SOAR Personnel

Primary Investigators

Dr. Lindsay DiStefano

Lindsay DiStefano, Ph.D., ATC, FNATA

Dr. Lindsay DiStefano is extremely active with conducting research to determine the best strategies to promote physical literacy and reduce the risk of youth sports-related injuries, such as anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries, in children. Dr. DiStefano has published numerous research papers and presented nationally and internationally. She is currently engaged with major research studies to identify best practices for implementation and dissemination of interventions to improve safe physical activity participation and ensure proper development of physical literacy in children.

Email: Lindsay.DiStefano@uconn.edu

Dr. Laurie Devaney

Laurie Devaney, Ph.D., P.T., OCS, ATC, FAAOMPT

Dr. Devaney’s primary interest is prevention and management of upper quarter injuries in overhead athletes with a focus on the relationship between spine impairments and the development of throwing-related shoulder and elbow injuries. Additionally, she continues to work on validation of clinical measures of posture and cervical mobility in overhead athletes.

Email: Laurie.Devaney@uconn.edu

Dr. Kristin Morgan

Kristin Morgan, Ph.D.

Dr. Kristin Morgan’s research interests involve gait pattern analysis; quantifying dynamic joint stability; computational modeling of human movement; detecting and assessing lower extremity injury risk.

Email: Kristin.2.Morgan@uconn.edu

Dr. Neal Glaviano

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Neal Glaviano, Ph.D., ATC

 

Email: neal.glaviano@uconn.edu

Dr. Jacob Earp

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Jacob Earp, Ph.D.

 

Email: jacob.earp@uconn.edu

Dr. Maryclaire Capetta

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Maryclaire Capetta, D.P.T.

 

Email: maryclaire.capetta@uconn.edu

Dr. Craig Denegar

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Craig Denegar, PT, PhD, ATC

 

Email: craig.denegar@uconn.edu

Graduate Students

Steve Davi

Steve Davi, M.S., ATC

Steve’s research focus is to understand the neural mechanisms associated with musculoskeletal injuries, particularly those that afflict the knee joint. Secondary to Steve’s main focus is the development of effective rehabilitation strategies for the treatment of injury associated with deficits in neural mechanics.

Email: Steven.Davi@uconn.edu

Dr. Cody Butler

Cody Butler, DPT

Dr. Cody Butler joined UCONN’s SOAR Lab in August 2018.  His primary research interests are heat illness and injury prevention/performance optimization amongst military members and athletes.  Dr. Butler received a Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise and Sports Science from the University of Utah (Salt Lake City, UT) in 2008 and Doctor of Physical Therapy from Regis University (Denver, CO) in 2011.  He later commissioned into the Air Force in 2012 and has been stationed at the US Air Force Academy (CO Springs, CO) and Robins Air Force Base (Warner Robins, GA).  He is currently working on a PhD at UCONN in the Department of Kinesiology.
Dr. Butler and his wife, Ashley, have three children:  Spencer (age 11), Elizabeth (age 6), and Mya (age 18 months).

Email: Cody.Butler@uconn.edu

 

Emma Zuk

Emma Zuk, ATC

Emma’s research interest includes assessing risk factors for lower extremity injury, particularly in the youth athletic population. Emma also has an interest in physical literacy and educating communities on the importance of physical literacy.

Email: Emma.Zuk@uconn.edu

Other Lab Personnel

Undergraduate Students (Major)

Jiana Baker (Physiology and Neurobiology)

Margaret Burke (Psychological Sciences)

David Csordas (Physiology and Neurobiology/Pathobiology and Veterinary Science)

Kyle Kalotai (Chemistry)

Jessica Lavine (Kinesiology)

Elena Masiello (Kinesiology)

Gustavo Porto (Allied Health)

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