Dr. Charlotte Usselman

Associate Professor
Dr. Charlotte Usselman
Contact Information
Email address: 
charlotte.usselman [at] mcgill.ca
514-398-4400 Ext 089684
Alternate phone: 

Currie Gymnasium
475 Avenue des Pins Ouest
Montreal, Quebec H2W 1S4

Kinesiology & Physical Education
Professional activities: 

FRQS Chercheurs-boursiers (Research Scholar) Junior 1

Biomechanics, Neuroscience & Physiology
Sports and Exercise Sciences
Areas of expertise: 
  • Integrative physiology
  • Cardiovascular regulation
  • Sympathetic nervous system
  • Vascular function
  • Neuro-vascular transduction
  • Sex hormones
  • Cardiovascular health
  • Post-Menopausal women
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome
  • Women’s health

  • 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: 

Coovadia Y*, Adler TE*, Martin-Arrowsmith PW, Usselman CW. Sex differences in sympathetic neurovascular and neurohemodynamic relationships during cold pressor test. Am J Physiol Reg Integr Comp Physiol, 322(5): R411-20, 2022.

Coovadia Y*, Adler TE*, Steinback CD, Fraser GM, Usselman CW. Sex differences in dynamic blood pressure regulation: beat-by-beat responses to muscle sympathetic nerve activity. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol 319(3): H531-8, 2020. h

Usselman CW, Adler TE*, Coovadia Y*, Leone C, Paidas MJ, Stachenfeld NS. A recent history of preeclampsia is associated with elevated central pulse wave velocity and muscle sympathetic outflow. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol, 318(1): 581-9, 2020.

Adler TE*, Coovadia Y*, Cirone D**, Khemakhem ML**, Usselman CW. Device-guided slow breathing reduces blood pressure and sympathetic activity in young normotensive individuals of both sexes. J Appl Physiol, 127(4): 1042-9, 2019.

Usselman CW, Yarovinsky T, Steele FE, Leone CA, Taylor HS, Bender JR, Stachenfeld NS. Androgens drive microvascular endothelial dysfunction in women with polycystic ovary syndrome: Role of the endothelin B receptor. J Physiol, 597(11): 2853-2865, 2019.

Adler TE, Usselman CW, Takamata A, Stachenfeld NS. Blood pressure predicts endothelial function and the effects of ethinyl estradiol exposure in young women. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol 315(4): H925-33, 2018.

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.

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.

Usselman CW, Stachenfeld NS, Bender JR. The molecular actions of oestrogen in the regulation of vascular health. Exp Physiol 101(3): 356-61, 2016.

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.

Graduate supervision: 

Accepting students for 2023-24

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