Recent Graduate Student Ph.D. Dissertation Titles

2013

Jenna Gibbs

Advisor: Mary Jane De Souza

Dissertation title: Psychometric Indicators of Eating Behavior and Risk Factors Associated with Physiological Adaptions to the Female Athlete Triad in Exercising Women

Amanda Hyde

Advisor: David Conroy

Dissertation title: Automatic Regulation of Physical Activity

Rebecca Jane Mallinson

Advisor: Mary Jane De Souza

Dissertation title: Reproductive Function, Body Composition, or Metabolic Status: Which is the Strongest Determinant of Bone Health in Young Exercising Women?

Sandeep Mani

Advisor: Robert Sainburg

Dissertation title: Hemispheric Contributions to Arm Control and Arm Prefrences in Unilateral Stroke Patients

Zheng Wang

Advisor: Karl Newell

Dissertation title: The Inter and Intra-Foot Coordination Dynamics of Quiet Standing Postures

Luke Wilhelm

Advisor: Vladimir Zatsiorsky

Dissertation title: Finger Enslaving in the Dominant and Non-Dominant Hand

Michael Gay

Advisor: Semyon Slobounov

Dissertation title: The Effects of Performing the YMCA Bike Protocol on General Brain Function in Athletes With and Without Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

Alexander Weller

Advisor: Robert Eckhardt

Dissertation title: Anatomical Form and Biomechanical Function Inferred from the Upper Limb Remains from Liang Bua Cave, Flores Indonesia

2012

Josh Baxter

Advisor: Stephen Piazza

Dissertation title: Linking Foot and Ankle Musculoskeketal Structure to Locomotor Function

Brittany Howse

Advisor: John Challis

Dissertation title: Bi-Lateral Mechanical Properties of the Achilles Tendon

Dane Sutton

Advisor: John Challis

Dissertation title: The Influence of Karate Training on Postural Stability

Stephen Yang

Advisor: Melissa Bopp

Dissertation title: Comparing MVPA, RPE, Energy Expenditure, and Enjoyment of Adolescents Playing Exergames

Brian Richardson

Advisor: Scott Kretchmar

Dissertation title: Winning and Losing: A Philosophy Analysis

Joel Martin

Advisor: Vladimir Zatsiorsky

Dissertation title: Control of Multi-Finger Pressing: Studied with Mechanical and Hypothetical Control Variables

Tarkeshwar Singh

Advisor: Mark Latash

Dissertation title: Effects of Neuromuscular Fatigue on Hierarchical Control and Motor Synergies

Giampietro Luciano Vairo

Advisor: William Buckley

Dissertation title: Neuromechanical Knee Joint Profiles Following Ipsilateral Hamstring Tendons Autograft Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction

Jennifer Reed

Advisor: Nancy Williams

Dissertation title: The Role of Low Energy Availability in Predicting an Energy Deficiency and Menstrual Disturbances in Recreational and Competitive Female Athletes

Jennifer Scheid

Advisor: Mary Jane De Souza

Dissertation title: The Role of Peptide YY and Ghrelin in Regulating Energy Homeostasis and Reproductive Function in Young Exercising Women

Varadhan Srinivasan

Advisor: Mark Latash

Dissertation title: Discrete and Cyclical Force Production in Multi-Finger Pressing and Prehension Tasks

Tucker Tomlinson

Advisor: Robert Sainburg

Dissertation title: The Dynamic Dominance Hypothesis as a General Theory of Human Motor Control

2011

Jennifer DiNallo

Advisor: Dannielle Downs

Dissertation title: Examining the Moderating Influence of Motherhood Status on the Determinants of Exercise Motivation and Behavior in Pregnancy

Douglas Haladay

Advisor: John Challis

Dissertation title: Investigation of Abdominal Muscle Performance and Stabilization Exercises in Persons With and Without Low Back Pain

John Gleaves

Advisor: Scott Kretchmar

Dissertation title: From Science to Sport: A Cross Disciplinary Examination of the Justification for Doping Bans

Xiaogang Hu

Advisor: Karl Newell

Dissertation title: Constraints, Redundancy, and Patterns of Force Coordination

Benjamin Infantolino

Advisor: John Challis

Dissertation title: Investigation of Human Muscle Variability and its Effects on Musculoskeletal Models

