Hayley V. MacDonald

Research Assistant, Kinesiology (Affiliate)


Research Overview

My research interests primarily involve big data syntheses (i.e., meta-analyses and systematic reviews) to better clarify the optimal dose of exercise required to favorably affect blood pressure and other cardiovascular disease risk factors, and to identify which populations achieve optimal health benefit. My research is part of a larger collaborative group: Syntheses of Prevention Intervention Research in Exercise or SPIRE. SPIRE research uses systematic searching and reviewing methods to pool the data from hundreds of exercise trials with blood pressure (among other health outcomes) to elucidate what exercise prescription or health intervention offers the best lifestyle therapy. Our ultimate research goal is to provide individually tailored exercise programs based on the patient’s clinical profile and targeted health outcome. I am also interested in research related to methodological quality and standard reporting procedures to improve the clinical interpretation, translation and dissemination of new knowledge for health behavior change and health promotion.

Education

Ph.D., 2010 – present, Exercise Physiology, University of Connecticut
M.Sc., 2010, Exercise Science, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
B.Sc., 2008, Human Performance Exercise Science (Pre-Professional Medical track, Nutrition minor), University of Alabama

Featured Publications

Referred Journals:

Johnson BT, R Low, HV MacDonald. (In Press). Panning for the gold in health research: Incorporating studies’ methodological quality in meta-analysis. Psychology & Health.

Johnson BT, HV MacDonald, ML, Jr. Bruneau, TU Goldsby, JC Brown, TB Huedo-Medina & LS Pescatello. Methodological quality of meta-analyses on the blood pressure response to exercise: A review. Journal of Hypertension. 2014 April;32(4):706-723. PMID: 24463936 doi: 10.1097/HJH.0000000000000097.

Ash GI, HV MacDonald, LS Pescatello. Letter to the Editor: The Antihypertensive Effects of Exercise for Those with Resistant Hypertension. Hypertension. 2013;61(1):e1. PMID: 23129696

Book Chapters:

Farinatti P, L Lamberti, HV MacDonald, LS Pescatello. Effects of Concurrent Exercise on Hypertension. In: Brown M, Pescatello LS (Eds.). Effects of Exercise on Hypertension: From Cells to Physiological Systems. New York, NY: Humana Press (In Review).

Pescatello LS, HV MacDonald & BT Johnson. Effects of Aerobic Exercise on Hypertension. In: Brown M, Pescatello LS (Eds.). Effects of Exercise on Hypertension: From Cells to Physiological Systems. New York, NY: Humana Press (In Review).

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.

Contact Information
Emailhayley.macdonald@uconn.edu
Mailing AddressInstitute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy
2006 Hillside Road, Unit 1248
(Ryan Building, JRB)
Storrs, CT 06269-1248