John J. Durocher

John J. Durocher


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  • Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences
  • Affiliated Assistant Professor, Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology
  • PhD, Biological Sciences-Exercise Physiology
  • MS, Exercise Science
  • BS, Biological Sciences
  • AAS, Forest Technology


John has done extensive work in the fields of applied human physiology and exercise physiology. Much of his research has involved the study of how the sympathetic division of the autonomic nervous system regulates arterial blood pressure at rest and during a variety of stressors. John’s other passion relates to the specificity of exercise testing and prescription, especially with hockey players and runners.

Plans for future research in the Clinical and Applied Human Physiology Laboratory include developing preventative lifestyle strategies for those with, or at risk for, metabolic syndrome. These strategies may include interventions such as: specific exercise programs, dietary modification, and improving the quality and / or quantity of sleep. The laboratory will also continue with sport-specific exercise assessment and prescription for hockey players and endurance athletes.

Research Interests

  • Clinical and Applied Human Physiology
  • Autonomic Regulation of Arterial Blood Pressure
  • Metabolic Syndrome
  • Obesity and Cardiovascular Disease
  • Physiological Responses to Stress & Exercise
  • Specificity of Exercise Testing and Prescription

Recent Publications

  • Durocher JJ, Guisfredi AJ, Leetun DT, and Carter JR. Comparison of on-ice and off-ice graded exercise testing in collegiate hockey players. Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, 35(1): 35-39, 2010.
  • Durocher JJ, Lufkin KJ, King ME and Carter JR. Social technology restriction alters state-anxiety but not autonomic activity in humans. American Journal of Physiology: Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology, 301(6): R1773-1778, 2011.
  • Schwartz CE, Durocher JJ, and Carter JR. Neurovascular responses to mental stress in prehypertensive humans. Journal of Applied Physiology, 110: 76-82, 2011.
  • Durocher JJ, Klein JC and Carter JR. Attenuation of sympathetic baroreflex sensitivity during the onset of acute mental stress in humans. American Journal of Physiology: Heart and Circulatory Physiology, 300(5): H1788-93, 2011.
  • Carter JR, Durocher JJ, Larson RA, DellaValla JP, and Yang H. Sympathetic Neural Responses to 24-hour Sleep Deprivation in Humans: Sex Differences. American Journal of Physiology: Heart and Circulatory Physiology, 302: H1991-1997, 2012.
  • Gorsuch J, Long, J, Miller K, Primeau K, Rutledge S, Sossong A, and Durocher JJ. The Effect of Squat Depth on Multiarticular Muscle Activation in Collegiate Cross-Country Runners. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 27(9): 2619-25, 2013.
  • Yang H, Durocher JJ, Larson RA, and Carter JR. Role of the ovarian cycle on neural cardiovascular control in sleep deprived women. Journal of Applied Physiology, 118: 419-426, 2015.
  • Petushek EJ, Cokely ET, Ward P, Durocher JJ, Wallace S, and Myer GD. Injury Risk Prediction Expertise: Assessing ACL-IQ. The American Journal of Sports Medicine 43(7): 1640-7.
  • Durocher JJ, Carter JR, Cooke WH, Young AH, and Harwood MH. Cerebral blood flow velocity during combined lower body negative pressure and cognitive stress. Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance 86(8): 688-692.

Teaching Experience

  • Anatomy and Physiology I
  • Human Pathophysiology