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Wilson and Stacey

Summer 2013.

Dr. Nan-Ying (Wilson) Yu (right), Dept. of Physical Therapy, I-Shou University, and Dr. Shao-Hsia (Stacey) Chang (middle), Dept. of Occupational Therapy, I-Shou University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

Arend

Angelo Sayo

Andrew Kristina Hickey Bryce Simon

Sarah Odom

Kristina Hickey SfN 2014

Seth Fontenot LCAC 2015

Rachel Schumate LCAC 2015

Audrey 2016

Jasmine 2016

Audrey Interacting

Sarah

Krystal Kirby SfN2017

Briasha Jones LSU Discover 2018

Madison Hopper LSU Discover 2018

Rachael Hunter Laura Pivach LSU Disover 2018

 
 
Current Members
Arend W. A. Van Gemmert, Ph.D.

Dr. Van Gemmert received his bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and his Masters and PhD degrees in Experimental Psychology from the University of Nijmegen (currently Radboud University), Nijmegen, the Netherlands. In 1992, he also was an ERASMUS Student (European Exchange Program) in the Department of Psychology at the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom, and in 1994 he received a NATO Fellowship (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) to attend the summer workshop on “Multisensory Control of Movement” at the ISAS, Trieste, Italy (International School for Advanced Studies). In 1997, he moved to the United States, to join the Motor Control laboratory at Arizona State University (ASU), Tempe, Arizona, directed by Professor George E. Stelmach. At ASU, he first was a Post-doctoral research Associate (1997 – 1999); then he became a Faculty Research Associate which he was till 2005 when he got promoted to Associate Professor Research. In 1999, he got appointed as a Special Project Associate in the Department of Neurology at the Mayo Clinic Scottsdale, Arizona. In the latter function, he was assigned to be part of the research team of Dr. Charles H. Adler. Both his appointments at Mayo Clinic and ASU ended when Dr. Van Gemmert joined the faculty of the Department of Kinesiology (currently School of Kinesiology) at Louisiana State University (LSU), in August 2008. Immediately after his arrival at LSU, he started the LSU Fine Motor Control and Learning laboratory and joined the faculty of the LSU Life Course and Aging Center (LCAC). September 2017, he became the Executive Director of this Center. In August 2018 he became the Acting Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies of the College of Human Sciences and Education at LSU.

Dr. Van Gemmert is the Acting Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies of the College of Human Sciences and Education. He also teaches classes in motor learning, and he is part of the Human Movement Science concentration (BS) and Motor Behavior concentration (MS & PhD) programs in Kinesiology at LSU. Furthermore, he is the graduate program coordinator of the interdisciplinary Life Span Studies certificate program (CLSS) and the Faculty advisor for the Pre-OT Club at LSU.

Dr. Van Gemmert professional memberships include the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA), the Society for Neuroscience (SfN), the American Psychological Association (APA-divisions: Experimental Psychology (3), Adult Development & Aging (20), and Rehabilitation Psychology (22)), the Psychonomic Society (PsyS; Fellow), and the International Graphonomics Society (IGS). At the IGS, he served as Secretary (2001-2005) and Treasurer (2001-2007); he was a member of the Advisory Council (2007-2009); and he was elected to serve as President (2011-2013). After his term as President of IGS ended in 2013, he became again served a term as Secretary (2014-2017) of the IGS.

Dr. Van Gemmert’s research interests centers around the control of fine motor tasks, such as handwriting, drawing, pointing, and reach-to-grasp movements. More specific, his interests center around three different, but related, themes. 1) The first area is focused on the mechanisms causing changes in motor control during increased demands due to stress and/or mental load. 2) The second area is focused on the changes in fine movement control due to physiologic deterioration of the movement system as result of advanced age and/or neurological disease, in particular Parkinson's disease. 3) Finally, the last theme of his interest combines the two mentioned research subjects and is focused on the changes occurring in fine motor performance. This last area of research concentrates on challenges encountered when (re)learning fine motor tasks under strenuous conditions as a consequence of stress, mental load, advanced age, and/or neurological disease.

