Faculty Profile for Dr. Stacy Denise Hunter

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Dr. Stacy Denise Hunter
Assistant Professor — Dept of Health & Human Performance
JOW A116
phone: (512) 245-2561

Biography Section

Biography and Education

Stacy D. Hunter received her Ph.D. in Clinical Exercise Physiology from the University of Texas at Austin where she studied the effects of yoga on vascular function in the Cardiovascular Aging Research Laboratory. A yoga practitioner since 2008, she has now published several pioneering studies on the impact of yoga on vascular endothelial function, arterial stiffness, and glucose tolerance and presented her findings at teacher trainings, yoga studios and symposia in the U.S. and abroad. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health and Human Performance at Texas State University where she continues her investigation into the acute and chronic effects of yoga on vascular health and other coronary heart disease risk factors in healthy and clinical subpopulations.

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Jurek, M. K., Seavey, H., Guidry, M., Slomka, E., & Hunter, S. D. (n.d.). Slow deep breathing improves microvascular endothelial function but not symptoms in adults with irritable bowel syndrome. Neurogastroenterology & Motility.
  • Pina, A., Shadiow, J., & Hunter, S. D. (2021). Piña A, Shadiow J, Fadeyi AT, Chavez A, Hunter SD. The acute effects of vinyasa flow yoga on vascular function, lipid and glucose concentrations, and mood. Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 56.
  • Forseth, B., & Hunter, S. D. (2020). Range of yoga intensities from savasana to sweating. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 17(2), 242–249.
  • Shadiow, J., Tarumi, T., Dhindsa, M., & Hunter, S. D. (2019). A comparison of blood viscosity and hematocrit levels between yoga practitioners and sedentary adults. International Journal of Exercise Science, 12(2), 425–432.
  • Hunter, S. D. (n.d.). Effects of heated and thermoneutral yoga on arterial stiffness in middle-aged adults. Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 40, 113–115.

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: Leadership & Diversity Training Program renewal, American College of Sports Medicine. September 2020 - June 2021
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Leadership & Diversity Training Program acceptance, American College of Sports Medicine. January 2019 - December 2019
  • Award / Honor Recipient: FASEB MARC Travel Award. 2009
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Outstanding Academic Achievement Award, College of Charleston. 2006

Selected Grants

  • Hunter, Stacy Denise, Brasfield, Karen (Co-Principal). Effects of hot yoga on renal sodium handling in African Americans, REP, Texas State University, $4262. (Submitted: October 9, 2020, Funded: January 2021 - Present). Grant.
  • Hunter, Stacy Denise. Acute effects of vinyasa yoga on lipid profile and fasting glucose, Pure Action, Inc., Private / Foundation / Corporate, $770. (Submitted: 2018, Funded: 2018). Grant.
  • Hunter, Stacy Denise. The Effects of Bikram Yoga on Vascular Health in Hypertensive Adults, Research Enhancement Program, Texas State University, $8000. (Funded: January 2018 - May 2019). Grant.
  • Hunter, Stacy Denise, Tanaka, H. The effects of heated vs. temperate yoga on vascular function: The Bikram Yoga Heart Study, Pure Action, Inc., $25000. (Funded: 2013 - 2016). Grant.

Selected Service Activities

Editorial Review Board Member
Frontiers in Physiology
March 2021-Present
Institutional Review Board Alternate
Faculty Advisor
Black Health Professions Organization
Pure Action, Inc.
Therapeutic Recreation Search Committee