Christopher DiCesare, Ph.D.

Senior Scientist
Biomechanics
Detroit
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Dr. DiCesare specializes in the use of advanced analytics, data science, and machine learning to address complex, nonlinear problems at the intersection of human movement science, engineering, and healthcare. He has 10+ years of clinical research and practical experience in the prevention, mitigation, and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injury in individuals across the lifespan, from pediatric to geriatric populations, with specific expertise in the selection, translation, and industrialization of wearable and other human movement assessment-based solutions for scalable deployment in clinical settings. Dr. DiCesare has expert knowledge of 3D high-speed motion capture, force platform and plantar pressure measurement, wearable sensors, signal processing, and machine and deep learning, as well as in the development and deployment of novel algorithms leveraging these technologies that operate at scale for health monitoring, injury risk stratification, and preventative and therapeutic rehabilitation.

Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. DiCesare was a Research Fellow with the Sienko Research Group in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan, where he helped to develop data-driven, wearable sensor-based applications including personalized balance training for adults with balance concerns, fetal health monitoring, loss of balance detection, and autonomous driving-induced motion sickness. Previously, he was a Biomechanist and Clinical Research Coordinator in the Sport Performance Optimized by Research and Technology (SPORT) Center Laboratory, a pediatric biomechanics and sports medicine laboratory in the Division of Sports Medicine at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, where he investigated sensorimotor deficits that led to or resulted from acute and chronic injury in adolescent athletes. While at Children’s, he concurrently worked as a Programmer Analyst in the Department of Environmental Health at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, where he collaborated with clinicians and industrial engineers to develop software to analyze gait and balance performance in adults with balance concerns. Dr. DiCesare has also served as an Adjunct Faculty member at both the undergraduate and graduate levels at Mount St. Joseph University, Xavier University, and the University of Michigan.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Computer Science and Engineering, University of Cincinnati, 2021
  • M.S., Exercise and Health Studies, Miami University, 2020
  • B.A., Zoology, Miami University, 2011

Publications

Diekfuss JA, Yuan W, Barber Foss KD, Dudley JA, DiCesare CA, Panzer MB, Talavage TM, Nauman E, Bonnette S, Slutsky-Ganesh AB, Clark J, Anand M, Altaye M, Leach JL, Lamplot JD, Galloway M, Pombo MW, Hammond K, Myer GD. Evaluation of the effectiveness of newer helmet designs with emergent shell and padding technologies versus older helmet models for preserving white matter following a season of high school football. Ann Biomed Eng. 2021; 49(10):2863-2874.

Yuan W, Diekfuss J, Barber Foss K, Dudley J, Leach J, DiCesare CA, Bonnette S, Epstein J, Logan K, Altaye M, Myer G. High school sports-related concussion and the effect of a jugular vein compression collar: A prospective longitudinal investigation of neuroimaging and neurofunctional outcomes. J Neurotrauma. 2021; 38(20):2811-2821.

Pedley J, DiCesare CA, Oliver JL, Myer GD, Ford KR, Hewett TE, Lloyd RS. Maturity status alters drop vertical jump landing force-time profiles but not performance outcomes in adolescent females. Scand J Med Sci Sports. 2021; epub ahead of print.

Logan K, Yuan W, Barber Foss KD, Diekfuss J, DiCesare CA, Leach J, Altaye M, Lloyd RS, Myer GD. Is it possible to protect the adolescent brain with internal mechanisms from repetitive head impacts: Results from Phase II single cohort, longitudinal, self-control study. J Sci Sports Exerc. 2021; 3(1):56-65.

Anand M, Diekfuss JA, Slutsky-Ganesh AB, Grooms DR, Bonnette S, Barber Foss KD, DiCesare CA, Hunnicutt JL, Myer GD. Integrated 3D motion analysis with functional magnetic resonance neuroimaging to identify neural correlates of lower extremity movement. J Neurosci Methods. 2021; 355:109108.

