Jordan M. Taylor Ph.D., CSCS

School of Education - Health, Sport, & Exercise Sciences
Lecturer/Academic Program Associate
Ph.D., Rehabilitation Science, Honors, University of Kansas Medical Center
Primary office:
913-897-8516
Best Building, Edwards Campus
Room 350W
University of Kansas
12604 Quivira Road
Overland Park, KS 66213


Jordan M. Taylor, Ph.D. (Hon.), CSCS is currently an academic program associate and lecturer at the University of Kansas Edwards Campus in Overland Park, KS. Dr. Taylor instructs courses for the undergraduate Exercise Science program. He is originally from Dodge City, KS where he began his collegiate studies in 1999 at Dodge City Community College (DCCC) after receiving a football scholarship. After 2 years of study at DCCC, Dr. Taylor transferred to Wichita State University and completed both Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Science (2004) and Master of Education in Exercise Science (2006) degrees. During his time spent in Wichita, KS, Dr. Taylor was also employed at Player Development Solutions as a strength and conditioning coach/personal trainer, and he played 3 years of professional arena/indoor football with the Wichita Stealth (2003) and Wichita Aviators (2005-2006). Dr. Taylor moved to Las Vegas, NV in 2006 and served as lead instructor for the National Strength and Conditioning Association Personal Training Certification Program at Professional Fitness Institute (2006-2007). At this post-secondary educational institution, he instructed courses in Anatomy & Physiology, Pathology, Kinesiology, Nutrition, and Exercise Prescription. Dr. Taylor moved to San Antonio, TX in 2007 where he worked at Pressing On Neuro Fitness as an exercise physiologist providing intense exercise-based training for individuals recovering from a variety of neurological disorders including spinal cord injury, stroke, and traumatic brain injury (TBI). In 2015, Dr. Taylor earned his Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Science with honors from the University of Kansas Medical Center. He also served as course coordinator for the on-line Applied Musculoskeletal Anatomy course offered to Post-Professional Doctorate of Physical Therapy students while completing his doctoral studies at the University of Kansas Medical Center.

Dr. Taylor’s research interests include investigating the neuroprotective effects of exercise prior to and after TBI. He is also interested in studying exercise interventions for promoting recovery from stroke, spinal cord injury, and other neurological disorders and diseases in humans. Dr. Taylor has published several manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals examining how exercise and gene therapy may improve TBI outcomes by modulating genes and proteins (i.e., Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor [VEGF], Erythropoietin [EPO], Heme-Oxygenase-1 [HO-1], and Neuroglobin [NGB]) in the brain that are known to protect neurons from cell death following trauma. In addition, Dr. Taylor has evaluated the feasibility of using smartphone technology (i.e., Concussion Manager iOS app; Capacity Sports, Inc.) to evaluate neural functions that are commonly impaired post-concussion, and he has studied cardiopulmonary responses to exercise testing in people with chronic stroke. Dr. Taylor is an active member of the Society for Neuroscience, American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), and the American Council on Exercise (ACE). He has one beautiful daughter named Aliyah.

Certifications:

Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)

Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) through the American Council on Exercise (ACE)

Education

Ph.D., Rehabilitation Science, Honors, University of Kansas Medical Center

M.Ed., Exercise Science, Wichita State University

B.A., Exercise Science, Wichita State University

Teaching

Dr. Taylor teaches a variety of courses in the undergraduate Exercise Science program. His diverse background in exercise science and rehabilitation enhances student learning during classroom lectures by applying his past experiences working in the field, to scientific course content that is sometimes difficult for students to master. He has a passion for teaching, and enjoys seeing students grow into independent learners and future productive members of the workforce.

Teaching Interests

  • Neuromuscular Exercise Physiology and Motor Control
  • Exercise Biochemistry
  • Biomechanics
  • Kinesiology
  • Exercise physiology
  • Clinical Exercise Physiology
  • Pathophysiology
  • Strength Training and Conditioning
  • Personal Training
  • Exercise Prescription

Research

My areas of research interest include: Conducting basic science research to understand the neuroprotective effects of exercise prior to and after TBI. Specifically, I am interested in examining how exercise may improve TBI outcomes by modulating neuroprotective genes and proteins (EPO, HO-1, VEGF) within the brain. I am also interested in studying exercise interventions for recovery from spinal cord injury and other neurological disorders and diseases in humans.

Research Interests

  • Effects of exercise on the brain
  • Exercise Interventions for promoting recovery in individuals with neurological disorders/disease
  • Traumatic brain injury/sports-related concussion

Selected Publications

Taylor, J. M., Montgomery, M. H., Gregory, E. J., & Berman, N. E. J. (2015). Exercise Preconditioning Improves Traumatic Brain Injury Outcomes. Brain Research, 1622, 414-429. DOI:10.1016/j.brainres.2015.07.009

Taylor, J. M., Kelley, B., Gregory, E. J., & Berman, N. E. J. (2014). Neuroglobin Overexpression Improves Sensorimotor Outcomes in a Mouse Model of Traumatic Brain Injury. Neuroscience Letters, 577, 125-129. DOI:10.1016/j.neulet.2014.03.012

Taylor, J. M., Gregory, E., & Berman, N. E. J. (2014). Changing the Outcome of Traumatic Brain Injury in Mice: No Genes, No Drugs. Journal of Neurotrauma, 31(12), A102.

Burghart, M., Taylor, J. M., & Radel, J. (2013). A Novel Tool for Screening of Concussion Symptoms. 35th Annual Student Research Forum Program, April 2013.

Burghart, M., Taylor, J. M., & Radel, J. (2013). Sideline Screening for Balance and Neurocognition-there’s an app for that… . 2013 Sports Neuropsychology Society Annual Meeting and Symposium Program, May.

Taylor, J. M., Gregory, E., & Berman, N. E. J. (2012). Chronic Aerobic Exercise Training Performed Prior to Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Increases Post-TBI Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor-A (VEGF-A) Gene Expression and Improves Locomotor Recovery. Program No. 769.17, 2012 Neuroscience Meeting Planner, New Orleans, LA: Society for Neuroscience, October.

Taylor, J. M., Gregory, E., & Berman, N. E. J. (2012). Exercise Promotes Functional Recovery from Traumatic Brain Injury and Increases Erythropoietin Gene Expression. 34th Annual Student Research Forum Program, March 2012.

Billinger, S. A., Taylor, J. M., & Quaney, B. M. (2012). Cardiopulmonary Response to Exercise Testing in People with Chronic Stroke: A Retrospective Study. Stroke Research and Treatment, 2012, 987637. DOI:10.1155/2012/987637

Taylor, J. M., Kelley, B., Gregory, E., & Berman, N. E. J. (2011). Expression of Neuroprotective Globin Genes Following Traumatic Brain Injury in Adult Mice. Journal of Neurotrauma, 28(6), A13.

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Selected Presentations

Taylor, J. (04/30/2016). Too Much of a Good Thing: Exercise and Overtraining. World Gym Health Information Session, World Gym. Merriam, KS

Taylor, J. (10/31/2015). The Damaging Pathophysiological Effects Related to Excessive Consumption of Fructose. World Gym Health Information Session, World Gym. Merriam, KS

Taylor, J. (08/31/2014). From the Field to the Lab: Perspectives on Head Injury from a Former Football Player and Current Scientist. Community of Reason Seminar Series, University of Missouri-Kansas City. Kansas City, MO

Taylor, J., Gregory, E. & Berman, N. (06/30/2014). Changing the Outcome of Traumatic Brain Injury in Mice: No Genes, No Drugs. 32nd Annual National Neurotrauma Symposium, sponsored by the National Neurotrauma Society. San Francisco Marriot Marquis. San Francisco, CA

Taylor, J. (12/31/2013). Pathophysiology of Traumatic Brain Injury. Neuroscience (PTRS-850) Course, University of Kansas Medical Center. Kansas City, KS

Burghart, M., Taylor, J. & Radel, J. (05/31/2013). Sideline Screening for Balance and Neurocognition- there’s an app for that…. 2013 Sports Neuropsychology Society Annual Meeting and Symposium. Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Bloomington. Minneapolis, MN

Burghart, M., Taylor, J. & Radel, J. (04/30/2013). A Novel Tool for Screening of Concussion Symptoms. 35th Annual Student Research Forum, University of Kansas Medical Center. Kansas City, KS

Taylor, J. (11/30/2012). Pathophysiology of Traumatic Brain Injury. Neuroscience (PTRS-850) Course, University of Kansas Medical Center. Kansas City, KS

Taylor, J., Gregory, E. & Berman, N. (10/31/2012). Chronic Aerobic Exercise Training Performed Prior to Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Increases Post-TBI Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor-A (VEGF-A) Gene Expression and Improves Locomotor Recovery. Society for Neuroscience 42nd Annual Meeting, sponsored by the Society for Neuroscience. Morial Convention Center. New Orleans, LA

Taylor, J., Gregory, E. & Berman, N. (03/31/2012). Exercise Promotes Functional Recovery from Traumatic Brain Injury and Increases Erythropoietin Gene Expression. 35th Annual Student Research Forum, University of Kansas Medical Center. Kansas City, KS

Taylor, J. (03/31/2012). Sports-Related Head Injuries: Using Exercise to Improve Outcomes. Human Anatomy (BIOL- 0141) Course, Kansas City Kansas Community College. Kansas City, KS

Taylor, J. (02/28/2012). Sports-Related Concussions. Science Pioneers: Saturday Science Seminar, Union Station Extreme Screen Theater. Kansas City, MO

Taylor, J. (11/30/2011). Pathophysiology of Traumatic Brain Injury. Neuroscience (PTRS-850) Course, University of Kansas Medical Center. Kansas City, KS

Taylor, J., Kelley, B., Gregory, E. & Berman, N. (07/31/2011). Expression of Neuroprotective Globin Genes Following Traumatic Brain Injury in Adult Mice. 29th Annual National Neurotrauma Symposium, sponsored by the National Neurotrauma Society. Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa. Hollywood, FL

Call, E., Taylor, J. & Billinger, S. (07/31/2010). Gender Differences in Hemodynamic and Cardiopulmonary Responses at Peak Oxygen Uptake in People with Chronic Stroke. Exercise and Physical Activity in Aging Conference, sponsored by the American Physical Therapy Association. University of Indianapolis. Indianapolis, IN

Taylor, J. & Blochlinger, N. (05/31/2008). Spinal Cord Injury and Exercise: Part 2. Every Step Counts; Spinal Cord Injury Recovery Center Employee Training. College Station, TX

Taylor, J. & Blochlinger, N. (04/30/2008). Spinal Cord Injury and Exercise: Part 1. Every Step Counts; Spinal Cord Injury Recovery Center Employee Training. College Station, TX

Taylor, J. (02/28/2007). Drugs, Supplements, and the Athlete. Professional Fitness Institute Boot Camp and NSCA-CPT Test Review. Las Vegas, NV

Taylor, J. (02/28/2007). Training Clients with Orthopedic, Injury, and Rehabilitation Concerns. Professional Fitness Institute Boot Camp and NSCA CPT Test Review. Las Vegas, NV

Taylor, J. (12/31/2006). Exercise Recommendations for Clients with Nutritional and Metabolic Concerns. Professional Fitness Institute Boot Camp and NSCA CPT Test Review. Las Vegas, NV

Taylor, J. (12/31/2006). Initial Client Consultation, Health Appraisal, and Fitness Assessment. Professional Fitness Institute Boot Camp and NSCA CPT Test Review. Las Vegas, NV

Taylor, J. (10/31/2006). Aerobic Endurance Training Adaptations and Program Design. Professional Fitness Institute Boot Camp and NSCA CPT Test Review. Las Vegas, NV

Taylor, J. (10/31/2006). Resistance Training Adaptations and Program Design. Professional Fitness Institute Boot Camp and NSCA CPT Test Review. Las Vegas, NV

Taylor, J. (08/31/2006). Fundamentals of Resistance Training. Professional Fitness Institute Boot Camp and NSCA CPT Test Review. Las Vegas, NV

Taylor, J. (08/31/2006). Plyometric and Speed Training Program Design. Professional Fitness Institute Boot Camp and NSCA CPT Test Review. Las Vegas, NV

Selected Awards & Honors

Nominated as a finalist for the Honors for Outstanding Progressive Educators (HOPE) award by the University of Kansas Senior Class
University of Kansas Senior Class
2016

Graduated with Honors (Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Science)
University of Kansas Medical Center
2015

Graduate Student Poster Competition Finalist
National Neurotrauma Symposium
2011

Travel Grant Award Winner ($500.00)
National Neurotrauma Symposium
2011


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