Janet S. Dufek, Ph.D, FACSM, joined the Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences in a tenure-track role during fall 2009. She teaches graduate-level biomechanics and instrumentation techniques in biomechanics courses, supervises selected undergraduate research projects, and teaches an undergraduate biomechanics course during summer term.
Dufek is a biomechanist with expertise in lower extremity function. Her research focuses on mechanisms of locomotion and jump/landing activities as both relate to injury, clinical intervention or performance enhancement. She also explores performance strategies, single subject assessment, and performer variability as they relate to movement outcomes.
Dufek earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Superior (pedagogy) and her master’s degree from Illinois State University (scientific foundations of exercise). After a two-year stint at the Olympic Training Center in the biomechanics laboratory, Dufek went on to earn her Ph.D. at the University of Oregon in biomechanics. Dufek is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and was inducted into the Hall of Fame at UW-Superior as a Scholar-Athlete in 2007.