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Dr. Mitzi Laughlin

Research Assistant Professor

Office Number: 105R GAR
Phone: 713-743-0405
Fax: 713-743-9860


Mailing Address:
3875 Holman St., Rm 104 Garrison
Houston, TX 77204-6015

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Research Interests

My research involves epidemiological investigations to determine the risk factors and rates of orthopedic injuries in diverse populations. This research utilizes cohort groups from NASA, military and civilian populations. Once risk factors or at risk groups are identified, athletic training and sports medicine principles are utilized to propose clinical interventions to minimize the risk. Additionally, my work with NASA includes an International Space Station (ISS) project to determine the rate of muscle atrophy during a typical 6-month mission.

Recent Publications and Research Activity

Morris BJ, Haigler R, Laughlin MS, Elkousy HA, Gartsman GM, Edwards TB. Workers’ compensation claims and outcomes following reverse shoulder arthroplasty. Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery. [Accepted – in press]

Morris BJ, Laughlin MS, Elkousy HA, Gartsman GM, Edwards TB. Preoperative Opioid Use and Outcomes Following Reverse Shoulder Arthroplasty, Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery. [epub ahead of press]

Elkousy HA, Heaps BM, Overturf S, Laughlin MS. Financial impact of third party reimbursement changes in the definition of codes 29881, 29880, and 29877, The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. [Accepted – in press]

Di Salvo V, Pigozzi F, González-Haro C, Laughlin MS, De Witt JK. Match Performance Comparison in Top English Soccer Leagues, International Journal of Sports Medicine. 34(6): 526-532, 2013.

O’Connor DP, Mahar MT, Laughlin MS, Jackson AS. The Bland-Altman method should not be used in regression cross-validation studies. Research Quarterly in Exercise and Sport. 82(4): 609-616, 2011.

O’Connor DP, Laughlin MS, Woods GW. Factors related to additional knee injuries after anterior cruciate ligament injury. Arthroscopy: The Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery. 21(4): 431-438, 2005.


B.S. in Secondary Education in Physical Education and Mathematics at University of Texas, 1991

M.S. in Exercise Science at University of Houston, 1999

Ph.D. in Kinesiology at University of Houston, 2002