Meet the Team

James Onate, PhD, AT, ATC, FNATA 

Jimmy OnateAssociate Professor, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Division of Athletic Training
Director, Multidisciplinary Opportunities for Movement Education & Science (MOvES) Research Team
Faculty Director, Human Performance Collaborative (HPC)
Co-Director, Movement Analysis & Performance Research Program (MAP)
onate.2@osu.edu

 

Degrees
PhD in Human Movement Science, University of North Carolina, 2002
M.S. in Exercise & Sport Science/Athletic Training, University of North Carolina, 1997
B.S. Exercise & Sport Science/Athletic Training, University of Florida, 1994 (with Honors)

Experience & Interests
Dr. Onate’s main research focus is developing functional motion assessment research that bridges the gap across research to clinical systems to allow for evidence-based outcomes for aiding individuals to sustain optimal health and performance throughout their careers and lives. The specific aims of his research are focused on exploring issues regarding screening for risk factors within physically active individuals which may impact their physical, cognitive, and socioeconomic well-being, the neurochemical factors that influence lower extremity injury mitigation and rehabilitation, and human performance optimization techniques for tactical athletes. His research has been sponsored by organizations including the National Institutes of Health, Office of Naval Research, Department of Defense, National Athletic Trainers’ Association Research and Education Foundation and the Computer Science Corporation.  Dr. Onate is a section editor for the Journal of Athletic Training and is a reviewer for several sports medicine, biomechanics, athletic training, and rehabilitation journals.  He is currently a researcher for the NFHS Sports Medicine Advisory Committee, as well as a member of the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Athletic Trainers’ Association.

Jaclyn B. Caccese, PhD

Assistant Professor, College of Medicine – School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Faculty Member, Chronic Brain Injury Program
Co-Director, Multidisciplinary Opportunities for Movement Education & Science (MOvES) Research Team
jaclyn.caccese@osumc.edu

 

 

 

Degrees
Post-doctoral fellow in Kinesiology and Applied Physiology, University of Delaware, 2019
Post-doctoral fellow in Kinesiology, Temple University, 2017
PhD in Biomechanics and Movement Science, University of Delaware, 2016
MS in Biomechanics and Movement Science, University of Delaware, 2014
BSE in Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania, 2012

Research Interests
Dr. Caccese’s research program focuses on the understanding the short- and long-term effects of childhood contact sports participation and mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). Her overarching goal is to inform public policy regarding youth sport participation and to improve outcomes in former athletes with the potential to develop neurodegenerative diseases. She uses state-of-the-science virtual reality to examine sensorimotor processing, postural control and dual-task performance. Dr. Caccese is on the editorial board for Research in Sports Medicine: An International Journal and is a reviewer for several sports medicine, biomechanics, and neuroscience journals. She is currently a member of the American Academy of Neurology, the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Society of Biomechiancs.

Laura Boucher, PhD, AT, ATC

Assistant Professor, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Division of Athletic Training
Associate Director, Multidisciplinary Opportunities for Movement Education & Science (MOvES) Research Team
boucher.57@osu.edu

 

 

Degrees
PhD in Anatomy, The Ohio State University, 2014
M.A. in Exercise & Sport Science/Athletic Training, University of North Carolina, 2003
B.S. in Athletic Training, Ohio University, 2001

Research Interests
Dr. Boucher’s research focus explores the role of using musculoskeletal ultrasound in exploring tissue characteristics and how tissue responds to stress, teaching physical exam skills, as well as applications to aid in clinical decision making. She is an expert in musculoskeletal anatomy and uses this expertise to help gain an understanding on injury predisposition, prevention, and biomechanics. Her research has been sponsored by organizations including the Center for Child Injury Prevention Studies and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. She is a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, the Pediatric Research in Sports Medicine (PRiSM) Society, the Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Research Interest Group in PRiSM, and the Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Community of Practice at OSU.

 

Adam Culiver, PT, DPT, SCS

PhD Student, School of Health and Rehabilitation Science
Adam.Culiver@osumc.edu

Degrees
Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) University of Evansville
B.S. Exercise Science, University of Evansville

Research Interests
Adam completed a sports residency through Texas Health Sports Medicine in 2016. Following residency, he hired on as a full time Physical Therapist for THSM working in that capacity for 2.5 years. Adam’s research interest focuses on ACL injury and how neuroplasticity can impact outcomes.​

Gregory Edwards, PT, DPT, OCS, CEEAA

PhD Student, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
gregory.edwards@osumc.edu

Degrees
Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) – Marymount University 2014
B.S. in Exercise, Sport, and Health Education – Radford University 2008

Research Interests
Dr. Greg Edwards is a Board Certified Orthopaedic Physical Therapist (OCS) with a goal of improving understanding of postural control and balance in many populations, particularly following concussion. He currently is working under Dr Caccese in the “CAVE”, the immersive virtual laboratory studying gait characteristics following concussion.

Nathan Edwards, MS, TSAC-F

PhD Student, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Edwards.1614@osu.edu

Degrees
M.S. in Biomechanics, Ball State University
B.A. in Exercise Science, Taylor University

Research interests
Nathan is interested in the biomechanics of tactical athlete performance, as well as improving the holistic health of first responders. He has worked with local law enforcement to improve testing and evaluation of physical performance and equipment carriage.

