Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education
Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport
Rm 422 - 100 Devonshire Place
Toronto, ON M5S 2C9 

Exercise and Cardiac Health Lab

PhD, University of Toronto, 1987
MSc, University of Toronto, 1983
BPHE, University of Toronto, 1981

Cardiac and hemodynamic response to prolonged exercise
Central and peripheral limitations to exercise
Cardiac rehabilitation
Exercise and heart failure  


Adjunct Scientist, UHN/MSH Division of Cardiology, Clinical Cardiovascular Research Laboratory
Associate Scientist, Institute of Medical Sciences, University of Toronto
Associate Scientist, Toronto Rehabiltation Institute
Recent Publications

*Indicates research published by trainee

Alter DA, O’Sullivan M, Oh PI, Redelmeier DA, Marzolini S, Liu R, Forhan M, Silver M, Goodman J, Bartel L. Synchronized personalized music audio-playlists to improve adherence to physical activity among patients participating in a structured exercise program: a proof-of-principle feasibility study. Sports Medicine Open, In Press, 2015.

O’Donnell E*, Goodman J, Mak S, Murai H, Floras J, Harvey P. Discordant Orthostatic Reflex Renin-Angiotensin and Sympathoneural Responses in Premenopausal Exercising-Hypoestrogenic Women. In press, Hypertension, 65: 1089-1095, 2015.

Mitchell M*, Goodman J, Alter D, Oh P, Faulkner G. A feasibility study of financial incentives to increase exercise among Canadian cardiac rehabilitation patients. In Press, J Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention. 2015.

Mitchell M, Goodman J, Alter D, Oh P, Faulkner G. Optimizing wellness incentives: Development of the Health Incentive Program Questionnaire (HIP-Q) in a cardiac rehabilitation population. Accepted, Translational Behavioral Medicine, 2015.

Wright S*, Esfandiari S*, Elmayergi N, Sasson Z, Goodman JM. Left atrial functional changes following short-term exercise training. Eur J Appl Physiol. 114: 2667-2675, 2014.

Mitchell MS*, Goodman JM, Alter DA, Oh PI, Faulkner GEJ. 'Will walk for groceries': Acceptability of financial health incentives among Canadian cardiac rehabilitation patients. Health Psychology;29(9):1032-43, 2014.

O’Donnell E*, Goodman J, Mak S, Harvey P. Impaired Vascular Function in Physically Active Premenopausal Women with Functional Hypothalamic Amenorrhea is Associated with Low Shear Stress and Increased Vascular Tone. J Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. May;99(5):1798-806, 2014.

Millar P, Goodman J. Exercise as medicine: Role of exercise in the management of primary hypertension. Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism. 39(7):856-8, 2014.

Marzolini S, Goodman J, Oh P. Quality of Life and Psychosocial Measures Influenced by Exercise Modality in Patients with Coronary Artery Disease. Eur J Phys Rehabil Med. Mar 4. [Epub ahead of print], 2014.

Esfandiari S*, Sasson Z, Goodman J. Short-term high-intensity interval and continuous moderate-intensity training improve maximal aerobic power and diastolic filling during exercise. European Journal of Applied Physiology.  114(2):331-43. 2014.

Nolan RP, Payne AYM, Ross H, White M, D'Antono B, Chan S, Barr SI, Gwadry-Sridhar F, Nigam A, Perreault S, Farkouh M, McDonald M, Goodman J, Thomas S, Zieroth S, Issac D, Oh P, Rajad M, Chen M, Liu S, Zbib A. An Internet-Based Counseling Intervention with Email Reminders that Promotes Self-Care in Adults with Chronic Heart Failure: CHF-CePPORT Randomized Controlled Trial Protocol. JMIR Res Protoc. Jan 30;3(1): 2014.

Current Graduate Students

Ryan Sless (Msc)

Marianne Skrinjar (MSc)

Shira Sasson (MSc)

Marc Mitchell (PhD - co-supervisor, Guy Faulkner)

Rob Lakin (PhD)

Sam Esfandiari (PhD)

Steve Wright (PhD)

Laura Banks (Post-doc)

Recent Graduate Students

Adam McKillop (MSc 2011) - Endothelial Disruption and Particle Formation in Hyperbaric Conditions

Rob Lakin (MSc 2012) - Autonomic and vascular effects of interval training

Sam Esfandiari (MSc 2012) - Left ventricular adaptations after high-intensity vs. continuous aerobic training

Emma O’Donnell (PhD 2013) - Women and cardiovascular function: role of estrogen in vascular health in menopausal women

Steve Wright (MSc 2013) - Ventricular and Atrial Function during Vigorous Exercise

Taylor Gray (MSc 2013) - Prolonged Exercise and Left Ventricular Dysfunction

Other Interests
Children’s summer camp
Outdoor education  

Canadian Association of Cardiac Rehabilitation
Canadian Cardiovascular Society
Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology
Cardiovascular Sciences Collaborative Program, University of Toronto 
Heart & Stroke/Richard Lewar Centre of Excellence, University of Toronto

Ontario Camps Association
R.Tait McKenzie Honour Society