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Dr. Stacey Gorniak, F.A.H.A.

Associate Professor
Director, Center for Neuromotor and Biomechanics Research (CNBR)

Office Number: 2066 H2
Phone: 713-743-4802
Fax: 713-743-9860


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

Research Interests

My research interests are directed towards understanding healthy and pathological neuromuscular control. Specifically, I am interested in sensorimotor function and how neurological and muscular pathology changes how we interact with our environment. I am interested in investigating how neural changes due to aging, chronic health conditions and movement disorders affect functional actions, particularly of the hands in actions of daily living.

Recent Publications and Research Activity

Gorniak, S.L. (2019). The relationship between task difficulty and behavioral complexity. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics. 81(1): 12-19. PMID: 30506324

Gorniak, S.L., Lu, Y.F., Lee, B.C., Massman, P., Wang, J. (2019). Cognitive impairment and postural control deficits in adults with Type II Diabetes. Diabetes/Metabolism Research and Reviews. 35(2): e3089. PMID: 30338902

Gorniak, S.L., Collins, E.D., Goldie Staines, K., Brooks, F.A., Young, R.V. (2018). The impact of musical training on hand biomechanics in string musicians. HAND. (in press). doi: 10.1177/1558944718772388. PMID: 29696994.

Gorniak, S.L., Johnston, C.A. (2018). The Need for Innovative Methods to Increase Adherence in Individuals Experiencing Cognitive Decline. American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine. 12(4): 291-294.

Gulley, L.I., Gorniak, S.L., Layne, C.S. (2017). Effects of vibration training on elbow joint position sensing. Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Research ISSN: 2398-3353.

Pollonini, L., Younes, L., Gorniak, S.L., (2017). Hemodynamic function of forearm flexors during finger force production tasks in healthy adults. Muscle & Nerve. 56(3): 472-478. PMID: 27935081.

Thames, B., Gorniak, S.L. (2017). Coefficient of friction at the fingertips in Type II Diabetics compared to healthy adults. Journal of Applied Biomechanics. 33(3): 185-188. PMID: 27918701.

Meng, H., O’Connor, D.P., Lee, B.C., Layne, C.S. Gorniak, S.L. (2017). Alterations in over-ground walking patterns in obese and overweight adults. Gait & Posture. 53: 145-150. PMID: 28157576.

Ochoa, N., Gogola, G.R., Gorniak, S.L. (2016). Contribution of tactile sensory function to fine motor dysfunction in Type II Diabetes. Muscle & Nerve. 54: 895-902. PMID: 27061801.

Meng, H., O’Connor, D.P., Lee, B.C., Layne, C.S., Gorniak, S.L. (2016). Effects of adiposity on postural control and cognition. Gait & Posture 43: 31-37. PMID: 26669948.

Khan, A., Gorniak, S.L. (2016). Effects of force requirements on pinch force production in healthy young adults. Motor Control 20(3): 299-315. PMID: 26407451.

Madansingh, S., Gorniak, S.L. (2015). Using non-linear tools to evaluate movement of fragile objects. Journal of Applied Biomechanics 31(2): 95-101. PMID: 25386733.

Ochoa, N., Gorniak, S. L. (2014). Changes in sensory function and force production in adults with Type II Diabetes. Muscle & Nerve 50(6): 984-990. PMID: 24710967.

Gorniak, S.L., Khan, A., Ochoa, N., Sharma, M.D., Phan, C.L. (2014). Detecting subtle fingertip sensory and motor dysfunction in adults with Type II Diabetes. Experimental Brain Research 232(4): 1283-1291. PMID: 24468726.


B.S. in Physics at the Pennsylvania State University - Erie, The Behrend College, Erie, PA , 2004

M.S. in Kinesiology at the Pennsylvania State University - University Park, PA, 2006

Ph.D. in Kinesiology at the Pennsylvania State University - University Park, PA, 2009

Post-doc in Biomedical Engineering at the Cleveland Clinic - Cleveland, OH, 2011