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Current Affiliation: University of Michigan
Melissa Gross is an Associate Professor in the School of Kinesiology at the University of Michigan. She is interested in musculoskeletal structure and emergent movement behavior. Her interests are broad and interdisciplinary. She has collaborated with scientists in geriatrics and epidemiology to investigate the effects of exercise programs on functional ability in the elderly and the onset of functional decline in mid-aged women. Prof. Gross has also conducted studies ranging from the role of the spinal cord in controlling rhythmic limb movements in the cat to the effect of pelvic morphology on locomotor behavior in Neandertals. Currently, she directs the Behavioral Biomechanics Lab in the School of Kinesiology at the University of Michigan where she and her students are investigating the effect of emotion on body movements. The research in her lab aims to understand how human movement patterns are changed in characteristic ways when different emotions are expressed in healthy individuals and individuals with depression.
Gross served on the ASB Executive Board nearly continuously from 1989-2002, as Secretary/Treasurer (89-92), Membership Committee Chair (92-95), Program Chair (97-98), and President (99-00). She also created the foundational archive for the first 25 years of ASB activities; this archive continues to be updated today.
Ph.D., University of California Los Angeles, Kinesiology 1984
M.S., University of California Los Angeles, Kinesiology 1979
B.A., University of Colorado, Dance 1976