Research Labs

Motor Control Research Laboratory

Director – Jacob Sosnoff

Dr. Jacob Sosnoff and his team in the MCRL focus on balance and gait. More specifically, the team looks at the following:

  • Risk, mechanisms and prevention of falls in people with Multiple Sclerosis
  • How gait and balance are affected by Multiple Sclerosis
  • Cognitive motor interference in walking
  • Theoretical motor control

Exercise, Technology, & Cognition Laboratory

Director – Sean Mullen

The Exercise Technology & Cognition (ETC) Laboratory is housed within the Kinesiology & Community Health Department in the College of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The ETC Lab aims to...

  • Identify factors that contribute to exercise self-regulation across the life-span
  • Test innovative, technology-driven interventions designed to enhance exercise adherence & cognitive functioning
  • Explore adjuvant therapies to be used with exercise to improve exercise, cardiovascular and cognitive outcomes


Mobility and Fall Prevention Research Laboratory (MFPRL)

Director – Manuel Hernandez

The goal of the Mobility and Fall Prevention Research Laboratory (MFPRL) is to further our understanding of the volitional control of compensatory postural responses and contribute to the existing body of fall prevention research in older adults. We use state-of-the-art motion capture, equipment for biomechanical measures, and non-invasive brain imaging to simultaneously record movements and brain activity during functional whole body movements. Using interdisciplinary approaches, our lab examines the underlying behavioral and neural mechanisms underlying postural dysfunction in older adults with neurological disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis to identify prospective behavioral and neural biomarkers of neurological disorders and motor impairment. Given the interdisciplinary nature of our work, our lab collaborates with colleagues in Medicine, Neuroscience, Physics, Engineering, and Kinesiology across the University of Illinois campus and other national universities and institutions.


The Adult Development, Adaptation, and Technology Laboratory (AdaptLab)

Director - Shannon Mejía

The Adult Development, Adaptation, and Technology Laboratory (AdaptLab) conducts research on older adults’ responses to age-related changes in their needs, goals, and abilities and the potential for technology to assist in their efforts to adapt to these changes. Our research areas include: self-monitoring technologies, processes of self-monitoring and action, couples’ health and health behavior, life space, and perceptions of health and aging.

Diversity Research Laboratory

Director – Liza Berdychevsky

Mission Statement: The mission of the Diversity Research Laboratory is to advocate diversity by facilitating, producing and disseminating multidisciplinary research dedicated to leisure as it relates to diverse and distinct communities. The Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism at the University of Illinois has established the Diversity Research Laboratory (DRL) to facilitate, produce and disseminate multidisciplinary research dedicated to understanding leisure as it relates to the richness that diversity brings to community life. Research projects conducted within the laboratory explore the relationships between ethnicity, race, gender issues, aging, disability, lifestyle choices, immigration status and leisure. The DRL aims to increase understanding of diverse and distinct populations by mobilizing faculty, graduate students, colleagues from other departments and universities and promoting communication and cooperation between researchers and practitioners. Finally, a central goal of the DRL is to serve as an advocate for diversity.


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Human Factors & Aging Lab

Director – Wendy Rogers

The Human Factors and Aging Laboratory focuses on understanding the fundamentals of human behavior in the context of technology interactions. Our research areas include healthcare technologies; design for aging; technology acceptance; human-automation interaction; aging-in-place; human-robot interaction; cognitive aging; aging with disabilities; and skill acquisition and training.

Points of Excellence

  • Our research advances both science and practice
  • We aim to improve quality of life for adults of all ages
  • Students graduating from our lab are very successful