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The Center for Balance and Aging Studies (CBAS)

Program Director:  Evie N. Burnet, PT, DPT, PhD

Program Supervisor:  Michael Deschenes, PhD

The Center for Balance and Aging Studies, headquartered in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Sciences at William & Mary, explores factors that increase fall risk in the geriatric population. CBAS research includes collaborations between the Departments of Kinesiology and Health Sciences, Physics, and Psychological Sciences.

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Current Projects

  • Keeping You on Your Feet

Purposes:  1) To identify Williamsburg Landing independent and assisted living residents who are at greater risk of falling, and 2) To have those individuals participate in closely supervised exercise program (KINE 296) designed to reduce fall risk.

Proposed Projects

  • Functional Exercise and Education to Thrive (FEET): A joint program between James City County CONECT and The Center for Balance and Aging Studies (CBAS)

In James City County, mobility related emergencies were 15.7% (n = 3,524) of the total number of Fire/EMS calls during FY 2017-2018.  The purpose of this study is to identify gait parameters, and strength and/or balance deficits that predispose residents to future falls.  Selected participants will have an opportunity to participate in a supervised exercise program focused on functional balance, strength, and flexibility (KINE 296).

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Reviewing data


  • GAITRite™ walkway
  • MaxTRAQ and MaxMATE
  • High speed cameras

Fall 2018 - Spring 2019 research group

Spring 2018 research students

Graduated Research Assistants

  • Kendall Bayless, 2019
  • Jack Hasenkopf, 2019 – Dental School, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Abigail Hillerich, 2019
  • Emily Lawson, 2019
  • Jessica Pitts, 2019 – Master’s program in Kinesiology, Michigan Tech
  • Kimberly Turner, 2019
  • Sophie Zidlicky, 2019
  • Andrew Allen, 2018 – Master’s program in Kinesiology, James Madison University
  • Laura Anderson, 2018 – Occupational Therapy graduate school, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Makeda Jackson, 2018 –Occupational Therapy graduate school, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Paige Whitney, 2018 – Occupational Therapy graduate school, Chatham University
  • Samantha Whitney, 2018 – Occupational Therapy graduate school, University of Pittsburgh