James Onate, PhD, AT, ATC, FNATA
Associate 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)
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
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
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 Biomechanics.
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
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
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
Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) University of Evansville
B.S. Exercise Science, University of Evansville
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
Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) – Marymount University 2014
B.S. in Exercise, Sport, and Health Education – Radford University 2008
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.firstname.lastname@example.org
M.S. in Biomechanics, Ball State University
B.A. in Exercise Science, Taylor University
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
Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT), School of Medicine, Duke University
B.S. in Athletic Training, Chapman University
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.
Emaly Vatne, ACSM-EP
Graduate Student, M.S. in Kinesiology, College of Education and Human Ecology
B.S. in Exercise Science, Minor in Human Nutrition, Ohio State University
Emaly 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
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.
Undergraduate Student, Athletic Training, Minor in Human Nutrition, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Alex is interested in human anatomy and musculoskeletal injuries. His interests also include concussions, specifically surrounding post-concussion syndrome and the causes, determinants of symptom longevity, and treatment effectiveness of persistent post-concussive symptoms. He joined the MOvES Research Team to gain research experience and expand his knowledge of anatomy and neuroscience.
Undergraduate Student, Journalism, College of Communication, Minors in Spanish and Media Production and Analysis
Kyle is the MOvES Research Team podcast coordinator. He is an integral part of making our podcast impactful, informational, and entertaining. Post-graduation, he is interested in working as a news reporter for a large media outlet, like ABC or ESPN.
Undergraduate Student, Health Promotion, Nutrition and Exercise Science Pre-Physical Therapy, Minor in Integrative Approaches to Health and Wellness
Kate is interested in contributing wherever she can within the MOvES Team, but has specific interests in holistic injury rehabilitation methods, and recreational athlete wellness. She joined the MOvES Research Team to open herself to new topics and investigations otherwise unavailable in classroom settings with the hope of taking this knowledge into a career in physical therapy.
Undergraduate Student, Health Sciences Major, Biology Minor, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Alanna is interested in orthopedics and sports medicine, with a concentration on head injuries and lower extremity injuries. More specifically, she is interested in the short and long term effects of ACL reconstruction. She joined the MOvES Research Team to gain more knowledge in a research setting about sports performance and injuries to better prepare her for her career as an Orthopedic Physician Assistant.
Undergraduate Student, Exercise Science, College of Education and Human Ecology
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.
Undergraduate Student, Biomedical Science, College of Medicine
Durshil is interested in concussions, ACL injuries, and sports medicine. He joined the MOvES research team to understand the mechanisms of these injuries, collect/analyze data, and develop conclusions that can be used to direct further research and improve injury outcomes. He plans to pursue a career in medicine and wants to gain experiences and perspectives on how to guide patients with various types of injuries.
Undergraduate Student, Neuroscience Pre-Medicine, College of Arts and Sciences
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.
Undergraduate Student, Neuroscience, College of Arts and Sciences
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.
Undergraduate Student, Exercise Science, Minor in Clinical Psychology, College of Education and Human Ecology
Jenna is interested in sports medicine – specifically injury prevention and recovery. She is also interested in the psychological impacts of injuries. She joined the MOvES Research Team in order to gain knowledge in research regarding sports medicine to further prepare for her career as an Athletic Trainer and/or Physical Therapist.
Undergraduate Student, Neuroscience, College of Medicine
Connor is interested in motion capture and neurological research. He joined the MOvES team to gain a better understanding of the technical and intellectual aspects of the research process. He plans to use his knowledge to pursue a career in medicine.
Undergraduate Student, Athletic Training, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
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.
Undergraduate Student, Nutrition, Minors in Business & Neuroscience, College of Education and Human Ecology
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.
Undergraduate Student, Neuroscience, Minor in Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences and College of Medicine.
Alie is interested in sports medicine and concussion prevention research, specifically in female lacrosse players. She joined the MOvES Research Team to gain some leadership experience and to understand how research plays a role in the medical field.
Undergraduate Student, Athletic Training, Minor in Clinical Psychology, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
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.
Undergraduate Student, Biology Pre-Med, Minor in Medical Humanities, School of Arts and Sciences
Madison is interested in sports medicine and injury prevention. She joined the MOvES lab to gain research experience and learn how to apply the knowledge to her future career as a physician.
Undergraduate Student at Walsh University, Exercise Science Pre-Physical Therapy, Minor in Psychology, College of Behavior and Health Sciences
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.
Undergraduate Student, Finance Pre-Medicine, Minor in Neuroscience, College of Arts and Sciences
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.
Undergraduate Student, Health Sciences Pre-Physical Therapy, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Minor in Integrative Approaches to Health and Wellness
Maddie is interested in helping athletes to reach optimal performance through training, recovery, and rehabilitation. She joined the MOvES Research Team to better understand how biomechanics and functional movement relate to pain and injuries, as well as the path to recovery. She hopes to gain first-hand, practical knowledge and real-world learning beyond the classroom in order to prepare for her career path in athletic training and physical therapy.
Undergraduate Student, Health Sciences Pre-Physical Therapy, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Minors in General Psychology and Integrative Approaches to Health and Wellness
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.