Mailing Address: 2006 Hillside Road, Unit 1248
Storrs, CT 06269-1248
Hayley V. MacDonald, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Departments of Kinesiology and Psychological Sciences
Ph.D., University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
M.S., Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA
B.S., University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL
Areas of Expertise:
Cardiovascular and Metabolic Health, Exercise Prescription, Evidence-based Methodology, Meta-Analysis
Hayley MacDonald completed her PhD at the University of Connecticut in 2015, and has continued in the Department of Kinesiology as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow. Dr. MacDonald’s research interests involve investigating how clinical and lifestyle-related factors (i.e., chronic disease or health conditions, exercise, and nutrition, among others) impact humans at both the individual and population levels. She is currently working in the laboratory of Linda S. Pescatello where she oversees Syntheses of Prevention Intervention Research in Exercise (SPIRE). SPIRE is an interdisciplinary research collaboration that meta-analyzes the data from hundreds of exercise trials with cardiometabolic health outcomes to elucidate the ‘dose’ of exercise that is required to favorably affect the targeted outcome, and identify what exercise prescription offers optimal therapeutic benefit for particular populations. An extension of Dr. MacDonald’s research focuses on improving the methodological quality, standardization, completeness, and transparency of reporting in primary-level research, systematic reviews and meta-analyses to facilitate greater clinical interpretation, translation and dissemination of study results in health promotion and related research. Dr. MacDonald is a Credentialed Evidence Analyst with the Evidence Based Practice and Scientific Affairs at the American College of Sports Medicine, and is the Editorial Assistant for the Health Psychology section of Social Science & Medicine (Senior Editor, Blair T. Johnson, Department of Psychological Sciences, University of Connecticut).
- Evaluating Tai Chi Studies Aimed at Improving Balance for Older Adults, Co-Principal Investigator, 2014
- The Antihypertensive Effects of Aerobic Exercise Training: A Meta-Analysis, Principal Investigator, 2014
- Evaluating the Effectiveness of the Current Exercise Prescription Recommendations for Hypertension: A Meta-Analysis, Principal Investigator, 2012
Wu Y, HV MacDonald, and LS Pescatello. Evaluating the exercise prescription and instructional methods of tai chi studies aimed at improving balance among older adults: A systematic review. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 2015. (In Press)
Pescatello LS, HV MacDonald, LM Lamberti, and BT Johnson. Exercise for hypertension: A prescription update integrating existing recommendations with emerging research. Current Hypertension Reports. 2015. Nov;17(11):87. PMID: 26423529. doi:10.1007/s11906-015-0600-y.
MacDonald HV, PV Farinatti, LM Lamberti, and LS Pescatello. Chapter 3: The Effects of Concurrent Exercise on Hypertension: Current Consensus and Emerging Research. pp. 47-87. In: Pescatello LS (Ed). Effects of Exercise on Hypertension: From Cells to Physiological Systems. Springer Publishing Company: New York, NY; 2015. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-17076-3_3
Pescatello LS, HV MacDonald, and BT Johnson. Chapter 1: The Effects of Aerobic Exercise on Hypertension: Current Consensus and Emerging Research. pp. 3-24. In: Pescatello LS (Ed). Effects of Exercise on Hypertension: From Cells to Physiological Systems. Springer Publishing Company: New York, NY; 2015. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-17076-3_1
Pescatello LS, HV MacDonald, GI Ash, LM Lamberti, WB Farquhar, R Arena, and BT Johnson. Assessing the existing professional exercise recommendations for hypertension: A review and recommendations for future research priorities. Mayo Clinic Proceedings. 2015 Jun;90(6):801-812. PMID: 26046413. doi:10.1016/j.mayocp.2015.04.008.
Johnson BT, R Low, and HV MacDonald. Panning for the gold in health research: Incorporating studies’ methodological quality in meta-analysis. Psychology & Health. 2015 Jan;30(1):135-152. PMID: 25137094. doi:10.1080/08870446.2014.953533. Epub 2014 Oct 27
Johnson BT, HV MacDonald, ML Bruneau Jr., TU Goldsby, JC Brown, TB Huedo-Medina, and LS Pescatello. Methodological quality of meta-analyses on the blood pressure response to exercise: A review. Journal of Hypertension. 2014 Apr;32(4):706-723. PMID: 24463936. doi:10.1097/HJH.0000000000000097. Video Abstract: http://links.lww.com/HJH/A368
Ash GI, HV MacDonald, and LS Pescatello. Letter to the Editor: Antihypertensive effects of exercise for those with resistant hypertension. Hypertension. 2013 Jan;61(1):e1. PMID: 23129696. doi:10.1161/HYPERTENSIONAHA.111.00126. Epub 2012 Nov 5.
MacDonald HV (Chapter Contributor). Chapter 28: Exercise Assessment in Special Populations. In: American College of Sports Medicine, Swain DP (Senior Eds). ACSM’s Resource Manual for Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription. 7th ed. Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2013.
- Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship Award, University of Connecticut, Spring 2014
- Outstanding Undergraduate Award, Department of Kinesiology, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, 2008
- Division I Athlete, Women’s Soccer, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, 2004-2008
- Editorial Assistant, Health Psychology Section, Social Science & Medicine (2014 – present)
- American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) (Member, 2009 – present)
- New England Chapter, ACSM (Member, 2010 – present)
- National Student Advisory Committee, ACSM, New England Representative (2012–2014)
- Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), Campus Representative, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL (2005–2008)