DiCesare CA, Green B, Yuan W, Diekfuss JA, Barber Foss KD, Dudley J, Qin Y, Wang P, Myer GD. Machine learning classification of verfied head impact exposure strengthens associations with brain changes. Ann Biomed Eng. 2020; 48(12):2772-2782. DOI: 10.1007/s10439-020-02662-2

Black WR, DiCesare CA, Thomas S, Pfeiffer M, Williams SE, Kitchen K, Ting TV, Myer GD, Kashikar-Zuck S. Preliminary evidence for the Fibromyalgia Integrative Training Program (FIT Teens) improving strength and movement biomechanics in juvenile fibromyalgia: Secondary analysis and results from a Pilot Randomized Clinical Trial. Clin J Pain. 2021; 37(1):51-60.

Diekfuss JA, Yuan W, Barber Foss KD, Dudley J, DiCesare CA, Reddington D, Zhong W, Nissen K, Shafer J, Leach J, Bonnette S, Logan K, Epstein J, Clark J, Altaye M, Myer GD. The effects of internal jugular vein compression for modulating and preserving white matter following a season of American Tackle football: A prospective longitudinal evaluation of differential head impact exposure. J Neurosci Res. 2021; 99(2):423-445.

Dudley J, Yuan W, Diekfuss J, Barber Foss KD, DiCesare CA, Logan K, Leach JL, Myer GD. Internal jugular vein compression applied during competitive female soccer season preserves functional and structural connectome organization. Brain Connect. 2020; 10(6):292-301.

Mannix R, Morriss NJ, Conley GM, Meehan III WP, Qiu J, Float J, DiCesare CA, Myer GD. Internal jugular vein compression collar mitigates histopathological alterations after closed head rotational head impact in swine: A pilot study. Neuroscience. 2020; 437:132-144.

Bonnette S, DiCesare CA, Kiefer AW, Riley MA, Barber Foss KD, Thomas S, Diekfuss JA, Myer GD. A technical report on the development of a real-time visual biofeedback system to optimize motor learning and movement deficit correction. J Sports Sci Med. 2020; 19(1):84-94.

Diekfuss JA, Grooms DR, Bonnette S, DiCesare CA, Thomas S, MacPherson RP, Ellis JD, Kiefer AW, Riley MA, Schneider DK, Gadd B, Kitchen K, Barber Foss KD, Dudley JA, Yuan W, Myer GD. Real-time biofeedback integrated into neuromuscular training reduces high-risk knee biomechanics and increases functional brain connectivity: A preliminary longitudinal investigation. Psychophysiology. 2020; 57(5):e13545.

Ueno R, Navacchia A, DiCesare CA, Ford KR, Myer GD, Ishida T, Tohyama H, Hewett TE. Knee abduction moment is decreased by gluteus medius force and increased by vertical and lateral ground reaction forces. J Biomech. 2020; 103:109669.

Bonnette S, Diekfuss J, Grooms D, Kiefer AW, Riley M, Riehm C, Moore C, Barber Foss K, DiCesare CA, Baumeister J, Myer G. Electrocortical dynamics differentiate athletes exhibiting low- and high- ACL injury risk biomechanics. Psychophysiology. 2020; 57(4):e13530.

DiCesare CA, Minai AA, Riley MA, Ford KR, Hewett TE, Myer GD. Distinct coordination strategies associated with the drop vertical jump. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2020; 52(5):1088‐1098.

Barber Foss KD, Yuan W, Diekfuss JA, Leach J, Meehan W, DiCesare CA, Solomon G, Schneider DK, MacDonald J, Dudley J, Cortes N, Galloway R, Halstead M, Walker G, Myer GD. Relative head impact exposure and brain white matter alterations after a single season of competitive football: A comparison of youth versus high school football. Clin J Sports Med. 2019; 29(6):442-450.

DiCesare CA, Montalvo A, Barber Foss KD, Thomas SM, Hewett TE, Jayanthi NA, Myer GD. Sport specialization and coordination differences in multisport adolescent female basketball, soccer, and volleyball athletes. J Athl Train. 2019; 54(10):1105-1114.

