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Jensen, Jody L.

Jody L Jensen

Kinesiology and Health Education


Phone: 512-232-2685

Office Location

Postal Address
AUSTIN, TX 78712

Dr. Jensen is a Professor in the Department of Kinesiology & Health Education at the University of Texas at Austin. Additionally, she holds an adjunct appointment in the Department of Psychology and is a member of the Institute of Neuroscience. Dr. Jensen’s research interests are in developmental motor control. With training in both motor development and biomechanics, her research has focused on the contributions of mechanics to skill acquisition and changes in motor competence across the lifespan. In her early work, the tasks of posture and locomotion served as the laboratory for understanding age-related changes in the exploitation of non-muscular forces. This work has evolved into the evaluation of strategies for rehabilitation of lower extremity function. In a second line of research, Dr. Jensen is exploring the connection between movement experience and cognition. This work is targeted at understanding learning through physical activity in children with neurodevelopmental disorders, specifically autism spectrum disorders. 

The research agenda of the Developmental Motor & Cognition Lab focuses on the link between development and changes in motor competence across the life span. Projects include the study of lower extremity control and force production in standing, walking, and cycling; distinguishing typical and atypical motor development in at-risk populations; and the connection between motor competence and executive function.

Korff, T., Newstead, A.H., van Zandwijk, R., & Jensen, J.L. (2014). Age- and Activity Related Differences in the Mechanisms Underlying Maximal Power Production in Young and Older Adults. Journal of Applied Biomechanics, 30(1), 12-20. 

Liu, T., & Jensen, J.L. (2012). Age-related differences: Bilateral asymmetry in cycling performance. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 83(1), 114

KIN 321m Motor Development and Performance

KIN 382    Biomechanics Laboratory Techniques