Jinger S. Gottschall

 Jinger Gottschall

Associate Professor of Kinesiology

Contact Information

29J Recreation Building
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park PA 16802


(fax) 814-863-4755





PhD 2004, Integrative Physiology, University of Colorado

Research Interests

My primary research objective is to perform mechanistic research regarding how humans effortlessly transition between complex scenarios in the natural environment in order to promote functional mobility. It is critical that data are obtained to help characterize the strategies that mediate gait transitions for populations that have difficulty walking on a daily basis.

My secondary research objective is to complete studies with a focus on physical fitness in adults for the preservation of independence and prevention of disease. The goal of these projects is to evaluate which exercise routines are optimal in terms of health benefits as well as participant retention.


  • biomechanics and neurophysiology of human locomotion on level as well as hill surfaces
  • cardiovascular and muscular physiology of physical activity interventions

Selected Publications

Gottschall, J.S., Sheehan, R.C. and Okita, N. Muscle activity patterns of the tensor fascia latae and adductor longus for ramp and stair walking. Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology, 2012.

Gottschall, J.S., Okorokov, D.Y., Okita, N. and Stern, K.A. Walking strategies during the transition between level and hill surfaces. Journal of Applied Biomechanics, 2011.

Gottschall, J.S. and Nichols, T.R. Neuromuscular strategies for the transitions between level and hill surfaces during walking. Philosophical Transactions B of the Royal Society. 2011.

Gottschall, J.S., Aghazarian, G.A., and Rorhbach, E.A. The metabolic and muscular differences between two stair climbing strategies of young adults. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 24:2558-2563, 2010.

Strategic Themes

  • Domains of Health and Behavior
  • Populations of Special Interest