Cody Mansfield, PT, DPT, AT

PhD Student, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy
Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists
Cody.Mansfield@osumc.edu

Degrees
Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT), School of Medicine, Duke University
B.S. in Athletic Training, Chapman University

Research Interests
Dr. Mansfield’s PhD training is focused on understanding the neurophysiological effects (i.e. fMRI, strength, movement, outcomes) of physical therapy interventions such as exercise and dry needling on chronic musculoskeletal conditions.

Julie Young, MA, ATC, PES

PhD Student, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Young.2653@osu.edu

Degrees
B.S. in Athletic Training, Mount Union College
M.A. in Exercise and Sports Science/Athletic Training, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

Research Interests
Julie’s primary research interest is behavioral aspects of pediatric exercise compliance with current activity recommendations.

Emaly Vatne, ACSM-EP

Graduate Student, M.S. in Kinesiology, College of Education and Human Ecology
Vatne.1@osu.edu

Degrees
B.S. in Exercise Science, Minor in Human Nutrition, Ohio State University

Research Interests
Emaly’s is interested in sports science and sports medicine research, specifically ACL injuries in athletes. She first joined the MOvES Research Team as an undergraduate to gain research experience and contribute to exciting projects.

 


Undergraduate Research Assistants

Thomas (T.J.) Beach

Undergraduate Student, Athletic Training, College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
beach.252@osu.edu

Research Interests
T.J. Is interested in research about injury prevention in the military and tactical athlete population. He joined the MoVES lab to gain experience in current research methods used to collect data in the military setting. He wants to use this experience to become an athletic trainer in the military to educate and prevent injuries associated with combat training.

Arjun Dhankani

Undergraduate Student, Exercise Science, College of Education and Human Ecology
Dhankani.4@osu.edu

Research Interests
Arjun is interested in sports medicine and preventive care, specifically in long-distance runners. He joined the MOvES Research Team to get a stronger understanding of the correlation between medicine and research.

Kalor Greve

Undergraduate Student, Neuroscience Pre-Medicine, College of Arts and Sciences
greve.64@osu.edu

Research Interests
Kalor is interested in sports medicine, injury prevention, and concussion.  She joined the MOvES Research Team in order to gain a better understanding of the experimentation and analytical processes behind research and to use her knowledge in her future career as a sports medicine physician.

Andrew Eicher

Undergraduate Student, Neuroscience, College of Arts and Sciences
Eicher.40@osu.edu

Research Interests
Andrew is interested in concussions and other neurological research based around how different neural stimuli affect movement. He is also a member of the sports science initiative where he is involved in research on injury prevention, game loads, player physical demand, and gender differences in injuries in volleyball.

 

Blake Hartline

Undergraduate Student, Exercise Science, College of Education and Human Ecology
Hartline.38@osu.edu

Research Interests
Blake is interested in sports medicine and injury prevention, specifically in pediatrics. He is a part of the current sports science initiative with the HPC researching injury prevention and performance in varsity athletics. Through the MOvES Research Team, he hopes to gain research experience working with athletes and expand his skills outside of the classroom as he pursues a career in physical therapy.

John McArthur

Undergraduate Student, Athletic Training, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Mcarthur.40@osu.edu

Research Interests
John is interested in research about human anatomy, rehabilitation, and injury prevention. His interests also include strength and conditioning, specifically how exercise can be utilized therapeutically for rehabilitation and injury prevention. Through the MOvES Research Team, he hopes to gain experience conducting research on physically active populations that he can use in the future as a clinician and a researcher.

Ayush Mehra

Undergraduate Student, Nutrition, Minors in Business & Neuroscience, College of Education and Human Ecology
Mehra.52@osu.edu

Research Interests
Ayush is interested in research in sports medicine and how optimal performance can be hindered after an injury, specifically after ACL reconstruction. He focuses on nutritional and neurological aspects that may affect the individual during rehabilitation. He joined the MOvES Research Team to gain research experience and expand his knowledge outside of the classroom to tie that in with a future career as a physician.

Abby Niebling

Undergraduate Student, Athletic Training, Minor in Clinical Psychology, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Niebling.3@osu.edu

Research Interests
Abby’s research interests include sports medicine, specifically concussions, musculoskeletal injuries, and mental health. She is very excited to work on an interdisciplinary team as she prepares for a career in Athletic Training.

Sarah Pancake

Undergraduate Student at Walsh University, Exercise Science Pre-Physical Therapy, Minor in Psychology, College of Behavior and Health Sciences
Spancake1@walsh.edu

Research Interests
Sarah is interested in research focused on low back pain in athletes as well as sport performance and injury prevention. She is currently conducting her Honors Thesis on The Effect of Load Carriage on a Quadriceps Angle During Walking and Running. She joined the MOvES Research Team in order to gain research experience to prepare her for a career as a physical therapist specializing in sports rehabilitation in hopes of working with high school and collegiate athletes.

Darshan Patel

Undergraduate Student, Finance Pre-Medicine, Minor in Neuroscience, College of Arts and Sciences
patel.4040@osu.edu

Research Interests
Darshan interested in sports medicine research, particularly the effects of head traumas and how it can affect performance in daily tasks and activities. He joined the MOvES Research Team to gain research experience and knowledge that can aid in his future goal of practicing medicine.

 

Ryan Tracy

Undergraduate Student, Health Sciences Pre-Physical Therapy, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Minor in General Psychology and Integrative Approaches to Health and Wellness
tracy.205@osu.edu

Research Interests
Ryan is interested in contributing to sports medicine research on the MOvES Team, specifically in the context of ACL injury prevention and rehabilitation. She joined the MOvES Research Team to gain experience for a career in physical therapy, specializing in either pediatrics or sports medicine.