Jill Parnell, PhD

Administrative Title: Chair, Health and Physical Education 

Academic Title: Associate Professor

PhD, University of Calgary
HBSc, Lakehead University
BEd, Lakehead University

Contact information
Office: U243H
Email: jparnell@mtroyal.ca
Phone: 403.440.8672


Dr. Parnell obtained her PhD in medical sciences at the University of Calgary researching novel nutritional therapies for obesity and associated co-morbidities. She is passionate about scholarly teaching and the promotion of undergraduate research. She maintains an active research portfolio in the field of performance nutrition and works with youth athletes, Paralympic athletes, and endurance runners. She aims to build a reciprocal relationship with the sports community ensuring that athletes directly benefit from the knowledge they help generate. Dr. Parnell is also the Faculty of Health, Community and Education Scholar in Research.

Areas of Instruction

  • Nutrition and Health
  • Statistics and Research Methods
  • Aquatics

Areas of Scholarship

  • Performance nutrition for Paralympic athletes
  • Dietary restrictions in runners
  • Pre-exercise nutrition and exercise-induced gastrointestinal symptoms

Selected Publications

Parnell, J.A., Wagner-Jones, K., Madden R.F., Erdman, KA. (2020) Dietary restrictions in endurance runners to mitigate exercise-induced gastrointestinal symptoms. Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition. 17:32. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12970-020-00361-w

Madden R.F.*, Shearer J., Legg D., Parnell JA. (2018) Evaluation of dietary supplement use in wheelchair rugby athletes. Nutrients, 10(12), pii: E1958 doi: 10.3390/nu10121958

Bomhof, M.R., Parnell, J.A., Ramay, H.R., Crotty, P., Rioux, K.P., Probert C.S., Jayakumar, S., Raman, M., Reimer, R.A. (2018) Histological improvement of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis with a prebiotic: a pilot clinical trial. European Journal of Nutrition, Epub ahead of print. doi: 10.1007/s00394-018-1721-2

Madden, R.F.*, Shearer, J., Parnell, J.A. (2017) Evaluation of dietary intakes and supplement use in Paralympic athletes. Nutrients, 9(11) pp.1266. doi:10.3390/nu9111266

Parnell, J.A., Wiens, K.P., Erdman, K.A. (2016). Dietary intakes and supplement use in pre-adolescent and adolescent Canadian athletes. Nutrients, Vol. 8(9) pp. E526. doi: 10.3390/nu8090526

Relevant community service

  • Performance nutrition presentations for the Calgary athletic community