KOULLA M. PARPA, Ph.D., FHEA
Demostheni Severy 2 Dromolaxia, Larnaca, CY
Telephone: 96862404 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Date of Birth: 13/05/1978 Nationality: Greek ________________________________________________________________
1997 Pre-Medical preparation at College International, Budapest, Hungary
2001 B.S., Kinesiology with Specialization in Physiotherapy, Semmelweis University, Hungary, GPA 4.91 out of 5.0
2004 M.S., Exercise Science, University of Arkansas, USA, GPA 4.0 out of 4.0 2008 Graduate Certificate in Educational Statistics and Research
Methods, University of Arkansas, USA, GPA 4.0 out of 4.0
2008 PhD., Exercise Science, University of Arkansas, USA, GPA 4.0 out of 4.0 2016 Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
2017 Associate Fellow of Higher Education Academy 2020 Fellow of Higher Education Academy, PR181612
Effect of High-Intensity Interval Training on HRV in type 2 Diabetics Dissertation Advisor: Professor Barry Brown, PhD
646 Robin Hood Court, Springdale, AR, 72764 Email: email@example.com
2021-now Scientific research consultant at AEK Larnaca’s women team. Providing professional support for the enhancement of physical performance and injury prevention.
2021-now External Examiner for the University of Bolton (degree in sports science and coaching).
2021-now Editorial review board member for the Journal of Sport and Health.
2021-now Reviewer for International Journal of sports science and coaching (impact factor 2020: 2.051).
2018-now Co-Creator, Lecturer, and Course Leader of the MSc in Sport and Exercise Science (with an emphasis in Rehabilitation). Deputy Course Leader and Lecturer of the BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science (leading 6 academics, teaching and moderating 15 modules).
2014-2018 Course leader- LecturerUCLan CY, Department of Sport and Exercise Science. Actively participated and contributed to the creation of new BSc
and MSc programs in sports and exercise science and the approval and validation of both.
-Leader of the team that requested major changes to the BSc program, which was approved and validated in the U.K. and Cyprus. Created new modules that are only offered in Cyprus while at the same time I had to change the subject material, learning outcomes, and assessments in several other modules.
Lecturer at the Department of Pharmacy, University of Nicosia: BIOL 111, Department of Sports Science: SPSC 410, SPSC 117, Intercollege:
CUBT 160 (Diet and Nutrition)
Lecturer at Intercollege Nicosia, University of Nicosia-Cyprus Department of Health Sciences-Sports Science: SPSC-390: Sports Physiotherapy and First Aid, SPSC-117: Therapeutic and Orthopedic gymnastics, SPSC 320: Biomechanics and Kinesiology, SPSC 410: Sports Planning and Analysis, and SPSC 104: Human Anatomy and Physiology, Department of Biology: Pre-dietetics, pre-pharmaceutics, pre-
physiotherapy: BIOL 150: Anatomy and Physiology
2010-2014 Director of a Rehabilitation and Ergo physiology Center Cyprus- Kinesiotherapist- Ergophysiologist
2003- 2009 Intern supervisor, University of Arkansas.
2009 Independent Researcher employed by Arkansas Foundation for Healthcare Research (at Fayetteville Public Schools)
2007-2009 Health and Wellness Program Coordinator, Fayetteville Public Schools.
2005-2006 Health and Wellness Program Coordinator, Fayetteville City
Employees (Performed lipid profile and glucose determinations in whole blood using the CardioChekTM device).
2005-2006 Exercise physiology lab assistant (Measuring the GSH/GSSG ratio in pathological tissues of hamsters, protein extraction and determination in mice tissues).
2003-2005 Health and Wellness Program Coordinator, Fayetteville Fire Department.
2002-2003 Water aerobics Instructor, University of Arkansas.
2002-2003 Physical Education Teacher, Springdale Elementary Schools, Arkansas.
2001-2002 Personal trainer: Developed aquatic exercise programs for the obese and elderly population.
