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Kelsey Piersol, MS

PhD Student, Kinesiology and Applied Physiology




Kelsey is a second-year PhD student in the Cardiac Neuroscience Laboratory. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sport Science from the University of Georgia and a Master’s degree in Sports Medicine from Georgia Southern University. Prior to Rutgers, Kelsey served as an ORISE Research Fellow for the United States Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine at Fort Stewart, GA. 

Current Research


Kelsey’s broad interests involve evaluating the relationship among cardiovascular and autonomic physiology, emotion, and behavior. Her current work involves investigating the role of the menstrual cycle in women’s somatic states how these bodily experiences shape long-term alcohol use behaviors and consequences, psychological well-being, and allostatic load. She hopes her research will help us better understand why women experience greater health consequences from alcohol use than men and enhance women’s quality of life across all reproductive stages.

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