Movement and Cognitive Rehabilitation Science

Department of Kinesiology and Health Education

A woman on a treadmill in front of a simulated green screen environment

Movement and Cognitive Rehabilitation Science (MCRS) graduate programs combine the traditional fields of biomechanics, motor development, motor control, and learning, and cognitive and neuromuscular function. This program examines multidisciplinary aspects of how people move in a variety of settings, including clinical applications, elite performance, and typical changes related to development and aging. The MCRS curriculum is designed to support students interested in pursuing careers in research and the allied health sciences.

Students benefit from the diverse backgrounds and experience of the program faculty and their colleagues across the campus, including faculty collaborators in biology, engineering, medicine, neuroscience, and psychology.


Undergraduate students interested in studying Rehabilitation Movement Science can choose related coursework in the following majors:

These majors allow students to select a specialization in Disability Studies which offers courses specializing in working with students with a variety of disabling conditions.


Students not majoring in Kinesiology and Health Education may pursue an interdisciplinary minor with a Disability Studies track, and/or enroll in selected undergraduate courses that may fulfill degree requirements in a variety of academic degree programs on campus.

Undergraduate students interested in pursuing any of these options should consult with a Kinesiology and Health Education academic advisor in the College of Education.

Photo of faculty member Owen  Beck
Assistant Professor

Studies how biomechanics affect human physiology and locomotion performance. Particularly interested in how body dimensions and muscle-tendon mechanics affect metabolism, fatigue and speed.

Photo of faculty member Brian K Farr
Director, Athletic Training Program

Serves as Director of the Athletic Training Education Program and specializes in sports medicine, training athletes, athletic injuries, strength and conditioning, and sports rehabilitation.

Photo of faculty member Mike  Freedberg
Assistant Professor

Uses repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation and fMRI to identify mechanisms that support learning and memory in order to develop targeted therapies for patients suffering from memory loss.

Photo of faculty member Lisa  Griffin
Associate Professor

Investigates neuromuscular control mechanisms during fatigue, training, rehabilitation and aging with single-motor unit recording, and designs electrical stimulation protocols for individuals with paralysis.

Photo of faculty member Hao-Yuan  Hsiao
Assistant Professor

Studies the biomechanical and neuromuscular control mechanisms of human movement and translates this knowledge into practical solutions that reduce walking-related disability.

Photo of faculty member Sara J Hussain
Assistant Professor

Studies neural control of voluntary and skilled movements, development of brain stimulation interventions to promote motor function after stroke, motor learning, neuroplasticity, and brain oscillations.

Photo of faculty member Esbelle M Jowers
Research Assistant Professor

Studies school and community-based interventions regarding physical activity, healthy eating, and the prevention of chronic disease.

Photo of faculty member Kelvin  Phan
Clinical Assistant Professor

Serves as Clinical Education Coordinator of the Athletic Training Program with responsibilities revolving around preparing learners for professional practice through the integration of content knowledge into clinical education experiences.

Photo of faculty member Safeer F Siddicky
Assistant Professor of Instruction

Studies the biomechanics of infants in commercial baby gear and orthopedic devices, and parents/caregivers carrying infants during activities of daily living.

Studies the organization of memory systems with the goal of developing targeted treatments for memory disorders.

Human Locomotion Lab
Studies how biomechanics affect physiology and performance.

Neuromuscular Physiology Research Laboratory
Conducts studies specializing in the investigation of neuromuscular control patterns in healthy, clinical and aging populations with the use of intramuscular fine-wire recording and electrical stimulation.

Neurorehabilitation and Biomechanics Lab
Seeks to understand the mechanisms of biomechanical and neuromuscular control of normal and pathological movements and to apply this knowledge to design interventions that improve functional movements.

Sensorimotor Neuroplasticity Lab
Studies the neurophysiological mechanisms underlying control of normal and abnormal human movement.