Stacey Alvarez-Alvarado, Ph.D.

SAA

Dr. Stacey Alvarez-Alvarado

Post-Doctoral Fellow

PhD, Sport Psychology, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL.
MS, Exercise Physiology, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL.
BS, Physical Education, University of Puerto Rico- Mayagüez Campus, Puerto Rico.

E-mail:   salvarezalvarado@phhp.ufl.edu
Phone:  352-294-8631

Primary Appointment:

Woods Neuromodulation Lab, Center for Cognitive Aging and Memory
Department of Clinical and Health Psychology
College of Public Health and Health Professions
University of Florida

Professional Interests

Stacey Alvarez-Alvarado, PhD, joins the Woods lab as a postdoctoral associate. Her primary research interest revolves around combating cognitive and physical function decline in sedentary, aging, and diseased individuals. Her initial experiences took part in the Cardiovascular Exercise Physiology laboratory at the Florida State University under the mentorship of Dr. Arturo Figueroa. Her master’s degree training included extensive training in vascular exercise physiology (e.g., measurements of endothelial function, arterial stiffness, pulse wave analysis, hemodynamics) and cardiovascular adaptations to aging and exercise training. Subsequently, Alvarez-Alvarado pursued her doctoral degree within the Sport and Exercise Psychology laboratory at the Florida State University under the mentorship of Dr. Gershon Tenenbaum. Her research centered on the psychological (e.g., cognitive, affective, motivational) mechanisms underlying the linkage between workload and perceived effort. Specifically, the perceptual-cognitive-affective framework describes the dynamics and adaptations of effort-related components when exposed to incremental physical workloads. Alvarez-Alvarado’s current roles in the laboratory include conducting and implementing interventions (tDCS studies), data analysis (neuroimaging and behavioral), and developing interventions to enhance neurocognitive functioning.

Honors and Awards

2019 Undergraduate Research Opportunity (UROP) Materials Grant recipient, UROP mentor, Florida State University
2018 Dr. Linda J. Smith Endowed Scholarship for Lifelong Learning recipient, College of Education, Florida State University
2018 Hazel Royall Stephens O’Connor Dillmeier Endow Fellow-Sport recipient, College of Education, Florida State University
2018 College of Education Travel Scholarship, Association for Applied Sport Psychology Annual Conference (Toronto, CN)
2017 College of Education Travel Scholarship, American College of Sports Medicine Annual Conference (Denver, CO)
2016 FASEB MARC Travel Award, American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Annual Conference (Boston, MA)
2015 FASEB MARC Travel Award, American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Annual Conference (San Diego, CA)
2013-2016 Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society, College of Human Sciences, Florida State University
2013-2016 Seminole Torchbearers, Florida State University
2012 Latin American and Caribbean Scholarship, Florida State University

Publications & Presentations

Refereed Publications

Jaime S, Maharaj A, Alvarez-Alvarado S, Figueroa A. (2019). Impact of low-intensity resistance and whole-body vibration training on aortic hemodynamics and vascular function in postmenopausal women. Hypertension Research.

Alvarez-Alvarado S, Chow G, Gabana N, Hickner R, Tenenbaum T. (2019). Interplay between workload and functional perceptual-cognitive-affective responses: An inclusive model. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 41(2), 107-118.

Alvarez-Alvarado S, Jaime S, Ormsbee M, Campbell J, Post J, Pacilio J, Figueroa A. (2017). Benefits of whole-body vibration on arterial function and muscle strength in young overweight/obese women. Hypertension Research, 40(5), 487-492.

Wong A, Sanchez-Gonzalez M, Kalfon R, Alvarez-Alvarado S, Figueroa A. (2017). The effects of stretching training on cardiac autonomic function in obese postmenopausal women. Alternative therapies in health and medicine, 23, 20-26.

Figueroa A, Jaime S, Alvarez-Alvarado S. (2016). Whole body vibration as a potential countermeasure for dynapenia and arterial stiffness. Integrative Medicine Research: Physical Activity is a Core Tip, 5(3), 204-211.

Wong A, Sanchez-Gonzalez M, Kalfon R, Alvarez-Alvarado S, Figueroa A. (2016). Whole-Body Vibration Exercise Therapy Improves Cardiac Autonomic Function and Blood Pressure in Obese Pre- and Stage 1 Hypertensive Postmenopausal Women. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 22.

Figueroa A, Alvarez-Alvarado S, Jaime S, Johnson S, Campbell J, Feresin R, Elam M, Negin N, Pourafshar S, Arjmandi B. (2016). Influence of low and normal appendicular lean mass on central blood pressure and wave reflection responses to muscle metaboreflex activation in postmenopausal women. Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology and Physiology, 43(12), 1243-1246.

Wong A, Alvarez-Alvarado S, Jaime S, Kinsey A, Spicer M, Madzima T, Figueroa A. (2016). Combined whole-body vibration training and L-citrulline supplementation improves pressure wave reflection in obese postmenopausal women. Appl Physiol Nutr Metab, 41, 292-297.

