Locomotor Learning Lab
The Locomotor Learning Lab, founded in 2019, was established to integrate community involvement, screening, and research for the betterment of the people of the high country. Dr. Skinner and his students are actively engaged in promoting healthy aging and independent lifestyles, in both geriatric and neurodegenerative disorders.
Meet the Lab
Dr. Jared W. Skinner, Assistant Professor, PhD, Graduate Faculty
Geriatrics Advanced Fellowship (2016-2019) – Malcom Randall Veterans Hospital, Gainesville, FL, Emphasis: Neurorehabilitation
Ph.D. (2016) – University of Florida, Gainesville, FL – Applied Physiology and Kinesiology - Biomechanics
M.S. (2011) – Appalachian State University, Boone, NC – Exercise Science, Research
B.S. (2009) – Appalachian State University, Boone, NC – Exercise Science, Strength and Conditioning
Lizzie Gamwell, BS, Graduate Student
I obtained a Bachelors in Exercise Science from Wingate University. I discovered my passion for the field as a gymnast of 14 years where I saw the significant benefits of a proper strength program in the performance aspects of my sport. I have been a gymnastics coach for 9 years and have enjoyed applying my passion to the sport through strength and conditioning programs and concepts I studied in motor learning. My aspirations and interests stretch far and wide, and I am looking forward to learning more in depth about motor learning, neuroscience, and strength programming and their applications to sport, exercise, and the aging body.
Paige Bramblett, Graduate Student
Bryan , Graduate Student
Emily Jones, Undergraduate Research Assistant
“Hello, my name is Emily (EmJ) Jones, I am a senior studying music therapy. After school, I anticipate working in a behavioral health hospital. Outside of school I enjoy mountain biking and watching Criminal Minds on Netflix.”
Awarded an Appstate Undergraduate Research Assistantship
Olivia Chapman, Undergraduate Student
My name is Olivia Chapman and I'm from Durham, NC. I am majoring in Exercise Science and I hope to be able to work with hands-on research studies and learn as much as I can. I want to gain experience applying what I learn in class in real life situations and expand on the possible paths I will take with my education!
Alexis King, Undergraduate Student
Benji Pruitt, Undergraduate Student
Audrey Viso, Undergraduate Student
Examining the impact of COVID-19 on Quality of Life and Habitual Activities in Individuals with Parkinson's disease and caregivers.
Health and Fitness Community Assessment Database.
Acute Effects of Exercise on Autonomic Function in Parkinson's Disease.
Assessment and Intervention Across the Cognitive Continuum in Older Adults.
Gait and Balance Assessment in Older Adults in the High Country.
Enhancing Locomotor Learning with Motor Imagery and Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation
Contact: Lizzie Gamwell, email@example.com or Dr. Jared Skinner, firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in participation and/or volunteering.
PKMAS Instrument walkway
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Soterix Medical tDCS - clinical trial stimulator
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