Smart Lab

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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Sarah Kettlety

B.S., George Mason University

Sarah Kettlety earned her B.S. in Kinesiology from George Mason University. She is currently enrolled in the master’s program in Exercise, Fitness and Health Promotion. She has been working in the SMART Lab for the past year. Her research interests include lower extremity biomechanics, and she has been involved in research investigating gait retraining related to patients with knee osteoarthritis.

Ana Morais Azevedo

PT, PhD Candidate

Ana is currently pursuing her doctoral studies, investigating the biomechanical patterns of dancers’ during multidirectional single-leg landings (Faculty of Human Kinetics, University of Lisbon - Portugal). She is also a Physical Therapist with a Physical Therapist Degree and a Sports Physical Therapy Postgraduate Degree, with over 12 years of experience working in the musculoskeletal and sports fields.

For the academic year 2018-2019, Ana has a visiting research scholarship at George Mason University (VA, USA), mentored by Dr. Nelson Cortes. Additionally, during 2017-2018, Ana was a Fulbright Visiting Researcher, where she had the exceptional opportunity to expand dance science and research at George Mason University (VA, USA), while being part of a multidisciplinary STEAM team approach.

Highly motivated, she has been disseminating the findings of her ongoing research in international conferences, such as at the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), the American Society of Biomechanics (ASB), and the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS), as well as in community outreach lectures.