Performance Research Lab


Cristine Agresta, PT, MPT, PhD

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I’m an Assistant Professor in the UW Department of Rehabilitation Medicine and Affiliate Faculty in Kinesiology at Seattle University. Prior to UW, I co-directed the Michigan Performance Research Laboratory at the University of Michigan. I research human performance, particularly in sport. I’m interested in identifying factors that influence movement behavior and alter physical resilience, durability, potential, and player experience. I utilize wearable sensors and technology that can capture goal-oriented or on-field data. I hope to advance assessment and monitoring methods that lead to more precise and scientifically-supported decisions regarding injury susceptibility, training schedules, and skill development techniques.

Education and Training

  • Postdoctoral fellowship: Kinesiology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
  • PhD: Movement Science, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
  • Masters: Physical Therapy, Youngstown State University, Youngstown, OH
  • Undergraduate: Movement Science, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Areas of Research Expertise

  • wearable sensors
  • load monitoring
  • sport-related injuries

Our Research Team

Research Staff

Kathleen Cummer, PT, DPT, PhD

Hi, I’m Kathleen. I’m an orthopedic and sports physical therapist and faculty member in the division of Physical Therapy at the University of Washington. I have experience with clinical and biomechanical research in the athletic population.

Graduate Students

Mackenzie Pitts
Mechanical Engineering

Mackenzie is from Birmingham, AL, and she earned her bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Auburn University. She is currently a PhD student in mechanical engineering with a focus in biomechanics, integrating her interests in dynamics, adaptation, and rehabilitation. Through her research, she hopes to impact human health and be a mentor to younger students. In her free time, Mackenzie enjoys playing guitar, reading, and exploring new places.

Nick Ozanich
Mechanical Engineering

Nick is from Richland, WA. He earned his bachelor’s degree in bioengineering from Washington State University. He is currently a master’s student in mechanical engineering at UW pursuing his interest in biomechanics and data-driven techniques. His interest in performance research stems from his love of soccer, cycling, and how musculoskeletal systems enable movement. In his free time, he enjoys exploring new places by bike and spending time with his tabby, Moose.

External Collaborators

Stephen Cain, PhD (West Virginia University)

Rich Gonzalez, PhD (University of Michigan)

Jessica Zendler, PhD (Rimkus Consulting)

Michael T. Freehill, MD (Stanford University)

Ryan McGinnis, PhD (University of Vermont)

Andrea Cereatti, PhD (Politecnico di Torino)

Valentina Camomilla, PhD (University of Rome, Foro Italico)


McAllister Smith (Kinesiology, Seattle University)

John Meier (Engineering, University of Washington)

Dylan Heino (Engineering, University of Washington)

Andrew Ba (Engineering, University of Washington)

Uchechi Esonu, DPT (Physical Therapy, University of Washington)

Brianna Vallente, DPT (Physical Therapy, University of Washington)

Nicole Lee (Kinesiology, Seattle University)

Eleanna Bez

Julianne Lane, DPT (Physical Therapy, University of Washington)

Peter Huynh, DPT (Physical Therapy, University of Washington)

Noah Lukosky (Engineering, University of Washington)

Ellie Bagley (Engineering, University of Washington)

Sam Guadagnino

Louis Nguyen (Kinesiology, Seattle University)

Jennifer Wong (Kinesiology, Seattle University)

Alexandra Souther, DPT (Physical Therapy, University of Washington)

Jessica Jortberg, DPT (Physical Therapy, University of Washington)

Mayalin Barr, DPT (Physical Therapy, University of Washington)

Michael Lee, MS (Data Science, University of Washington)

Manya Rozet (Data Science, University of Washington)

Hannah Lee (Engineering, University of Washington)

Kelsey Vogel (Kinesiology, Seattle University)