Collaborators of Sports Medicine Research

Co-Founders

Stephen J. Thomas, PhD, ATC | Co-founder

Stephen J. Thomas, PhD, ATC | Co-founder

Stephen Thomas is an assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology. He completed his undergraduate and master’s degree in Kinesiology, at Temple University. He then earned his Ph.D. in Biomechanics & Movement Science at the University of Delaware. Dr. Thomas received an NIH F32 postdoctoral research fellowship in the bioengineering of tendon at the McKay Orthopaedic Research Laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Thomas has research expertise in the adaptation of tissues to stress and overuse specifically at the shoulder. He is the current President of the American Society of Shoulder and Elbow Therapists. He is also a consultant for the Philadelphia Phillies and the Penn Throwing Clinic. His training in both basic science and applied research methods allows him to address clinically relevant questions with translation approaches thereby bridging the gap between bench and bedside. His initial work has contributed to the understanding of tissue adaptations in throwing athletes and how they relate to overuse shoulder injuries using novel diagnostic ultrasound methods. In addition, his basic science work studying the tissue and biologic adaptations to chronic rotator cuff tears and the effects of type II diabetes has also helped progress the current field. His current research agenda is two-fold and includes integration of translational research to investigate 1) the structural and biologic mechanisms governing soft tissue adaptation caused by the repetitive stress of throwing and the association with throwing biomechanics and 2) the structural, neuromuscular, and biologic adaptations occurring due to chronic rotator cuff tears and repairs.

Jeffrey B. Driban, Ph.D., ATC, CSCS | Co-founder

Jeffrey B. Driban, Ph.D., ATC, CSCS | Co-founder

Jeffrey B. Driban, Ph.D., ATC, CSCS is an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine and a member of the Special and Scientific Staff at Tufts Medical Center. The goal of his research is to explore novel biomarkers and imaging markers to better understand osteoarthritis pathophysiology and potential phenotypes. Dr. Driban received his Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from the University of Delaware. He received a Master of Education and Doctor of Philosophy in Kinesiology with an Emphasis in Athletic Training from Temple University. He completed a post-doctoral research fellowship in the Division of Rheumatology at Tufts Medical Center. Dr. Driban also aims to raise awareness about osteoarthritis and promote primary and secondary prevention strategies for physically active individuals as the Chair of the Athletic Trainers’ Osteoarthritis Consortium and by serving as the Vice Chair of the Osteoarthritis Action Alliance. Dr. Driban serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Rheumatology, BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, Journal of Athletic Training, and International Journal of Athletic Training and Therapy.

Collaborators

Lisa (Chinn) Custer, Ph.D., ATC

Lisa (Chinn) Custer, Ph.D., ATC

Lisa (Chinn) Custer, Ph.D., ATC is an Associate Professor of Kinesiology at Towson University where she teaches in the athletic training program. Her research interest is the neuromuscular and sensorimotor adaptations following joint pathologies, focusing primarily on ankle sprains.
Alexandra F DeJong, MEd, ATC is a doctoral student at the University of Virginia in the Kinesiology-Sports Medicine Program and works as a graduate laboratory assistant for the Exercise and Sports Injury Lab. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master’s degree from the University of Virginia. Her research interests include lumbopelvic hip muscle function and gait biomechanics as they relate to chronic lower extremity injuries.

Joshua Baracks, ATC

Joshua Baracks, ATC

Joshua Baracks, ATC is a Certified Athletic Trainer and study coordinator for the SUNY Upstate Medical University Concussion Research Program. Originally from Long Island, he graduated in 2014 from the University of Pittsburgh’s Athletic Training Education Program and then completed a year internship with the Syracuse University football team. His work for SUNY Upstate Medical University includes the design, implementation, and publication of studies focusing on the developing objective measurements to diagnose and assess concussion injuries. He also acts as a per diem athletic trainer for Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists. Previous work has also included interning for the New York Lizards of Major League Lacrosse and the Israeli National Lacrosse team.

