Graduate Student Ph.D. Dissertation Titles

Spring 2015 Spring 2014 Spring 2013 Spring 2012 2009 2006
Fall 2014 Fall 2013 Fall 2012 2011 2008 2005
Summer 2014 Summer 2013 Summer 2012 2010 2007

Summer 2015

Jessica L. Kutz

Advisors: Dr. W. Larry Kenney & Dr. Lacy M. Alexander

“A Physiological Role for Hydrogen Sulfide in the Human Cutaneous Circulation”

Tsung-Yu "Steven" Hsieh

Advisor: Dr. Karl M. Newell

“Entropy of Speed and Accuracy Trade-Off in Space-Time”

Spring 2015

Curtis Kindel

Advisor: Dr. John H. Challis

“Moment-Angle Relationship of Hip Musculature”

Jaclyn P. Maher

Advisor: Dr. David E. Conroy

“The dynamics of daily sedentary behavior in older adults”

Fall 2014

Alek Rothenberg-Cunningham

Advisor: Dr. Karl M. Newell

“Perception-Action Coupling in Interceptive Tasks”

Yang Xu

Advisor: Dr. Vladimir Zatsiorsky

“Forces and moments generated by the human arm: Variability and control”

Summer 2014

Ji Hyun Ko

Advisor: Dr. Karl M. Newell

“Postural coordination patterns and surface of support dynamics”

Herman van Werkhoven

Advisor: Dr. Stephen J. Piazza

“Influence of Foot and Ankle Structure on Optimal Performance in Different Motor Tasks”

Yen-Hsun Wu

Advisor: Dr. Mark L. Latash

“Effects of Practicing Accurate Force Production Tasks on Multi-Digit Coordination:

Performance, Synergies, and Transfer”

Spring 2014

Daniel Gales

Advisor: Dr. John H. Challis

“Human Subcalcaneal Fat Pad Mechanical Properties”

Ryan P. Rosendale

Advisor: Dr. William E. Buckley

“ Functional Movement Assessment And Change After A Physical Fitness Training Program In Law Enforcement Personnel”

Anna Stanhewicz

Advisors: Dr. W. Larry Kenney & Dr. Lacy Alexander

"The Aging Cutaneous Microvasculature: Mechanisms and Novel Intervention Strategies"

Benjamin Webb

Advisor: Dr. Melissa Bopp

“Examination and Promotion of Health Behaviors among Clergy in a Faith-Based Setting”

Kai Zhang

Advisor: Dr. Semyon Slobounov

“Multimodal Functional Neuroimaging Study of Oculomotor Deficits in Athletes with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury”

Fall 2013

Rebecca Bruning

Advisor: Dr. W. Larry Kenney

“The mechanisms and functional implications of altered cutaneous vasoreactivity in healthy and essential hypertensive populations”

Adam King

Advisor: Dr. Karl M. Newell

"Motor Learning and Force Output Dynamics"

Erica Rauff

Advisor: Dr. Danielle Symons Downs

“Understanding strategies to manage gestational weight gain in overweight/obese prenatal women: integrating theory, technology, and healthcare provider beliefs”

Riley Sheehan

Advisor: Dr. Jinger Gottschall

“Physiological and Environmental Influences on Hill Locomotor Strategies”

Summer 2013

Jenna Gibbs

Advisor: Dr. Mary Jane De Souza

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

Amanda Hyde

Advisor: Dr. David Conroy

“Automatic Regulation of Physical Activity”

Rebecca Mallinson

Advisor: Dr. Mary Jane De Souza

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

Saandeep Mani

Advisor: Dr. Robert Sainburg

“Hemispheric Contributions to Arm Control and Arm Preference in Unilateral Stroke Patients”

Zheng Wang

Advisor: Dr. Karl M. Newell

“The Inter and Intra-Foot Coordination Dynamics of Quiet Standing Postures”

Spring 2013

Michael Gay

Advisor: Dr. Semyon Slobounov

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

Brian Johnson

Advisor: Dr. Semyon Slobounov

“The Effects of Subconcussive Head Trauma in Athletics”

Fall 2012

Josh Baxter

Advisor: Dr. Stephen J. Piazza

“Linking Foot and Ankle Musculoskeketal Structure to Locomotor Function”

Stephen P. Yang

Advisor: Dr. Melissa Bopp

“Comparing MVPA, RPE, Energy Expenditure, and Enjoyment of Adolescents Playing Exergames”

Summer 2012

Joel Martin

Advisor: Dr. Vladimir Zatsiorsky

“Control of Multi-Finger Pressing: Studied with Mechanical and Hypothetical Control Variables”

Brian Richardson

Advisor: Dr. R. Scott Kretchmar

“Winning and Losing: A Philosophy Analysis”

Tarkeshwar Singh

Advisor: Dr. Mark L. Latash

“Effects of Neuromuscular Fatigue on Hierarchical Control and Motor Synergies”

Giampietro Luciano Vairo

Advisor: Dr. William Buckley

“Neuromechanical Knee Joint Profiles Following Ipsilateral Hamstring Tendons Autograft Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction”

Spring 2012

Jennifer Reed

Advisor: Dr. Nancy Williams

“The Role of Low Energy Availability in Predicting an Energy Deficiency and Menstrual Disturbances in Recreational and Competitive Female Athletes”

Jennifer Scheid

Advisor: Dr. Mary Jane De Souza

“The Role of Peptide YY and Ghrelin in Regulating Energy Homeostasis and Reproductive Function in Young Exercising Women”

Varadhan Srinivasan

Advisor: Dr. Mark Latash

“Discrete and Cyclical Force Production in Multi-Finger Pressing and Prehension Tasks”

Tucker Tomlinson

Advisor: Dr. Robert Sainburg

“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