Mei-hua Lee

Advisor: Karl Newell

Dissertation title: The Development of Reaching Movements in Infancy

2010

Terran Palmer-Angell

Advisor: Scott Kretchmar

Dissertation title: Shamatha Practice and the Pursuit of Optimal Experience: Investigating the Use of Contemplative Training within Sport and Performance Related Disciplines

Maggie Corr

Advisor: Nancy Williams

Dissertation title: The Role of Leptin in the Etiology of Exercise Associated Menstrual Disturbances

Shweta Kapur

Advisor: Mark Latash

Dissertation title: Finger Interaction in a Three Dimensional Pressing Task: Control of Force Magnitude and Direction and Age Related Differences

James A. Lang

Advisor: Larry Kenney

Dissertation title: Sympathetic Noradrenegic Mechanisms of Thermoregulatory Vasoconstruction in Aged Human Skin

Chad Carlson

Advisor: Scott Kretchmar

Dissertation title: Play, Games, and Philosophy: A Metaphysical and Axiological Study

Xun Niu

Advisor: Vladimir Zatsiorsky

Dissertation title: Control Mechanisms of Multi-Finger Grasping

Keith Stern

Advisor: Jinger Gottschall

Dissertation title: Biomechanical Strategies for Hill Walking As Well As the Transitions Between Level and Hill Surfaces: Comparisons Within Age Groups and Footwear Types

Matthew Llewellyn

Advisor: Mark Dyreson

Dissertation title: Rule Britannia Nationalism, Identity, and the modern Olympic Games

2009

Eric James

Advisor: Karl Newell

Dissertation title: Coordination Dynamics in Redundant and Non-Redundant Motor Task

Stacey Gorniak

Advisor: Mark Latash

Dissertation title: Hierarchical Control of Prehension

Cheng Cao

Advisor: Sam Slobounov

Dissertation title: Neural Disfunctions as a Result of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: EEG Study

Rajiv Ranganathan

Advisor: Karl Newell

Dissertation title: Utilizing Redundancy in Motor Learning

Holly Preston

Advisor: Neil Sharkey

Dissertation title: Effects of Exercise and Genetic Strain on Bone Strength, Musculosketetal Gene Expression and activity Levels in C57BL/hJ and DBA/2J Adult Female Mice

Sabrina Lee

Advisor: Stephen Piazza

Dissertation title: Plantarflexion Musculoskeletal Architecture and Muscle Function in the Human Ankle Joint

Adam Kuperavage

Advisor: Robert Eckhardt

Dissertation title: Biomechanical Inferences from the Internal Structure of Orrorin Tugenesis Femora

Yatin Kirane

Advisor: Neil Sharkey

Dissertation title: Performance Characteristics on Novel Posterior Step Design Glenoid Prosthesis in Total Shoulder Arthroplasty

Abbey Bower

Advisor: Neil Sharkey

Dissertation title: An Investigation of Trabecular Bone Morphology

Sara S. Jarvis

Advisor: James Pawelczyk

Dissertation title: The Study of Sex Differences in the Regulation of Orthostatic Blood Pressure: The Role of the Splanchnic Circulation

Miranda Patrick Kaye

Advisor: Scott Kretchmar

Dissertation title: The Development and Validation of an Interpersonal Measure of Unsportspersonlike Behavior

Pratik K. Mutha

Advisor: Robert Sainburg

Dissertation title: Goal-Dependent Modulation of Reflex Responses during Movement

2008

Michael J. Duffey

Advisor: John Challis

Dissertation title: A Biomechanical Analysis of the Bench Press

Douglas McLaughlin

Advisor: Scott Kretchmar

Dissertation title: Reinventing the Wheel: On Games and the Good Life

Alessander Dos Santos

Advisor: Mark Latash

Dissertation title: Multi-Muscle Coordination in Postural Tasks

Sydney Y. Schaeffer

Advisor: Robert Sainburg

Dissertation title: Ipsilesional Motor Performance following Stroke: Evidence for Motor Lateralization

Greggory Twietmeyer

Advisor: Scott Kretchmar

Dissertation title: Embodying Kinesis: How Aristotle and Polanyi Reshape the Philosophy of Kinesiology

Wei Zhang

Advisor: Mark Latash

Dissertation title: The Control of Rotational Hand Actions by Multi-Digit Synergies

