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Layci   Harrison

Layci Harrison, Ph.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor

Office Number: 2055 H2
Phone: 713.743.9875
Fax: 713.743.9860

Email: lharris5@Central.UH.EDU

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

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Dr. Layci Harrison, PhD, LAT, ATC is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Master of Athletic Training (MAT) Program where she serves as the coordinator of clinical education for 1st year MAT students and the coordinator of interprofessional education and patient simulation for the MAT program. Dr. Harrison earned a PhD in Health and Human Performance from Middle Tennessee State, an MS in Exercise Science from Cumberland University, and a BS in Athletic Training from Lock Haven University.

Dr. Harrison teaches the orthopedic module for the Master of Athletic Training Program. She is also the advisor for the Athletic Training Student Society and the Stop the Bleed student organization at UH. Dr. Harrison focuses her efforts on orthopedics and interprofessional education. She earned a microcredential in Interprofessional Education & Practice Faculty Development Program through The University of North Texas Health Science Center and is a TeamSTEPPS® Master Trainer.

Outside of teaching responsibilities, Dr. Harrison serves as a consultant for the Astronaut Strength, Conditioning, and Rehabilitation program at Johnson Space Center and a content expert for the traumatic brain injury course for the Houston Police Academy. As an active member of both the National Athletic Trainers’ Association and the American College of Sports Medicine, Dr. Harrison serves on various regional and national committees. She also serves the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education as a committee member and peer reviewer. She is a reviewer for multiple journals and serves the International Community of Scholars in Kinesiology as the Director of the Speaker Series for Student Research Week.

Research Interests

Dr. Harrison’s research interests include functional movement and how movement is related to balance ability. Specifically, she is am interested in ways to improve functional movement and the effects of improved functional movement scores on injury risk. She also studies how the effects of balance training can be crossed from the trained limb to the contralateral limb following lower body injuries as a way to expedite the injury rehabilitation process.

Contemporary Expertise

Anatomy/Orthopedics, Athletic Training & Interprofessional Education

Recent Publications and Research Activity


Clinical Nutrition in Athletic Training – Ch 7. Nutrition and Weight Management Slack Incorporated. 2022. ISBN# 978-1630918040


Harrison, L. J., Lepley, L. K. Fuller, D. K, Caputo, J. L. (2018, February). Cross-over effect of balance training after knee surgery. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southeast Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine, Chattanooga, TN.

The Cross Over Effect of Balance Training after Knee Surgery, Submitted to Journal of Sport Rehab: Dec. 2017

Harrison, L. Young, K., Stevens, S., & Caputo J. (2016). Underwater Treadmill Training for a Greenstick Fracture in a Collegiate Softball Player. Presented as a clinical case report to Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Symposium. June 2017. Accepted to The International Journal of Athletic Therapy & Training 3/20/17.

Harrison, L. (2017). The Influence of Vision Deficits on Balance Ability and Leisure Activity. Poster at Southeast American College of Sports Medicine Conference, Greenville, SC.

Harrison, L., Kong, M., & Caputo, J. (2015). Reliability of Biodex Balance System SD Limits of Stability Test– Thesis

2014, 2015, Post season Wingate Test for collegiate wrestling, Pre-season V02max Test for collegiate cross-country runners

Boucher, M., Dougherty E., & Watts, L. (2013). Does Disordered Eating Have a Correlation with Depressive Symptoms in Collegiate Wrestlers? Lock Haven University Capstone Research Project. Presented at Cumberland University, Lebanon, TN. May 2013.

Watts, L. (2012). Female Athlete Triad. Poster at Day of Scholarship. Lock Haven University, Lock Haven, PA. 2011

Watts, L. (2012). Femoral Cyst Case Study. Poster at Day of Scholarship. Lock Haven University, Lock Haven, PA. 2011.

2012, Designed an Emergency Action Plan for Montoursville High School, Montoursville, PA Spring 2012


B.S. in Athletic Training at Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania, 2013

M.S. in Health and Human Performance at Cumberland University, 2015

Ph.D. in Health and Human Performance at Middle Tennessee State University, 2018