- Graduate Research Assistant
Alana Turner is a first year Ph.D. student majoring in Exercise Science while minoring in Educational Psychology. Alana received her bachelor’s degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology and master’s degree in Disability Studies at Mississippi State University. She is currently a Research Assistant for the Kinesiology Department, working specifically under a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant at the Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems (CAVS) in the Human Performance Laboratory with wearable stretch sensor technology. She is also a member of the Neuromechanics Laboratory in the Kinesiology Department and assists with projects throughout the year. During the summers, Alana works for a non-profit, iCan Shine, and travels the country teaching children with disabilities how to independently ride conventional, two-wheel bicycles through adapted equipment and interventions. Her research interests include postural control mechanisms, geriatric fall prevention, adapted physical activity, and intervention methods for children with disabilities to become more physically active while providing behavior modifications. Alana plans to collaborate with multiple areas on campus such as The T.K. Martin Center and The Autism and Developmental Disabilities Clinic during her time at MSU.