UMass Boston

Tracy Baynard

Provost & VC Acad Affairs
Assoc Vice Provost, Grad Edu
Campus Center Floor 02

Areas of Expertise

Exercise physiology, Cardiovascular physiology, Special populations (e.g. obesity, Down syndrome, multiple sclerosis)


PhD, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
MS, The George Washington University, DC
BA, Western Maryland College (currently-McDaniel College), MD

Professional Publications & Contributions

Additional Information

I am a clinical exercise physiologist with over 20 years' experience working with a variety of patient populations, such as individuals with Down syndrome, obese individuals with and without type 2 diabetes, individuals with multiple sclerosis, breast cancer survivors, and heart failure. My overall research program is aimed at understanding how exercise can be utilized to maximize health among populations with chronic conditions. As such, my work has developed to examine the interactions between exercise and cardiovascular function in these special populations. Individuals with chronic disease often have extreme exercise intolerance, which is not well understood to date. Furthermore, those with chronic conditions also tend to have a lower ability to increase physical fitness, compared to the general population engaged in a traditional exercise training program.  Understanding why this is and developing interventions around these findings is also an important interest area for our laboratory.

Teaching Expertise

  • Cardiovascular aspects of exercise in clinical populations
  • Applied exercise physiology