The following individuals represent a subset of faculty who have active research programs in the Westbrook College of Health Professions at UNE and are potential mentors for student research. Be sure to explore other sources of information about faculty researchers in WCHP when seeking a Research Mentor.
LARA CARLSON, DPE., F.A.C.S.M., C.S.C.S.
Assistant Professor, Exercise and Sport Performance
The Carlson Lab focuses on a broad range of areas, from the molecular and cellular signaling mechanisms between skeletal muscle and the immune system following resistance exercise, to the thermoregulatory and physiological responses of motor sports athletes during competitive racing. Many of the lab projects provide essential research opportunities for students. So, please explore the website and feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.
JEANNE CHARLES, PT, Ph.D.
ERIN HARTIGAN, PT, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Physical Therapy
Erin Hartigan conducts research in the Motion Analysis Laboratory on UNE’s Portland campus. Her patient demographics are typically young, healthy athletes and patients who have sustained an injury to their knee, specifically an anterior cruciate ligament injury. You might work on research projects by performing duties including preparation and wrap-up of data collections, assisting subjects on testing activities and to feel comfortable, data processing, literature searching, etc. Students often serve as "subjects" during pilot testing. Other skills required include excellent communication and people skills, professionalism, dependability, flexibility in the schedule as subject’s availability varies from days, evenings, and weekends.
MICHAEL LAWRENCE, M.S.
Motion Analysis Lab Manager, Portland Campus
My research is usually focused on sports biomechanics, specifically resistance training. As a competitive powerlifter, I’m familiar with a variety of traditional and newer training methods. I like to test the efficacy of new training techniques or try to improve upon more established exercises. Past projects have focused on towing weighted sleds (during both walking and sprint starts) and unstable lifting. You can expect to be involved with all aspects of the research including study design, recruitment, data collection, and analysis of the biomechanical data. You would most likely be working in the Motion Analysis Lab and learning how to operate state of the art motion capture equipment throughout their experience.
KATY RUDOLPH, PT, Ph.D.
Director, Motion Analysis Lab and Associate Professor, Physical Therapy
My research interests include neuromuscular control of locomotion and the influence of chronic pain on movement, function and quality of life. I mainly study people with joint instability in anterior cruciate ligament deficiency and knee osteoarthritis; people with hemiparesis post-stroke and older adults. I'm also interested in developing new technologies for use in rehabilitation including muscle strengthening devices and rehabilitation robots for gait training.
PAUL VISICH, Ph.D.
Department Chair, Exercise and Sport Performance
Research Interests: Cardiovascular Physiology, Clinical Exercise Physiology, Cardiovascular Disease, Metabolic syndrome, Pediatrics, Altitude Physiology, Ice Hockey.
Current Research or Scholarship: Pediatric Cardiovascular Disease Risk factors Influence of obesity and physical inactivity on CV health.
Rebecca Boulos, M.P.H., Ph.D.
Dr. Boulos conducts research related to health promotion and disease prevention among children, college students, and adults. Her current research is focused on healthy food incentives in grocery settings and measuring physical activity and food environments in youth sports. Students working with Dr. Boulos will have hands-on opportunities to measure physical activity with accelerometers and weight/height (calculating body-mass-index), as well as survey development. Two potential projects are a dietary screener for children and a health behavior survey for college students.