About UAlberta's Augustana Campus


Jane Yardley, PhD

Assistant Professor/Physical Education

Augustana Campus | Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation

Social Sciences

About Me

BSc Biochemistry (Mount Allison University)

MSc Human Evolution and Behaviour (University College London)

PhD Population Health (University of Ottawa)

Post-Doc Thermal Physiology (University of Ottawa)

Post-Doc Clinical Exercise Physiology (University of Manitoba)

In addition to having research in a physical activity-related area, I've always enjoyed being physically active. I have taken part in competitive rugby, volleyball, rowing and cycling. While I still ride my bike a lot these days, now I spend more time enjoying the scenery!


Most of my research to date has focused on exercise (most often weight-lifting) and how it affects people with type 1 diabetes. Exercise is known to make people with diabetes live much longer, much healthier lives. The biggest issue is that it generally complicates blood glucose control and brings with it a big risk of hypoglycemia (low blood glucose - which can be very dangerous). Fear of going low is the biggest barrier to exercise in this population. Part of what I hope to achieve is finding a safe and effective way for people with type 1 diabetes to exercise. Lately this has also included some studies on high intensity interval training. I have also expanded to include some work with islet transplant recipients, and people with type 2 diabetes.


In any given year, the courses that I instruct could include the following:

  • AUPED112 - Introduction to Human Anatomy
  • AUPED215 - Introduction to Human Physiology I
  • AUPED216 - Introduction to Human Physiology II
  • AUPED317 - Exercise in Special Populations
  • AUPED344 - Introduction to Human Nutrition
  • AUPED493 - Research Methods in Physical Education

I will also occasionally offer special topics in an area directly related to my research.