Abigail Stickford


  • Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (2013-2015) - Institute for Exercise and Environmental Medicine, Dallas, TX, Emphasis: Cardiovascular and Autonomic Function
  • Ph.D. (2013) - Indiana University, Bloomington, IN - Human Performance-Exercise Physiology
  • M.S. (2009) - Indiana University, Bloomington, IN - Exercise Physiology
  • B.A. (2007) - DePauw University, Greencastle, IN - Kinesiology

Teaching Specialities

  • ES 2005 - Introduction to Physiological Assessment
  • ES 2020 - Measurement and Evaluation in Exercise Science
  • ES 3700 - Professional Development in Exercise Science
  • ES 4100 - Sex Differences in Exercise Science
  • ES 4200 - Exercise for Special Populations

Current Teaching

  • ES 2005 - Introduction to Physiological Assessment
  • ES 2020 - Measurement and Evaluation in Exercise Science
  • ES 4200 - Exercise for Special Populations

Professional Affiliations/Organizations

  • American College of Sports Medicine
    • Strategic Health Initiative - Women, Sport, and Physical Activity Committee
  • American College of Sports Medicine, Southeast Chapter

Laboratory Affiliation

Research Interests

  • Autonomic (neural) control of circulation (e.g., blood pressure, blood flow) and vascular function under conditions of health, stress (e.g., pregnancy, exercise), and disease
  • Sex differences in cardiopulmonary physiology
  • Relationships between kinematics and ventilatory, cardiovascular, and metabolic parameters during exercise

Current/upcoming projects include: a) the effects of anxiety on psychobiological indicators of physiological stress, b) a comparison of neural cardiovascular control in physically active and sedentary young women, and c) sympathetic neural control of blood pressure and vascular function in obese women during pregnancy.


Takeda R., Stickford A.S., Best S.A., Yoo J.K., Fu Q. (2020). Salt intake impacts sympathetic neural control but not morning blood pressure surge in healthy premenopausal women. (2020). American Journal of Physiology – Heart and Circulatory Physiology. https://doi.org/10.1152/ajpheart.00197.2020

Stickford A.S.L., Stickford J.L., Fulton T.J., Lovci T.L., Chapman R.F. (2020). Attentional focus does not impact locomotor–respiratory coupling in trained runners. European Journal of Applied Physiology. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00421-020-04475-6.

Huang M., Yoo J.K., Stickford A.S.L., Moore J.P., Hendrix J.M., Crandall C., Fu Q. (2019). Early sympathetic neural responses during a cold pressor test linked to pain perception. Clinical Autonomic Research. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10286-019-00635-7

Badrov M., Park S.Y. Yoo, J.K., Hieda M., Okada Y., Jarvis S., Stickford A., Best S., Nelson D., Fu Q. (2019) Role of corin in blood pressure regulation in normotensive and hypertensive pregnancy: A prospective study. Hypertension, 73(2), 432-439.

Fulton T.J., Paris H.L., Stickford A.S.L., Gruber A.H., Mickleborough T.D., Chapman R.F. (2018). Locomotor-respiratory coupling is maintained in simulated moderate altitude in trained distance runners. Journal of Applied Physiology, 125(1), 1-7. 

Constantini K., Stickford A.S.L., Bleich J.L., Mannheimer P.D., Levine B.D., Chapman R.F. (2018). Synchronizing foot strike with cardiac cycle phase alters heart rate response during running. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 50(5), 1046-1053. 

Howden E.J., East C., Lawley J.S., Stickford A.S.L., Verhees M., Fu Q., Levine B.D. (2017). Integrative blood pressure response to upright tilt post renal denervation. American Journal of Physiology , 30(6), 632-641.

Stickford A.S.L., Wilhite D.P., McKenzie J.M., Chapman R.F. (2017). Live high - train low altitude training does not alter running mechanics in elite distance runners. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 12(1): 133-136.

Stickford A.S.L., Okada Y., Best S.A., Parker R.S., Levine B.D., Fu Q. (2016). Sympathetic neural and cardiovascular responses during static handgrip exercise in women with a history of hypertensive pregnancy. Clinical Autonomic Research, 26(6): 395-405.

Cornwell W.K., Tarumi T., Stickford A., Lawley J., Roberts M., Parker R., Fitzsimmons C., Kibe J., Ayers C., Markham D., Drazner M.H., Fu Q., Levine B.D. (2015). Restoration of pulsatile flow reduces sympathetic nerve activity among individuals with continuous-flow left ventricular assist devices. Circulation, 132(24):2316-2322.

Stickford A.S.L., Stickford J.L., Stager J.M., Chapman R.F. (2015). Runners maintain locomotor-respiratory coupling following isocapnic voluntary ventilation to task failure. European Journal of Applied Physiology, 115(11), 2395-2405.

Stickford A.S.L., VanGundy T.B., Levine B.D., Fu Q. (2015). Menstrual cycle phase does not affect sympathetic neural responses to upright tilt in women with Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome. Journal of Physiology, 593(9), 2131-2143.

Stickford A.S.L., Johnston J.D., Stager J.M., Chapman R.F. (2015). Lower leg compression, running mechanics and economy in elite distance runners. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 10(1), 76-83.

Stickford A.S.L., Stickford J.L. (2014). Ventilation and locomotion in humans: Mechanisms, implications, and perturbations to the coupling of these two rhythms. Springer Science Reviews, 2(1-2), 95-118.

Chapman R.F., Laymon Stickford A.S., Lundby C., Levine B.D. (2014). Timing of return from altitude training for optimal sea level performance. Journal of Applied Physiology, 116(7), 837-843. 

Chapman R.F., Laymon A.S., Arnold T. (2014). Functional movement scores and longitudinal performance outcomes in elite track and field athletes. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 9(2), 203-211.

Chapman R.F., Laymon A.S., Levine B.D. (2013). Timing of arrival and pre-acclimatization strategies for the endurance athlete competing at moderate to high altitudes. High Altitude Medicine and Biology, 14(4), 319-324.

Wilhite D.P., Mickleborough T.D., Laymon A.S., Chapman R.F. (2013). Increases in VO2max with “live high – train low” altitude training: Role of ventilatory acclimatization. European Journal of Applied Physiology, 113(2), 419-426. 

Chapman R.F., Laymon A.S., Wilhite D.P., McKenzie J.M., Tanner D.A., Stager J.M. (2012). Ground contact time as an indicator of metabolic cost in elite distance runners. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 44(5), 917-925.

Title: Assistant Professor, PhD, Human Performance, Graduate Faculty

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Phone: (828) 262-6799

Fax: (828) 262-3138

Office address
Leon Levine Hall 411