JJ is a postdoctoral researcher in the FORCE Lab, as well as an instructor in the Kinesiology program. JJ joined OSU-Cascades after earning his Ph.D. in Human Physiology from the University of Oregon. Previously, JJ earned an M.S. in Human Physiology from the University of Oregon, a Master of Athletic Training degree from Saint Louis University, and a B.S in Exercise Science from Saint Louis University.
JJ was a competitive distance runner in college, but was frequently injured. This experience sparked his interest in researching better prevention and treatment strategies for overuse injuries. His dissertation focused on the relationship between hip muscle strength, hip muscle activation, and hip kinematics in distance runners, with the goal of better understanding risk factors for developing anterior knee pain. He is also interested in researching knee injuries across the lifespan, including the prevention and treatment of ACL tears and knee osteoarthritis.
In addition to being a Certified Athletic Trainer, JJ is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Outside the lab, JJ spends his time hiking, running, biking and kayaking in the Pacific Northwest with his girlfriend and dog.