Doctor of Physical Therapy

Research & Laboratories

Human Performance and Sport Physiology Laboratory (PAV 365)

Kyle T Ebersole
Associate Professor, Lab Director

The Human Performance & Sport Physiology Laboratory conducts research pertinent to expanding the scientific knowledge base that informs the physiological basis for injury prevention, re-conditioning, strength training, and sport performance. The research questions and projects of the lab range from basic to applied, and are often multi-disciplinary in nature. As such, Human Performance & Sport Physiology Laboratory will frequently collaborate with other laboratories in the Department of Kinesiology as well as clinicians and researchers outside of the University. In addition to supporting faculty led research projects, the Human Performance & Sport Physiology Laboratory provides essential research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students in Kinesiology, Athletic Training, and Physical Therapy as well as from other degree programs on campus.

Pediatric Neuromotor Laboratory (PAV 356B)

Victoria A Moerchen
Associate Professor, Lab Director

The Pediatric Neuromotor Laboratory is engaged in translational research, blending developmental inquiry with clinical application. Our emphasis is on skill acquisition and early motor control in infants and toddlers. Populations studied include: Spina Bifida, Prader Willi syndrome, and typical development. Undergraduate and graduate students contribute to the laboratory team.

Visuomotor Lab (PAV359)

Wendy Huddleston, PT, PhD
Assistant Professor, Lab Director

In the Visuomotor Laboratory we are interested in how the brain guides how we move. For example, if some one wants to grab a particularly great apple out of the bowl, the brain takes in the location of the apple and this visual information is used to guide the arm to the fruit. The act of choosing an object to look at is considered visual attention. After a person visually selects the object, the next step is to move toward it. The act of choosing which path to take to get to that object is considered motor attention. Our lab studies this interaction of how visual information is used to guide motor behavior.  Specifically, we are interested in the posterior parietal cortex, and how attention might be involved in the process of decision-making described above. Currently in our lab we perform behavioral and functional magnetic resonance imaging experiments to address this important issue. A better understanding of the role of parietal cortex in attention-mediated processes will ultimately help people with disorders such as Alzheimer’s Disease or stroke.