1999-2001 Physiotherapy assistant: Worked under the supervision of physical therapists (electrical stimulation, paraffin baths, traction, and ultrasound, trained on PNF and neurodevelopment techniques).
2000-2001 Exercise physiology lab GA: Worked at KSI (Central School of Sports) performing exercise testing and fitness assessments on elite Hungarian athletes.
Lecturer and Course Leader
2018-now Lecturer and Course Leader of the MSc in Sport and Exercise Science (with an emphasis in Rehabilitation). Deputy Course Leader and Lecturer of the BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science.
Modules Taught: introduction to biology, sports biomechanics, applied anatomy for sport and exercise science, applied physiology for sport and exercise science, health and fitness, advanced methods in performance assessment and conditioning, research methods for sports, exercise, and nutritional sciences.
CourseLeader and Lecturer at UCLan C.Y., Department of Sport and Exercise Science.
2013-2014 Lecturer at the University of Nicosia at four different departments.
Departments of Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Pre-Medicine and Sports Science.
Lecturer at Intercollege-Larnaca.
2012-2013 Lecturer at the University of Nicosia: SPSC-390 (Sports Physiotherapy and First Aid), SPSC 320 (Biomechanics and Kinesiology), SPSC 105 (Human Anatomy and Physiology), SPSC 410 (Performance planning and Analysis), SPSC 117 (Therapeutic and orthopedic gymnastics), SPSC 104: Human Anatomy and Physiology, BIOL 150 (Introduction to anatomy and physiology).
2011-2012 Lecturer at Intercollege-Nicosia-Cyprus: SPSC-390 (Sports
Physiotherapy, First aid & CPR), SPSC-117 (Orthopedic and Therapeutic gymnastics), SPSC 320 (Biomechanics and Kinesiology of Sports), SPSC 104 (Human anatomy), SPSC 410 (Performance planning and Analysis)
2008 Guest lecturer on "EKG testing and interpretation," Fayetteville High School.
2007 Guest lecturer on "Nutrition for Exercise and Sport" department of HESC 2005 Lecturer at the Firefighters Professional Wellness Certification Workshop,
2002 Physical Education Teacher: Springdale Elementary public School, Arkansas, USA (1 year).
Presentations and Published Abstracts (Scientific Conferences only)
Hickey, C.M., Michaelides, M., Parpa, K., Hurst, S., & Riggs, C.E., FACSM. (2004) Effect of high-intensity exercise on oxidation of fatty acids in mice with enzyme deficiency. CSCACSM Annual Meeting, Kansas City, MO.
Brown, B., Parpa, K., Jurney, L., Gorman, D., Langsner, S., Hunt, S., & DiBrezzo, R.
(2004). The physical attributes required of firefighters are similar to athletes and can be developed in a relatively short time period using incentive programs. Presented at the 10th World Sport for All Congress, Rome, Italy.
Brown, S. B., Jurney, L., Parpa, K., Kreider, L. K., Michaelides, M., Thompson, B.
(2005). Physiological stress among firefighters and its relationship to selected components of fitness. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 37:5.
Parpa, K., & Brown, S. B. (2005). Prevalence of fibromyalgia in the workplace with associated symptoms and patterns of activity. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 37:5.
Parpa, K., Brown, C., Brown, S. B., (2006). Symptomatic limitations affecting the prescription of exercise for fibromyalgia patients. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 38:5.
Parpa, K., Michaelides, M., Kreider, L. D., Brown, S. B. (2007). Prediction of physical maturation from testosterone levels, height, and physical activity levels. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 39:5.
Michaelides, M., Parpa, K., Thompson, B., Brown, S. B. (2007). Predicting performance on firefighter's ability test from fitness parameters. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 39:5.
Michaelides, M., Pavlovic A., Parpa, K., Brown, S. B (2008). The Effect of Body Fat Percentage on Firefighter's Job Performance and Fitness Level. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 40:5.
