Smart Lab


Shane V. Caswell

PhD, Ohio University
Executive Director, SMART LAB

Dr. Caswell is a Commonwealth of Virginia licensed Athletic Trainer and Director of the Athletic Training Education Program. He earned his B.S. in Physical Education Teacher Certification and Athletic Training from the State University of New York at Brockport; an M.S. in Athletic Training; and his Ph.D. in education from Ohio University. He has authored his research in refereed journals, book chapters and other publications; and has delivered scholarly presentations regionally and nationally. Dr. Caswell serves as a manuscript reviewer for the Journal of Athletic Training and Athletic Therapy Today.

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Jatin Ambegaonkar

PhD, UNC-Greensboro
Associate Professor
Operations Director, SMART LAB

Dr Ambegaonkar's research interests include performing arts medicine and injury prevention during physical activity. Related lines of interest include the overall motor control of the body during activity and the methodology of investigating these mechanisms using surface electromyography. Dr Ambegaonkar is a certified athletic trainer, strength and conditioning specialist, and occupational therapist. He is the founding director of the Sports Medicine Assessment Research and Testing (SMART) laboratory and the GMU Performing Arts Medicine Program.Dr Ambegaonkar is an associate editor for the International Journal of Athletic Training and Therapy, on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Dance Medicine and Science, and serves on the Research Committee of the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science.

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Nelson Cortes

PhD, Old Dominion University
Associate Professor
Representative, SMART LAB

Dr. Cortes earned his B.S. in Physical Education & Exercise Science from ULHT with a special emphasis in Sports Biomechanics; an M.S. Ed. in Exercise Science with concentration in Clinical Biomechanics; and his Ph.D. in Human Movement Science from Old Dominion University. He has authored his research in refereed journals, and other publications; and has presented regionally, nationally and internationally. Dr. Cortes serves as a manuscript reviewer for several journals, including Journal of Applied Biomechanics, Journal of Athletic Training, Journal of Sports Science.

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Amanda Allen Caswell

PhD, Ohio University
Associate Professor

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Charles Robison

Assistant Professor

Dr. Robison is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and is a certified Health Fitness Specialist (HFS) through ACSM. He is currently collaborating with the Department of Psychology on a project investigating the effects of an exercise, nutrition education, and therapy intervention for overweight and obese teenagers with depression. Dr. Robison earned his B.S.Ed. in Physical Education from Missouri Southern State University; M.S. in Physical Education, Exercise and Sports Science from the University of Central Missouri; and Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

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Joel Martin

Assistant Professor

Dr. Martin earned his Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University in Kinesiology, with an emphasis in biomechanics and motor control. He holds an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering and an M.S. in Kinesiology from the Pennsylvania State University as well. He earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from SUNY Binghamton. Dr. Martin has been the first author on five papers published in peer-reviewed journals and given numerous presentations at professional conferences. His research interests are mainly in the improvement of sports performance using biomechanical and motor control measurement techniques.

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Margaret Jones

PhD, University of Georgia
Associate Professor

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  • Dr. Lance Liotta (CAPMM)
  • Dr. Chip Petricoin (CAPMM)
  • Dr. Siddhartha Sikdar (Bioengineering, GMU)
  • Dr. Vasiliki Ikonomidou (Bioengineering, GMU)
  • Dr. Len Annetta (College of Education, GMU)
  • Dr. Qi Wei (Bioengineering, GMU)
  • Center for Applied Proteomics & Molecular Medicine
  • James Onate, Phd ATC (The Ohio State University)
  • Steven Morrison, PhD (Old Dominion University)
  • Dr. John Kim (Orthopaedic Surgeon at Northern Virginia Orthopaedic Specialists, Manassas VA)
  • Drs. Tim and Dave Johnson (Orthopaedic Surgeons at National Sports Medicine Institute, Leesburg VA)
  • Matthew Wyon, PhD CSCS (University of Wolverhampton, UK)
  • Donna Krasnow, MS (California State University, Northridge)
  • Bonnie Van Lunen, PhD ATC (Old Dominion University)
  • Orlando Fernandes, PhD (Evora University)
  • Yohei Shimokochi, PhD ATC (Osaka University of Health and Sport Sciences, Japan)
  • NATA Nation Project