Interdisciplinary Movement Science Laboratory (IMSL)

​Improving the lives of aging adults with disability through innovative rehabilitation research.

Our Mission is to promote activity and healthy aging through movement.

IMSL Values
Our values include 1) Service to others, 2) Developing leaders, 3) Team science, 4) Fun, 5) Diversity, and 6) Work ethic and integrity. These values serve to support our work in rehabilitation innovation.

Our Team

Cory Christiansen

Cory Christiansen, PT, PhD
IMS Team Co-Director, IMS Motion Capture Lab Co-Director

Mark Manago

Mark Mañago, PT, DPT, PhD, NCS
IMS Team Co-Director

Brecca Gaffney

Brecca Gaffney, PhD
IMS Motion Capture Lab Co-Director

Maggie Givan

Maggie Givan, MA
Research Services Professional

Katherine Balfany

Katherine Balfany, MS, CSCS
Research Services Senior Professional

Eliza Biondi

Eliza Biondi, MS
Research Services Professional

Hannah Fowkes

Hannah Fowkes
Research Services Professional

Maria Jolley

Maria Jolley
Research Services Professional

Rachael Akay

Rachael Akay, PT, DPT
PhD Student

Peter Thomsen

Peter Thomsen, PT, DPT, MS
PhD Student

Lauren Van Valkenburgh

Lauren Van Valkenburgh, PT, DPT, MHA
PhD Student

Shawn Hanlon

Shawn Hanlon, PhD, ATC, CSCS
Postdoctoral Fellow

James Tracy

James Tracy, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow

Carli Berghoff

Carli Berghoff
DPT Student

Daniel White

Daniel White
DPT Student

IMSL Alumni

Chelsea Anderson, CPO, PhD | PhD Student, 2022

Hope Davis-Wilson, PhD | Postdoctoral Fellow, 2022

Rashelle Hoffman, PT, DPT, PhD, GCS | Postdoctoral Fellow 2021

Laura Swink, OTR, PhD | Postdoctoral Fellow 2021

Paul Kline, PT, DPT, PhD | Postdoctoral Fellow, 2020

Matt Miller, PT, PhD | PhD Student, 2019

Amanda Murray, DPT, PhD | Postdoctoral Fellow, 2016 

Our Research


Overground Motion Analysis Lab

Research Patients

  • 1725 square foot motion analysis laboratory
  • Ten camera 3-dimensional motion capture (Vicon)
  • Four imbedded forceplates (Bertec)
  • 15 meter walkway

Instrumented Split Belt Treadmill Motion Analysis Lab

Patient assisting with conducting research

  • Twelve camera 3-dimential motion capture including hardware and software (Vicon)
  • Split-belt force-plate instrumented treadmill (Bertec)
  • Zeno Electronic Walkway


Other Equipment

Other Equipment

  • Wearable accelerometer-based systems (Delsys, Actigraph, ActivPAL, Notch, XSENS, Medtronic Zephyr Performance Systems)
  • Telemedicine equipment (Tablets for remote participant interaction, Dedicated telehealth workspace)
  • Electromechanical dynamometer (Humac Norm)
  • Indirect Calorimeter (Parvo Medics)



Colle​​ge of Nursing | Paul Cook, PhD, LP​

CU ACCORDS | Daniel Matlock, MD, PhDMegan Morris, PhD, MPH

CU PMR | Daniel Matlock, MD, PhDMegan Morris, PhD, MPH; Amy Nordon-Craft, PT, DSc; Margaret Schenkman, PT, PhD, FAPTA

CU RESTORE | Jennifer Stevens-Lapsley, PT, PhD; Michael Bade, PT, DPT, PhD, OCS​​

DU Center for Orthopedics Biomechanics​ | Bradley Davidson, PhD

UCH Limb Restoration Group​ | Jason Stoneback, MDGuy Lev, PT, DPT, COMPT; Kristen Loker, NP; Danielle Melton, MD

VA Rocky Mountain GRECC | Elizabeth Juarez-Colunga, PhD; Jennifer Stevens-Lapsley, PT, PhD

VA Rocky Mountain MIRECC​​ | Meredith Mealer, PhD​

Contact Us

Interdisciplinary Movement Science Lab 
13121 E. 17th Ave.
Mail Stop C244
Aurora, CO 80045

Lab Phone: 303-724-6035​
Dr. Christiansen's Office: 303-724-9101
Dr. Mañago’s Office: 303-724-0247

If you’re interested in participating in one of our ongoing clinical trials, call 303-724-6035 or email

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Rehabilitation Science PhD Program

CU Anschutz

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13121 East 17th Avenue

Aurora, CO 80045

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