Bonnette S, DiCesare CA, Diekfuss JA, Grooms DR, MacPherson RP, Riley MA, Myer GD. Advancing anterior cruciate ligament injury prevention with real-time biofeedback for amplified sensorimotor integration. J Athl Train. 2019; 54(9):985-986.

DiCesare CA, Bonnette SH, Myer GD, Kiefer AW. Differentiating successful and unsuccessful single-leg drop landing performance using uncontrolled manifold analysis. Motor Control. 2020; 24(1):75-90.

DiCesare CA, Montalvo A, Barber Foss KD, Thomas SM, Ford KR, Hewett TE, Jayanthi NA, Stracciolini A, Bell DR, Myer GD. Lower extremity biomechanics are altered across maturation in sport-specialized female adolescent athletes. Front Pediatr. 2019; 7(268).

Navacchia A, Ford KR, Ueno R, Myer GD, DiCesare C, Hewett TE. EMG-informed musculoskeletal modeling to estimate realistic knee anterior shear force during drop vertical jump in female athletes. Ann Biomed Eng. 2019; 47(12):2416-2430.

Shams K, DiCesare CA, Grawe BM, Wall E, Parikh S, Galloway M, Kitchen K, Foss KB, Thomas SM, Montalvo AM, Colosimo AJ, Myer GD. Biomechanical and functional outcomes after medial patellofemoral ligament reconstruction: A pilot study. Orthop J Sport Med. 2019; 7(2).

DiCesare CA, Kiefer AW, Bonnette SH, Myer GD. High-risk lower-extremity biomechanics evaluated in simulated soccer-specific virtual environments. J Sport Rehabil. 2020; 29(3):294-300.

Myer GD, Barber Foss KD, Thomas S, Galloway R, DiCesare CA, Dudley J, Gadd B, Leach J, Smith D, Gubanich P, Meehan WP III, Altaye M, Lavin P, Yuan W. Altered brain microstructure in association with repetitive sub-concussive head impacts and the potential protective effect of jugular venous compression: A longitudinal study of female soccer athletes. Br J Sports Med. 2019; 53(24):1359-1551.

Yuan W, Barber-Foss K, Dudley J, Thomas S, Galloway RT, DiCesare C, Leach J, Scheifel P, Fariana M, Valencia G, Smith D, Altaye M, Rhea CK, Talavage TM, Myer GD. Impact of low-level blast exposure on brain function after a one-day tactile training and the ameliorating effect of a jugular vein compression neck collar device. J Neurotrauma. 2019; 35(5):721-734.

Bonnette S, DiCesare CA, Kiefer AW, Riley MA, Barber Foss KD, Thomas S, Kitchen K, Diekfuss JA, Myer GD. Injury risk factors integrated into self-guided real-time biofeedback improves high-risk biomechanics. J Sport Rehabil. 2019; 28(8):831-839.

Galloway RT, Xu Y, Hewett TE, Barber Foss K, Kiefer AW, DiCesare CA, Magnussen RA, Khoury J, Ford KR, Diekfuss JA, Grooms D, Myer GD, Montalvo AM. Age-dependent patellofemoral pain: Hip and knee risk landing profiles in prepubescent and postpubescent female athletes. Am J Sports Med. 2018; 236(10):2761-2771.

Lachniet PB, Taylor-Haas JA, Paterno MV, DiCesare CA, Ford KR. Altered sagittal plane hip biomechanics in adolescent male distance runners with a history of lower extremity injury. Int J Sports Phys Ther. 2018; 13(3):441-452.

Bonnette S, Diekfuss JA, Kiefer AW, Riley MA, Barber Foss KD, Thomas S, DiCesare CA, Yuan W, Dudley J, Reches A, Myer GD. A jugular vein compression collar prevents alterations of endogenous electrocortical dynamics following blast exposure during special weapons and tactical (SWAT) breacher training. Exp Brain Res. 2018; 236(10):2691-2701.

Horowitz-Kraus T, DiCesare C, Kiefer AW. Longer fixation times during reading are correlated with decreased connectivity in cognitive-control brain regions during rest in children. Mind Brain Educ. 2018; 12(1):49-60.

