University of Southern California USC
University of Southern California
Department of Kinesiology
 
 
 

Jill L. McNitt-Gray, Ph.D.
Department of Kinesiology, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Department of Biological Sciences
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90089-0652
mcnitt@mizar.usc.edu

EDUCATION
Miami University, Oxford, OH., B.A. Major Degree: Mathematics and Statistics, 1980
Ohio State University, Columbus, OH., Graduate courses in Applied Statistics, 1981-2
The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, M.A., Major Area: Biomechanics, 1985
The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA., Ph.D. Exercise and Sports Science, Major Area: Biomechanics, 1989

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Spring 2003: Founding Director of Integrated and Evolutionary Biology Graduate Program
Spring 2003: Joint Appointment ,Department of Biological Sciences
Spring 1996: Mini Sabbatical: International Olympic Committee- Medical Commission Scientific Project
1994-present: Associate Professor with tenure
1988-1994: Assistant Professor, Director of Biomechanics Research Laboratory, Dept of Kinesiology, Joint Appointment, Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Southern California
Summer 1987: Visiting Graduate Student, Biomechanics Laboratory, Tsukuba University, Japan
1985-1988: Research Assistant, Biomechanics Laboratory, The Pennsylvania State University
1980-1983: Assistant Energy Analyst, Load Research and Load Management Section,
American Electric Power Service Corporation, Columbus, OH.


PUBLICATIONS

Selected Publications in Peer Reviewed Scientific Journals

McNitt-Gray, J.L., Mathiyakom, W.*, Requejo, P.S.*, & Costa, K.*(in review). Modification of the initial lower extremity segment orientation redistributes mechanical demand during the sit-to-stand tasks, Journal of Biomechanics.
Requejo, P.S.*, McNitt-Gray, J.L., Flashner, H. (in review). Modification of landing conditions at contact via flight phase control, Biological Cybernetics. Prince Alexandre de Merode Award, Physical Sciences, VIth IOC World Congress on Sport Sciences and 49th annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), St. Louis, Missouri, USA.
McNitt-Gray, J.L., Mathiyakom, W.*, Eagle, J.* & B. A. Munkasy* (in review). Constraints imposed by a secondary task modifies mechanical demand during landing, Journal of Applied Biomechanics.
McNitt-Gray, J.L. and Irvine, D.M.E.*(in review). Internal loading implications of landings with reduced vertical reaction forces. Journal of Applied Biomechanics.
Requejo, P.S.*, McNitt-Gray, J.L., Flashner, H. (2002). An approach for developing an experimentally based model for simulating flight phase dynamics, Biological Cybernetics, 87(4), 289-300. Finalist Young Investigator Award, XVIIIth Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics, Zurich, Switzerland, ISB Dissertation Award.
McNitt-Gray, J.L. , Hester, D.M.E.,* Mathiyakom, W.,* & Munkasy, B.A.* (2001). Mechanical demand and multijoint control during landing depend on orientation of the body segments relative to the reaction force. Journal of Biomechanics. 34, 1471–1482.
McNitt-Gray, J.L. (2000). Subject specific coordination of two- and one-joint muscles during landings suggests multiple control criteria, Motor Control, 4(1), 84-88.
Sidaway, B., Fairweather, M., Sekiya, H., & McNitt-Gray, J.L. (1996). Time-to-collision estimation in a simulated driving task. Human Factors, 38(1), 101-113.
Feltner, M.E., MacRae, P.M., & McNitt-Gray, J.L. (1994). Gait related risk factors associated with falling in community-dwelling older females, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 75, 447-453.
McNitt-Gray, J. L. (1993). Kinetics of the lower extremity joints during drop landings from three heights, Journal of Biomechanics, 25, 1037-1046.
Naill, R.* & McNitt-Gray, J.L. (1993). Surface EMG as a method for observing muscle activation patterns associated with strategies of string depression used by cellists, Medical Problems of Performing Artists, 8(1), 7-13.
Heuser, F.* & McNitt-Gray, J.L. (1991). EMG potentials prior to tone commencement in trumpet players, Medical Problems of Performing Artists, 6, 51-56.

Graduate students under my advisement have been identified by an *


SYNERGISTIC ACTIVITIES

Undergraduate Education
NSF, 2000-2003, Co-Principal Investigator with L.Turcotte, Enabling Undergraduate Students to Make Connections Between Physiological Systems and Human Movement Using Multimedia Tools.

1995-6, Principal Investigator, Laboratory Innovation and Improvements in Biomechanics.
USC Multimedia Literacy Project, 1999-2000, Principal Investigator, Analysis of human movement using student directed learning,
USC Undergraduate Research Program, 1999-2000, Principal Investigator, Cause and effect relationships governing human movement. Mentor of Merit Research and Women in Science and Engineering grant recipients.

Intel Award, 1997-2000, Utilization of Advanced Intel Based Platforms in Computationally Demanding Tasks, Principal Investigator. Designed and established a mulitmedia Human Movement Biokinetics Laboratory for Undergraduate and Graduate Students.

USC Center for Excellence in Teaching Award, 1997-8, Principal Investigator, Improving Biokinetics of Human Movement using Real Time Feedback and Multimedia Technology. Created a web based applet for undergraduate students to analyze movement using mechanical principles.

K-12 Education
LAEP Innovative Grant, 1997-8, Co-Principal Investigator with Fairburn Ave. Elementary Teachers, Biomechanics: Bringing Mechanical Principles to Life. Science night coordinator.

Collaborations
Kathleen Costa, USC, United States Olympic Committee;
Henryk Flashner, USC;
Robert Flick, USC Fine Arts;
Mick Haley, USC, Volleyball;
Frank Heuser, UCLA;
Witaya Mathiyakom, USC;
Rick Naill, Colburn School of Music;
Chris Powers, USC, Biokinesiology;
Christiana Robbins, USC, Fine Arts
Philip Requejo, Rancho Los Amigos Rehabilitation Center;
Kathy Smith, USC, Cinema;
Lorraine Turcotte, USC, Kinesiology

 

 
 
 
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