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Attention Full-Time Undergraduate Males


Dr. Tom Parry’s research interests are centered around the influence of behavioral variables, such as practice, instruction and feedback on motor skill performance and learning. The goal is to apply these findings to fields such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, sport and fitness. 

Dr. Parry is currently working with several students on projects related to motor skill behavior, in particular how instructions focus ones attention and their influence on performance. If interested please email

Dr. Wes Dudgeon’s lab is involved with a number of projects that are related to human performance and body composition. The following are 2 studies that are ongoing: (1) the impact of low level light therapy (lasers) on muscle fatigue, (2) the role of capsaicinoids (compound that makes peppers hot) on metabolism.

If you are interested in being a subject in one of these studies, or volunteering to assist with this work, please contact Dr. Dudgeon at

Dr. Bill Barfield’s research primarily involves study of the musculoskeletal system. Current research examines the following research questions: (1) the sustainability of smoking cessation in total joint arthroplasty patients (2) weight loss among super obese total joint arthroplasty patients, (3) scoliosis AP and ML angle changes across time (4) differential effects of second hand smoke exposure on the two pathways of fracture healing in an animal model.

If you are interested in participating please email

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Dr. Michelle McLeod’s area of research is primarily focused on neuromuscular consequences of joint injury in an effort to better understand and treat persistent muscular deficits despite rehabilitative efforts. Ongoing research currently involves using spinal reflexes and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to assess muscular excitability in patients with a history of knee or ankle injury. Concurrently, other research projects involve using spinal reflexes and TMS as an operant conditioning tool to influence muscle behavior. Additional areas of research include investigations related to human performance, with Dr. Dudgeon.

If you have an interest in becoming involved in this area of research, please contact Dr. McLeod at

Dr. Kate Pfile’s research interests are centered around anterior cruciate ligament injuries, specifically understanding injury mechanism and identifying potential injury prevention strategies. Current studies are examining the relationship between core stability measures and lower extremity biomechanics during a jump landing task in healthy, physically active adults and youth athletes.

If you are interested in being involved in this area of research, please contact Dr. Pfile at

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