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Doctoral Assistantships Available at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon

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  • Doctoral Assistantships Available at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon

    Faculty in Kinesiology in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences at Oregon State University are seeking qualified doctoral students. Our research group focuses on Athletic Training, Neuromechanics, and Sports Injury Prevention. Faculty in our group utilize an integrated approach that combines biomechanics and motor control. Specifically, we are interested in how the nervous system and musculoskeletal system work together to produce human movement and the relationships between specific movement patterns and musculoskeletal health. We complement this instrumented laboratory work with sport safety inquiry, including evidence based practice, injury surveillance and epidemiology, and public policy. The goal of the program is to develop a holistic understanding of the biological and physical aspects of human movement in the greater context of public health. Students will also gain training and practical experience in the basic tools and methods needed to be successful in researching human movement, whether in clinical, occupational, or sport applications. Coursework may encompass biomechanics, motor control, exercise physiology, research methods, public health, psychosocial kinesiology, engineering, and the life sciences. Each student’s program of study is tailored to meet individual interests. Assistantships are competitive, based on students’ strengths and experiences, include financial assistance, tuition and fee remission, and comprehensive health, vision, and dental care. Assistantships may be based on research and/or teaching within the College of Public Health and Human Sciences, including kinesiology courses, labs, and activity courses.

    Faculty areas of interest include
    Dr. Brown Crowell: sports-related lower extremity injuries, movement variability as it relates to injury occurrence, overuse and non-time-loss injuries.
    Dr. Johnson: understanding underlying neural mechanisms for improving explosive muscle performance, particularly as it relates to injury prevention and athletic performance.
    Dr. Norcross: lower extremity injury prevention, adoption and implementation of evidence-based best practices, injury surveillance.
    Dr. Hoffman: neural mechanisms associated with female ACL injuries, integrating a population health approach into athletic training practice, the athletic trainer’s role addressing the public health issues of asthma.

    Applicants should have:
    1. A masters’ (or DPT) degree in one of the following fields: kinesiology, biomechanics, athletic training, physical therapy, biomedical engineering, or other exercise science related field if applying to the PhD program. Students with a bachelor’s degree may be considered for the PhD or MS degrees with appropriate qualifications.
    2. Evidence of strong oral and written communication skills including basic computer skills.
    3. Evidence of interest and experience in human subjects research.

    Interested applicants may obtain more information and application instructions by clicking on the specific degree program at the link:
    Application information is here:
    Additional information regarding PhD and MS study is here:
    The OSU School of Biological and Population Sciences Department of Kinesiology website is here:

    The application deadline is December 15th, and admissions decisions are made by mid-January, so applicants are encouraged to apply before the end of the calendar year. Applicants are encouraged to contact the faculty directly before applying:

    Cathleen Brown Crowell PhD, ATC
    Sam Johnson PhD, ATC, CSCS
    Marc Norcross PhD, ATC
    Mark Hoffman PhD, ATC

    Please include a resume/CV, unofficial transcripts, GPA and GRE scores, and 1 page statement of research interests when contacting faculty directly.