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Caitlin Ann Cheruka is an instructor in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. She came to the University of Pittsburgh Fall of 2019 as a doctoral scholar in Exercise Physiology in the Department of Health and Human Development. She grew up outside of Philadelphia where she previously worked as a Clinical Exercise Physiologist for Penn Medicine. She holds her Master of Science in Clinical Exercise Physiology from East Stroudsburg University and is certified through the American College of Sports Medicine as a Clinical Exercise Physiologist. She graduated from West Chester University in 2016, where she was a former track and cross-country athlete for four seasons. She is an advocate for exercise is medicine. Her research interests include studying how vinyasa yoga, a moderate intensity form of yoga, can be used to treat sleep disorders and improve cardiometabolic risk factors.


Department of Community Health Services and Rehabilitation Science


Undergraduate Program in Rehabilitation Science

Education & Training

  • PhD, University of Pittsburgh (expected graduation Spring 2023) – Exercise Physiology
  • MS, East Stroudsburg University – Clinical Exercise Physiology (2017)
  • BS, West Chester University of Pennsylvania – Exercise Science, Pre-Physical Therapy Track (2016)


  • Michael L. Pollock Student Scholarship – American College of Sports Medicine, 2022
  • Graduate Research Assistantship, 2019-Present
  • Certificate of Recognition from the City of Baltimore, 2018
  • Graduate Assistantship, 2016 – 2017
  • Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Scholar, 2012 – 2015

Research Interests

  • Yoga to improve sleep disorders (insomnia)
  • The effects of yoga to help improve heart rate variability and cardiometabolic risk factors
  • Exercise in clinical populations (cardiovascular disease and cancer)
  • Exercise as medicine