2024

  • 05/06/2024, the lab welcomes Caroline as a postdoctoral research associate. Cheers!
  • 04/29/2024, Caroline was highlighted as a graduating student at the Georgia State News. Congratulations, Caroline!
  • 04/25/2024, Wendy received the 2024 American Society of Biomechanics Graduate Student Grant-in-Aid Award. This highly-competitive one-year award will support her dissertation project to investigate how body composition affects fall risk in older adults. Congratulations, Wendy! We wish a huge success with the execution of your dissertation project.
  • 03/27/2024, Caroline won the first place of the 2024 GSU Three-minute Thesis Competition. Another remarkable achievement for Dr. Simpkins in just one week! Congratulations!
  • 03/20/2024, Caroline successfully passed her dissertation defense. Congratulations to Dr. Simpkins!
  • 03/04/2024, we enrolled the last (60th) participant into our MOBILE-RMS project. Congratulations to everyone for this achievement! Thank you to all lab members for the hard work and continuous support!
  • 03/01/2024, Zeeshan, a GSU freshmen majoring in Physics, was awarded the Brains & Behavior Summer Scholarship. He will be working in the lab over the summer as a research assistant. Congratulations to Zeeshan!
  • 02/20/2024, lab members visited the Nett Church at Norcross, GA, to conduct fall risk assessment for a group of older adults. Thank you to every member for the support!

  • 12/14/2023, Becky was awarded the competitive FY2024 GSU Dissertation Grant, which will support the successful execution of her dissertation project. An excellent holiday gift for Becky. Our group has received this grant for three years in a row. We should be proud of ourselves!
  • 10/30-11/02/2023, lab members (Sara and Rebekah) attended the 100th Annual Conference of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine in Atlanta, GA. Sara presented her work, titled "Fall prevalence in older adults with Alzheimer’s disease: A meta-analysis" as an oral presentation. Congratulations to all!
  • 10/12-15/2023, Caroline attended the 33rd Annual Conference of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science in Columbus, OH. She presented her study, titled "Spatiotemporal gait parameters during overground walking in professional ballet dancers" as an oral presentation. Congratulations, Caroline!
  • 10/06/2023, lab members presented at The 2023 GSU Graduate Conference Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity. Congratulations to all presenters!
    • Becky, Dynamic gait stability in people with mild to moderate Parkinson’s disease (Oral presentation).
    • Caroline, Ballet practice reduces fall risk after a standing slip in older adults (Oral presentation).
    • Diané, Quantification of slip intensity’s impact on fall risk in young adults (Poster presentation).
    • Wendy, Does fat mass distribution increase fall risk among people with obesity after a slip? A simulation study (Oral presentation).
  • 09/28/2023, Wendy successfully defended her dissertation prospectus and advanced to the PhD candidacy. What an accomplishment!
  • 08/11/2023, Caroline is the 2nd place winner (and the recipient of the Honorable Mention Award) of the 3-Minute Thesis Competition at the 2023 American Society of Biomechanics annual conference. Well-deserved success!
  • 08/09/2023, Fajar won the 2nd place at the 2023 GSU Summer Scholar Research Symposium Poster Competition. What an achievement!
  • 08/09/2023, Diané is selected as the Brains & Behavior Research Fellow of the Kinesiology and Health Department, sponsored by the GSU Neuroscience Institute. Congratulations!
  • 08/08-11/2023, lab members presented at the 47th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Biomechanics. Congratulations to all presenters!
    • Caroline, Biomechanical responses of older ballet dancers following standing slips (Thematic poster presentation & 3MT competition).
    • Sara, Comparison of fall prevalence between Alzheimer’s disease and mild cognitive impairment in older adults: A meta-analysis (Poster presentation).
    • Diané, Quantifying the effects of perturbation intensity on slip outcome in young adults (Poster presentation).
    • Meredith, External forces during the American rumba box step across three dance levels (Poster presentation).
  • 07/30/2023, Caroline presented her work titled “Adaptation in reactive balance control over repeated standing slips in ballet dancers” (oral presentation) at the XXIX Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics, Fukuoka, Japan. Congratulations!
  • 07/21/2023, Wendy passed her comprehensive examinations. Congratulations, Wendy! Thanks everyone for the support!
  • 05/24/2023, lab members visited the Cherokee County Senior Service Center to give a talk about fall prevention. Thanks everyone!
  • 05/18/2023, Caroline presented her poster, titled "Adaptation in reactive balance control over repeated standing-slips in professional ballet dancers," at the 2023 Brains & Behavior Annual Retreat. Congratulations, Caroline!
  • 05/17/2023, lab members attended the Cobb County Senior Services Expo and Marketplace and provided fall risk assessment services to attending seniors. Fantastic job, everyone!
  • 05/01/2023, Sangwon defended his thesis. Congratulations!
  • 03/31/2023, Fajar Al-Mujahid and Andrew Channer are awarded the GSU Brains & Behavior Summer Research Scholarship. Congratulations and welcome to the lab!
  • 01/31/2023, Meredith was selected to receive the KH Outstanding Dissertation Award. You have every reason to be proud, Meredith!
  • 01/31/2023, Caroline was named the Outstanding KH Doctoral Student. Congratulations, Caroline!
  • 01/18/2023, A big congratulations to Eric on passing his thesis proposal defense! Well done, Eric!
  • 01/11/2023, Becky successfully defended her dissertation prospectus and advanced to her PhD candidacy. This is a huge accomplishment and we are super proud of you, Becky!
  • 01/09/2023, Diané joins the group as a doctoral student. Welcome again, Diané!

