Dr. Hughes joined our team as Health Equity Institute Associate Professor of Kinesiology, starting Fall 2015. Dr. Hughes was hired as part of a new faculty cluster focused on Violence, Trauma, and Health.
About Dr. Hughes: Dr. Hughes is a senior post-doctoral fellow in the Robotics Research Centre in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Nanyang Technological University (NTU).
Dr. Hughes completed her PhD in motor behavior with a specialization in motor control from Purdue University in 2010. She previously worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Neurocognition and Action Research Group, Department of Psychology and Sport Sciences at Bielefeld University. She also held joint appointments with the Research Institute for Cognition and Robotics (COR-Lab), and the Center of Excellence: Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC), both within Bielefeld University.
Her research focuses on elucidating the mechanisms underlying motor planning and control during goal-directed movements in neurologically healthy adults and children. In addition, she examines aspects of motor control in individuals with neurological deficits (e.g., stroke) and applies these results to the development of robotic devices that can improve their rehabilitation trajectories.
About the Violence, Trauma, and Health Cluster:
There is enormous scientific, social, and cultural interest in the impact of violence and trauma on individual and collective well-being. It is essential that we build deeper understandings of the complex relationships between violence, trauma, and health among individuals, families, communities, and societies at large. Moreover, we must encourage scholarship and discourse concerning the ways in which the ubiquity of violence and its traumatic effects in popular culture both reflect and refract lived experience. This faculty cluster was designed to support key cross-discipline intellectual initiatives and will bring together scholars from Kinesiology, Psychology, and Cinema
Dr. Hughes will join this cluster through a joint position with HEI and the Kinesiology department starting Fall 2015. She will provide academic and professional leadership through her expertise in the study of trauma and physical functioning.
To learn more about Dr. Hughes and her current research, visit her website.