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Many of the doctoral dissertations and master's theses published since 2008 and listed below are available for download free of charge. Click on the title of the dissertation or thesis to go to the corresponding record in Penn State's eTD (electronic thesis and dissertation) database, which is searchable by author, year, degree, program, and committee members.

Doctoral Dissertations in Kinesiology

2018
Billie Alba Vasoprotective Mechanisms of Dairy-Based Foods: A Dietary Intervention Strategy for Reducing Cardiovascular Disease Risk Lacy M. Alexander (Dissertation Advisor); W. Larry Kenney (Committee Chair)
Ali Falaki Impaired Control of Multi-Muscle Synergies in Parkinson's Disease Mark L. Latash (Dissertation Advisor and Committee Chair)
Jarrod Jonsrud Sports and Moral Excellence: The Intersections of Sports and Authenticity R. Scott Kretchmar (Dissertation Advisor and Committee Chair)
Jay Lieberman The Role of Energy Availability in the Induction and Reversal of Menstrual Disturbances in Exercising Women Nancy I. Williams (Dissertation Advisor and Committee Chair)
Sasha Reschechtko Roles of Feedback in the Stability of Multi-Finger Action Mark L. Latash (Dissertation Advisor and Committee Chair)

 

2017
Sakdapong Chavanaves Exploration of Gait Variability and Local Dynamic Stability of Foot and Trunk in Human Walking Using Accelerometers Robert B. Eckhardt and Stephen J. Piazza (Dissertation Co-Advisors and Committee Co-Chairs)

Daniel Craighead

Elucidation of Novel Therapeutic Targets in the Microvasculature of Hypertensive Humans

Lacy M. Alexander (Dissertation Advisor); W. Larry Kenney (Committee Chair)

Moé Kishida

Utilizing Qualitative and Quantitative Methods to Shed Light on the Relational Influences of Yoga On and Off the Mat Steriani Elavsky (Dissertation Advisor and Committee Chair)
Thomas Newman Ankle Bracing and its Effects on Dynamic Balance and Functional Performance Measures in a Reserve Officers' Training Corp William E. Buckley (Dissertation Advisor and Committee Chair)
Chih Hsiang Yang A Time-Varying Perspective on Mindfulness and Physical Activity David E. Conroy (Dissertation Advisor and Committee Chair)

 

2016
Adam Berg Denver ’76: The Winter Olympics and the Politics of Growth in Colorado During the Late 1960s and Early 1970s Mark Dyreson (Dissertation Advisor and Committee Chair)
Aviroop Dutt-Mazumder Collective Variables in Dynamic Postural Stability Karl M. Newell (Dissertation Advisor and Committee Chair)
Hang Jin Jo Impairments in the Stability of Hand Function in Patients with Neurological Disorders Mark L. Latash (Dissertation Advisor and Committee Chair)
Andrew Linden Political Football: Social Movements and the Professional Gridiron in the United States, 1955-1979 Jessica Schultz (Dissertation Advisor and Committee Chair)
Dangaia Sims Complete Streets Policy Analysis and Examination of Influence on Travel, Health, and Health Disparities Melissa Bopp (Dissertation Advisor and Committee Chair)

 

2015
Colleen English Feminist Considerations for Justice in Sport: A Conceptual and Philosophic Analysis of Reform R. Scott Kretchmar (Dissertation Advisor and Committee Chair)
Tsung-Yu Hsieh Entropy of Speed and Accuracy Trade-Off in Space-Time Karl M. Newell (Dissertation Advisor and Committee Chair)
Curtis Kindel Moment-angle Relationship of Hip Musculature John H. Challis (Dissertation Advisor and Committee Chair)
Jessica Kutz A Physiological Role for Hydrogen Sulfide in the Human Cutaneous Circulation Lacy M. Alexander (Dissertation Advisor); W. Larry Kenney (Committee Chair)
Jaclyn Maher The Dynamics of Daily Sedentary Behavior in Older Adults David E. Conroy (Dissertation Advisor and Committee Chair)
Alicia Montalvo The Effects of Kinesiology Tape on Pain and Functional Measures Acutely and Over Time in Patients with Patellofemoral Pain William E. Buckley (Dissertation Advisor and Committee Chair)
Tao Zhou Equifinality and its Violations in Multi-Joint Positional Tasks Mark L. Latash (Dissertation Advisor and Committee Chair)

 

