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Kinesmetrics Lab

Kinesmetrics Measurement and Statistical Consulting

Measurement issues in the disciplines in the Health and Human Performance Department are complex, and it is important to apply fundamental measurement theory and appropriate statistical analyses to projects. Since fall 2009, Dr. Minsoo Kang has worked with Ph.D. students in the Kinesmetrics Lab to extend a measurement and statistical consulting service to all members of the department. Lab personnel offer the consulting service on student and faculty research projects and also in the form of educational tutoring. The purpose of this service is to assist students and faculty by ensuring sound measurement, design, and statistical analysis to their projects; provide valuable resources to collaborative projects and grant applications; and provide opportunities for kinesmetrics doctoral students to learn about the process of consulting.

The Kinesmetrics Lab also provides an annual summer statistics workshop for students and faculty in the HHP Department. Information about the workshop will be updated during the spring semester. Stay tuned for the updates.

Research-based consulting on health and human performance research projects includes

  • research design options
  • formulation of hypotheses
  • measurement options and issues
  • data collection, organization, and cleaning
  • statistical analysis and computing
  • interpretation of findings
  • report writing/grant proposals

Non-project-based consulting is offered in the form of educational tutoring. In this context, no research project is required. A student or faculty member who wishes to gain more knowledge or experience in any of the above concepts is welcomed for this service.

Eligibility - All students, GTAs, faculty, and staff of the Health and Human Performance department are eligible to use the consulting services. Graduate students working on theses or dissertations are encouraged to use the services but should obtain approval from their advisors first.

Hours of operation and location - Hours of operation change by semester. The laboratory is located in Murphy Center room 126.

Consultation procedure - The normal procedure is to sit down with a client for an informal preliminary interview. If the research problems at hand are simple, the consultation may conclude at the end of the single session. However, it is likely that one or more follow-up sessions may be required. The follow-up sessions will allow for the kinesmetrics doctoral students to collaborate with each other, under the supervision of Dr. Kang.

Limitations - Kinesmetrics Lab staff can help with the use of statistical software (such as SAS, SPSS, Excel, etc.); however, lab personnel will not do the entire analyses for the client.

Consultation sign-up - Appointments are scheduled in 30-minute periods; if you wish to have a longer appointment, contact the lab with that request. To sign-up, click one of the links below:

If you are having difficulty scheduling an appointment or would like more information, please email the lab at kinesmetrics@mtsu.edu.