Dr Jenna Taylor

Lecturer in Clinical Exercise Physi

School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
+61 7 336 56768


Dr Jenna L. Taylor obtained her PhD in Exercise Physiology from The University of Queensland in 2019 as an NHMRC postgraduate research scholar. She then completed a 3-year postdoctoral research fellowship in the United States at The Mayo Clinic with the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine. She is now a Lecturer in Clinical Exercise Physiology with the School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences at UQ and heads up the Physiology and Ultrasound Laboratory for Science and Exercise (PULSE). Her interest in cardiovascular disease stems from her clinical experience as an exercise physiologist and dietitian working within the cardiac rehabilitation program at The Wesley Hospital. Broadly, her research interests involve the effect of exercise training and intensity on improving cardiovascular and brain health, in the settings of healthy ageing and risk reduction for cardiovascular disease and vascular dementia. She is currently the PI on an NIH-funded Clinical Trial (1R21AG073726) investigating the influence of exercise training and intensity on cognitive function and cerebral blood flow regulation in patients with cardiovascular disease.

Research Interests

  • Exercise Physiology
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Vascular health and ageing
  • Cardiorespiratory fitness
  • Cardiac rehabilitation

Research Impacts

Translation into Practice

With a strong clinical background, translation of research findings into practice is an important focus of Dr Taylor's research. While Dr Taylor is an early-career researcher, to enhance translation of her work into practice, several of her publications have focused on practical applications and stratgies for clinicians in delivering high intensity exercise in cardiac rehabilitation and other clinical populations.

These publications include:

  • Guidelines for the delivery and monitoring of high intensity interval training in clinical populations published in the high-ranking Cardiology journal, Progress in Cardiovascular Disease. This publication provides clinician guidelines to improve the delivery of high intensity interval training in cardiometabolic populations using 1) a framework for HIIT prescription using a combination of objective and subjective measures of exercise intensity, and 2) clinical considerations for assessment and monitoring to maximize patient safety. The framework involves an individualized step-by-step process to calculate, validate, and calibrate heart rate target zones for high intensity interval training to allow for appropriate workload prescription and progression.
  • Practical guidelines for exercise prescription in patients with chronic heart failure, which was an invited review for Heart Failure Reviews. This publication provides practical guidelines for optimizing exercise prescription in patients with chronic heart failure, including specific strategies for common clinical considerations such as medications, implantable devices, exercise-induced ischemia, and/or frailty.
  • Adherence to High-Intensity Interval Training in Cardiac Rehabilitation: A REVIEW AND RECOMMENDATIONS, which was invited review published in the profession-specific journal Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention. This publication provides recommendations for researchers in the measurement and reporting of adherence to high intensity interval training and other exercise interventions to facilitate a sufficient and consistent approach for future studies. Furthermore, the publication provides clinicians with specific strategies to improve adherence, feasibility, and enjoyment of high intensity interval training for their patients.
  • Optimizing Outcomes in Cardiac Rehabilitation: The Importance of Exercise Intensity, which was published in the high-ranking Cardiology journal, Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine. A key focus of this publication is to provide clinically-relevant recommendations and strategies to optimize prescription of exercise intensity while maximizing safety in patients attending cardiac rehabilitation programs.


  • Alumni, Sports Dietitians of Australia, Sports Dietitians of Australia
  • Member, Exercise and Sports Science Australia, Exercise and Sports Science Australia
  • Member, Dietitians Association of Australia, Dietitians Association of Australia
  • Member, American Physiological Society, American Physiological Society
  • Member, American Heart Association, American Heart Association
  • Member, American College of Sports Medicine, American College of Sports Medicine


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  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor