Jordan M. Taylor, Ph.D. (Hon.), CSCS is currently the Undergraduate Exercise Science Program Director and a lecturer at the University of Kansas Edwards Campus in Overland Park, KS. Dr. Taylor 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, he 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.
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)
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.
- Neuromuscular Exercise Physiology and Motor Control
- Exercise Biochemistry
- Exercise physiology
- Clinical Exercise Physiology
- Strength Training and Conditioning
- Personal Training
- Exercise Prescription
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.
- Effects of exercise on the brain
- Exercise Interventions for promoting recovery in individuals with neurological disorders/disease
- Traumatic brain injury/sports-related concussion
Selected Awards & Honors
University of Kansas Center for Teaching Excellence
University of Kansas Senior Class
University of Kansas Medical Center
National Neurotrauma Symposium
National Neurotrauma Symposium