Nikita A. Kuznetsov

Assistant Professor, School of Kinesiology


Ph.D., Experimental Psychology, University of Cincinnati, 2013
M.A., Experimental Psychology, University of Cincinnati, 2010
B.A., Psychology, California State University, Northridge, 2007

Phone: 225-578-3845
Office: 73 Huey P. Long Field House

Research Gate   




Human motor control system is inherently noisy, subject to long time delays, redundant, and operates on elastic effectors. Consequently, there is always some variability from one repetition of a movement to another – even for the most practiced actions such as reaching for a cup of coffee. Dr. Kuznetsov is interested in understanding the functional role of this variability with the goal of developing objective assessment methods and creating novel rehabilitation techniques. Dr. Kuznetsov utilizes time series analysis methods from nonlinear dynamical systems to assess subtle patterns of motor variability. The second focus of his research is the development of virtual reality-based rehabilitation protocols focused on altering motor variability to improve optimal human performance and to assist with recovery of motor function after neurological trauma.

In addition to his Ph.D. training, he completed two postdoctoral appointments in the Action Lab at Northeastern University (2013-2015) and Virtual Environments for Rehabilitation Lab at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (2015-2017).

Selected Publications

Kuznetsov N.A. & Rhea, C.K. (2017) Power considerations for the application of detrended fluctuation analysis in gait variability studies. PLOS ONE, 12(3): e0174144.

Rhea, C.K. & Kuznetsov, N.A. (2017). Using visual stimuli to enhance gait control. Journal of Vestibular Research, 27(1), 7-16.

Rhea, C.K., Kuznetsov, N.A., Ross, S.E., Long, B., Jakiela, J.T., Bailie, J.M., Yanagi, M.A., Haran, F.J., Wright, W.G., Robins, R.K., Sargent, P.D., & Duckworth, J.L. (2017). Development of a portable tool for screening neuromotor sequelae from repetitive low-level blast exposure. Journal of Military Medicine, 182(3/4), 147-154.

Huber, M., Kuznetsov, N.A., & Sternad, D. (2016). Persistence of reduced neuromotor noise in long-term motor skill learning. Journal of Neurophysiology, 116(6), 2922-2935.

Kuznetsov, N. A. & Riley, M. A. (2015). The role of task constraints in relating laboratory and clinical measures of balance. Gait & Posture, 42, 275-279.

Kuznetsov, N. A., Luberto, C. M., Avallone, K., Kraemer, K., McLeish, A. C., & Riley, M. A. (2015). Characteristics of postural control among young adults with asthma. Journal of Asthma, 52, 191-197.

Harrison, S. J., Kuznetsov, N. A., & Breheim, S. (2013). Flexible kinesthetic distance perception: When do your arms tell you how far you have walked? Journal of Motor Behavior, 45, 239-247.

Kuznetsov, N. A., Bonnette, S., Gao, J., & Riley, M. A. (2013). Adaptive fractal analysis reveals limits to fractal scaling in center of pressure trajectories. Annals of Biomedical Engineering. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s10439-012-0646-9.

Riley, M. A., Bonnette, S., Kuznetsov, N. A., Wallot, S., & Gao, J. (2012). A tutorial introduction to adaptive fractal analysis. Frontiers in Fractal Physiology, 3, 1-10. doi: 10.3389/fphys.2012.00371

Kuznetsov, N. A., & Riley, M. A. (2012). Effects of breathing on multijoint control of center of mass position during upright stance. Journal of Motor Behavior, 44, 241-253.

Kuznetsov, N. A., & Wallot, S. (2011). Effects of accuracy feedback on fractal characteristics of time estimation. Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience, 5, 1-12.

Riley, M. A., Kuznetsov, N. A., & Bonnette, S. (2011). State-, parameter-, and graph-dynamics: Constraints and the distillation of postural control systems. Science & Motricité, 74, 5-18.

Kuznetsov, N. A., Shockley, K. D., Richardson, M. J., & Riley, M. A. (2011). Effect of precision aiming on respiration and the postural-respiratory synergy. Neuroscience Letters, 502, 13-17.

Kuznetsov, N. A., & Riley, M. A. (2010). Spatial resolution of visual feedback affects variability and structure of isometric force. Neuroscience Letters, 470, 121-125.

Selected Presentations

Kuznetsov, N.A., Robins, R.K., Jakiela, J.T., LoJacono, C.T., Ross, S.E., MacPherson, R.P., Long, B., Haran, F.J., Wright, W.G, & Rhea, C.K. (June 2, 2017). Convergent validity of metrics provided by a portable gait assessment protocol. North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity, San Diego, CA.

Jakiela, J.T., Labban, J.D., Kuznetsov, N. A., Ross, S.E., Norris, J.N., McCarron, R.M., Haran, F.J., & Rhea, C.K. (September 13-15, 2016). Development of composite measures using neuromotor and neurocognitive assessments to predict return-to-full-duty duration in post-concussive military personnel. 2016 Defense Centers of Excellence (DCoE) for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury Summit, Webinar.

Kuznetsov, N. A. & Sternad, D. (March 7, 2015). The attraction of rhythm: How discrete events merge into a rhythmic sequence. New England Sequencing and Timing (NEST), University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA.