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Aston K. McCullough

Assistant Professor of Dance Science, Department of Music & Dance, College of Humanities & Fine Arts, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Dr. McCullough studies human activity, especially dance, in relation to health across the lifespan. He develops, programs, and evaluates methods/signal processing algorithms for measuring human activity using sensors (cameras, wearable devices, and others). Dually, he implements qualitative research frameworks to better understand the perceived benefits of dance on health. McCullough directs Laboratory for the Scientific Study of Dance (LAB:SYNC) at UMass Amherst, and LAB:SYNC serves as an appointed Research Lab for the National Endowment for the Arts. McCullough is a contemporary/improvisational dancer and dancemaker who has performed, and created original works, live and on film in the US and abroad.

Ph.D. & M.Phil., Kinesiology, Columbia University; M.S., Applied Statistics, Columbia University Teachers College; M.A., Dance Education, New York University; B.A., Liberal Arts, Sarah Lawrence College; Diploma, Dance Studies, Laban Dance Conservatoire; NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Massachusetts Amherst.