Jessica Cadenhead

MSc (Clinical Exercise Physiology), PgDipSci (Clinical Exercise Physiology), BSc (Psychology and Exercise Science), Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist (CEPNZ, CPRB)

Jess is a qualified and registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist. She has practised as a Clinical Exercise Physiologist mostly in private practice, gyms and now in academia at The University of Auckland.

Jess is also registered as a Clinical Exercise Physiologist with CEPNZ and CRPB.

Highly passionate about promoting exercise physiology and prescription to different populations, especially those with conditions such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, Parkinson’s and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Jess hopes to promote positive health and lifestyle changes.

Jess has worked in various community roles in the past five years and has helped develop different community-based exercise programmes for Falls Prevention and helped design suitable assessments for those suffering from Postconcussive Syndrome.

Currently, Jess is a Clinical Tutor within the Health and Rehabilitation Clinic, in the Department of Exercise Sciences at the University of Auckland.

She has also been involved in multiple research programmes, looking at different forms of exercise programmes in different clinical populations.

She specialises in supervising clinical placements for the postgraduate Clinical Exercise Physiology programme. She enjoys this role by teaching the next generation of Clinical Exercise Physiologists and hopes they will go onto improving the health of New Zealanders through effective exercise rehabilitation.


  • 2018–2019 Master of Science in Clinical Exercise Physiology, The University of Auckland, New Zealand
  • 2017–2018 Postgraduate Diploma in Science (Clinical Exercise Physiology), The University of Auckland, New Zealand
  • 2014–2016 Bachelor of Science, double majoring in Psychology and Exercise Science, The University of Auckland, New Zealand

Professional Interests & Specialist Areas

  • Clinical Supervision and training
  • Exercise rehabilitation in clinical populations (cardiac, cancer, metabolic, autoimmune, long Covid, chronic fatigue syndrome, neurological)
  • Preventative exercise and lifestyle changes
  • Chronic injury rehabilitation
  • Health psychology and behaviour change
  • Novel methods of exercise training

When Jess is not at work, she will most likely be on the football pitch, or at the dog park with her dog, Raven.

You can find Jess at The Health and Rehabilitation Clinic at the University of Auckland.

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Articles written by Jessica Cadenhead
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    Understanding various hamstring issues, including tightness, strains and tendinopathy, is essential for effective treatment and injury prevention. Sedentary lifestyles often contribute to hamstring tightness. Adopting stretching and dynamic exercise routines can help alleviate hamstring issues.