2014
Ji Hyun Ko Postural Coordination Patterns and Surface of Support Dynamics Karl M. Newell (Dissertation Advisor and Committee Chair)
Ryan Rosendale Functional Movement Assessment and Change After a Physical Fitness Training Program in Law Enforcement Personnel William E. Buckley (Dissertation Advisor and Committee Chair)
Alek Rothenberg-Cunningham Perception-Action Coupling in Interceptive Tasks Karl M. Newell (Dissertation Advisor and Committee Chair)
Anna Stanhewicz The Aging Cutaneous Microvasculature: Altered Mechanisms and Novel Intervention Strategies Lacy M. Alexander (Dissertation Advisor); W. Larry Kenney (Committee Chair)
Herman van Werkhoven Influence of Foot and Ankle Structure on Optimal Performance in Different Motor Tasks Stephen J. Piazza (Dissertation Advisor and Committee Chair)
Benjamin Webb Examination and Promotion of Health Behaviors Among Clergy in a Faith-Based Setting Melissa Bopp (Dissertation Advisor and Committee Chair)
Yen-Hsun Wu Effects of Practicing Accurate Force Production Tasks on Multi-Digit Coordination: Performance, Synergies, and Transfer Mark L. Latash (Dissertation Advisor and Committee Chair)
Yang Xu Forces And Moments Generated By The Human Arm: Variability And Control Vladimir M. Zatsiorsky (Dissertation Advisor and Committee Chair)
Kai Zhang Multimodal Functional Neuroimaging of Oculomotor Deficits in Athletes with Concussion Semyon Slobounov (Dissertation Advisor and Committee Chair)

 

2013
Rebecca Bruning The Mechanisms and Functional Implications of Altered Microvascular Vasoreactivity in Healthy and Essential Hypertensive Men and Women Lacy M. Alexander (Dissertation Advisor); W. Larry Kenney (Committee Chair)
Daniel Gales Human Subcalcaneal Fat Pad Mechanical Properties John H. Challis (Dissertation Advisor and Committee Chair)
Michael Gay The Effects of Performing the YMCA Bike Protocol on General Brain Function in Athletes With and Without Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Semyon Slobounov (Dissertation Advisor and Committee Chair)
Jenna Gibbs Psychometric Indicators of Eating Behavior and Risk Factors Associated with Physiological Adaptations to the Female Athlete Triad in Exercising Women Mary Jane De Souza (Dissertation Advisor and Committee Chair)
Amanda Hyde Automatic Regulation of Physical Activity David Conroy (Dissertation Advisor and Committee Chair)
Brian Johnson The Effects of Subconcussive Head Trauma in Athletics Semyon Slobounov (Dissertation Advisor and Committee Chair)
Adam King Motor Learning and Force Output Dynamics Karl M. Newell (Dissertation Advisor and Committee Chair)
Rebecca Mallinson The Roles of Reproductive Function, Body Composition, and Metabolic Status in Bone Health of Young Exercising Women Mary Jane De Souza (Dissertation Advisor and Committee Chair)
Saandeep Mani Hemispheric Contributions to Motor Control and Arm Preference in Unilateral Stroke Patients Robert L. Sainburg (Dissertation Advisor and Committee Chair)
Erica Rauff Understanding Strategies to Manage Gestational Weight Gain in Overweight/obese Prenatal Women: Integrating Theory, Technology, and Healthcare Provider Beliefs Danielle Symons Downs (Dissertation Advisor and Committee Chair)
Riley Sheehan Physiological and Environmental Influences on Hill Locomotor Strategies Jinger S. Gottschall (Dissertation Advisor and Committee Chair)
Zheng Wang The Inter- and Intra-foot Coordination Dynamics of Quiet Standing Postures Karl M. Newell (Dissertation Advisor and Committee Chair)

 

2012
Josh Baxter Linking Foot and Ankle Musculoskeletal Structure to Locomotor Function Stephen J. Piazza (Dissertation Advisor and Committee Chair)
Joel Martin Control of Multi-Finger Pressing: Studied with Mechanical and Hypothetical Control Variables Vladimir M. Zatsiorsky (Dissertation Advisor and Committee Chair)
Jennifer Reed The Role of Low Energy Availability in Predicting an Energy Deficiency and Menstrual Disturbances in Recreational and Competitive Athletes Nancy I. Williams (Dissertation Advisor and Committee Chair)
Brian Richardson Winning and Losing: A Philosophical Analysis R. Scott Kretchmar (Dissertation Advisor and Committee Chair)
Jennifer Scheid The Role of Peptide YY and Ghrelin in Regulating Energy Homeostasis and Reproductive Function in Young Exercising Women Mary Jane De Souza (Dissertation Advisor and Committee Chair)
Tarkeshwar Singh Effects of Neuromuscular Fatigue on Hierarchical Control and Motor Synergies Mark L. Latash (Dissertation Advisor and Committee Chair)
Varadhan Srinivasan KariyaMaanikam Discrete and Cyclical Force Production in Multi-Finger Pressing and Prehension Tasks Mark L. Latash (Dissertation Advisor and Committee Chair)
Tucker Tomlinson The Dynamic Dominance Hypothesis as a General Theory of Human Motor Control Robert L. Sainburg (Dissertation Advisor and Committee Chair)
Giampietro (John) Vairo Neuromechanical Knee Joint Profiles following Ipsilateral Hamstring Tendons Autograft Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction William E. Buckley (Dissertation Advisor and Committee Chair)
Stephen Yang Comparing Energy Expenditure, Exertion, and Enjoyment of Adolescents Playing Exergames Melissa Bopp (Dissertation Advisor and Committee Chair)