  • 12/12/2022, Caroline received the illustrious FY2023 GSU Dissertation Grant, which will provide additional support to her dissertation project. More impressively, Caroline was named the sole William M. Suttles Fellowship awardee at GSU. You totally deserve this, Caroline!
  • 09/23/2022, Caroline defended her dissertation prospectus and advanced to her PhD candidacy. What a milestone!
  • 09/20/2022, Rebekah served as a panel speaker for Georgia Occupational Therapy Association webinar entitled "Sticky Situations: Navigating uncomfortable moments as a student with insight from a panel of experts." Congrats!
  • 09/01/2022, Rebekah is awarded the GSU Margaret A. Staton Scholarship for the 2nd consecutive year. Congratulations!
  • 08/22/2022, the lab welcomes Sara, its newest member, with open arms to be a part of our strong team. Sara is a Dean's Research Doctoral Fellow. Warm welcome and congratulations, Sara!
  • 08/02/2022, Caroline was bestowed the 2022 American Society of Biomechanics Graduate Student Grant-in-Aid award . This prestigious award will support her dissertation project to investigate the neurobiomechanical responses of ballet dancers to external perturbations. Well done, Caroline!
  • 04/11/2022, Meredith successfully defended her dissertation and was offered a postdoctoral research associate position in the Neurokinesiology Laboratory at Emory University School of Medicine . What an achievement, Meredith!
  • 03/30/2022, Julie received the GSU Brains & Behavior Summer Research Scholarship. Congratulations!
  • 03/21/2022, Caroline was awarded the the Injury Prevention Research Center at Emory – Scott Lilienfeld Injury Prevention Scholarship. Congratulations!
  • 02/04/2022, Meredith received the 2022 KH Outstanding Doctoral Student Award! Congratulations Meredith!
  • 02/01/2022, the first participant of the MOBILE-RMS trial completed the one-year treatment. What a memorable moment!

  • 08/16/2021, Eric joined our group as a graduate research assistant. We are excited to have you join us, Eric!
  • 08/10-13/2021, lab members presented at the Virtual 45th Meeting of the Amereican Society of Biomechanics. Congratulations!
    • Meredith, Frontal plane kinematics of the triple step in swing dancing (Poster presentation).
    • Caroline, Effects of anteriorly loaded treadmill walking at self-selected speed on dynamic gait stability (Poster presentation).
    • Rebekah, A meta-analysis of vibration training altering quality of life in older adults (Poster presentation).
    • Wendy, Effects of anterior load carriage on dynamic stability during level walking (Poster presentation).
  • 07/25-29/2021, lab members presented at the Digital XXVIII International Society of Biomechanics 2021 Congress. Well done!
    • Meredith, Sagittal plane kinematics of partnered and individual triple steps in swing dancing (Poster presentation).
    • Caroline, Dynamic gait stability during anteriorly loaded treadmill walking (Poster presentation).
    • Wendy, Ground reaction forces during anteriorly-loaded overground walking (Poster presentation).
  • 06/01/2021, Diané joined our group as a graduate research assistant. Welcome Diané!
  • 05/21/2021, Rebekah is awarded the GSU Margaret A. Staton Scholarship for the Fall 2021- Spring 2022. This competitive $5,000 scholarship is awarded to students who demonstrate academic excellence, commitment to community and leadership, and receive services through the Access and Accommodations Center for documented disabilities. Felicitations!
  • 04/22/2021, Becky passed her comprehensive examinations. Way to go Becky!
  • 04/15/2021, Caroline passed her comprehensive examinations. Congratulations!
  • 03/29/2021, Meredith is awarded the GSU Provost Dissertation Fellowship. This fellowship supports doctoral students from across the university as they complete their dissertations and is awarded to candidates with outstanding scholarly accomplishments. Meredith is completing her very unique dissertation project, titled "Biomechanical Analyses of Rhythm Movements in Ballroom Dancers." We are proud of you, Meredith!
  • 03/27/2021, Zoi receives the GSU Brains & Behavior Summer Research Scholarship. Congratulations!
  • 03/01/2021, the first data collection session for the MOBILE-RMS trial. Way to go, everyone!
  • 01/05/2021, the group welcomes new lab members: Wendy Ahn (doctoral student) and Zoi Suddreth and Ian Lenthart (undergraduate research assistants). Welcome aboard!

