Julia Orri

Julia Orri


Full-Time Faculty
Harney Science Center 126C


Julia Orri, PhD, is a Professor in the Kinesiology Department at the University of San Francisco. She teaches Exercise Physiology, Exercise and Disease Prevention, Anatomical Kinesiology, and Statistics. Dr. Orri's research interests focus on chronic disease prevention in postmenopausal women. Currently, she is conducting a study on sleep quality, dietary patterns, and injury prevalence in postmenopausal runners. Past research has included the influence of exercise intensity on cardiovascular risk factors and heart rate variability, where she presented her findings in the Czech Republic. Dr. Orri is a member of the American College of Sport Medicine and is a Certified Exercise Physiologist.


  • Exercise Physiology
  • Exercise Nutrition

Research Areas

  • The benefits of endurance training in chronic disease prevention in older women


  • Ph.D., Exercise Science, The University of New Mexico
  • MS, Exercise Science, California State University, Hayward
  • BA, Physical Education, California State University, Chico
  • California Teaching Credential (K-12), Physical Education

Prior Experience

  • Department Co-Chair, 2017-2018
  • Secretary, USF Faculty Association Executive Board 2011-2018

Selected Publications

  • Orri, J.C., Hughes, E., Mistry, D. & Scala, A. (2020). Comparison of linear and nonlinear HRV dynamics across exercise intensities after menopause (Journal of Aging & Physical Activity); Jan. 1; 28:149-154.

  • Orri, J.C., Hughes, E., Mistry, D. & Scala, A. (2018). Assessment of heart rate variability after maximal exercise in trained postmenopausal women. Physiological Research; Vol. 67:703-709.

  • Orri, J.C., Hughes, E., Mistry, D. & Scala, A. (2017). Is vigorous exercise training superior to moderate on cardiovascular disease risk after menopause? Sports Medicine International Open, 1: E166-E171.