EASIL Doctoral Students and Research Coordinators
Andrea Baellow received her undergraduate degree in Athletic Training in 2015 from High Point University, and her Master’s of Education in Kinesiology with a concentration in Athletic Training in 2016. Andrea is currently continuing her passion for understanding human movement in athletes and active populations in pursuing her doctorate in Kinesiology, with a concentration in Sports Medicine. Her primary research is focused on understanding what predisposes people to patellofemoral pain, and what aspects are modifiable in order to treat these patients successfully with rehabilitation. Specifically, she is interested in identifying subgroups of clinically identified factors in patients with patellofemoral pain.
Stephan Bodkin is a current doctoral student within the Exercise and Sports Injury Laboratory at the University of Virginia. Stephan received his Bachelor’s of Science from James Madison University in 2015 and graduated from the Post-Professional Athletic Training Master’s program at the University of Virginia in 2016. Desired to further his knowledge within sports medicine research, Stephan remained at the University to pursue his doctoral degree. Stephan’s primary research is directed towards functional consequences following musculoskeletal injury. Specifically, he is interested in neurophysiological adaptations observed following ACL-Reconstruction and providing evidence-based recommendations to safely return individuals to activity. In addition to his research within the lab, Stephan is involved with teaching undergraduate courses of musculoskeletal anatomy and clinical biomechanics.
Amelia Bruce is a current doctoral student within the Exercise and Sports Injury Laboratory in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Virginia. Amelia received her Bachelor's degree in Exercise and Sport Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2017, and completed her Master of Science in Exercise Science from Appalachian State University in 2019. Amelia's primary research interest is directed toward neuromuscular adaptations following lower extremity ligamentous injury. She currently serves as a research assistant investigating functional adaptations following ACL-Reconstruction surgery, as well as a teaching assistant in the Department of Kinesiology for undergraduate courses.
Alexandra DeJong received her Bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training from the University of Pittsburgh in 2016, and completed her Master’s in Education in Kinesiology with a focus in Athletic Training from the University of Virginia in 2017. Alexandra is currently pursuing her doctorate in the Department of Kinesiology in Sports Medicine with the goal of continuing in academia. Her current research interests include quantifying gait mechanics using wearable technology, and looking at the effects of gait-training interventions on individuals with running-related injuries. Additionally, she has utilized musculoskeletal ultrasound imaging to investigate proximal muscle adaptations in lower extremity injury populations. Alexandra is a board certified and licensed Athletic Trainer in the state of Virginia, and is currently a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association. She currently serves as a research assistant in the Exercise and Sports Injury Laboratory, and is a teaching assistant in the Department of Kinesiology for undergraduate courses.
Catherine Donahue graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University in 2012 with a Bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training. After working as a high school athletic trainer for 3 years, she completed her Master’s in Education in Kinesiology with a concentration in Athletic Training, as well as worked as a graduate assistant athletic trainer for the football and rowing teams at the University of Virginia in 2016. Following her master’s degree, Catherine spent 2 years working as a clinical research coordinator for the Henry M. Jackson Foundation, assisting in the coordination and management of injury prevention research in U.S. Marines. Upon completion of her military contract, Catherine returned to working clinically, where she spent the last year working as an athletic trainer for Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas. She also has spent time working intermittently for USA Rugby with both the Men’s and Women’s national teams. In 2019, Catherine returned to UVA as a doctoral student, where her primary research will be metabolic biomarkers of sports-related concussions.
Nicholas Erdman graduated from Shenandoah University in 2013 with an undergraduate degree in University Studies and minors in Kinesiology, Biology, and Psychology. Nicholas completed his Master’s of Science in Athletic Training at Shenandoah University in 2015, completing a thesis that investigated the prevalence and severity of depression-like symptoms in collegiate student-athletes. He completed clinical work as an athletic training student at Winchester City Public Schools, Fairfax County Public Schools, Bucknell University (football), and Shepherd University (baseball). During the master’s program, he also completed coursework and was awarded certification by the International Society of Sports Nutrition (C-ISSN). Upon graduation, Nicholas served as an athletic trainer for the women’s soccer, men’s and women’s wrestling, and men’s lacrosse programs at Ferrum College. Nicholas is currently completing doctoral studies in the Ph.D. in Kinesiology/Sports Medicine program at the University of Virginia. He served as the athletic trainer for the wrestling program at the University of Virginia during the first two years of the doctoral program and has been assisting in teaching courses in contemporary health and sports nutrition. His primary research focus has been psychometric properties of current clinical evaluation tools for sports-related concussion and investigation of dual-task performance of high school and collegiate student-athletes.
Dr. Mandeep Kaur graduated with a PhD from the School of Physiotherapy, University of Otago, New Zealand in 2018. Her PhD research was focused on studying the outcomes of anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction from 2 to 20 years post-surgery. Currently, Dr Kaur is working as a Post-doctoral Research associate at Department of Kinesiology on a project aimed to design the video-game based interventions for people with knee osteoarthritis. Her research interests include ACL injury prevention, management and rehabilitation research. She is also interested in working on rehabilitation following ACL reconstruction to improve the outcomes of surgery in short- to long-term.
Natalie Kupperman graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Lacrosse in 2011 with an undergraduate degree in athletic training. She continued her studies at the University of Virginia earning her M.Ed. in Athletic Training. During her time at Virginia, she studied thigh musculature in injured track and field athletes using clinical measurements and MRI. After UVA, Natalie moved to Chicago and began work at Northwestern University with the football and cross country teams. For the last five years, she was based in the Northwestern student health center providing athletic training services to the general student population. In 2018, Natalie returned to UVA to begin her doctoral studies. Her primary research interest is in wearable sensor technologies in relation in injury prevention. As part of her assignment, she also serves as the athletic trainer for women’s volleyball. When she isn’t hanging around Mem Gym, you can find Natalie with her husband, Ryan, and english bulldog, Bodie, usually watching hockey and eating take out.
Helen Mistler graduated from Furman University with a Bachelor's degree in History and a minor in Medicine, Health & Culture. As an undergraduate, Helen majored in History while completing a pre-med track, and this pairing allowed her to better understand the human condition from both cultural and clinical perspectives. Desiring to further her knowledge of medical research while applying to medical school, Helen moved to Charlottesville to work as a research coordinator in Exercise and Sport Injury Lab. When not in Mem Gym, Helen enjoys being near the mountains and trying new restaurants in Charlottesville.
Stephanie Stephens received her Bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training from Illinois State University in 2017. Determined to continue her education, Stephanie remained at the University and completed her Post-Professional Master’s degree in Athletic Training in 2019. Stephanie is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in the Department of Kinesiology, with a concentration in Sports Medicine, at the University of Virginia. Her primary research interests include investigating the physiological and psychological effects of modern therapeutic interventions in various pathologic populations. Outside of her research-related responsibilities, Stephanie also serves as a teaching assistant for undergraduate kinesiology courses and as part-time certified athletic trainer in the Charlottesville area.
Xavier Thompson received his Bachelor's of Science degree in Athletic Training from The Ohio State University in 2015. In order to improve within his craft he obtained a Master's of Science in Athletic Training from the post-professional program at the University of Kentucky while working as an athletic trainer for UK athletics. After working in an outpatient physical therapy clinic for a year, he joined the Exercise and Sports Injury Lab as a research coordinator working with Dr. Jacob Resch.