Curriculum Vitae (ResearchGate / PubMed / ResearchID)

 

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Acting Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Studies

College of Human Sciences & Education

Louisiana State University

112 Huey P. Long Fieldhouse (Room 72) /

221G Peabody Hall

Baton Rouge, LA 70803.

Phone: 225-578-9142 / 225-578-4701

gemmert@lsu.edu

 

RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES/JOINING THE FMCL LAB

Students interested in research opportunities available in the Fine Motor Control and Learning laboratory are encouraged to send a concise resume with a brief statement detailing your goals and interests. Send the short statement and resume to gemmert@lsu.edu; put in the subject line "Research FMCL lab".

Prasanna Acharya, M.S.

pachar4@lsu.edu

Prasanna Acharya finished his masters and undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering from Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology (MNNIT) and Bapuji Institute of Engineering & Technology (BIET), India.

He is primarily interested in understanding how movements of the finger, hand, and arms are controlled by the neuromuscular system. He is in particular interested in object manipulation how posture control influences movements required while performing fine motor tasks related to the use of cellphones (e.g., grasping and taping).

 

Prasanna Acharya

Reuben Addison, M.S.

raddis3@lsu.edu

Reuben Addison, M.S., received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Ghana, Legon, in 2012 and received his Master’s degree in Kinesiology with focus on Motor Learning and Control from Memorial University of Newfoundland, in 2017.

Reuben’s current research interests pertains to changes motor skill acquisition, maintenance and transfer of skills due to mental stress. Further interests include the assessments of challenges encountered during (re)learning fine motor tasks under strenuous conditions due to mental load, advanced age, and/or neurological disease.

 

Reuben Addison

Krystal Kirby, B.S.

kkirb11@lsu.edu

Krystal Kirby received her B.S. in physics and mathematics from the University of Memphis in 2014.

Her interests include methods to improve the use of fMRI to assess functional changes of the brain while learning fine motor tasks and methods to postprocess and analysis obtained data with these methods.

 

Krystal Kirby

Erika Mora, M.S.

egarc23@lsu.edu

Erika Mora completed her Bachelors of Science degree in Kinesiology in 2015 and her Masters of Science degree in Kinesiology in 2017 with a specialization in sport psychology, motor control and learning from California State University, Fullerton, Fullerton, CA.

Her interests include the observation, development, and implementation of therapeutic exercise programs for adults with balance and movement disorders caused by disease or trauma to the neurological system.

 

Erika Mora

 

Connor Scollins, B.S.

Connor Scollins received his Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater, Massachusetts, in 2014.

He is interested in exploring the development of cognitive skills through motor movements.  Connor plans to investigate the role of motor movements when transitioning from working to long-term memory, as well as developing strategies to improve any deficits.  He is also interested in the deterioration of motor function as result of aging.

Connor Scollins

Stanley Smith, B.S.

Stanley Smith received his Bachelor’s degree in Biological Engineering from Louisiana State University in 2016. He is currently pursuing his Master’s degree in Kinesiology with a specialization in motor behavior.

His interests are focussed on sports biomechanics. He is tries to gain a better understanding of athletic performance using mathematical models, computer simulations, and performance production measurements. He aims to develop knowledge which can contribute to the help the progress in the field of sports engineering.

 

Stanley Smith 2017

Dakoda Allbritton

dallbr2@lsu.edu

Dakoda Allbritton

Miranda Cottingham

mcotti2@lsu.edu

 

 

Rachael Hunter

rhunte9@lsu.edu

 

Rachael Hunter

Briasha Jones

bjon163@lsu.edu

Briasha Jones was awarded a scholarship from the IMSD Undergraduate Scholarship program.

 

Briasha Jones

Olivia Smit

osmit1@lsu.edu

Olivia Smit

Olivia St. Romain

ostrom1@lsu.edu

 

Olivia St Romain 2018

Taylor Witten

twitte1@lsu.edu

Taylor Witten

Former Members

Christopher Aiken, Ph.D.

aiken@nmsu.edu

Christopher Aiken, Ph.D., received his Bachelors degree in Psychology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2007 and received his Masters degree in Sport Psychology and Motor Behavior from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2011. He received his Ph.D. degree in Kinesiology with a specialization in Motor Behavior from Louisiana State University in 2015

His research interests include the effects of mental load, stress, and self-control on motor learning and how focus of attention affects human performance. He currently is appointed as an Assistant Professor at New Mexico State University.

