Adam Kiefer

Adam W Kiefer , PhD

Volunteer Assistant Professor

Professional Summary

Dr. Kiefer's research takes a complex systems approach to performance enhancement and injury prevention in sport, and integrates innovative technologies such as augmented and virtual reality, eye tracking, and biofeedback tools with established training practices to improve training outcomes. His expertise in behavioral dynamics and dynamical disease provides an innovative approach to measuring, modeling and analyzing the complexity of healthy and pathological human performance in a variety of contexts.


Bachelor's Degree: University of Wisconsin at La Crosse La Crosse, WI, 2003 (Exercise and Sport Science)

Master's Degree: Barry University Miami, FL, 2005 (Movement Science)

Doctoral Degree: University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH, 2009 (Experimental Psychology)

Doctoral Degree: Brown University Providence, RI, 2013 (Cognitive Linguistic & Psychological Sciences)

Research and Practice Interests

Augmented/virtual reality; behavioral dynamics; biofeedback; dynamical disease; exercise science; individual/team coordination; nonlinear dynamics; quantitative methods; sports medicine

Abbreviated Publications

Book Chapter

Kiefer AW, Rhea CK, Warren WH. VR-based assessment and rehabilitation of functional mobility. In J. Campos, A. Lécuyer, F. Steinicke, Y. Visell (Eds.), Human walking in virtual environments: Perception, technology and applications. Springer. 2013.

Rhea CK, Kiefer AW. Patterned variability in gait behavior: How can it be measured and what does it mean? In L. Li (Ed.), Gait Biometrics: Basic Patterns, Role of Neurological Disorders and Effects of Physical Activity. Nova Science Publishers, Inc. 2013.

Peer Reviewed Publications

Kiefer AW, Ford KR, Paterno MV, Schmitt LC, Myer GD, Riley MA, Shockley K, Hewett TE. Intersegmental postural coordination measures differentiate ACL reconstructed athletes from healthy controls. Gait Pos. 2013;37:149-153.

Kiefer AW, Riley MA, Shockley K, Sitton CA, Hewett TE, Cummins-Sebree S, Haas JG. Multi-segmental postural coordination in professional ballet dancers. Gait Pos. 2011;34:76-80.

Myer GD, Kushner AM, Faigenbaum AD, Kiefer AW, Kashikar-Zuck S, Clark JF. Training the developing brain Part I: Cognitive developmental considerations for training youth. Current Sport Med Report. 2013.

Kiefer AW, Riley MA, Shockley K, Sitton CA, Hewett TE, Cummins-Sebree S, Haas JG. Lower-limb proprioceptive awareness in professional ballet dancers. J Dance Med Sci. 2013.

Kiefer AW, Wallot S, Gresham LJ, Kloos H, Riley MA, Shockley K, Van Orden G. Development of coordination in time estimation. Dev Psych. 2013.

Kiefer AW, Riley MA, Shockley K, Villard S, Van Orden GC. Walking changes the dynamics of cognitive estimates of time intervals. J Exp Psych: Hum Percept Perform. 2009;35:1532-1541.

Riley MA, Mitra S, Saunders N, Kiefer AW, Wallot S. The interplay between posture control and memory for spatial locations. Exp Brain Res. 2012;217:43-52.