Nicole Cattano, PhD, MPH, LAT, ATC

Nicole Cattano, PhD, MPH, LAT, ATC

Nicole Cattano, Ph.D., MPH, LAT, ATC is an Associate Professor/Graduate Program Coordinator in the Department of Sports Medicine at West Chester University of Pennsylvania where she serves in a dual faculty role as a faculty member and clinical athletic trainer for the Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams. She received her Ph.D. from Temple University in 2014, her Master’s in Public Health from West Chester University, and her BS in Exercise and Sport Science from University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Nicole’s research interests are in evidence-based practice, long-term effects of knee injuries, post-traumatic osteoarthritis, patient-reported outcomes, and injury prevention. Through her line of research, she hopes to identify early interventions for athletic knee injuries to promote a safe return to activity that prevents or slows the progression to osteoarthritis. Knees with Effusion. Through her line of research, she hopes to identify early interventions for athletic knee injuries to prevent or slow the progression to osteoarthritis.

Kathleen Cummer, PhD, PT, DPT (CKTP)

Kathleen Cummer, PhD, PT, DPT (CKTP)

Kathleen Cummer is a physical therapist and lecturer in the Physical Therapy Program at the University of Washington. Kathleen teaches and assists in orthopedic courses such as musculoskeletal clinical management, kinesiology, modalities and basic procedures. She previously taught in a physical therapist assistant program and managed the program as its director. Kathleen’s doctoral work focused on return-to-sport after anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction in the athletic population. She received her DPT from Ithaca College and PhD from the University of Delaware.

Alexandra F DeJong, MEd, ATC

Alexandra F DeJong, MEd, ATC

Alexandra F DeJong, MEd, ATC is a doctoral student at the University of Virginia in the Kinesiology-Sports Medicine Program and works as a graduate laboratory assistant for the Exercise and Sports Injury Lab. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master’s degree from the University of Virginia. Her research interests include lumbopelvic hip muscle function and gait biomechanics as they relate to chronic ankle instability.

Kristopher Fayock, MD

Kristopher Fayock, MD

Kristopher Fayock, MD is a board-certified family physician with a certificate of added qualification in primary care sports medicine. He is the Program Director for the Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship in the Department of Family and Community Health at the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA). He is a team physician for Penn Athletics. He completed his family medicine residency and sports medicine fellowship at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in 2012. He obtained a BS in Biochemistry at Wilkes University (Wilkes-Barre, PA) and completed his medical school training at Jefferson Medical College (Philadelphia, PA) in 2008. He is originally from Bloomsburg, PA. He is a reviewer for the Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine.

Dustin Grooms, Ph.D., ATC, CSCS

Dustin Grooms, Ph.D., ATC, CSCS

Dustin Grooms, Ph.D., ATC, CSCS, is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Athletic Training at Ohio University. He is also an Affiliated Scientist with the university’s Ohio Musculoskeletal and Neurological Institute. He received his doctorate from Ohio State University in health and rehabilitation sciences with a focus on neuroscience and biomechanics. Prior to pursuing doctoral studies, Dr. Grooms was an assistant athletic trainer and instructor at the College of Mount Saint Joseph in Cincinnati Ohio, completed a master’s degree from the University of Virginia in kinesiology and a bachelor’s degree from Northern Kentucky University in Athletic Training. Dr. Grooms’ research is focused on the neuroplasticity associated with musculoskeletal injury and rehabilitation. He can be reached at: groomsd @ ohio.edu.

Kyle P. Harris, MS, ATC

Kyle P. Harris, MS, ATC

Kyle P. Harris, MS, ATC is an instructor and head athletic trainer at Bucks County Community College  (Newtown, PA) in the Department of Health, Physical Education and Nursing. Kyle graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Health Science: Athletic Training from Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania in 2008. In 2010 he earned his Masters of Science in Kinesiology: Athletic Training from Temple University. He currently teaches First Aid/CPR, Introduction to Health, and Principles and Applications of Diet and Fitness at Bucks County Community College. Kyle also functions as an adjunct faculty member at Temple University where he teaches Anatomy and Physiology I labs. Kyle’s current research focuses on performing systematic evaluations of studies comparing the prevalence of knee OA after surgical or conservative care for ACL injuries in hopes of reducing long term risks.

Joe Hart, PhD, ATC

Joe Hart, PhD, ATC

Joe Hart, Ph.D., ATC is an Assistant Professor of Kinesiology at the University of Virginia where he teaches and advises students in the undergraduate Kinesiology program and graduate programs in athletic training and sports medicine. The area of research interest is neuromuscular adaptations to joint injury during exercise and the progression of post-traumatic osteoarthritis.

Dr. Marc Harwood, MD

Dr. Marc Harwood, MD

Dr. Marc Harwood, MD is a board certified non-surgical sports medicine physician with the Rothman Institute. He is a team physician for the Philadelphia Phillies and serves as a sports medicine consultant for several local high schools and elite level dancers at the Rock School of Dance Education, University of the Arts, and the Pennsylvania Ballet.

