Aston K. McCullough
Aston K. McCullough studies human activity in relation to health across the lifespan. He develops, programs, and evaluates methods for analyzing human activity and health-related signals within single and multi-person movement paradigms using sensors (e.g., accelerometers, 2D/3D cameras, EKG, and others). McCullough examines associations between wellness and dance exposures both quantitatively and qualitatively.
Laboratory for the Scientific Study of Dance (LAB:SYNC, Director: McCullough) is a designated Research Lab for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Based at UMass Amherst, this NEA Research lab is the nation's first to study the benefits that dance confers on health in adults.
As an NEA Research Lab, LAB:SYNC is currently engaged in designing, evaluating, and disseminating sensor- and questionnaire-based methods for quantifying dance behavior in adults ages 18-85 with varying levels of dance training exposures. Within the same cohort, the lab is also testing associations between lifetime dance exposures and multiple markers of physical and mental health.
Laboratory Newsletter (gravity): https://blogs.umass.edu/labsync/
- Diploma, Dance Studies, Laban Dance Conservatoire
- BA, Liberal Arts, Sarah Lawrence College
- MA, Dance Education, New York University
- MS, Applied Statistics, Columbia University Teachers College
- MPhil, Kinesiology, Columbia University
- PhD, Kinesiology, Columbia University
- NIH Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Massachusetts Amherst
- Research Appointments - Columbia University Medical Center