Kinesiology Faculty Interested in Mentoring ATC Graduate Students Working in Athletics

Students supported by assistantships through Intercollegiate Athletics will have extensive clinical responsibilities during the 10 month term of their assistantship. The following faculty members in Kinesiology have expressed an interest in working with students who have a more clinical focus than the traditional graduate student in the department. Please consider them in particular when you identify academic mentors in your application.

William E. Buckley, Ph.D.

Area: Athletic Training and Sports Medicine
Research interest: Health aspects of sport and athletic training with a focus in sport injury risk assessment and epidemiology; development of sport injury risk assessment models to apply to various subset athletic populations (women, disabled, senior participants); drug use in athletics; quality assessment for athletic training; and curriculum design.

John H. Challis, Ph.D.

Area: Biomechanics
Research interest: Measurement and simulation modeling of the human musculoskeletal system, with the aim of examining the role, function, and coordination of muscle in vivo. Development of improved biomechanical measurement protocols

Jinger S. Gottschall, Ph.D.

Area: Biomechanics
Research interest: My primary research objective is to perform mechanistic research regarding how humans effortlessly transition between complex scenarios in the natural environment in order to promote functional mobility. It is critical that data are obtained to help characterize the strategies that mediate gait transitions for populations that have difficulty walking on a daily basis. My secondary research objective is to complete studies with a focus on physical fitness in adults for the preservation of independence and prevention of disease. The goal of these projects is to evaluate which exercise routines are optimal in terms of health benefits as well as participant retention.

Lacy Alexander Holowatz, Ph.D.

Area: Exercise Physiology
Research interest: Dr. Holowatz’s research interests include examining in vivo and in vitro mechanisms of microvascular dysfunction in cardiovascular disease populations included primary aged, essential hypertension, and hypercholesterolemic humans. Using the cutaneous circulation as a model for examining mechanisms of microvascular dysfunction, the broad focus of her current projects includes examining 1) the roles of arginase in nitric oxide synthase uncoupling in human vasculature with hypercholesterolemia and hypertension, 2) inflammation-induced alteration in vasodilatory signaling with essential hypertension, 3) the role of reactive oxygen species in altering vasoconstriction and vascular remodeling with hypertension, and 4) the effects of common platelet inhibitors (including aspirin and Plavix®) on microvascular function in human skin as they relate to basic mechanisms of skin blood flow and functional thermoregulatory outcomes.

R. Scott Kretchmar, Ph.D.

Area: History & Philosophy of Sport
Research interest: The metaphysics and ethics of games, play, and sport. Anthropological philosophy, in particular, the role of games and play in human evolution. Theory of mind and the intellectual requirements of sporting activity.

Sayers John Miller, III, Ph.D.

Area: Athletic Training and Sports Medicine
Research interest: Orthopaedic injury rehabilitation including manual therapy, functional testing and outcome assessment. Dr. Miller practices as a physical therapist at the Penn State Center for Sports Medicine.

Karl M. Newell, Ph.D.

Area: Motor Control
Research interest: Coordination, control and skill of normal and abnormal human movement across the life-span; development of coordination, acquisition of skill, information and movement dynamics, mental retardation and motor skills, drug exercise influences on movement control.

Stephen J. Piazza, Ph.D.

Area: Biomechanics
Research interest: Development of computational tools for investigation of joint mechanics; computer simulation applied to the study of normal and pathological human gait; mechanical effects of surgical procedures intended to alter joint and muscle function; mechanics of total joint replacements.

Robert Sainburg, Ph.D.

Area: Motor Control
Research interest: Neural mechanisms underlying control of multijoint arm movements in humans. We combine both psychophysical experiments and biomechanical simulations to determine the neural processes responsible for coordinating the complex mechanics of the musculoskeletal system. Studies in patients with neurological lesions are conducted to determine the contributions of specific neural structures to control.

Semyon (Sam) Slobounov, Ph.D.

Area: Psychology of Movement & Sport
Research interest: Basic brain science research with specific focus on neural substrates of human movement both in normal and pathological populations. Clinical research focused on sports-related traumatic brain injuries using advanced Virtual Reality and brain Imaging (fMRI, EEG) tools