Lab Alumni

Meghan Miller, MS, ATC

Meghan Miller

Degrees
M.S. in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
M.S. in Kinesiology and Health Promotion, University of Kentucky
B.S. in Allied Medical Professions, The Ohio State University

Research Interests
Megan’s main research interest is lower extremity biomechanics associated with hip pathology.

Cambrie Starkel, MS, MBA

Cambrie Starkel (2)

Degrees
MBA, The Ohio State University
M.S. in Mecanical Engineering, University of California Davis
B.S.E in Biomedical Engineering, Arizona State University

Research Interests
Cambrie’s research interests include injury prevention, lower extremity musculoskeletal injuries, and functional pre-participation examinations. Specifically, she is interested in exploring if incorporating performance based tests designed to evaluate deficits in movement control will help identify athletes with increased predisposition for lower extremity musculoskeletal injury.

Dustin Grooms, PhD, ATC, CSCS

grooms_ahsw_1Assistant Professor, Ohio University
groomsd@ohio.edu

Degrees
PhD in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, The Ohio State University, 2015
M.Ed in Kinesiology, University of Virginia, 2009
B.S. in Athletic Training, Northern Kentucky University, 2008

Research Interests
Dustin is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Athletic Training in the School of Applied Health Sciences and Wellness at Ohio University. Dustin received his doctorate from the Ohio State University in health and rehabilitation sciences, with a focus on neuroscience and biomechanics. His dissertation was titled “Neuroplastic and Neuromuscular Effects of Knee Anterior Crucicate Ligament Injury“.  Prior to pursuing doctoral studies, Dustin was an assistant athletic trainer and instructor at the College of Mount Saint Joseph in Cincinnati Ohio, completed a master’s degree from the University of Virginia in kinesiology and bachelor’s degree from Northern Kentucky University in Athletic Training.   His main research interest is how the brain and movement mechanics change after musculoskeletal injury and therapy.

Eric Schussler, PhD, PT

eric-schussler2-picAssistant Professor, Old Dominion University
eschussl@odu.edu

Degrees
PhD in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, The Ohio State University, 2016
Masters of Physical Therapy, Gannon Universtiy, 2004
B.S. in Psychology, Gannon University, 2002

Research Interests
Eric’s research at Ohio State was focused on motor learning, injury prevention, tackling in football, and concussions.  His dissertation was titled “Assessment, Feedback and Head Accelerations in Youth American Football”.  Eric is currently an Assistant Professor at Old Dominion University.

Dan Clifton, PhD, MEd, ATC, CES

Research Associate, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

Degrees
Ph.D. in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, The Ohio State University, 2018
M.Ed. in Athletic Training, University of Virginia, 2011
B.S. in Athletic Training, Ithaca College, 2010

Research Interests
Dan is a research associate in the Injury Prevention Research Laboratory within the Consortium for Health and Military Performance (CHAMP) at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. His research focus is in injury epidemiology and advanced analytical approaches to injury prevention in military and civilian populations. Dan received his doctoral degree at The Ohio State University in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences with an emphasis in data analytics and injury epidemiology. His dissertation was titled “Functional Contributions to Lower Extremity Musculoskeletal Injury in High School Soccer and Basketball Athletes.” Prior to beginning his doctoral degree Dan was an instructor and athletic trainer at University of Charleston in West Virginia. Dan completed his master’s degree in athletic training at University of Virginia and his bachelor’s degree in athletic training at Ithaca College.

 

Mike McNally, PhD, MS, CSCS

Biomechanist, Tampa Bay Rays

Degrees
PhD In Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, The Ohio State University 2018 M.S. in Exercise Science, Biomechanics, East Carolina University
B.A. in Exercise Science and Sports Management, Mayville State University

Research Interests
Mike is involved in multiple projects with a variety of athletes and clinical populations with a range of orthopaedic and neurological conditions. His PhD work is currently focusing on the biomechanics of baseball pitching and the role of functional ability, particularly with respect to the core and lower extremities, for the optimization of performance while reducing pain and injury risk. Mike is currently a member of the American College of Sports Medicine, American Society of Biomechanics, and National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Chris Ballance, MS, ATC

Degrees                                                                                       
M.S. in School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Ohio State University
B.S. in Athletic Training, The Ohio State University

Research Interests
Chris’s primary research interests include human performance programs, preventive medicine, diagnostic procedures, and medical screening protocols within the military. As a Marine veteran of ten years, this is an area of study that he has personally experienced as a participant.

