndrome (MetS) Study – Dr. Perry received a $4,700 Citizens Board grant to examine the effects of two different types of high intensity interval training (HIIT) on University of Miami employees possessing one or more risk factors for the MetS. Dr. Perry will also compare both HIIT programs to a Wellness Video Game Program and to a control group. Dr. Perry’s doctoral student, who is also a Fullbright Scholar, developed the idea of comparing aerobic HIIT to resistance HIIT on MetS components, body composition, and quality of life and will be leading the training program beginning January, 2017.

Dr. Perry is currently developing an applied STEM summer program designed to teach high school students interested in STEM about Neurocognitive Physiology and Kinesiology. Students will receive didactic theory in Kinesiology, hands-on clinical experiences an research opportunities during a 4-week summer program designed to prepare students, primarily women and minorities, for STEM professions rooted in the applied sciences.

View her work in the press: 2006, 2011, and 2014

Book Chapters and Position Statements
Perry, A. and Lorena Martin (2016). Redefining the Metabolic Syndrome: Influence of Inflammatory and Sex Steroidal Antecedents In (N.Hayes, Ed) Metabolic Syndrome. Science Medicine Groups Open Access eBooks

Perry, A. (2007). The Physiology of Exercise, Physical Fitness, and Cardiovascular Endurance Training. Hyde T Ed., and Gengenbach, MS., Conservative Management of Sport Injuries. 2nd ed. pp.23-57.

Perry, A., LaPerriere, A., and Klimas, N. (2003). Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). In J.L. Durstine. (Ed.). Exercise Management for Persons with Chronic Diseases and Disabilities/American College of Sports Medicine. 2nd Ed. Ch. 26 (pp. 173- 179). IL: Human Kinetics.

Mosher, P. and Perry, A. (1988). Laboratory Workbook in Exercise Physiology. Coral Gables, FL: Human Performance Lab, University of Miami. Perry, A. (1987, September). The workout of the future. SHAPE, 106:172.

Signorile, J.F., Kacsik, D., Perry, A., Robertson, B., Williams, R., Lowensteyn, I., Digel, S. and Caruso, J.F. (1996). The effect of knee and foot position on the electromyographical activity of the superficial quadriceps. In Moss, R.I., Ed., Athletic Training: Sports Health Care Perspectives. Chicago: Mosby-Year Book Inc.

Turocy PS, DePalma BD, Horswill CA, Laquale KM, Martin TJ, Perry AC, Somova MJ, and Utter AC (2011). National Athletic Trainers Association Position Statement: Safe Weight Loss and Management Practices in Sport and Exercise. Journal of Athletic Training 46: 322-336.