Michelle McLeod, PhD, ATC, SCAT, PES

Assistant Professor

Address: Silcox Center #310
Office Hours: Wednesdays 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Phone: 843.953.3047
E-mail: mcleodmm@cofc.edu

Michelle McLeod joined the Department of Health and Human Performance in August of 2014 as an Assistant Professor and serves as the Clinical Education Coordinator of the Athletic Training Education Program. Prior to arriving at the College, Dr. McLeod was a Visiting Assistant Professor and doctoral candidate at the University of Toledo. She received her Master's degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2007 and her Bachelor's degree from the University of Northern Iowa in 2005. During her time in Chapel Hill she was a graduate assistant athletic trainer for the gymnastics and cross-country and track field teams. Dr. McLeod also worked clinically as the head athletic trainer for the men's and women's gymnastics and fencing teams at The Pennsylvania State University, as well as an athletic trainer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her research efforts are focused on decreasing disability following lower extremity joint injury through the investigation of neuromuscular adaptations and their relations to physical and self-reported outcomes, as well as indentifying interventions specifically targeting neuromuscular dysfunction. 

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Ph.D. - Exercise Science, The University of Toledo, Toledo, OH 

M.A. - Exercise & Sport Science, Specialization in Athletic Training, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC  

B.A. - Athletic Training, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA

Research Interests

Decreasing disability following lower extremity joint injury 

Neuromuscular adaptations following lower extremity joint injury and their relations to physical and self-reported outcomes

The influence of the meniscus in knee injury and long-term joint health preservation

Understanding the sequelae of post-traumatic osteorarthritis 

Neuromodulation for rehabilitation

Courses Taught

ATEP 437 - Therapeutic Modalities 

ATEP 346L - Athletic Injury Evaluation Lab 

ATEP 345 - Athletic Injury Evaluation 

ATEP 375 - Clinical Education Experience in Athletic Training

EXSC 433 - Research Methods and Design in Health and Exercise Science


Harkey MS, McLeod M, Terada M, Gribble P, Pietrosimone B. Quadratic Association Between Corticomotor and Spinal-Reflexive Excitability and Self-Reported Disability in Participants with Chronic Ankle Instability. In Press. J Sport Rehabil. February 2015

Pietrosimone B, McLeod MM, Florea D, Gribble PA, Tevald MA. Immediate Increases in Quadriceps Corticomotor Excitability During an Electromyography Biofeedback Intervention. J Electromyogr and Kinesiol. [Epub ahead of print] Dec 2014. PMID: 25561075

McLeod MM, Gribble PA, Pietrosimone BG. Chronic Ankle Instability and Neural Excitability of the Lower Extremity. In Press, Accepted to J Athl Train. July 2014.

Harkey MS, McLeod MM, Wells A, Terada M, Gribble PA, Tevald M, Pietrosimone BG.  The Effects of an Anterior-to-Posterior Talar Mobilization on Neural Excitability, Dorsiflexion Range of Motion, and Dynamic Balance in Patients with Chronic Ankle Instability. J Sport Rehabil. 2014 Nov;23(4):351-9. Epub 2014 Apr 3. PMID: 24700526 

Pietrosimone BG, McLeod MM, Lepley AS. A theoretical framework for understanding neuromuscular response to lower extremity joint injury. Sports Health. 2012 Jan;4(1):31-5. PMID: 23016066

McLeod MM, Gribble P, Pfile KR, Pietrosimone BG. Effects of arthroscopic partial meniscectomy on quadriceps strength: a systematic review. J Sport Rehabil. 2012 Aug;21(3):285-95. Epub 2011 Dec 30. Review. PMID: 22234935