Current Research

Health researchers at the School of Education primarily study psychology and physiology, creating knowledge that advances both fields. Our faculty and students are focused on dozens of projects that investigate pressing societal issues.

Kinesiology Research

Children with Special Needs: Epidemiology, Health Services and Outcomes

Dr. Benedict and colleagues are using epidemiological, health services and outcomes research methodologies to enhance our understanding of the special needs of children as well as the effectiveness of the delivery system in serving those needs.

Effects of Stroke and Alzheimer’s Disease on Function, Community Participation and Quality of Life

Dr. Edwards and her colleagues are using neurological, neuropsychological, occupational performance, and outcomes research methods to explore the effects of cognitive impairment and racial disparities in adults with stroke and Alzheimer’s disease.

Exercise Physiology

The Department of Kinesiology is home to a community of thriving laboratories investigating biodynamics, including the Diffee Lab, the Schrage Lab and the Barnes Lab.

Exercise Psychology

The Department of Kinesiology is home to several Exercise Psychology Labs, including the Cook Lab and Koltyn Lab.

Families and children with autism spectrum disorder

The Karla Ausderau Research Lab is dedicated to research questions concerning families and children with autism spectrum disorder.

Injuries and Sports

Our research is focused on making sports safer for kids.

Motor and Brain Development

The Motor Brain and Development Lab is dedicated to advancing knowledge about motor development, brain development and independent living skills to promote and enhance quality of life for individuals with and without developmental disorders.

Motor Behavior

The study of motor behavior broadly encompasses the psychological and physiological processes that affect motor performance. Under the direction of Dr. Andrea Mason, the Human Motor Behavior lab in the Department of Kinesiology is an active research environment where faculty and students collaborate on projects aimed at gaining a better understanding of the planning and performance of simple and complex manual activities in both natural and virtual environments.

Motor Systems Physiology

The Motor Systems Physiology Laboratory's long-term goal is to understand the neural control of reaching to grasp.

Neuromuscular Coordination

The Department of Kinesiology is home to faculty and students conducting fundamental neuromuscular coordination research, exploring the interactions between mechanics, neural control, and muscular coordination that allow humans and other animals to navigate their environments.