 

2011
Jennifer DiNallo Examining the Moderating Influence of Motherhood Status on the Determinants of Exercise Motivation and Behavior in Pregnancy Danielle Symons Downs (Dissertation Advisor and Committee Chair )
John Gleaves From Science to Sport: A Cross Disciplinary Examination of the Justification for Doping Bans R. Scott Kretchmar (Dissertation Advisor and Committee Chair )
Douglas Haladay Investigation of Abdominal Muscle Performance and Stabilization Exercises in Persons with and without Low Back Pain John H. Challis (Dissertation Advisor and Committee Chair )
Xiaogang Hu Constraints, Redundancy, and Patterns of Force Coordination Karl M. Newell (Dissertation Advisor and Committee Chair )
Mei-Hua Lee The Emergence and Development of Reaching in Infancy Karl M. Newell (Dissertation Advisor and Committee Chair )

 

2010
Chad Carlson Play, Games, and Philosophy: A Metaphysical and Axiological Study R. Scott Kretchmar (Dissertation Advisor and Committee Chair)
Benjamin Infantolino Investigation of Human Muscle Variability and its Effects on Musculoskeletal Models John H. Challis (Dissertation Advisor and Committee Chair)
James Lang Sympathetic Noradrenergic Mechanisms of Thermoregulatory Vasoconstriction in Aged Human Skin W. Larry Kenney (Dissertation Advisor and Committee Chair)
Matthew Llewellyn Rule Britannia: Nationalism, Identity, and the Modern Olympic Games Mark Dyreson (Dissertation Advisor and Committee Chair)
Xun Niu Control Mechanisims of Multi-finger Grasping Vladimir M. Zatsiorsky (Dissertation Advisor and Committee Chair)

 

2009
Abbey Bower An Investigation of Trabecular Bone Morphology Neil A. Sharkey (Dissertation Advisor and Committee Chair)
Cheng Cao Neural Dysfunctions as a Result of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: EEG Study Semyon Slobounov (Dissertation Advisor and Committee Chair)
Michael Duffey A Biomechanical Analysis of the Bench Press John H. Challis (Dissertation Advisor and Committee Chair)
Stacey Gorniak Hierarchical Control of Prehension Mark L. Latash (Dissertation Advisor and Committee Chair)
Eric James Coordination Dynamics in Redundant and Non-Redundant Motor Tasks Karl M. Newell (Dissertation Advisor and Committee Chair)
Sara Jarvis The Study of Sex Differences in the Regulation of Orthostatic Blood Pressure: the Role of the Splanchnic Circulation James A. Pawelczyk (Dissertation Advisor and Committee Chair)
Yatin Kirane Performance Characteristics of Custom-Designed Posterior-Step Glenoid Prostheses in Total Shoulder Arthroplasty Neil A. Sharkey and April D. Armstrong (Dissertation Co-Advisors and Committee Co-Chairs)
Adam Kuperavage Inferences Concerning Bipedal Locomotion from the Internal Structure of the BAR 1002’00 and BAR 1003’00 Femoral Fragments Robert B. Eckhardt (Dissertation Advisor and Committee Chair)
Sabrina Lee Musculoskeletal Architecture and Plantarflexor Muscle Function in the Human Ankle Joint Stephen J. Piazza (Dissertation Advisor and Committee Chair)
Douglas McLaughlin Reinventing the Wheel: On Games and the Good Life R. Scott Kretchmar (Dissertation Advisor and Committee Chair)
Pratik Mutha Goal-dependent Modulation of Reflex Responses during Movement Robert L. Sainburg (Dissertation Advisor and Committee Chair)
Holly Preston Effects of Exercise and Genetic Strain on Bone Strength, Musculoskeletal Gene Expression and Activity Levels in C57BL/6J and DBA/2J Adult Female Mice Teresa C. Lang and Neil A. Sharkey (Dissertation Co-Advisors and Committee Co-Chairs)
Rajiv Ranganathan Utilizing Redundancy in Motor Learning Karl M. Newell (Dissertation Advisor and Committee Chair)

