Dr Stacey Allan Reading

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Senior Lecturer


I recieved my undergraduate degree in Human Kinetics at the University of Guelph, Canada before completing an MSc and PhD in Cardiovascular Physiology with Dr Jack Barclay at the same university. I held postdoctoral research appointments in Cerebrovascular Physiology in the College of Medicine at the University of Vermont before joining the Faculty of Kinesiology at the University of New Brunswick, Canada. In 2014, I relocated to Auckland New Zealand with my family to join the Exercise Sciences Department at the University of Auckland.  I am currently the Academic Program Director for Clinical Exercise Physiology and a Senior Lecturer in Exercise Sciences.   

Research | Current

  • Regulation of microvascular tone and tissue blood flow
  • Imapct of exercise on cardiovascular health
  • Role of exercise in advanced breast cancer managment
  • Exercise rehabilitation for chronic disease mitigation and managment

My research interests are focused on the use of prescriptive exercise in children and adults to prevent, delay and treat chronic illness. My work aims to identify the most appropriate training stimuli that produce specific adaptations (e.g., training response) in the cardiopulmonary, musculoskeletal or peripheral vascular systems of those affected by one or more chronic diseases.

Teaching | Current

Semester 1

EXERSCI 712 Advanced Exercise Prescription (coordinator)

EXERSCI 771 Clinical Exercise Practicum 1 (coordinator)

EXERSCI 773 Clinical Exercise Practicum III (coordinator)

EXERSCI 775 Seminar in Clinical Exercise Physiology (coordinator)

Semester 2

EXERSCI 302 Exercise Physiology for Special Populations (contributor)

EXERSCI 772 Clinical Exercise Practicum II (contributor)

EXERSCI 774 Clinical Exercise Practicum IV (contributor)

Postgraduate supervision

Current Thesis Students:

Ellie Rickman (PhD)

Nikita Sloane (PhD)

Lucy MacFarlane (PhD)

Aslihan Tece Bayrak (PhD)

Hannah Jackson (MSc)

Current MSc Dissertation Students:

Mystique Blockley (MSc CEP)

Danni Couling (MSc-CEP)

Jesse Mackey (MSc-CEP)

Project Topics Available:

Microvascular dysfunction in women with advanced breast cancer

Exercise rehabilitation for advanced breast cancer

The impact of high intensity interval training on cardiac and peripheral vascular function in older adults with and without cardiovascular disease

Haemodynamic changes during resistance trianing in older adults with cardiovascular disease

Identification of mechanisms involved in post occlusive reactice hyperemia (PORH) in the skin

Role of oxygen as a regulator of dermal microcirculation in patients with diabetes 



I am the Academic Program Director Clinical Exercise Physiology and the Clinic Director of the Health & Rehabilitation Clinic in the Department of Exercise Sciences. I am also a member of the Operational Managment Group for the University of Auckland Clinics.

Areas of expertise

cardiovascular physiology, clinical exercise physiology, exercise rehabilitation, cardiopulmonary exercise testing, blood flow regulation

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Board Memeber & Competencies Examiner, Clinical Exercise Physiology New Zealand

Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist, Clinical Exercise Physiology New Zealand & Clinical Physiologists Registration Board

Certified Exercise Physiologist, Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology


Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

As of 29 October 2020 there will be no automatic updating of 'selected publications and creative works' from Research Outputs. Please continue to keep your Research Outputs profile up to date.
  • Reading, S. A., Stinear, J. W., & Whyte, K. F. (2019). Respiratory Diseases. In W. R. Thompson (Ed.) ACSM's Clinical Exercise Physiology (pp. 365-439). Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer Health.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Kenneth Whyte

Contact details

Primary office location

BUILDING 907 - Bldg 907
Level 2, Room 223
New Zealand