  • 12/09/2020, Meredith received the FY2021 GSU Dissertation Grant. This $2,000 grant will provide an important support to complete her dissertation work in a timely manner. What an accomplishment!
  • 11/30/2020, Wendy defended her thesis and will move forward 100% with her PhD. Well done!
  • 11/04/2020, Ern Lau joins our team as a graduate research assistant. She is a student in the Exercise Science MS program. Welcome Ern!
  • 09/25/2020, Meredith defended her dissertation prospectus and advanced to her PhD candidacy. Congratulations!
  • 08/04-07/2020, lab members presented at the Virtual 44th Meeting of the American Society of Biomechanics. Congratulations!
    • Meredith, A biomechanical analysis of the triple-step in recreational swing dancers (Podium presentation);
    • Becky, Acute effect of an intervention to improve ankle dorsiflexion among individuals who display medial knee desplacement (Poster presentation);
    • Meng-Wei, Effects of vibration training in reducing falls in people with multiple sclerosis (Poster presentation);
    • Caroline, Dance interventions improving balance in Parkinson's disease: A systematic review with meta-analysis (Poster presentation);
    • Wendy, Effects of sole thickness on recovery from an unexpected slip during standing (Poster presentation).
  • 06/19/2020, Meredith is featured by the Research and Innovation magazine. Congratulations!
  • 06/18/2020, Meng-Wei is featured by the Research and Innovation magazine. His study is also cited by com. Congratulations!
  • 05/21/2020, Wendy successfully defended her thesis proposal. Congratulations!
  • 04/10/2020, Kelsey receives the GSU Brains & Behavior Summer Research Scholarship. Congratulations!

  • 12/10/2019, Jennifer earns her BS degree in Exercise Science. Congratulations!
  • 09/28/2019, Rebekah received a travel award and presented her poster on the “Relative importance between vision and proprioception in maintaining standing balance in persons with Multiple Sclerosis” at the Georgia Occupational Therapy Association 2019 Annual Conference in Young Harris, GA. Congratulations!
  • 09/20/2019, Meng-Wei presented his poster on the “Difference in dynamic gait stability between sides in people with Multiple Sclerosis” at the International Conference on Biomechanics and Medical Engineering in San Diego, CA. Congratulations!
  • 08/30/2019, Meredith passed her comprehensive examinations. Congratulations!
  • 08/25/2019, the group welcomes new members: Caroline (doctoral student), Wendy (MS student), and Phum and Kelsey (undergraduate research assistant).
  • 08/03/2019, Meredith presented her poster titled “Quantification of vaulting in healthy adults walking with an immobilized knee” at the XXVII Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics/the 43rd Annual Meeting of the American Society of Biomechanics, Calgary, Albeta, Canada. Congratulations!
  • 05/21/2019, Caroline is selected as the inaugural Brains & Behavior Research Fellow of the Kinesiology and Health department, sponsored by the GSU Neuroscience Institute. Congratulations!
  • 05/07/2019, Caroline graduates with the MS degree in Exercise Science and is awarded the Outstanding Graduate Student in Exercise Science. Congratulations!
  • 04/10/2019, Jennifer is selected to receive the GSU Brains & Behavior Summer Research Scholarship. Congratulations!