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    James Finley, PhD

    TitleAssistant Professor
    SchoolHerman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC
    DepartmentBiokinesiology and Physical Therapy
    AddressCHP 155
    Health Sciences Campus
    Los Angeles California 90089-9006
    Phone+1 323 442 4837
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      Dr. Finley is the director of the Locomotor Control Laboratory within the Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy. The primary objective of Dr. Finley's research is to better understand how locomotion is controlled and adapted in both the healthy and injured neuromuscular system. The lab develops theoretical models and experiments based on principles of neuroscience, biomechanics, and exercise physiology to identify the factors that guide learning and rehabilitation. Ultimately, the goal of Dr. Finley's work is to design novel and effective interventions to improve locomotor control in individuals with injury to the nervous system.


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      American Heart Association2017  - 2018AHA Innovative Research Grant
      National Institutes of Health2016  - 2018NIH R21 HD088342-01
      University of Southern California2015  - 2016USC Zumberge Research and Innovation Award
      University of Southern California2015  - 2016USC Undergraduate Research Associates Grant
      NIH NICHD2014  - 2016Interdisciplinary Rehabilitation Engineering Career Development Award (K12)

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      1. Finley J. Splitting the difference: new insights into distinguishing features of human versus feline models of adaptive locomotor control. J Physiol. 2017 Jul 17. PMID: 28714062.
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      2. Kim A, Darakjian N, Finley J. Walking in fully immersive virtual environments: an evaluation of potential adverse effects in older adults and individuals with Parkinson's disease. J Neuroeng Rehabil. 2017 Feb 21; 14(1):16. PMID: 28222783.
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      3. Nagamori A, Valero-Cuevas FJ, Finley J. Unilateral Eccentric Contraction of the Plantarflexors Leads to Bilateral Alterations in Leg Dexterity. Front Physiol. 2016; 7:582. PMID: 27965588.
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      4. Finley J, Bastian AJ. Associations Between Foot Placement Asymmetries and Metabolic Cost of Transport in Hemiparetic Gait. Neurorehabil Neural Repair. 2016 Oct 20. PMID: 27798378.
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      5. Marjaninejad A, Finley J. A model-based exploration of the role of pattern generating circuits during locomotor adaptation. Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2016 Aug; 2016:21-24. PMID: 28268271.
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      6. Smith BA, Trujillo-Priego IA, Lane CJ, Finley J, Horak FB. Daily Quantity of Infant Leg Movement: Wearable Sensor Algorithm and Relationship to Walking Onset. Sensors (Basel). 2015; 15(8):19006-20. PMID: 26247951.
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      7. Porterfield JH, Sindhurakar A, Finley J, Bradley NS. Drift during overground locomotion in newly hatched chicks varies with light exposure during embryogenesis. Dev Psychobiol. 2015 May; 57(4):459-69. PMID: 25864867.
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      8. Long AW, Finley J, Bastian AJ. A marching-walking hybrid induces step length adaptation and transfers to natural walking. J Neurophysiol. 2015 Jun; 113(10):3905-14. PMID: 25867742.
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      9. Finley J, Long A, Bastian AJ, Torres-Oviedo G. Spatial and Temporal Control Contribute to Step Length Asymmetry During Split-Belt Adaptation and Hemiparetic Gait. Neurorehabil Neural Repair. 2015 Jan 14. PMID: 25589580.
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      10. Finley J, Statton MA, Bastian AJ. A novel optic flow pattern speeds split-belt locomotor adaptation. J Neurophysiol. 2014 Mar; 111(5):969-76. PMID: 24335220.
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      11. Finley J, Dhaher YY, Perreault EJ. Acceleration dependence and task-specific modulation of short- and medium-latency reflexes in the ankle extensors. Physiol Rep. 2013 Aug; 1(3):e00051. PMID: 24303134.
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      12. Trumbower RD, Finley J, Shemmell JB, Honeycutt CF, Perreault EJ. Bilateral impairments in task-dependent modulation of the long-latency stretch reflex following stroke. Clin Neurophysiol. 2013 Jul; 124(7):1373-80. PMID: 23453250.
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      13. Finley J, Bastian AJ, Gottschall JS. Learning to be economical: the energy cost of walking tracks motor adaptation. J Physiol. 2013 Feb 15; 591(Pt 4):1081-95. PMID: 23247109.
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      14. Finley J, Dhaher YY, Perreault EJ. Contributions of feed-forward and feedback strategies at the human ankle during control of unstable loads. Exp Brain Res. 2012 Mar; 217(1):53-66. PMID: 22169978.
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      15. Finley J, Dhaher YY, Perreault EJ. Regulation of feed-forward and feedback strategies at the human ankle during balance control. Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2009; 2009:7265-8. PMID: 19965100.
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      16. Finley J, Perreault EJ, Dhaher YY. Stretch reflex coupling between the hip and knee: implications for impaired gait following stroke. Exp Brain Res. 2008 Jul; 188(4):529-40. PMID: 18446331.
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