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Aston K. McCullough

Assistant Professor of Dance Science

Aston K. McCullough

mccullough@umass.edu

11 Totman Building

Dr. Aston K. McCullough studies human activity in relation to health across the lifespan. He programs and evaluates methods for analyzing human activity and health-related signals within single and multi-person movement paradigms using sensors (e.g., accelerometers, 2D/3D cameras, EKG, and others). McCullough examines associations between wellness and dance exposures both quantitatively and qualitatively. His specific research areas include- movement & health, motion analysis, wearable sensors & 2D/3D camera systems, biometry, children & families, dance.

Currently, McCullough is Principal Investigator on a 2-year clinical trial examining the effects of group-based dance/movement on post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms and heart rate variability in survivors of domestic/intimate partner violence. The study is funded, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts.

McCullough is a contemporary/improvisational dancer and dance maker. He has performed in the United States and abroad (live and on film) for artists including conceptual experimental choreographer, Koosil-ja.

McCullough holds Ph.D. and M. Phil. degrees in Kinesiology from Columbia University; an M.S. in Applied Statistics from Columbia University Teachers College; an M.A. in Dance Education from New York University; a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Sarah Lawrence College; a Professional Diploma in Dance Studies from Laban Dance Conservatoire. He completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Kinesiology at UMass Amherst in the School of Public Health and Health Sciences.

Selected Publications

McCullough, A.K. & Garber, CE. (2019). Validity and reliability of a novel method for physical activity surveillance in toddlers. Journal for the Measurement of Physical Behaviour, 2(2):67-72. doi: 10.1123/jmpb.2018-0044.

Quiles, N., McCullough, A.K., Pinao, L. (2019). Validity and reliability of the Exercise Vital Signs questionnaire in a racially/ethnically diverse group: A Pilot Study. Journal of Primary Care & Community Health, 10:1-6. doi: 10.1177/2150132719844062

McCullough, A.K., Duch, H., Garber, CE. (2018). Interactive dyadic physical activity and spatial proximity patterns in 2-year-olds and their parents. Children; 5(12):167. doi: 10.3390/children5120167

McCullough, A.K., Keller, B., Qiu, S., Garber, C.E. (2018). Analysis of accelerometer-derived interpersonal spatial proximities: A calibration, simulation, and validation study. Meas Phys Educ Exerc Sci; 22(3):275-286. doi: 10.1080/1091367X.2018.1437039

Software

McCullough, A.K. (2019). Physical Inactivity Test (PHIT) (v1) [Computer Software]. New York, NY. Available from https://www.tc.columbia.edu/exert-clinic/