Faculty Research Interests

Our research faculty make life-enhancing discoveries for our world. This list indicates their varied interests. Faculty who are also doctoral student advisors are indicated with an asterisk.


Faculty Member Areas of Interest Lab
Armstrong, Ketra * Sports marketing; sport consumer behavior; impact of race and/or gender on sport consumption; sport behaviors of women and consumers of African descent. Michigan Center for Sport Management
Babiak, Kathy * Organizational theory, interorganizational relationships, strategic alliances, relationship marketing, Olympic sport. Michigan Center for Sport Management
Borer, Katarina * Exercise endocrinology: the hormonal, metabolic, and psychophysical consequences of acute exercise-associated energy expenditure; hormonal, metabolic and cardiovascular effects of training in aging. Exercise Endocrinology Laboratory
Broglio, Steven * Sports medicine: mild traumatic brain injury prevention, biomechanics, assessment, and treatment, postural control. NeuroTrauma Research Laboratory
Brown, Susan * Motor coordination, Aging, Stroke, Cerebral Palsy, Rehabilitation. Motor Control Laboratory
Cartee, Greg * Exercise, diet, and age effects on insulin signaling and glucose metabolism in skeletal muscle. Muscle Biology Laboratory
Chen, Weiyun * Innovative and technology-enhanced physical activity interventions; determinants of developing physically active habits; impact of physical activities on physical and psychosocial health and brain cognitions. Physical Activity and Health Laboratory
Colabianchi, Natalie * The role of environments and policies in facilitating physical activity behavior in children and adults.  She is also interested in physical activity measurement, including accelerometry and direct observation.  Dr. Colabianchi is setting up her lab (Fall 2015)
Ferris, Daniel * Biomechanics, neuromechanical control, locomotion, prosthetics, robotic exoskeletons, rehabilitation, mobile brain imaging Human Neuromechanics Laboratory
Fort, Rod * Sport economics; regulation; microeconomics Michigan Center for Sport Management
Gates, Deanna * Biomechanics, rehabilitation, prosthetic and orthotics, control of repetitive movements, nonlinear dynamics. Rehabilitation Biomechanics Laboratory
Goulet, Grant Mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering, sport biomechanics, orthopaedics Michigan Performance Research Laboratory
Gross, Melissa * Biomechanics; expression of emotion and mood disorders in body movements; impact of action-based learning activities on student learning outcomes. Behavioral Biomechanics Laboratory
Hasson, Rebecca * Causes and consequences of childhood obesity in multiethnic populations. Childhood Disparities Research Laboratory
Heinze, Kathryn * Organizational and institutional change, sport and social issues Michigan Center for Sport Management
Horowitz, Jeff * Regulation of fuel mobilization and oxidation and the impact of this regulation on human health Substrate Metabolism Laboratory
Helen Huang My research goal is to help restore movement and mobility in individuals with neurological impairments.  Human Neuromechanics Laboratory
Kwak, Dae Hee * Sport Consumer Behavior, Sport Consumer Psychology, Sport Media Behavior, and Cognitive Biases and Emotion. Michigan Center for Sport Management
Lipps, David * Biomechanics; musculoskeletal imaging; injury mechanisms; upper extremity injuries; rehabilitation. Dr. Lipps is setting up his lab (Fall 2015)
Long, Judith Grant * 1) The intersection of sports, tourism, city planning and economic development; 2) Finance and delivery of sports and touristic infrastructures via public-private partnerships; 3) Planning for sports and tourism mega-projects, with a current focus the Olympic Games; 4) Assessing and improving host city experiences and outcomes; 5) Fieldwork-based teaching models, studio pedagogy. Center for Sport & Policy
Meehan, Sean * Motor control & learning; brain imaging; Non-invasive brain stimulation (TMS); Rehabilitation post-stroke. Human Sensorimotor Laboratory
Moore, David * Consumer behavior; marketing sports participation and healthy lifestyles Michigan Center for Sport Management
O'Donnell, Michael 1) The relationship between health risks, medical costs and other financial outcomes at the organization and national level; 2) What works best in health promotion. Health Management Research Center
Palmieri-Smith, Riann * Neuromuscular consequences of joint injury relating to arthrogenic muscle inhibition; mechanisms of post-traumatic osteoarthritis Neuromuscular Research Laboratory
Robinson, Leah E. * 1) Assessment of motor performance and physical activity along with the implementation of evidence-based interventions to maximize physical activity, motor skills, and physical health and development in pediatric populations; 2) The effect of evidence-based interventions on school/academic readiness and cognitive outcomes. Child Movement, Activity, and Developmental Health Laboratory
Rosentraub, Mark * Economic, community, and social development; urban policy, management, and administration; public finance; the economics and management of sports; tourism, amenities, social and economic development; regional and local governance. Center for Sport & Policy
Schultz, Alyssa Health behaviors and their impact on a person's quality of life, vitality, and productivity. Health Management Research Center
Seidler, Rachael * Neural control of movement, motor learning, brain imaging, and aging. Neuromotor Behavior Laboratory
Szymanski, Stefan * Sports management and economics; sport history, culture and society; European sport and the internationalization of sport; international sports federations and the governance of sport. Michigan Center for Sport Management
Templin, Thomas * Templin’s academic research/ scholarship has focused on role and socialization theory. Specifically, he has examined socialization processes linked to pre-service and in-service teachers alike. Dr. Templin is Associate Dean for Undergraduate Affairs
Ulrich, Beverly Dynamic systems theory, development of motor control, gait (modeling, kinematics), spina bifida, Down syndrome, infants and children. Dr. Ulrich is professor emerita of Movement Science and IONM Program liaison.
Ulrich, Dale * Motor behavior and development in infants and children with Down syndrome and autism, assessment of motor behavior and performance in children, designing and testing interventions to maximize physical activity, motor skill development, community participation, and quality of life in children with Down syndrome and autism. Center on Physical Activity and Health in Pediatric Disabilities
Yen, Louis Worksite health; population health management; health risks; health care costs; and productivity. Health Management Research Center
Zernicke, Ron Functional adaptation of bone to physiological stimuli (exercise, disuse, diet, and disease); bone-cartilage interactions in post-traumatic osteoarthritis; biomechanical mechanisms underlying control of normal and pathological movements. Dr. Zernicke is dean of the school

* Doctoral student advisors