Matt Brancaleone, PhD, PT, DPT, SCS, AT

Degrees
PhD in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Ohio State University
Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT), Central Michigan University
B.S. in Athletic Training, Central Michigan University

Research Interests
Matt’s primary research interests include vestibular assessment and management of concussions and work with the deaf and hard of hearing population.

 

Emily Geyer, MD

Degrees
MD, Ohio State University 
B.S In Neuroscience and Behavior, University of Notre Dame

Research Interests
Emily’s research interests include the effects of sports-related concussive and sub-concussive impacts on postural control outcomes, particularly in soccer athletes, and optimization of sideline concussion assessments for baseline and return-to play protocols.

Maria Talarico, PhD, MS 

Degrees
PhD in Biomedical Engineering, Ohio State University   
M.S. in Biomedical Engineering, University of North Carolina/North Carolina State University
B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, The Ohio State University

Research Interests
Maria’s research interests include relationships between functional and cognitive performance under single- and dual-task paradigms, movement patterns of functional performance across active populations, neuromechanics of functional performance pre- and post-injury, and the functional, cognitive and neuromuscular implications of head impact injuries.

Julie Faieta, PhD, MOT, OTR/L 

Degrees
PhD in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Ohio State University 
M.S in Occupational Therapy  School of Medicine, The Ohio State University
B.S. in Dance Kinesiology, The Ohio State University.

 Research Interests
Julie’s primary area of research is in the development and evaluation of assistive and pervasive technology-based interventions to address health span and quality of life in neurodegenerative populations with a specific interested in Alzheimer’s and sleep focused interventions. Julie is interested in developing intervention protocols that can be effectively implemented to those at risk of disease development and differing stages of progression.

 


Undergraduate Students

Haley Adkins, B.S. in Evolution & Ecology, Ohio State University, 2021
Patrick Barton, B.S. in Athletic Training, Ohio State University, 2018
Brendan Baugher, B.S. in Biology, Ohio State University, 2018
Kayla Berezne, B.S. in Health Sciences, Ohio State University, 2021
Savannah Boleky, B.S. in Health Sciences, Ohio State University, 2018
Jarred Bowman, MPAS, B.S. in Kinesiology, Ohio State University, 2017; M.S. Physician Assistant, Marietta College, 2015
Carlan Bostick, B.S. in Exercise Science, Ohio State University, 2017
Jack Cerne, B.S. in Biology, Ohio State University, 2016
Gabrielle Colucci, B.S. in Exercise Science, Youngstown State University
Ben Crawford, B.S. in Exercise Science, Ohio State University, 2017
Armelle DeRiso, B.S. in Biology, Ohio State University, 2016
Olivia DiCarlantonio, B.S. in Pre-Public Health, Ohio State University, 2016
Delanie Garman, B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, Ohio State University, 2016
Cal Haefke, B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, Ohio State University, 2021
Nicole Hilton, B.S. in Exercise Science, Ohio State University, 2016
Tommy Hirsch, B.S. in Psychology of Rehabilitation, Ohio State University, 2018
Emily Holmes, B.S. in Pre-Physical Therapy, Ohio State University, 2017
Katie Jira B.S in Exercise Science, Ohio State University 2018
Michael Lantz, B.S. in Exercise Science, Ohio State University, 2018
Kristen Looman, B.S. in Exercise Science, Ohio State University, 2016
Caroline Manning, B.S. in Neuroscience, Ohio State University, 2021
Margaret Masty, B.S. in Athletic Training, Ohio State University, 2016
Luke Maymir, B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, Ohio State University, 2021
Lexi Meister, B.S. in Athletic Training, Ohio State University, 2015
Josh Mosier, B.S. in Athletic Training, Ohio State University, 2018
Makayla Newman, B.S. in Athletic Training, Ohio State University, 2021
Alex Popken, B.S. in Athletic Training, Ohio State University, 2017
Deepthi Reddy, B.S. in Health Sciences, Ohio State University, 2021
Andrew Rickly, B.S. in Exercise Science, Ohio State University, 2017
Dalton Rowell, B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, Ohio State University, 2018
Alex Schumacher, B.S. in Health Sciences, Ohio State University, 2016
Jared Seidel, B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, Ohio State University, 2016
Alex Silvestri, B.S. in Pre-Physical Therapy, Ohio State University, 2017
Abby Stapf, B.S. in Exercise Science, Ohio State University, 2016
Ani Tarimala, B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, Ohio State University, 2016
Adam Throckmorton, B.S in Health Information Sciences, Ohio State University, 2019    Rachel Weber, B.S. in Electrical Engineering, Ohio State University, 2017
Levi Weitzel, B.S. in Biology, Ohio State University, 2021