Jill L. McNitt-Gray

Jill L. McNitt-Gray, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Departments of Biological Sciences and Biomedical Engineering, recognized as a Gabilan Distinguished Professor of Science and Engineering, and Chair of the Dornsife Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) Committee at the University of Southern California. She is Director of the USC Biomechanics Research Laboratory and is a Fellow of the American Society of Biomechanics (ASB) and the International Society of Biomechanics (ISB). Dr. McNitt-Gray received her doctoral degree in biomechanics from Penn State in 1989 and her masters degree from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Dr. McNitt-Gray’s interdisciplinary research focuses on the neuromuscular control and dynamics of human movements and aims to identify risk factors and develop effective methods for performance enhancement for individuals with various ability levels (clinical populations as well as elite athletes). She uses both experimental and dynamic modeling approaches to test research hypotheses specific to control priorities during physically-demanding well-practiced tasks. She won the prestigious career Jim Hay Memorial Award from ASB for the originality, quality, and depth of biomechanics research that address fundamental research questions relevant to extraordinary demands imposed in sport and exercise and the Harmon Brown Award from USA Track and Field for her translation of research into practice. Dr. McNitt-Gray has served on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Sports Biomechanics and the Journal of Applied Biomechanics and as an ad hoc reviewer on study sections for NIH, NSF, CDC, and various governing bodies of sport. She has served as a biomechanist for the International Olympic Committee, the US Olympic Committee, multiple National Governing Bodies of Sport, and the National Collegiate Athletic Association and her research has been funded by the Department of Defense. She served on a range of ASB committees and served as President-elect, President, and Past President of ASB (2009-2012) and an elected member of the Executive Council of the ISB from 2001 to 2007. Dr. McNitt-Gray has received the USC Mellon Culture of Mentoring Award for work with the WiSE program at USC and 2020 WiSE Architect of Enduring Change for her work at USC, USC Mellon Mentoring award for her mentoring of undergraduate students, and the Jean Landa Pytel Award from the American Society of Biomechanics for mentorship of underrepresented groups in biomechanics. The Medical Commission of the International Olympic Committee recognized her research team’s work in the physical sciences with the Prince Alexandre de Merode Award. Dr. McNitt-Gray is also actively involved in translation of science into the practice and outreach programs, including National Biomechanics Day/The Biomechanics Initiative, that provide informal educational experiences in biomechanics and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics fields. Her innovative approaches to research and education have been recognized by the USC Center for Excellence in Teaching and funded by the National Science Foundation.


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