Health and Human Performance
The University of Houston
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Houston, TX 77204-6015
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Graduate Research Degrees (GRD) Committee

Dr. Mark Clarke, Associate Professor, Exercise Science – Research Areas: Muscle physiology, muscle adaptation to mechanical loading, cellular basis of muscle function in health and disease.

Dr. Michael Cottingham, Assistant Professor - Promotional strategies in sport, consumer behavior, and disability sport.

Dr. Stacey Gorniak, Assistant Professor - Research interests directed towards understanding healthy and pathological neuromuscular control. Specifically interested in sensori-motor challenges in hand function and understanding how neurological pathology changes how people use their hands. Investigating neural changes due to aging, traumatic brain injury, and neuropathy affect functional hand use, particularly in actions of daily living.

Dr. Daphne Hernandez, Assistant Professor - Research has focused on family-related factors, such as poverty and family structure, and their influence food insecurity and food assistance program participation and how family-related factors and participation in public assistance programs influence child and adult health outcomes.

Dr. Charles Layne, Professor, Motor Control– Research Areas: Development of human coordination, investigation of locomotion/posture control and the role of somatosensory input on muscle contraction.

Dr. Tracey Ledoux, Assistant Professor - Research Areas: Develop effective obesity prevention interventions that target psychosocial mediators to mitigate the impact of the obesigenic environment and the natural rewarding properties of food on the individual among families in the earliest years of development. Related to these ultimate research goals are identifying 1) mediators to overeating, 2) effective behavior change strategies, and 3) valid/reliable measures of these variables.

Dr. Thomas Lowder, Assistant Professor, Exercise Science - Research Areas: effect of exercise and stress on the immune system in young and aged subjects, role of regulatory T cells and how exercise can alter the functional ability of these cells, animal and environmental physiology.

Dr. Daniel O’Connor, Associate Professor, Exercise Science – Research Areas: Evaluation of subject-level outcomes and effects; measurement of health, health-related quality of life, and health-related behaviors; measurement error, validity, linear models, and latent variable models.

Dr. William Paloski, Professor, Understanding normal and abnormal sensory-motor control of balance and locomotion. Studying and modeling the biomechanics, neural control, and adaptive responses of this system to space flight, aging, injury, and disease, other manifestations of altered sensory-motor control. Multi-system physiological adaptations to acute and/or chronic changes in gravito-inertial loading. Using rotational inertial loading (artificial gravity) to alleviate effects of physiological deconditioning caused by long-term exposure to microgravity.

Dr. Richard Simpson, Assistant Professor, Effects of exercise, age and disease on immune function. Physiological demands and performance indicators of soldier load-carriage performance.

Dr. Adam Thrasher, Assistant Professor, Rehabilitation of severe movement disorders such as Spinal Cord Injury, stroke and Parkinson’s Disease. Development of new techniques to improve function, including functional electrical stimulation, robot-assisted gait training and virtual reality. Assessing pathological motor behavior using biomechanics, gait analysis, posturography and electromyography.