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Jatin Ambegaonkar

Assistant Professor, Recreation Health and Tourism

Expertise: Dance medicine, Motor control, Lower extremity injury risk factors

Professor Ambegaonkar’s main research interests include examining risk factors for lower extremity injuries including Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injuries of the knee. Related to this line of work, Professor Ambegaonkar is also interested in the overall motor control of the body during activity and the methodology of investigating these mechanisms using surface electromyography. Professionally, he is a certified athletic trainer, and is involved with dance medicine serving as a subcommittee lead on a special interest group for the performing arts within the National Athletic Trainers Association.

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David Anderson

Professor, Recreation, Health and Tourism; Director, Center for the Advancement of Public Health

Expertise: Alcohol and drug abuse, Driver safety, Driving performance, Health and safety communication

David Anderson is a professor of recreation, health and tourism and director of Mason's Center for the Advancement of Public Health. During his 35-year career in higher education, he has promoted positive youth development and healthy living. Some of his specialty areas include health promotion, strategic planning and mobilization, health communication and needs assessment and evaluation.

His specialization in drug and alcohol abuse prevention, particularly with colleges and universities, has earned him a national reputation for promoting comprehensive, innovative and accountable programs and polices.

Working with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Anderson and his colleagues developed the Best of CHOICES Alcohol Education resource guide. Best of CHOICES includes some of the best examples of the various ways institutions have made use of grant funding they received to develop programs that would help address the importance of alcohol abuse prevention on college campuses. In addition, the guide includes recommendations made by Anderson that can help campuses to design and implement meaningful campus-based efforts to reduce alcohol-related problems.

During his 20 years at Mason, Anderson has acquired more than $8.3 million in grants for over 150 research and applied projects.

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Shane Caswell

Associate professor of athletic training and director of the Sports Medicine Assessment, Research and Testing (SMART) Laboratory

Expertise: Prevention of traumatic brain injury in sport, Effectiveness of protective equipment in sport, Concussions trends, Risk factors that result in concussion, Sport policy

As a licensed athletic trainer, Caswell’s primary research interest focuses on the prevention of traumatic brain injury in sport. Caswell has worked extensively with scholastic athletes and can discuss the risk factors and trends of concussion that may contribute to better detection, treatment and prevention of concussion. In his most recent study, he partnered with Fairfax County Public Schools to examine the concussion trends of more than 150,000 athletes for 11 consecutive years. It is the first study of its kind to look at high school sports over a significant period of time to determine whether or not concussions are increasing. He is currently working on a study that examines concussion in girls and boys lacrosse. Another component of his research focuses on evaluating the effectiveness of sport equipment used to prevent concussion.

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Naomi Lynn Gerber

Professor and Director, Center for Study of Chronic Illness and Disability

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Expertise: Chronic Illness, Fatigue, Internal Medicine, Rheumatology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Dr. Gerber is the director of Mason’s Center for Study of Chronic Illness and Disability. In this capacity, she is responsible for developing a research program to help describe the mechanisms by which disease produces disability and explore treatments that can prevent or reduce disabilities and restore function. She is board certified in internal medicine, rheumatology and PM&R. Dr. Gerber previously served as Chief, Rehabilitation Medicine Department (RMD), in the Clinical Center of National Institutes of Health. Under her supervision, in collaboration with the National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development, RMD developed a state of the art, program driven research section which studies human movement. Dr. Gerber is on staff at the National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH) and ran a teaching clinic on foot management as part of a bilateral agreement between NIH & NRH. Much of her clinical research interest has been centered on measuring and treating impairments and disability in patients with musculoskeletal deficits; in particular, children with osteogenesis imperfecta, and persons with rheumatoid arthritis and cancer. Her collaborative work has focused on studying pathomechanics and how patients with a variety of disorders compensate for impairments to preserve function. Dr. Gerber, who was recently elected to the Institute of Medicine, has authored/co-authored 90 peer reviewed, published manuscripts and 45 Chapters in major textbooks (Internal Medicine, Rheumatology, Cancer, Rehabilitation et al.). She graduated from Smith College, Magna Cum Laude, Tufts University School of Medicine; and received medical training at the New England Medical Center, fellowship in rheumatology at NIH and residency training in PM&R at George Washington University.

Media Contact: Michele McDonald, 703-993-8781,

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Andrew Guccione

Professor and Chair, Department of Rehabilitation Science

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Expertise: Rehabilitation, geriatrics, Physical Therapy, exercise, physical activity in the older adult

Dr. Guccione was appointed the founding chair of the newly created Department of Rehabilitation Science in 2011. He joined Mason from the Department of Veterans Affairs, where he was deputy director of Health Services Research and Development Service in the Office of Research and Development. Prior to that, Dr. Guccione spent 10 years as senior vice president in the Division of Practice and Research at the American Physical Therapy Association.


His research interests are in geriatrics, health status measurement and functional outcomes after rehabilitation.  In addition to authoring or co-authoring over 25 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals, he was the recipient of a Special Emphasis Research Career Award from the National Institute on Aging.


He is a licensed physical therapist and his clinical practice has centered mainly on geriatrics and musculoskeletal impairment in older adults. He is the editor of a textbook, Geriatric Physical Therapy, now in its third edition.


Dr. Guccione holds a doctor of physical therapy from the MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston. He received his PhD in sociology and a certificate in gerontological studies from Boston University.  He also holds a master’s degree in philosophy from Temple University and a master’s in physical therapy from Boston University. 

Dr. Guccione is well versed as a clinician and as a researcher to discuss physical rehabilitation to restore functional abilities after injury or illness as well as how the science of rehabilitation, particularly around exercise and physical activity, is critical to the prevention of functional decline as we age.

Media Contact: Michele McDonald, 703-993-8781,

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Randall E. Keyser

Associate Professor of Rehabilitation Science, Center for the Study of Chronic Illness and Disability

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Expertise: Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation,

Keyser came to Mason in fall 2007 from the University of Maryland where he was the director of the Rehabilitation Science Program and director of research for the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science. He also has an appointment at the Clinical Center at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and funding from NIH to study exercise and conditioning. His works adds the final research thread to the emerging programs in rehabilitation science that are being developed in the Center for the Study of Chronic Illness and Disability.

Media Contact: Michele McDonald, 703-993-8781,