 

2008
Lindsay Baker Fluid and Sodium Balance during Exercise in Special Populations W. Larry Kenney (Dissertation Advisor and Committee Chair)
Alessander Dos Santos Multi-Muscle Coordination in Postural Tasks Mark L. Latash (Dissertation Advisor and Committee Chair)
Kelly Dougherty Thermoregulation and Fluid Balance in Children Exercising in the Heat W. Larry Kenney (Dissertation Advisor and Committee Chair)
Miranda Kaye The Development and Validation of an Interpersonal Measure of Unsportspersonlike Behavior R. Scott Kretchmar (Dissertation Advisor and Committee Chair)
Halla Olafsdottir Age Related Differences in Multi-Digit Coordination Mark L. Latash (Dissertation Advisor and Committee Chair)
Beth Parker Age and Sex Differences in Local Vasodilation and Exercise Hyperemia David N. Proctor (Dissertation Advisor and Committee Chair)
Jody Preische Determining Return-To-Play Predictors Following Non-Season Ending Injuries William E. Buckley (Dissertation Advisor and Committee Chair)
Sydney Schaefer Ipsilesional Motor Performance Following Stroke: Evidence for Motor Lateralization Robert L. Sainburg (Dissertation Advisor and Committee Chair)
Jeremy Smith Effects of Prosthesis Inertia on the Mechanics and Energetics of Amputee Locomotion Philip E. Martin (Dissertation Advisor and Committee Chair)
Gregg Twietmeyer Embodying Kinesis: How Aristotle and Polanyi Reshape the Philosophy of Kinesiology R. Scott Kretchmar (Dissertation Advisor and Committee Chair)
Wei Zhang The Control of Rotational Hand Actions by Multi-Digit Synergies Mark L. Latash (Dissertation Advisor and Committee Chair)

 

Master's Theses in Kinesiology

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2011
Cory Hofmann Evidence of Isometric Function of the Flexor Hallucis Longus and Flexor Digitorum Longus during the Stance Phase of Gait Neil A. Sharkey (Thesis Advisor)
Yao Sun Prehension Synergies during Smooth Changes of the External Load or Torque: Time and History Effect on Multi-digit Coordination Mark L. Latash (Thesis Advisor)

 

2010
Maggie Corr The Role of Leptin in the Etiology of Exercise-Associated Menstrual Disturbances Nancy I. Williams (Thesis Advisor)
Amanda Hyde Experimentally-Manipulated Achievement Goal States Regulate Self-Conscious Emotional Responses to Feedback David E. Conroy (Thesis Advisor)
Shweta Kapur Finger Interaction in a Three Dimensional Pressing Task: Control of Force Magnitude and Direction and Age Related Differences Mark L. Latash (Thesis Advisor)
Terran Palmer-Angell Shamatha Practice and the Pursuit of Optimal Experience: Investigating the Use of Contemplative Training within Sport and Performance Related Disciplines R. Scott Kretchmar (Thesis Advisor)
Erica Rauff The Influence of Prepregnancy Weight Status on the Biopsychosoical Determinants of Body Image Satisfaction in Pregnancy Danielle Symons Downs (Thesis Advisor)
Ryan Rosendale Evaluation of Air-Displacement Plethysmography for Assessing Body Composition in Children Ages 6-48 Months Cynthia J. Bartok (Thesis Advisor)
Alek Rothenberg-Cunningham Children’s Age-Related Performance in Striking Moving Targets Karl M. Newell (Thesis Advisor)
Riley Sheehan Characterization of Walking Strategies During Slope and Stair Transitions Jinger S. Gottschall (Thesis Advisor)
Keith Stern Biomechanical Strategies for Hill Walking as well as the Transitions between Level and Hill Surfaces: Comparisons Within Footwear Types and Age Groups Jinger S. Gottschall (Thesis Advisor)
Jared Treece Exercise and Alcohol Dependence George Graham (Thesis Advisor)
Wan-Ting Tseng Postural Control of Ballet Poses Karl M. Newell (Thesis Advisor)

 

2009
2008
Xiaogang Hu Variability in the Acquisition and Control of a Throwing Task Dagmar Sternad (Thesis Advisor)
Sun Kim Finger Inter-Dependence: Linking the Kinetic and Kinematic Variables Mark L. Latash (Thesis Advisor)
Daniel Peterson Effects of Age and Speed on Coactivation, Variability, and Joint Kinetics during Walking Philip Martin (Thesis Advisor)
Herman van Werkhoven Comparison of Circular and Lever Pedaling: a Modeling Approach Philip Martin (Thesis Advisor)