In this special episode of the PhD podcast, Harjiv and Jason bring on Dr. Joe Eisenmann to discuss how prospective/current graduate students navigate graduate school. The conversation touches many relevant topics including the pre-application process, how to “control your own learning environment”, and post-graduate options. Dr. Eisenmann wears many hats, including his role as the head of Sports Science for Volt Athletics and Director of Loper Performance at the University of Nebraska-Kearney.
Mac Pierson is a 4th year PhD Candidate at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Mac, originally from Iowa, earned her B.A. from Luther College, where she played basketball for 4 years, earned her first M.S. degree from Northeastern University, second M.S. degree from CSULB. Mac’s research brings both worlds of Biomechanics and Motor Learning to evaluate lower extremity movement to negate injury for athletes.
Boki Wang is a 4th year PhD student in Biomedical Engineering at Arizona State University, where she is studying neuromodulation of motor learning. Boki holds a pluralistic (holistic as she calls it) perspective to study brain-behavior relationships, and is especially interested in understanding behavioral and neural data. Her personal scientific mission is to apply research to improve sports performance for athletes and teams, with special interest in women’s basketball.
Thomas Gretton is currently a second year sport psychology PhD student at Florida State University where he is studying cognitive performance in elite sport and elite sport performance. Specifically, Thomas has interests in pre-performance routines, psychological rest, and emotionally demanding research.
Julia Maietta is currently a Doctoral Student in Clinical Psychology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) studying the psychometric properties of the ImPACT, a commonly utilized sport concussion assessment.
Margot Bootsma is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Groningen studying motor learning, healthy aging, and neuroscience. With her background in human movement science and neuropsychology, Margot’s research is investigating changes in the brain and subsequent application towards understanding how to better optimize motor learning.
Jeb Struder is currently a doctoral student at the University of Connecticut studying the cellular and molecular responses of skeletal muscle to exercise and stressful environments. He also serves as the Director of Research for the Korey Stringer Institute