James Finley, PhD

Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy

Assistant Professor

Dr. Finley directs the Locomotor Control Laboratory where he investigates how locomotion is controlled and adapted in both the healthy and injured neuromuscular system. Dr. Finley’s lab develops theoretical models and experiments based on principles of neuroscience, biomechanics, and exercise physiology to identify the factors that guide learning and rehabilitation. Ultimately, the goal of his work is to design novel and effective interventions t to improve locomotor control in individuals with damage to the nervous system.


  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Neuroscience, Johns Hopkins University, 2013
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University, 2010
  • Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, Florida A&M University, 2004

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