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School of Education - George Mason University

The PhD in Education with a concentration in kinesiology prepares graduates for careers in research and teaching at universities as well as for careers in industry. A secondary specialization in kinesiology is available as well.

If you have questions about this specialization, please contact the specialization representative, Oladipo Eddo.

About the Specialization

The Kinesiology Concentration provides students with a deep understanding of core-content areas in kinesiology and emphasizes an evidence-based approach to address current issues related to physical activity, fitness, and health. Students in this concentration will have access to our internationally renowned researchers and state-of-the-art research laboratories while engaging in meaningful research.

 What Will You Learn?

 The concentration features coursework and applied internships that enable you to learn:

  • Theoretical knowledge and gain the practical tools necessary for advanced inquiry into the biomechanical and physiological factors affecting the human body across the lifespan
  • Specialized knowledge in instrumentation related to your specific area of interest
  • Analyze, interpret, and generate results from data acquired using various instruments that assess human movement and performance

 How Will You Learn?

 Your advisor will guide your doctoral experience by supporting coursework with professional experiences, including:

  • Rigorous methodological training based on contemporary and innovative approaches in kinesiology
  • Independent research and experiential learning opportunities
  • Attending and/or presenting at professional conferences

 Where Can This Specialization Take You?

 Graduates of this concentration gained employment such as:

  • Faculty (tenure track and non-tenure track)
  • Senior researcher at a research institution
  • Program manager at a global non-profit organization

Our Graduates

Matthew Prebble, PhD 2022

  • Dissertation Title: Using Computational Modeling to Estimate Changes in Joint Reaction Forces in the Knee of Symptomatic Osteoarthritis Participants Using a Gait Retraining
  • Dissertation Chair: Dr. Oladipo Eddo

Bryndan Lindsey, PhD 2021

  • Dissertation Title: Gait Modification to Reduce Peak Knee Abduction Moment
  • Dissertation Chair: Dr. Nelson Cortes
  • Employment on Graduation: Post Doc, John Hopkins University

Jessica Pope, PhD 2021

  • Dissertation Title: A Participatory Exploration of Women Athletic Trainers’ Experiences in the Workplace
  • Dissertation Chairs: Meagan Call-Cummings & Risto Marttinen
  • Employment on Graduation: Program Manager, the Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine

Patricia Kelshaw, PhD 2020

  • Dissertation Title: Refining the Clinical Usefulness of the Child Sport Concussion Assessment Tool 5th Edition
  • Dissertation Chair: Dr. Shane Caswell
  • Employment on Graduation: Assistant Professor, University of New Hampshire

Oladipo Eddo, PhD 2019

  • Dissertation Title: Gait Modification to Reduce Lower Extremity Joint Load: A Review and Investigation into Unintended Consequences
  • Dissertation Chair: Dr. Nelson Cortes
  • Employment on Graduation: Assistant Professor, George Mason University