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Adam W. Kiefer, PhD

  • Director of Research Education, Division of Sports Medicine
  • Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics



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.


Antifragility; augmented/virtual reality; behavioral dynamics; complex systems modeling; dynamical disease; individual/team coordination; nonlinear dynamics; sensorimotor neuroscience; quantitative methods.

Research Areas

Sports Medicine


Injury Risk Factors Integrated Into Self-Guided Real-Time Biofeedback Improves High-Risk Biomechanics. Bonnette, S; DiCesare, CA; Kiefer, AW; Riley, MA; Foss, KD B; Thomas, S; Kitchen, K; Diekfuss, JA; Myer, GD. Journal of Sport Rehabilitation. 2020; 28:831-839.

High-Risk Lower-Extremity Biomechanics Evaluated in Simulated Soccer-Specific Virtual Environments. DiCesare, CA; Kiefer, AW; Bonnette, S; Myer, GD. Journal of Sport Rehabilitation. 2020; 29:294-300.

'What's my risk of sustaining an ACL injury while playing football (soccer)?' A systematic review with meta-analysis. Montalvo, AM; Schneider, DK; Silva, PL; Yut, L; Webster, KE; Riley, MA; Kiefer, AW; Doherty-Restrepo, JL; Myer, GD. British Journal of Sports Medicine. 2019; 53:1333-1340.

Joint Angle Variation in Intentional Sit-to-Stand Transitions ⁎ ⁎ Research supported by the University of Cincinnati - Creating Our Third Century – Fund. Patil, G; Rigoli, L; Richardson, MJ; Kumar, M; Kiefer, AW; Lorenz, T. IFAC-PapersOnLine. 2019; 51:214-219.

Antifragility in Sport: Leveraging Adversity to Enhance Performance. Kiefer, AW; Silva, PL; Harrison, HS; Araujo, D. Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology. 2018; 7:342-350.

A jugular vein compression collar prevents alterations of endogenous electrocortical dynamics following blast exposure during special weapons and tactical (SWAT) breacher training. Bonnette, S; Diekfuss, JA; Kiefer, AW; Riley, MA; Foss, KD B; Thomas, S; DiCesare, CA; Yuan, W; Dudley, J; Reches, A; et al. Experimental Brain Research. 2018; 236:2691-2701.

Brain-Behavior Mechanisms for the Transfer of Neuromuscular Training Adaptions to Simulated Sport: Initial Findings From the Train the Brain Project. Grooms, DR; Kiefer, AW; Riley, MA; Ellis, JD; Thomas, S; Kitchen, K; DiCesare, CA; Bonnette, S; Gadd, B; Foss, KD B; et al. Journal of Sport Rehabilitation. 2018; 27:1-5.

Age-Dependent Patellofemoral Pain: Hip and Knee Risk Landing Profiles in Prepubescent and Postpubescent Female Athletes. Galloway, RT; Xu, Y; Hewett, TE; Foss, KB; Kiefer, AW; DiCesare, CA; Magnussen, RA; Khoury, J; Ford, KR; Diekfuss, JA; et al. American Journal of Sports Medicine. 2018; 46:2761-2771.

Nonlinear Dynamical Systems and Humanistic Psychology. Pincus, D; Kiefer, AW; Beyer, JI. Journal of Humanistic Psychology. 2018; 58:343-366.

Longer Fixation Times During Reading Are Correlated With Decreased Connectivity in Cognitive-Control Brain Regions During Rest in Children. Horowitz-Kraus, T; DiCesare, C; Kiefer, AW. Mind, Brain, and Education. 2018; 12:49-60.