Dr. Charlotte Usselman

Assistant Professor
Contact Information

Currie Gymnasium, 475 Pine Avenue West
Montreal, Quebec H2W 1S4

514-398-4400 Ext 089684
Email address: 
charlotte.usselman [at] mcgill.ca
Kinesiology and Physical Education
Area of expertise: 

Integrative physiology; Cardiovascular regulation; Sympathetic nervous system; Vascular function; Neuro-vascular transduction; Sex hormones; Cardiovascular health; Polycystic ovary syndrome; Women’s health.

Students interested in pursuing training opportunities are encouraged to contact Dr. Usselman directly, providing a copy of their current resumé or curriculum vitae.


Postdoctoral Fellow, The John B. Pierce Laboratory and Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, Yale School of Medicine, Yale University, New Haven, CT (2015-2017)

Postdoctoral Fellow, Program for Pregnancy and Postpartum Health and Physical Activity & Diabetes Laboratory, Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB (2014-2015)

Ph.D., School of Kinesiology, Western University, London, ON (2009-2014)

M.Sc., School of Kinesiology, Western University, London, ON (2007-2009)

B.Sc., Department of Physical Education and Kinesiology, Brock University, St. Catharines, ON (2003-2007)

Selected publications: 
  1. Schmidt SM, Usselman CW, Martinek E, Stickland MK, Julian CG, Chari RS, Khuruna R, Davidge ST, Davenport MH, Steinback CD. Activity of muscle sympathetic neurons during pregnancy. Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol, [Epub ahead of print, 2017 Oct 18].
  2. Charkoudian N, Usselman CW, Skow RJ, Staab JS, Julian CG, Stickland MK, Chari RS, Khurana R, Davidge ST, Davenport MH, Steinback CD. Muscle sympathetic nerve activity and volume regulating factors in healthy pregnant and non-pregnant women. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol 313(4): H782-7, 2017.
  3. Usselman CW, Nielson CA, Luchyshyn TA, Gimon TI, Coverdale NS, Van Uum SHM, Shoemaker JK. Hormone phase influences sympathetic responses to high levels of lower body negative pressure in young healthy women. Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol 311(5): 957-63, 2016.
  4. Usselman CW, Stachenfeld NS, Bender JR. The molecular actions of oestrogen in the regulation of vascular health. Exp Physiol 101(3): 356-61, 2016. 
  5. Usselman CW, Steinback CD, Shoemaker JK. Effects of one’s sex and sex hormones on sympathetic responses to chemoreflex activation. Exp Physiol 101(3): 362-7, 2016.

  6. Usselman CW, Wakefield PK, Skow RJ, Stickland, MK, Chari RS, Julian CG, Steinback CD, Davenport MH Regulation of sympathetic nerve activity during the cold pressor test in normotensive pregnant and nonpregnant women. Hypertension 66(4): 858-64, 2015.

  7. Usselman CW, Skow RJ, Matenchuk BA, Chari RS, Julian CG, Stickland MK, Davenport MH, Steinback CD. Sympathetic baroreflex gain in normotensive pregnant women. J Appl Physiol 119(5): 468-74, 2015.

  8. Badrov MB, Usselman CW, Shoemaker JK. Sympathetic neural recruitment strategies: responses to severe chemoreflex and baroreflex stress. Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol 309(2): R160-8, 2015.

  9. Usselman CW, Gimon TI, Nielson CA, Luchyshyn TA, Coverdale NS, Van Uum SH, Shoemaker JK. Menstrual cycle and sex effects on sympathetic responses to acute chemoreflex stress. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol 308(6): H664-71, 2015.

  10. Usselman CW, Luchyshyn TA, Gimon TI, Nielson CA, Van Uum SH, Shoemaker JK. Hormone phase dependency of neural responses to chemoreflex-driven sympathoexcitation in young women using hormonal contraceptives. J Appl Physiol 115(10): 1415-22, 2013.