Research Projects

Ongoing Studies

Chronic Pain, Motor Output and Motor Learning in Knee Osteoarthritis

Principal Investigator: Katherine Rudolph, Ph.D., P.T.  Co-Investigators: Tamara King, Ph.D.; Chunhao Tu, Ph.D
Funding: NIH NIAMS/NIA        1R15AR068627-01A1 (in review)             04/01/2016 - 03/31/2019
Recruiting Subjects? Yes (Subject Recruitment Information)
Student Research Opportunities? Yes (please contact Dr. Rudolph)

Does a Neuromuscular Training Program Improve Mechanics during Landing and Cutting Maneuvers

Investigators: Casey Cottle (D.P.T.'16) and Sebastian Stoltfuz (D.P.T. '16)
Mentor: Michael Lawrence, M.S.
Funding: UNE 2014 IPEC Mini-Grant
Currently Recruiting Subjects? No
Student Research Opportunities? No

Does Sensory Sensitivity affect Motor Learning?

Principal Investigator: Katherine Rudolph, Ph.D., P.T.
Student Researchers: Irina Fedulow (D.P.T.'15); Sarah Cooper (Biochemistry and Neuroscience ‘15)
Currently Recruiting Subjects? Yes (more information)
Student Research Opportunities? Yes (please contact Dr. Rudolph)

Completed Studies


Sled towing increases hip work generation in the sagittal and frontal planes more than wearing a weighted vest

Investigators: James Townsend (D.P.T. '15), Erin Collins (D.P.T. '15), Kaitlin Powers (D.P.T. '15)
Mentors: Erin Hartigan, Ph.D., P.T., A.T.C., O.C.S., Michael Lawrence, M.S.; Thomas Murray, M.D.; Bernadette Shaw, P.A.C.

The Relationship between Pain Sensitivity and Motor Adaptations Pilot Project

Investigator: Irina Fedulow (D.P.T. '15)
Mentor: Katherine Rudolph, Ph.D., P.T.
Funding: UNE Minigrant #PRUD


Force Production and Muscle Activity during Sprint Start while Pulling a Weighted Sled

Investigators: Chad Lyons (AES ’15) 
Mentor: Michael Lawrence, M.S. 
Funding: NEACSM 2014 Undergraduate Research Experience Grant 


A Comparison of Knee Moments During a Lateral Cutting Maneuver: Shod Vs. Barefoot

Investigators: Brianna Biesti (AT '12) and Casey Cottle (AES '12)
Mentors: Lara Carlson, Ph.D., F.A.C.S.M. and Michael Lawrence, M.S.
Funding: 2012 NEACSM Undergraduate Research Experience Grant

Effects of a 6 Week Intervention Program on Lower Limb Joint Moment Asymmetry in Healthy Female Collegiate Athletes

Richard (Lee) Spencer (D.P.T. ’12), Alison St. Jeanos (D.P.T. ’12) and Michael Wynot (D.P.T. ’12)
Mentors: Erin Hartigan, Ph.D., P.T. and Michael Lawrence, M.S. 

Lower limb moments differ when towing a weighted sled with different attachment points 

Investigators: Brianna Biesti (A.T. '12) and Casey Cottle (A.E..S '12).
Mentors: Michael Lawrence, M.S., Lara Carlson, Ph.D., F.A.C.S.M.

Rate of Loading and Lower Extremity Sagittal Plane Biomechanics When Landing from a Drop-Jump: Shod and Barefoot Comparisons Between Genders

Robert Cochrane (D.P.T. ’12) and Brian McNeaney (D.P.T. ’12) 
Mentor: Michael Lawrence, M.S. and Erin Hartigan, Ph.D., P.T.

The Effect of Load on Movement Coordination During Sled Towing

Daniel Leib (D.P.T. ’12) and Cara Masterson (D.P.T. ’12)
Mentors: Michael Lawrence, M.S. and Erin Hartigan, Ph.D., P.T.