Doctoral Progam in Motor Behavior

Ph.D. in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Motor Behavior

phd MOTOR BEHAVIOR
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This emphasis provides students with the experimental, theoretical and analytical tools necessary to investigate the basic processes and mechanisms underlying motor control and learning. The results will provide improved training and rehabilitation for special needs populations, including athletes, astronauts, performing artists, patients coping with movement disorders or recovering from traumatic injuries, and normal individuals adjusting to the functional consequences of aging. Graduates of the program will have an expertise in biomechanics, kinesiology, sensorimotor physiology, movement disorders and rehabilitation; and will be qualified to pursue research careers in academia, medical research institutes, government laboratories or corporate research and development centers

The Ph.D. in Kinesiology with an emphasis in motor behavior program is designed for sudents interested in:

  • Adaptive sensorimotor control
  • Biomechanics of posture and gait
  • Basic and translational research models
  • Elite and at-risk populations
  • The physiology of exercise
  • Interactions among exercise, nutrition and immunology
  • Research careers in academia, rehabilitation, space, etc.

Motor Behavior Faculty

Dr. Daniel O'Connor

Dr. Daniel O'Connor

Evaluation of subject-level outcomes and effects; measurement of health, health-related quality of life, and health-related behaviors; measurement error, validity, linear models, and latent variable models.
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Dr. Stacey Gorniak

Dr. Stacey Gorniak

Research interests directed towards understanding healthy and pathological neuromuscular control. Specifically interested in sensori-motor challenges in hand function and understanding how neurological pathology changes how people use their hands. Investigating neural changes due to aging, traumatic brain injury, and neuropathy affect functional hand use, particularly in actions of daily living.
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Dr. Charles Layne

Dr. Charles Layne

Development of human coordination, investigation of locomotion/posture control and the role of somatosensory input on muscle contraction.
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Dr. Adam Thrasher

Dr. Adam Thrasher

Neuromuscular physiology and motor learning; Biomechanics and gait analysis; Electrical stimulation of paralyzed muscles to restore function; Rehabilitation engineering; Pathological locomotion.
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The Center for Neuromotor and Biomechanics Research (CNBR)

Control of posture and locomotion are complex functions that rely on coordinated interactions between the nervous system, the musculo-skeletal system, the cardiovascular system, and the environment. To study these functions, The Center for Neuromotor and Biomechanics Research (CNBR) brings together interdisciplinary research teams having expertise in engineering, physiology, clinical medicine, psychology, human factors, physics, mathematics, and computer science.