Parpa, K., Scott, M., Michaelides, M., Brown, S. B (2008). Participation Rate in a Wellness Program and Fitness Status of Public-School Employees. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 40:5
Parpa, koulla M.; Michaelides, Marcos A.; and Brown, Barry (2009) "Interval Training and Heart Rate Variability (HRV) in Type 2 Diabetic Patients.," International Journal of Exercise Science: Conference Abstract Submissions: Vol. 2: Iss. 1, Article 26.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/ijesab/vol2/iss1/26
Michaelides, Marcos A.; Parpa, koulla M.; and Brown, Barry (2009) "The Effects of Abdominal Strength on Firefighting Ability," International Journal of Exercise Science:
Conference Abstract Submissions: Vol. 2: Iss. 1, Article 27.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/ijesab/vol2/iss1/27
Parpa, K. Effect of High-Intensity Interval Training on Older Women with Diabetes.
Association for Gerontology in Higher Education's 36th Annual Meeting and Educational Leadership Conference, Cincinnati, OH, March 17–20, 2011.
Parpa, K., Michaelides, M., Hadjicharalambous, M. Peak torques of the quadriceps and hamstring muscles of professional soccer players participating in different levels.
University of Nicosia-Cyprus, Department of Life and Health Sciences, International conference of Sports Science, Oral presentation. Liverpool, July 2011.
Michaelides, M., Parpa, K. Assessment of Physical Performance Alternation Due to Pre- seasonal Training in Elite Football League Players. ECSS-AMSTERDAM- 2014. 2192.
Michaelides, M., Parpa K. Assessment of isokinetic knee strength and its relationship with vertical jump and power in youth basketball players. MALMO-SWEDEN 2015
Parpa, K., Michaelides M. Age-related differences in Countermovement Vertical Jump in basketball players 13-18 Years Old: comparison with elite basketball players.
MALMO-SWEDEN 2015 ACCEPTED -MINI-ORAL
Michaelides, M, Koulla, P, Evripidoy, D, Zacharia, A. Petousis, C. Fitness parameters in professional football players among different divisions. Oral presentation, 2016, ECSS, Vienna, Austria
Parpa, K., & Michaelides, M. Peak torques and hamstring to quadriceps ratio in professional soccer, futsal, and basketball players. E-poster presentation, 2016, ECSS, Vienna, Austria
Parpa, K, Michaelides, M, Ioannou, Christopher. Peak torques of quadriceps and hamstring muscles of soccer players participating in different levels in Cyprus and detection of lower limb asymmetries. E-poster presentation, 2017, ECSS,
Michaelides M., Parpa K., Zacharia A. Assessing changes in aerobic fitness measures over the preseason-training phase in professional football players. Oral presentation, ECSS 2018, Dublin.
Parpa, K., Michaelides, M., Nikolaou, S., Zacharia, A. Differences in performance parameters between Cypriot and foreign players participating in first division in Cyprus.
E-poster presentation, ACSS 2018, Dublin.
Parpa, K., Michaelides, M. The effect of the transition period on the anthropometric and performance parameters in elite female soccer players. E-poster presentation, ECSS 2019, Prague.
Refereed Publications (Full manuscript)
Michaelides, M., Parpa, K., Thompson, B., Brown, S. B. (2008). Predicting performance on firefighter's ability test from fitness parameters. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 79(4), 468-475.
Parpa, K., Michaelides, M., Brown, B. (2009). Effect of high-intensity interval training on heart rate variability in type 2 diabetic patients. Journal of Exercise Physiology Online, 12(4), 23-29.
Michaelides, M., Parpa, K., Henry, J., Thompson, B., Brown, B. (2010). Assessment of Physical Fitness Aspects and Their Relationship to Firefighters' Job Abilities. J Strength Cond Res, 25(4), 956-65.
Riggs, C., Michaelides, M., Parpa, K., Smith-Blair, N. (2010). The effects of aerobic interval training on the left ventricular morphology and function of VLCAD-deficient mice. Eur J Appl Physiol, 110(5), 915-23.
