Scott M. Lephart, PhD, joined the College of Health Sciences as Dean in March 2015. He also serves as a Professor, Endowed Chair of Orthopaedic Research, and is the Founder of the Sports Medicine Research Institute.
Dr. Lephart served formerly as a Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Sports Medicine and Nutrition and as the founding Director of the Neuromuscular Research Laboratory at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Lephart is the Principal/Senior investigator leading Department of Defense Human Performance Research initiative. Dr. Lephart's research interests include musculoskeletal sports and military injury prevention and performance optimization.
Dr. Lephart has more than 25 years of experience in neuromuscular and biomechanical analysis of human movement associated with musculoskeletal injury, surgery, rehabilitation, and prevention. His research has resulted in more than 125 published papers and more than 250 national and international presentations. He has been invited to deliver 20 keynote lectures at professional events round the world.
Dr. Lephart is leading Department of Defense research grants to establish Warrior Human Performance Research Center installations to study injuries and performance of our most elite warriors. The DOD sponsored laboratories include work with the US Special Operations with US Naval Special Warfare at NSW Group 2, Little Creek, VA, Naval Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewman (SWCC) Special Boat Team 22, Stennis, Mississippi and the NSW Center, Coronado, CA, with US Army Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, NC, US Air Force Special Operations Command, Hulburt Field, FL, and US Marine Special Forces Command, Camp Lejeune, NC, and US Marine Corps, Camp Lejeune, NC.
He completed his undergraduate degree at Marietta College (Marietta, Ohio) and both his master's and doctoral degrees in Sports Medicine at the University of Virginia (Charlottesville, Virginia).