Figueroa A, Jaime S, Johnson S, Alvarez-Alvarado S, Campbell J, Feresin R, Elam M, Arjmandi B. (2015). Impact of age on aortic wave reflection responses to metaboreflex activation and its relationship with leg lean mass in postmenopausal women. Experimental Gerontology, 70, 119-124.

Figueroa A, Alvarez-Alvarado S, Ormsbee MJ, Madzima TA, Campbell JC, Wong A. (2015). Impact of L- citrulline supplementation and whole-body vibration training on arterial stiffness and leg muscle function in obese postmenopausal women with high blood pressure. Experimental Gerontology, 63, 35-40.

Kalfon R, Campbell J, Alvarez-Alvarado S, Figueroa A. (2015). Aortic hemodynamics and arterial stiffness responses to muscle metaboreflex activation with concurrent cold pressor test. American Journal of Hypertension, 28(11), 1332-1338.

Figueroa A, Alvarez-Alvarado S, Jaime S, Kalfon R. (2016). L-citrulline supplementation attenuates hemodynamic and arterial stiffness responses to metaboreflex and cold stress in overweight men. British Journal of Nutrition, 1, 1-7.

 

Presentations

Stanley C, Lawrence N, Waite L, Alvarez-Alvarado S. 2018, October. Making the most of our time: Applied considerations and brief contact interventions in time-limited sport contexts. Oral presentation in the Association for 2018 Applied Sports Psychology (AASP) Annual Conference, Toronto, CN.

Jaime SJ, Maharaj A, Alvarez-Alvarado S, Figueroa A. 2018, June. Comparing two low-intensity strength training modalities on vasodilatory capacity in postmenopausal women. Oral presentation in the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Annual Conference, Minneapolis, MN.

Alvarez-Alvarado S, Jaime S, Pacilio J, Campbell J, Post J, Figueroa A. 2017, June. Improvements in endothelial function following whole-body vibration training in overweight and obese young women. Poster presentation in the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Annual Conference, Denver, CO.

Figueroa A, Alvarez-Alvarado S, Campbell J, Arjmandi B, Jaime S. 2017, June. Greater aortic hemodynamic responses to muscle metaboreflex activation in older adults with prediabetes than diabetes. Poster presentation in the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Annual Conference, Denver, CO.

Jaime S, Alvarez-Alvarado S, Campbell J, Figueroa A. 2017, June. Comparing two low-intensity resistance training modalities on strength and wave reflection in postmenopausal dynapenic women. Poster presentation in the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Annual Conference, Denver, CO.

Alvarez-Alvarado S, Pacilio J, Jaime S, Campbell J, Post J, Figueroa A. 2016, June. Six-weeks loaded versus unloaded whole-body vibration training on arterial function and muscle strength in overweight/obese young women. Poster presentation in the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Annual Conference, Boston, MA.

Alvarez-Alvarado S, Pacilio J, Jaime S, Campbell J, Post J, Figueroa A. 2016, February. Six-weeks loaded versus unloaded whole-body vibration training on arterial function and muscle strength in overweight/obese young women. Poster presentation in the College of Human Sciences, Research and Creativity Day, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL.

Alvarez-Alvarado S, Pacilio J, Jaime S, Campbell J, Post J, Figueroa A. 2015, May. Loaded whole-body vibration training decreases arterial stiffness and wave reflection in overweight/obese young women. Poster presentation in the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Annual Conference, San Diego, CA.

Jaime S, Arjmandi B, Campbell J, Alvarez-Alvarado S, Johnson S, Feresin R, Figueroa A. 2015, May. Aortic hemodynamic responses during metaboreflex activation in younger and older postmenopausal women. Poster presentation in the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Annual Conference, San Diego, CA.

Figueroa A, Jaime S, Campbell J, Alvarez-Alvarado S, Kalfon R. 2015, May. L-citrulline supplementation attenuates cardiovascular responses to metaboreflex activation with cold exposure in young overweight men. Poster presentation in the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Annual Conference, San Diego, CA.

Feresin R, Figueroa A, Johnson S, Pourafshar S, Navaei N, Campbell J, Jaime S, Alvarez-Alvarado S, Elam M, Akhavan N, Tenenbaum G, Arjmandi B. 2015. Daily consumption of strawberries improves plasma nitric oxide and adiponectin levels in pre- and stage 1-hypertensive postmenopausal women. Poster presentation in the Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo.

Alvarez-Alvarado S, Pacilio J, Jaime S, Campbell J, Post J, Figueroa A. 2015, February. Loaded whole-body vibration training decreases arterial stiffness and wave reflection in overweight/obese young women. Poster presentation in the College of Human Sciences, Research and Creativity Day, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL.

Quiñones-Padovani C.E., Cuebas W. & Alvarez-Alvarado S. 2011, October. Chaos in physical education? Applying the chaos theory in education to foment critical thinking in students.  Oral presentation in the Puerto Rico Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (PRAHPERD), Aguadilla, PR.