Christopher Kuenze, MA, ATC

Christopher Kuenze, MA, ATC

Christopher Kuenze, MA, ATC is a doctoral student at the University of Virginia, Curry School of Education, in the Sports Medicine and Athletic Training Program. He is also a research assistant in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Sports Medicine Division.  His research interest is the neuromuscular consequences of knee joint injury and the effects of exercise on neuromuscular function following joint injury.

Sarah Ilkhanipour Rooney

Sarah Ilkhanipour Rooney

Sarah Ilkhanipour Rooney is pursuing her Ph.D. in bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania, working under Dr. Lou Soslowsky. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in biomedical engineering from the University of Michigan, where she worked under Dr. James Ashton-Miller. Her research interests are in applying biomechanics to prevent and treat injury. Specifically, she is interested in characterizing early stage tendinopathy and identifying how exercise goes from good to bad.
Landon Lempke

Landon Lempke

Landon Lempke is a doctoral candidate at the University of Georgia working towards a PhD in kinesiology and is an active member in the UGA Concussion Research, Biomechanics, and Athletic Training Laboratories. He completed his bachelor’s degree in athletic training at Illinois State University in 2016, and completed his master’s degree in kinesiology (athletic training) at the University of Virginia in 2017. His research interests are in reaction time assessments and human movement following concussion, as well as neurophysiologic factors that may predispose individuals to musculoskeletal injury following concussion.

Catherine E. Lewis

Catherine E. Lewis

Catherine E. Lewis, ATC graduated with her BS in 2016 from the University of Nebraska Omaha. She is currently working as an outreach athletic trainer with Nebraska Medicine and US Youth Soccer. Her research interests include TBIs and concussion management.
Andrew Lynch, PT, Ph.D.

Andrew Lynch, PT, Ph.D.

Andrew Lynch, PT, Ph.D. is currently a Post-doctoral Associate in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He earned an honors Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science, a Doctorate in Physical Therapy, and a Ph.D. in Biomechanics and Movement Science from the University of Delaware. His current research pursuits include identifying clinical characteristics of patients who suffer a second injury or develop osteoarthritis after a primary anterior cruciate ligament injury. As a member of the cartilage restoration lab at Pitt, he is currently charged with transforming successful techniques that have been used in animal populations to a human population. He also maintains an active clinical practice in rehabilitating patients after a variety of orthopaedic surgeries as a physical therapist with the Centers for Rehabilitation Services of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
Jane McDevitt, Ph.D., ATC

Jane McDevitt, Ph.D., ATC

Jane McDevitt, Ph.D., ATC is an assistant professor within the Kinesiology department at Temple University. She teaches research in athletic training as well as anatomy and physiology. She will also continue to pursue her research investigating genetic association to concussions. Additionally, in her new line of research, she will be designing a concussion-specific outcome measure to identify the patient’s prospective as they recover from his/her concussion. Previously, Jane has been an assistant professor at East Stroudsburg University, where she taught Anatomy and Physiology as well as Athletic Training Courses. She also taught as an adjunct faculty at Alvernia University in the Department of Occupational Therapy.
Laura M. McDonald, Ph.D., ATC

Laura M. McDonald, Ph.D., ATC

Laura M. McDonald, Ph.D., ATC is a Biomechanist, Athletic Trainer, and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with research experience in the area of softball pitching biomechanics. As a former Division 1 pitcher at Canisius College, Laura’s own struggles with shoulder injury fueled her passion for pursuing biomechanics and injury prevention in softball pitchers.

While completing a Master of Science in Exercise Science and PhD in Biomechanics and Movement Science at the University of Delaware, Laura worked as an athletic trainer with the Women’s Softball and Volleyball teams.

Prior to joining S2Breakthrough, Laura worked in higher education as a professor in undergraduate Athletic Training and Exercise Science programs. At S2Breakthrough, she serves as Lead Biomechanist and Director of Athlete Performance and Health, overseeing the implementation of advanced technology for athlete assessment and building training programs to support long-term player development.

