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, 2nd year Ph.D. Student

Eric earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Athletic Training from The University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa in May 2015, and a Master of Science Degree in Exercise Science from Auburn University in May 2018. As a nationally certified and state licensed athletic trainer, Eric’s experience in athletic training includes various settings: (2) NFL Internships with the Tennessee Titans, The University of Alabama Athletics, and 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, 3rd year Ph.D. Student

Patrick (Paddy) earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from Mississippi State University in 2016, and his Master of Science degree 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, 4th year Ph.D. Student

Sarah earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology from the University of Florida in 2017, and her Master of Science degree 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.

Research Focus: To uncover the mechanisms of unimpaired gait adaptation, and to understand how these mechanisms are affected by mobility disability. Sarah also implements mixed effects modeling in her research to enhance the ecological validity and applicability of her studies.

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Hillary_HolmesHillary Holmes, 4th year Ph.D. Student

Hillary earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University in Human Biology, Health & Society with a minor in Applied Exercise Science, and her Master of Science degree from the University of Florida in Applied Physiology & Kinesiology concentrating in Human Performance. She is a doctoral student studying biomechanics with Dr. Jaimie Roper at Auburn University. Hillary is also a volunteer assistant track and field coach for Auburn University, holding certifications from the NSCA, USATF and USTFCCCA.

Research Focus: To study how biomechanics and injury are influenced by cognition and overall athlete well-being. Hillary’s goal is to better understand relationships between mind and body to enhance rehabilitation, coaching, and holistic athletic performance.

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Matthew Beth HeadshotMatthew Beth, 1st year Ph.D. Student

Matthew earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science from Auburn University in 2020, after transferring from Iowa State University. He then earned his Master of Science degree in Exercise Science from Auburn University in 2021. Matthew is currently a doctoral student studying Biomechanics with Dr. Jaimie Roper in the Locomotor and Movement Control Laboratory at Auburn University. He lives with neurologically based disabilities, granting him personal interest and insight into the field.

Key Interests: movement disorders, mobility disability/rehabilitation, control of gait, aging, and neuromechanics.


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