Dr Meegan Walker contributes to teaching and research in the School of Health and Behavioural Science at USC.
Meegan teaches in the clinical exercise physiology program with a focus on exercise for chronic disease management, occupational rehabilitation, and evidence-based professional practice. Meegan is an accredited exercise physiologist and she provides applied clinical skills training for students.
Meegan’s research focus is cardiovascular adaptations to exercise and vascular control of blood flow. Prior to USC, Meegan worked and studied at the Human Performance Laboratory in Calgary, Canada, where her projects examined cardiovascular and biochemical adaptations to high intensity interval training for highly trained athletes. Since joining USC, Meegan’s research has included the effect of cold water immersion on blood flow and recovery for highly trained cyclists, and vasoactive enzymes and blood flow in the legs of older adults and people with peripheral arterial disease. Meegan’s current work involves examining the effect of dietary nitrate supplementation on blood vessel dilation and arterial stiffness, as indicators of vascular health.
- Cardiovascular adaptations to exercise
- Blood flow control
- Vasoactive enzymes
- Exercise Physiology
- Chronic disease management
- Exercise prescription
- Occupational rehabilitation
Meegan Walker’s specialist areas of knowledge include applied clinical exercise physiology and cardiovascular adaptations to exercise.