Laboratory Staff


Dr. Lawrence Weiss,
Professor, Lab Director

Dr. Max Paquette,
Assistant Professor

Dr. Douglas Powell,
Assistant Professor

Graduate Students

Rachael Ard (advisor: Dr Powell)
Rachael is originally from Columbus, GA. She earned her B.S. from Auburn University in Exercise Science in May 2016. She became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist in July of 2017. She has experience teaching activity courses and practical applications of exercise physiology. She also worked as a physical therapy technician in an outpatient clinic.
• Research Interests: Concussion rehabilitation, vestibular/oculomotor therapy, and orthopedic rehabilitation.

Rachael Ard 


Sarah Blackmore (advisor: Dr. Powell)
Sarah Blackmore graduated from Mississippi State University. She is from Jackson, MS and plans on going to PT school when she finish her master's degree.  Two of her hobbies include basketball and biking. 
• Research Interests: Sarah started her master's with a biomechanics concentration at Ole Miss and she is working with Dr. Powell now with projects on Parkinson's disease.  She is hoping to use what she learn here to work with patients with neurodegenerative diseases. She plans on doing this by helping in different projects focused on movement based interventions.

Sarah Blackmore


Alex Carnall (advisor: Dr. Powell and Dr. Paquette)
Originally from Oakville, Ontario, Alex is a 2012 B.Sc. Kinesiology graduate from the University of Texas – Pan American. Following a four year college baseball career, Alex worked as an NCAA Division 1 Strength & Conditioning coach in Texas, Montana, and North Carolina between 2011 and 2017 working primarily with Basketball, Soccer, and Swimming student-athletes.  As a graduate assistant, Alex will serve in the School of Health Studies as an instructor, teaching assistant, and research assistant primarily reporting to Dr. Powell and Dr. Paquette. He is CSCS certified through the NSCA, and has served on the advisory committee for the Carolina Performance Group which facilitates continuing education opportunities for regional rehab and performance professionals. Outside of school, Alex is a competitive 85kg Olympic weightlifter who has medaled in multiple North Carolina State championships, and competed in two consecutive USAW American Open championships hosted in Reno, NV and Orlando, FL. Alex also enjoys writing content for his own website, and plans to self-publish a book in 2017 geared toward young strength and conditioning coaches.
• Research Interests: Alex comes to the U of M’s SPAHCC lab with an interest in neuromechanical mechanisms related to skill acquisition, motor control, as well as injury risk mitigation and performance enhancement.

 Alex Carnall


Ashley Frederick (advisor: Dr. Paquette) 
Ashley is from Memphis, Tennessee. She graduated from the University of Memphis with a degree in Exercise Sport Science in May 2016. When not on campus serving as an office graduate assistant, she can be found at Memphis Judo & Jiu Jitsu training in Muay Thai.  
• Research Interests: Ashley's research interests involve the impact of obesity on motor tasks in young adults. She is also interested in how motor tasks can be developed in young children through exercise and sport.

 Ashley Frederick


Hailey James (advisor: Dr. Weiss)
 Hailey James is from Memphis, Tennessee. She earned her BS in exercise science from the University of Memphis. She became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist in May 2017. She is a teaching Graduate Assistant for the University of Memphis and a research Graduate Assistant for Campbell Clinic.
• Research Interests: How Anterior Cruciate Ligament rupture and reconstruction affects athlete's returning to play.

 Hailey James

Ramzi Majaj (advisor: Dr. Paquette)
Ramzi is from Jerusalem, Palestine and moved to Memphis, TN in 8th grade. He received his bachelor's degree in Exercise and Sports Science from the University of Memphis in December 2014. Ramzi has worked with rehab facilityand as a corrective exercise technician. Ramzi also worked for the YMCA in Cordova as a personal trainer specializing in recovery.
• Research Interests: lower extremity biomechanics, specifically in the older and geriatric population.



Jake Melaro (advisor: Dr. Paquette) 
Jake grew up in Henderson, Tennessee about an hour down the road from the University of Memphis. He received his B.S. in Exercise Science and Wellness from the University of Tennessee-Martin, where he spent most of his time volunteering with the regional Special Olympics athletes and in the community as a brother of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. Jake has a strange affinity for facial hair, as well as being an avid baseball and punk rock fan. Jake was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease in 2009 and ever since has been looking to exercise science as a way to stay healthy and active.
• Research Interests: Jake is primarily focused on the biomechanic changes present in neurologically diseased populations, such as those with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disorder or diabetic neuropathy.

Jake Melaro 


Ross Smith (advisor: Dr. Paquette)
Ross was born and raised in Memphis, TN. He received his bachelor's in Health and Human Performance from the University of Memphis, where his interest in biomechanics was piqued. Although he still considers playing and coaching basketball his first loves, Ross is a self-professed nerd who plays Magic: The Gathering semi-professionally.
• Research Interests: Ross' research includes power-based sport performance and exercise footwear. His thesis subject is examining how different footwear affects athletes' adaptations to plyometric training.

 Ross Smith


Rachael Arnwine (Intern)
Rachael is a Memphis native, graduating in December 2017, with a BS in Exercise, Sport, & Movement Sciences, and a BFA in Dance. In her spare time, she enjoys dancing and teaching dance to youth in the community. Rachael will begin graduate school, full-time, in January 2018. 
• Research Interests: As a dancer, Rachael's research interests lie in injury prevention, specifically in lower limbs.

Rachael Arnwine


Brooke Sherfield (Intern)
Brooke was born and raised in Dayton, TN. At the end of her freshman year at Tennessee Technology University, she married and moved to Memphis, TN to finish her degree in Health and Human Performance at the U of M.  After graduating in December 2017, she plans to attend The University of Tennessee Knoxville to complete her Masters in Kinesiology concentrating in Biomechanics. Outside of school, Brooke owns a network marketing, photography, physiotherapy, and hat business with her husband . In her free time, she likes to backpack, rock climb, travel,  and improve her personal development.
• Research Interests: Brooke's research interest involves lower extremity biomechanics of young adults.

Brooke Sherfield

Program Alumni (last 2 years)

John Harry

John Harry graduated from the University of Memphis in May of 2014. He is currently pursuing a PhD in the department of Kinesiology & Nutrition Science at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Joshua Bravo

Josh Bravo graduated from the University of Memphis in May of 2014. He will attend the University of St. Augustine in St. Augustine, Florida where he will pursue a degree in physical therapy.

Shelby Peel

Dan Melcher

Johnpaul Caia

Richard Easter

Lisa Smith

Stephanie Chester