Locomotor and Movement Control Lab Personnel


Dr. Jaimie Roper

Director: Jaimie A. Roper, Ph.D.

Jaimie A. Roper, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the School of Kinesiology and Director of the Locomotor and Movement Control Lab at Auburn University. She has extensive experience in biomechanics and motor control in populations with mobility impairment.

Research Focus: disentangling causes of mobility impairment by employing a comprehensive approach that investigates orthopedic and neural contributions to understanding this problem.

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Eric FinleyEric Finley, 1st year Ph.D. Student

Eric earned his Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Athletic Training from The University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa in May 2015, and a Master’s of Science Degree in Exercise Science from Auburn University in May 2018. As a nationally certified and state licensed athletic trainer, Eric has practiced athletic training in various high schools around the Auburn area. Currently he is a doctoral student working with Dr. Jaimie Roper studying biomechanics within the Locomotor & Movement Control Lab.

Key Interests: sports medicine, orthopedic, injury prevention, rehabilitation, clinical assessment, biomechanics


Patrick (Paddy) MonaghanPatrick (Paddy) Monaghan, 2nd year Ph.D. Student

Paddy earned his Bachelor’s of Science in Kinesiology from Mississippi State University in 2016, and his Master’s of Science in Health and Exercise Science from Colorado State University in 2018. He is currently a doctoral student studying biomechanics with Dr. Jaimie Roper in the Locomotor & Movement Control Lab at Auburn University.

Key Interests: control of gait, movement disorders, aging, cognition


Sarah BrinkerhoffSarah Brinkerhoff, 3rd year Ph.D. Student

Sarah earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology from the University of Florida in 2017, and her Master’s of Science in Exercise Science from Auburn University in 2018. She is currently a doctoral student studying biomechanics with Dr. Jaimie Roper in the Locomotor & Movement Control Lab at Auburn University.

Key Interests: control of gait, locomotor adaptation, mobility disability, aging, movement disorders

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Hillary_HolmesHillary Holmes, 3rd year Ph.D. Student

Hillary earned her BS from Cornell University in Human Biology, Health & Society with a minor in Applied Exercise Science, and her MS from the University of Florida in Applied Physiology & Kinesiology concentrating in Human Performance. Hillary is a certified coach through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (CSCS) and USA Track and Field Association (USATF Level 1). Currently, she is a doctoral student studying biomechanics with Dr. Jaimie Roper at Auburn University.

Research Interests: To better understand relationships among lower extremity mechanics, musculoskeletal injuries, cognition and mental wellness in youth and adult athletes. Her goal is to enhance rehabilitation, return-to-play protocols, and coaching practice through applied research and education.

Outside of the lab, Hillary enjoys biking, lifting, coaching and exploring new places with her dog.

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