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Aston K. McCullough

Assistant Professor of Dance Science

Dr. Aston K. McCullough studies human activity in relation to health across the lifespan. He 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. His specific research areas include- movement & health, motion analysis, wearable sensors & 2D/3D camera systems, biometry, children & families, dance behavior.

McCullough is a contemporary/improvisational dancer and dance maker. He has performed in the United States and abroad (live and on film) for artists including conceptual experimental choreographer, Koosil-ja.

McCullough holds Ph.D. and M. Phil. degrees in Kinesiology from Columbia University; an M.S. in Applied Statistics from Columbia University Teachers College; an M.A. in Dance Education from New York University; a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Sarah Lawrence College; a Professional Diploma in Dance Studies from Laban Dance Conservatoire. He completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Kinesiology at UMass Amherst in the School of Public Health and Health Sciences.

Selected Publications

McCullough, A.K., Rodriguez, M., Garber, CE. (2020). Quantifying physical activity in young children using a three-dimensional camera. Sensors, 20(4); 1141.

McCullough, A.K. & Garber, CE. (2019). Validity and reliability of a novel method for physical activity surveillance in toddlers. Journal for the Measurement of Physical Behaviour, 2(2):67-72. doi: 10.1123/jmpb.2018-0044.

Quiles, N., McCullough, A.K., Pinao, L. (2019). Validity and reliability of the Exercise Vital Signs questionnaire in a racially/ethnically diverse group: A Pilot Study. Journal of Primary Care & Community Health, 10:1-6. doi: 10.1177/2150132719844062

McCullough, A.K., Duch, H., Garber, CE. (2018). Interactive dyadic physical activity and spatial proximity patterns in 2-year-olds and their parents. Children; 5(12):167. doi: 10.3390/children5120167

McCullough, A.K., Keller, B., Qiu, S., Garber, C.E. (2018). Analysis of accelerometer-derived interpersonal spatial proximities: A calibration, simulation, and validation study. Meas Phys Educ Exerc Sci; 22(3):275-286. doi: 10.1080/1091367X.2018.1437039


McCullough, A.K. (2019). Physical Inactivity Test (PHIT) (v1) [Computer Software]. New York, NY. Available from