Mark Rice, MS, ATC

Mark Rice, MS, ATC

Mark Rice, MS, ATC completed his undergraduate (2001) and graduate work (2003) at the University of Pittsburgh where he served as a graduate assistant athletic trainer for both football and baseball. From there, he made his way across the state of PA to Temple University to take a position as staff athletic trainer. Mark currently resides in his hometown of Pittsburgh, with his wife, son and daughter and is employed as a clinical specialist by Elizur Corporation. Mark’s research/clinical interests include the overhead throwing motion/athlete as well as throwing performance and injury prevention. One of his newest interests includes the utilization and efficacy of biologics, such as PRP, in sports injury treatment and recovery. He can be reached at https://www.linkedin.com/in/markalanrice and encourages any and all SMR readers to reach out to him regarding any of his posts.
Adam B. Rosen, Ph.D., ATC

Adam B. Rosen, Ph.D., ATC

Adam B. Rosen, Ph.D., ATC is an Assistant Professor in the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Adam received his Ph.D. in Kinesiology with concentrations in Athletic Training and Biomechanics from the University of Georgia. Prior to receiving his Ph.D., he worked clinically as an Assistant Athletic Trainer at the University of Pennsylvania. He earned his BS in Athletic Training and MS in exercise from the University of Delaware. His research interests include lower extremity biomechanics and evidence-based sports medicine practices, specifically regarding chronic ankle instability and patellar tendinopathy.
Katherine (Katie) Reuther, Ph.D.

Katherine (Katie) Reuther, Ph.D.

Katherine Reuther, Ph.D. is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Columbia University in New York City. She graduated with her Ph.D. in Bioengineering in 2014 from the University of Pennsylvania in the McKay Orthopaedic Research Laboratory under the advisement of Dr. Louis J. Soslowsky, with a particular emphasis on tissue mechanics and the shoulder. Her current research and teaching interests include translational orthopaedic research and engineering education and pedagogy. She collaborates with the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Columbia University and the goal of her current work is to optimize surgical and non-surgical treatment strategies for shoulder injury. Her research at Penn focused on determining fundamental relationships and mechanisms of tendon and ligament injury and repair, with a particular emphasis on the shoulder.
Dr. Stephen Stache, MD

Dr. Stephen Stache, MD

Dr. Stephen Stache, MD is a non-operative sports physician for the Rothman Institute in Philadelphia. He serves as a team physician for a variety of sports teams on a professional, collegiate and high school level. Dr. Stache’s particular area of interest in sports medicine is concussion management. Dr. Stache completed his fellowship and residency training at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and he is a graduate of Jefferson Medical College. He is board certified in sports medicine and family medicine.
Danielle M. Torp, MS, ATC

Danielle M. Torp, MS, ATC

Danielle M. Torp, MS, ATC is a doctoral student at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in the Interdisciplinary Biology and Kinesiology program and a research assistant in the Biodynamics Laboratory. She spent two years at Eastern Kentucky University as an assistant athletic trainer for the Men’s and Women’s Cross Country and Track and Field teams. She received an MS in Exercise Science at the University of Toledo in 2015 and a BA in Athletic Training at Azusa Pacific University in 2012. Her research interest includes understanding the morphological characteristics of the lower extremity that may be leading to the development and associated neuromuscular and biomechanical deficits in individuals with chronic ankle instability. She aims to develop impairment-based rehabilitation programs utilizing gait re-training protocols to target these deficits.
Joseph Zeni, Jr, Ph.D., PT

Joseph Zeni, Jr, Ph.D., PT

Joseph Zeni, Jr, Ph.D., PT is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Delaware. He graduated with his Masters of Physical Therapy in 2003 from Quinnipiac University and in 2008 he earned his Ph.D. in Biomechanics and Movement Science at the University of Delaware. He currently teaches Anatomy and Biomechanics courses in the Physical Therapy Department. Dr. Zeni devotes his research time to the study of biomechanical factors that result in the progression of osteoarthritis and treatment interventions aimed at reducing disability associated with knee pathology. He has a particular interest in altered movement patterns after total joint replacement and the relationship to disease progression in the non-operated limb. He is currently working on innovative and engaging physical therapy interventions to reduce movement asymmetry after total joint replacement and maximize long-term functional outcome.
John D. Kelly IV, MD

John D. Kelly IV, MD

John D. Kelly IV, MD attended Columbia University in New York where he lettered in Football. He graduated with Honors at the University Of Cincinnati College of Medicine and received his Orthopedic Training at the University of Pennsylvania. He completed a Fellowship in Sports Medicine at Temple University and remained as a faculty member for 19 years. He returned to Penn in 2008 where he serves as Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery. His clinical and research interests include disorders of the shoulder, arthritis prevention and ‘holistic orthopedics’.