 

  Chris Aiken

Zhujun Pan, Ph.D.

zp147@msstate.edu

Zhujun Pan, Ph.D., received her Bachelors degree in 2005 in Electronic Science and Technology from the South-West Jiaotong University and she obtained her Masters degree in 2009 in Sport and Exercise Psychology from the Capital Institute of Physical Education. She received her Ph.D. degree in Kinesiology with a specialization in Motor Behavior from Louisiana State University in 2014.

She is interested in the neural mechanisms behind changes in the performance of fine motor tasks (e.g., pointing, handwriting, drawing, etc.) due to aging and neurological disease. She currently is appointed as an Assistant Professor at Mississippi State University.

 

  Zhujun Pan

Lauren Villa, M.Sc.

lvilla3@lsu.edu

 

 

Jasmine Abdalla, B.S.

LSU Discover 2016: third place poster award & Tiger Choice Award winner.

jabdal1@lsu.edu

Brian T. Callihan, B.S.

LSU Health Science Center - New Orleans
School of Medicine 
Class of 2015

bcalli2@me.com

 

Audrey Demand, B.S.

Currently, she pursues an M.S. degree in Biology and Medical Sciences at Mississippi College.

ademand@mc.edu

Haley Englade, B.S.

hengla5@lsu.edu

 

 

Seth C. Fontenot, B.S.

sfont36@lsu.edu

Rachel Herr, B.S.

rherr1@lsu.edu

 

Kristina M. Hickey, B.S.

Kristina Hickey is an Alumni of the IMSD Undergraduate Scholarship program.

khicke5@lsu.edu

Madison Hopper, B.S.

LSU Discover 2018: first place STEM poster award winner.

madisonkhopper@gmail.com

 

Koby F. Lanclos, B.S.

LSU Health Sciences Center - Shreveport
School of Medicine
Class of 2018

klancl3@lsu.edu

Shelby C. Montgomery, B.S.

LSU Health Sciences Center - New Orleans
School of Medicine
Class of 2020

smont6@lsuhsc.edu

 

A. Taylor Moss, B.S.

amoss9@lsu.edu

Sarah B. Odom, B.S.

Sarah Odom was one of the twelve 2014 LSU Discover Scholar Awardees for her undergraduate research work on a project aimed to understand the effects of mental load and auditory noise on learning fine motor tasks.

sodom4@lsu.edu

 

Laura Pivach, B.S.

lpivac1@lsu.edu

Angelo L. Sayo, B.S.

Angelo Sayo graduated from Louisiana State University in 2014. He graduated in the Ogden Honors College and received his BS in Kinesiology.

He is currently a student of the De La Salle Health Sciences Institute's College of Medicine (Class of 2019) in Dasmariñas, Philippines.

angelo.sayo@gmail.com

 

Calli Schneider, B.S.

LSU Health Sciences Center - New Orleans
School of Allied Health Professions

Physician Assistant Program

cschn4@lsuhsc.edu

Collette M. Tilly, B.S.

Collette Tilly graduated from Louisiana State University in 2016. She graduated in the Ogden Honors College and received her BS in Kinesiology.

LSU Health Sciences Center - Shreveport
School of Medicine
Class of 2020

ctilly@lsuhsc.edu

 

Jessica M. Usand, B.S.

jusand63@outlook.com

Jessica Usand is an Alumni of the IMSD Undergraduate Scholarship program.


 

Angelo Sayo 2014

Zhujun Pan 2014

Christopher Aiken Graduation 2015

Madison Hopper Honors Graduation 2018

Jessica Usand Graduation Summer 2018

Sarah Odom LSU Discover

Jasmine 2016

Madison Hopper 1st place STEM Poster LSU Discover

Shelby Jasmine Experiment setup

Shelby Jasmine Experiment setup

Jasmine Shelby Experiment Setup

Brian Experiment setup

Clara Bausa 2016 Pre-OT Club Founding member

LSU Discover Explain

 

 
 
 

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