Adam W. Kiefer, PhD

Director of Research Education, Division of Sports Medicine

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Augmented/virtual reality; behavioral dynamics; biofeedback; dynamical disease; exercise science; individual/team coordination; nonlinear dynamics; quantitative methods; sports medicine

Dr. Kiefer's research takes a complex systems approach to performance enhancement and injury prevention in sport, and integrates innovative technologies such as augmented and virtual reality, eye tracking, and biofeedback tools with established training practices to improve training outcomes. His expertise in behavioral dynamics and dynamical disease provides an innovative approach to measuring, modeling and analyzing the complexity of healthy and pathological human performance in a variety of contexts. Opportunities for mentorship in the research process are available, and participation by interested fellows and prospective graduate students is encouraged.

BS: University of Wisconsin at La Crosse, La Crosse, WI.

MS: Barry University, Miami, FL.

PhD: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH.

Post Doctoral: Brown University, Providence, RI.

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Rhea CK, Kiefer AW, D’Andrea SE, Warren WH, Aaron RK. Global entrainment to a fractal metronome while walking induces corresponding shifts in fractal gait dynamics. Hum Mov Sci. 2014; 36:20-34.

Kiefer AW, Cremades JG, & Myer GD. Train the brain: novel electroencephalography data indicate links between motor learning and brain adaptations. J Novel Physio. 2014.

Myer, GD, Smith D, Barber Foss KD, Dicesare CA, Kiefer AW, Kushner AM, … Khoury JC. Rates of concussion are lower in national football league games played at higher altitudes. J Ortho Sport Phys Therapy. 2014; 44:164-172.

Kiefer AW, Rhea CK, Warren WH. VR-based assessment and rehabilitation of functional mobility. In J. Campos, A. Lécuyer, F. Steinicke, Y. Visell (Eds.), Human walking in virtual environments: Perception, technology and applications. Springer. 2013.

Rhea CK, Kiefer AW. Patterned variability in gait behavior: How can it be measured and what does it mean? In L. Li (Ed.), Gait Biometrics: Basic Patterns, Role of Neurological Disorders and Effects of Physical Activity. Nova Science Publishers, Inc. 2013.

Kiefer AW, Ford KR, Paterno MV, Schmitt LC, Myer GD, Riley MA, Shockley K, Hewett TE. Inter-segmental postural coordination measures differentiate ACL reconstructed athletes from healthy controls. Gait Pos. 2013;37:149-153.

Kiefer AW, Riley MA, Shockley K, Sitton CA, Hewett TE, Cummins-Sebree S, Haas JG. Multi-segmental postural coordination in professional ballet dancers. Gait Pos. 2011;34:76-80.

Myer GD, Kushner AM, Faigenbaum AD, Kiefer AW, Kashikar-Zuck S, Clark JF. Training the developing brain Part I: Cognitive developmental considerations for training youth. Curr Sport Med Rep. 2013 Sep-Oct;12(5):304-10.

Kiefer AW, Riley MA, Shockley K, Sitton CA, Hewett TE, Cummins-Sebree S, Haas JG. Lower-limb proprioceptive awareness in professional ballet dancers. J Dance Med Sci. 2013 Sep;17(3):126-32.