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James M Finley

Assistant Professor
Biokinesiology & Physical Therapy
Biomedical Engineering
Neuroscience Graduate Program

James M Finley

Research Topics

  • Locomotor adaptation and learning
  • Optimality principles underlying the control of healthy and pathological gait
  • Elucidating cortical contributions to human gait
  • Developing virtual-reality based approaches for neurorehabilitation

Research Overview

Dr. Finley directs the Locomotor Control Laboratory where he investigates how locomotion is controlled and adapted in both the healthy and injured neuromuscular system. Dr. Finley's lab develops theoretical models and experiments based on principles of neuroscience, biomechanics, and exercise physiology to identify the factors that guide learning and rehabilitation. Ultimately, the goal of his work is to design novel and effective interventions to improve locomotor control in individuals with damage to the nervous system.

Contact Information

Mailing Address 1540 E. Alcazar St, CHP 155
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Office Location CHP 148C
Office Phone (323) 442-4837
Lab Location CHP G36
Lab Phone 3234420229
Office Location CHP 148C



  • Florida A&M University, B.S. Mechanical Engineering, 2004
  • Northwestern University, Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering, 2010
  • Johns Hopkins University, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Neuroscience, 2013

Selected Publications

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  • Kim A, Darakjian N, Finley JM. Walking in fully immersive virtual
    environments: an evaluation of potential adverse effects in older adults and
    individuals with Parkinson's disease. J Neuroeng Rehabil. 2017 Feb 21;14(1):16.
  • Finley JM, Bastian AJ. Associations Between Foot Placement Asymmetries and
    Metabolic Cost of Transport in Hemiparetic Gait. Neurorehabil Neural Repair. 2017
  • Nagamori A, Valero-Cuevas FJ, Finley JM. Unilateral Eccentric Contraction of
    the Plantarflexors Leads to Bilateral Alterations in Leg Dexterity. Front
    Physiol. 2016 Nov 30;7:582.
  • Finley JM, Long A, Bastian AJ, Torres-Oviedo G. Spatial and Temporal Control
    Contribute to Step Length Asymmetry During Split-Belt Adaptation and Hemiparetic 
    Gait. Neurorehabil Neural Repair. 2015 Sep;29(8):786-95.
  • Long AW, Finley JM, Bastian AJ. A marching-walking hybrid induces step length 
    adaptation and transfers to natural walking. J Neurophysiol. 2015 Jun
  • Finley JM, Statton MA, Bastian AJ. A novel optic flow pattern speeds
    split-belt locomotor adaptation. J Neurophysiol. 2014 Mar;111(5):969-76.
  • Trumbower RD, Finley JM, Shemmell JB, Honeycutt CF, Perreault EJ. Bilateral
    impairments in task-dependent modulation of the long-latency stretch reflex
    following stroke. Clin Neurophysiol. 2013 Jul;124(7):1373-80.
  • Finley JM, Bastian AJ, Gottschall JS. Learning to be economical: the energy
    cost of walking tracks motor adaptation. J Physiol. 2013 Feb 15;591(4):1081-95.
  • Finley JM, Dhaher YY, Perreault EJ. Contributions of feed-forward and feedback
    strategies at the human ankle during control of unstable loads. Exp Brain Res.
    2012 Mar;217(1):53-66.
  • Finley JM, Perreault EJ, Dhaher YY. Stretch reflex coupling between the hip
    and knee: implications for impaired gait following stroke. Exp Brain Res. 2008