Associate Professor and Associate Dean, Research & Graduate Studies
Phone : (519) 253 - 3000 ext: 2451
Office: H.K. Building, Room 113
- Postdoctoral Fellowship, Clinical Cardiovascular Physiology Laboratory, Division of Cardiology, University Health Network and Mount Sinai Hospital, 2008
- Ph.D., McMaster University, Human BioDynamics (Cardiovascular Physiology and Exercise Rehabilitation), 2006
- M.Sc., McMaster University, Human BioDynamics (Health Psychology and Cardiac Rehabilitation), 2001
- B.Sc., University of Waterloo, 1999
Dr. Cheri L. M. McGowan is an Associate Professor and the Associate Dean, Research & Graduate Studies in the Faculty of Human Kinetics at the University of Windsor. She completed her undergraduate degree at University of Waterloo (Waterloo, ON), her graduate training at McMaster University (Hamilton, ON), and her postdoctoral fellowship at University Health Network (Toronto, ON). Her teaching interests include exercise physiology, and the pathophysiology of cardiovascular disease and exercise rehabilitation. She holds Adjunct positions in the School of Kinesiology at Western University (London, ON), Division of Cardiology, Department of Internal Medicine at University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI, USA), and the School of Medicine and Department of Emergency Medicine at Wayne State University (Detroit, MI, USA), and is an Adjunct Scientist at the Lawson Health Research Institute (London, ON).
Scope of Research:
Dr. McGowan’s research mission is to improve the well-being of the local, provincial, national and global population by providing simple solutions to reduce cardiovascular disease-related morbidity and mortality. Her current research program provides value in four areas:
- Determines the contribution of the autonomic nervous system to disease pathophysiology,
- Examines the effectiveness of traditional exercise-based treatments (e.g., Cardiac Rehabilitation),
- Generates support for alternative exercise interventions (e.g., Isometric handgrip training) to improve blood pressure (BP) regulation in healthy and clinical populations,
- Investigates methods to best implement effective interventions into clinical practice to promote optimal patient standard of care.
Scope of Collaboration:
To accomplish her mission, Dr. McGowan has gathered together a research team in the Physical Activity and Cardiovascular Research (PACR) Laboratory at the University of Windsor that currently includes: 2 PhD candidates, 4 masters-level candidates, 1 undergraduate thesis student (Biology), 1 individual study student (BHK), 2 Outstanding Scholars (BHK), 4 undergraduate-level volunteers (3 HK, 2 Biology), 5 medical students, as well as a lab manager, a research nurse, and a physician.
Dr. McGowan is a strong supporter of undergraduate and graduate-level research, and her extensive collaborations provide her students with high caliber training and exposure. As direct evidence of this philosophy, most of her trainees go on to attend medical school, chiropractic college, or graduate school.
Dr. McGowan’s network of research partners extends to include scientists, clinicians, program directors and exercise rehabilitation specialists at the University of Windsor (Kinesiology, Science, Psychology), within Windsor-Essex (Chronic Disease Management Program/Windsor Essex Community Health Centre, Cardiac Wellness Program/Hotel Dieu Grace Hospital, Windsor Regional Cancer Centre), and within the national (University of Montreal, Western University, Brock University, University of Guelph) and international (USA: University of Michigan, Wayne State University, Penn State, Henry Ford Health System, ; Europe: Greenwich University, University of Northampton, KU Leuven; Brazil: University Nove de Julho; Australia: University of New England, Central Queensland University; Uganda: Soft Power Health, Makerere University, Mbarara University, Ugandan Ministry of Health) medical and physiology communities. These ongoing partnerships have led to awards, manuscripts, funding opportunities, and presentations at scientific conferences.