Michaelides, M., Parpa, K., Zacharia, A (2018). Pre-season maximal aerobic power in professional soccer players among different divisions. Journal of Strength and
Conditioning. J Strength Cond Res, 32 (2): 356–363.
Koulla Parpa and Marcos Michaelides (2017). Peak Isokinetic Torques of Football Players Participating in Different Levels in Cyprus and Lower Limb Asymmetries Journal of Sports Science, (5): 250-255. DOI: 10.17265/2332-7839/2017.05.003
Parpa, K., Michaelides, M. (2018). Differences in anthropometric measures and
performance profiles between Cypriot and foreign players participating in first division in Cyprus. International Journal of Sport, Exercise and Health Research, 2(2):106-110.
Michaelides, M., Parpa, K., Zacharia, A. (2018). Pre-season maximal aerobic power in professional soccer players among different divisions. J Strength Cond Res, 32 (2): 356–
363. DOI: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000001810.
Michaelides, M., Parpa, K., Zacharia, A. (2019). Assessment of lower body and abdominal strength in professional soccer players. J Hum Kinet, 30 (70):15-2 DOI:
10.2478/hukin-2019-0035 Impact Factor 2.193 (2020)
Parpa, K., & Michaelides, M. (2020). The effect of the transition period on performance parameters in elite female soccer players. International Journal of Sports Medicine, 1(8):528-532. DOI: 10.1055/a-1103-2038. Impact Factor 3.118 (2020)
Michaelides, M., Parpa, K., Zacharia, A. (2021). The effects of an 8-week pre-seasonal training on the aerobic fitness of professional soccer players. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 35(10):2783-2789. doi: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000003209.
Impact Factor 3.775 (2020)
Parpa KM, Michaelides MM (2021). The Effect of Full Turnout Gear and
Weighted Vest on Firefighter’s Responses During an Ability Test. European Journal of Experimental Biology, 11(5):136 ICV value- 85.35
Parpa K, Michaelides, M. The impact of COVID-19 lockdown on professional soccer players’ body composition and physical fitness. Biol Sport. 2021;38(4):733–740 Impact Factor 2.806 (2020)
Parpa, K & Michaelides, M. (2021). Anthropometric characteristics and aerobic performance of professional soccer players based on playing position and age. Human Movement. (HUMMOV-00629-2021-04). Accepted.
Parpa, K & Michaelides, M. (2021). Maximal Aerobic Power Using the Modified Heck Protocol: Prediction Models. IJSM-04-2021-9012-tt. Under review -International Journal of Sports Medicine
Parpa, K & Michaelides, M. (2021). The effect of COVID-19 infection on aerobic capacity of soccer players. Under review
Petrov D, Michaelides, M, and Parpa, K (2021). External load seasonal variations and positional differences in elite soccer player. IJSM-10-2021-9319-tt. Under review- International journal of Sports Medicine.
Seminars, training, workshops, and events (organization and participation).
April 4th-6th, 2017:COST Action training on zinc biology in Oviedo (Spain).
April 2018: Seminar in professional soccer players' performance with Antonis Kezos.
March 15, 2019: represented UCLan Cyprus at the first conference on sports
management organized by AnPaNi organization. The event was on TV channels and newspapers.
April 2019: Seminar on functional training techniques with Jim Ferris, Founder of GYM Ferris Fitness.
September 2019: Co-organized the Be-Active Seminar (secured funding through KOA).
July 2019: Participated in an international conference in Prague.
October 23, 2019: organized a seminar on internal and external loading in professional football players (Leonidas Papadakis).
November 2019: Seminar organization in collaboration with the business department with regards to social media awareness.
June 2019: Participated in a 2-day training on EMG at Delsy's headquarters, Manchester.
September 2020: Participated in Virtual Biomechanics symposium.
October 13, 2020: Represented UCLan Cyprus at the Second Conference on Sports Management organized by AnPaNi organization. The event was on every TV channel and newspapers.
March 3, 2021: Participated in Exercise is Medicine symposium.