Beth Alice Parker

Advisor: David Proctor

Dissertation title: Age and Sex Differences in Local Vasodilation and Exercise Hyperemia

Jeremy Douglas Smith

Advisor: Philip Martin

Dissertation title: Effects of ProsDissertation Inertia on the Mechanics and Energetics of Amputee Locomotion

Halla Bjorg Olafsdottir

Advisor: Mark Latash

Dissertation title: Age Related Differences in Multi-Digit Coordination

Lindsey Baker

Advisor: Larry Kenney

Dissertation title: Fluid and Sodium Balance during Exercise in Special Populations

Kelly Dougherty

Advisor: Larry Kenney

Dissertation title: Thermoregulation and Fluid Balance in Children Exercising in the Heat

2007

Jody Renee Preische

Advisor: William Buckley

Dissertation title: Determining Return-to-Play Predictors following Non-Season Ending Injuries

Siang Lee Hong

Advisor: Karl Newell

Dissertation title: Entropy Compensation in Human Motor Adaption

Samantha Lee Winter

Advisor: John Challis

Dissertation title: The In Vivo Expression of the Force-Length Relationship and Its Effect on Sustained Isometric Force

Lacy Alexander Holowatz

Advisor: Larry Kenney

Dissertation title: Reflex Cutaenous Vasodilation: Influences of Primary Human Aging and Hypertensive Vascular Pathology

Jonathan N. Metzler

Advisor: David Conroy

Dissertation title: The Significance of Locus-of-Esteem Enhancement in Pride-Based Assessment of the Need for Achievement

James G.W. Thompson

Advisor: Semyon Slobounov

Dissertation title: Concussions in Sport: Investigation of Assessment Measures and Functional Deficits

Kunlin Wei

Advisor: Dagmar Sternad

Dissertation title: Stability and Variability in a Rhythmic Task: Behavioral Data and Dynamic Models

2006

Peter M. Hopsicker

Advisor: Scott Kretchmar

Dissertation title: In Search of the Ride: Cycling as Improvisational Behavior

Kimberlee Jordan

Advisor: Karl Newell

Dissertation title: Variability and Long Range Correlations in Human Walking and Running

Jennifer M. Medina

Advisor: Jay Hertel

Dissertation title: The Effects of Gender and Lower Extremity Alignment on the Kinematics of Three Functional Tasks

James D. Nendel

Advisor: Mark Dyreson

Dissertation title: Duke Kahanamoku--Twentieth Century Hawaiian Monarch: The Values and Contributions to Hawaiian Culture from Hawaii's Sporting Legend

2005

Pamela Haibach

Advisor: Karl Newell

Dissertation title: Optical Flow and Postural Control in Young and Elderly Adults Using Virtual Reality

Timothy Elcombe

Advisor: Scott Kretchmar

Dissertation title: Overcoming Marginalization and Insignificance: A Pragmatic Critique and Reconstruction of Sport Philosophy

Andrew Fauth

Advisor: Neil Sharkey

Dissertation title: Anatomically Based Investigations of Total Ankle Arthroplasty

Fan Gao

Advisor: Vladimir Zatsiorsky

Dissertation title: Prehension Synergies: Static and Dynamic Examinations

Tricia Hubbard

Advisor: Jay Hertel and Craig Denegar

Dissertation title: Contributing Factors to Chronic Ankle Instability

Shih-Chiun Lai

Advisor: Karl Newell

Dissertation title: Information Theory, Entropy and Movement Variability

Matthew Moran

Advisor: Stephen Piazza

Dissertation title: Computational and Experimental Assessment of Total Knee Replacement Motion

Jacob Sosnoff

Advisor: Karl Newell

Dissertation title: Aging, Noise and Visual Motor Processing

Stephen S. Streator

Advisor: William Buckley

Dissertation title: An Outcomes Analysis of a Sports Medicine Approach to Prevent and Manage Work-Related Injuries

Luzita Vela

Advisor: Craig Denegar

Dissertation title: The Disability in the Physically Active Scale: The Psychometrics of and Outcome Scale for Musculoskeletal Injuries

Hong Yu

Advisor: Dagmar Sternad

Dissertation title: Rhythmic Timing in Human Movements: Behavioral Data, A Model, and fMRI

Jae Shim

Advisor: Vladimir Zatsiorsky

Dissertation title: Rotational equilibrium control in multi-digit human prehension