March 3, 2021, online Seminar: Current Methodologies in Human Integrative
Physiology: Pitfalls and Perspectives. Area: Sports and Exercise Medicine and Health.
March 10, 2021, online webinar: Renewed Interest in Muscle Typology of Elite Athlete.
Area: Applied Sports Science.
April 7, 2021, online webinar: The Art of Ultrasound for Imaging Muscle-tendon Architecture Changes. Area: Biomechanics and Motor Control.
April 8, 2021, online interactive workshop: Safeguarding children and youth in sports for development organizations.
April 9th, 2021: online seminar: Η στατιστική επιστήμη στα σχολεία: παρόν και μέλλον.
April 9, 2021: Completed the peer review course. The following modules were covered:
(1) What to expect from a peer review course; (2) Introduction to the certified peer reviewer course; (3) How to get involved (4) Why get involved in peer review; (5) How to peer review a review article; (6) Diversity in peer review; (7) Ethics responsibilities for peer reviewers (researcheracademy.elsevier.com).
April 10, 2021: Completed every module within Fundamentals of manuscript preparation.
The following modules were covered: (1) How to prepare your manuscript; (2)
Structuring your article; (3) How to write an abstract and improve your article; (4) How to effectively manage your references (researcheracademy.elsevier.com).
April 10, 2021: Completed every module within the Fundamentals of publishing: The following modules were covered: (1) Ten reasons to get and use an ORCID ID; (2) The
journal publishing cycle; (3) Making sense of science stories; (4) The origins of scientific publishing; (5) Gender bias in academic publishing (researcheracademy.elsevier.com).
April 11, 2021: Completed every module within Research collaborations. The following modules were covered: (1) How to produce highly visible research: Useful tips for researchers; (2) The key to successful academic collaborations; (3) Making academia- industry collaborations work (researcheracademy.elsevier.com).
May 5, 2021, online webinar: The female athlete-when sex hormones matter. Area:
Physiology and Nutrition.
June 9, 2021, ECSS webinar on COVID-19: Psychology, social sciences and humanities.
September 9, 2021: Online course: Physics of Life 2: Biomechanics (1: thermodynamics, 2: biomechanics, 3: fluids, 4: wave phenomenon).
September 28th, 2021: Organization of the Be-Active event: The event addressed the physiological, psychological, and nutritional impact of COVID-19 confinement and indicated ways to manage that negative impact.
October 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th, 2021: Organization of workshops for our existing students:
Circuit training, Les Mills, workshop, Tabata-HIIT and body pump workshops.
Specialized personnel presented those at the University.
October 11th, 2021: Part of the panel during the Press conference of PASP. Physical and psychological health of retired soccer players. Press conference was on every TV channel and newspapers.
October 20th, 2021: Attended the 3rd Conference on Sports Management organized by AnPaNi organization. The event was on every TV channel and newspapers.
October 27th, 2021: Participated in an online webinar of ECSS: Perspectives on the future of carbohydrate research in sports and Exercise sciences.
Awards and Grants
2001 Outstanding Comprehensive State Exam (CSE: 5/5), June 15 2003 Outstanding Master's student award, University of Arkansas.
2003 FEMA grant (Federal Emergency Management Agency $105,000) 2005 Travel grants ($1000).
2006 Travel grants ($1000).
2007-2008 Donald R. Miller Endowed scholarship.
2007 Travel grants ($1000).
2013-2009 Donald R. Miller Endowed scholarship
2013 Personal grant from the Ministry of Energy, Commerce Industry and Tourism (34.000 euro) to support the development of a Physiotherapy and Ergophysiology Center in Larnaca, Cyprus.
2017 Cyprus representative in the management committee of COST Action TD 1304 (zinc biology).
The British Association of sport and exercise science American College of Sports Medicine
National Scholars Honors Society Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society
Board Member of the Arkansas Foundation for Healthcare Research
ECSS member since 2011
Member of the Research Centre for Applied Sport Physical Activity and Performance since 2020.