Grooms DR, Kiefer AW, Riley MA, Ellis JD, Thomas S, Kitchen K, DiCesare C, Bonnette S, Gadd B, Foss KDB, Yuan W, Silva P, Galloway R, Diekfuss J, Leach J, Berz K, Myer GD. Brain-behavior mechanisms for the transfer of neuromuscular training adaptations to simulated sport: Initial findings from the Train the Brain project. J Sport Rehabil. 2018; 27(5):1-5.

Smith D, Franco R, DiCesare CA, Schneider DK, McGill C, Smith QD, Myer GD. Red blood cell response to blast levels of force impartations into freely moveable fluid surfaces inside a closed container. Front Phys. 2018; 6:93.

Yuan W, Dudley J, Barber Foss K, Ellis JD, Thomas S, Galloway RT, DiCesare C, Leach J, Adams J, Maloney T, Gadd B, Smith D, Epstein J, Grooms DR, Logan K, Howell DR, Altaye M, Myer GD. Mild jugular compression collar ameliorated changes in brain activation of working memory after one soccer season in female high school athletes. J Neurotrauma. 2018; 35(11):1248-1259.

Yuan W, Barber Foss KD, Thomas S, DiCesare CA, Dudley JA, Kitchen K, Gadd B, Leach JL, Smith D, Altaye M, Gubanich P, Galloway RT, McCrory P, Bailes JE, Mannix R, Meehan III WP, Myer GD. White matter alterations over the course of two consecutive high-school football seasons and the effect of a jugular compression collar: A preliminary longitudinal diffusion tensor imaging study. Hum Brain Mapp. 2018; 39(1):491-508.

Kiefer, AW, DiCesare C, Nalepka P, Foss KB, Thomas S, Myer GD. Less efficient oculomotor performance is associated with increased incidence of head impacts in high school hockey. J Sci Med Sport. 2018; 21(1):4-9.

DiCesare CA, Barber Foss KD, Thomas S, Schneider DK, Edwards NM, Myer GD. The effects of external jugular compression applied during high intensity power, strength and postural control tasks. Curr Res Concussion. 2017; 4(1):23-31.

DiCesare CA, Adams JR, Claytor RP, Ward RM, Cox RH. Relationship between proxies for Type II fiber type and resting blood pressure in Division I American football athletes. Int J Health Sci (Qassim). 2017; 11(2):16-20.

Yuan W, Leach J, Maloney T, Altaye M, Smith D, Gubanich P, Barber-Foss K, Thomas S, DiCesare C, Kiefer A, Myer GD. Neck collar with mild jugular vein compression ameliorates brain activation changes during a working memory task after a season of high school football. J Neurotrauma. 2017; 34(16):2432-2444.

DiCesare CA, Kiefer AW, Nalepka PK, Myer GD. Quantification and analysis of saccadic and smooth pursuit eye movements and fixations to detect oculomotor deficits. Behav Res Methods. 2017; 49(1):258-266.

Tran S, Thomas S, DiCesare C, Pfeiffer M, Sil S, Ting T, Williams S, Myer G, Kashikar-Zuck S. A pilot study of biomechanical assessment before and after an integrative training program for adolecents with juvenile fibromyalgia. Pediatr Rheumatol Online J. 2016; 14(1):43.

Myer GD, Yuan W, Barber Foss KD, Smith D, Altaye M, Reches A, Leach J, Kiefer AW, Khoury JC, Weiss M, Thomas S, DiCesare C, Adams J, Gubanich PJ, Geva A, Clark JF, Meehan III WP, Mihalik JP, Krueger D. The effects of external jugular compression applied during head impact exposure on longitudinal changes in brain neuroanatomical and neurophysiological biomarkers: A preliminary investigation. Front Neurol. 2016; 7(74).

Myer GD, Yuan W, Barber Foss KD, Thomas S, Smith D, Leach J, Kiefer AW, DiCesare C, Adams J, Gubanich PJ, Kitchen K, Schneider DK, Braswell D, Krueger D, Altaye M. Analysis of head impact exposure and brain microstructure response in a season-long application of a jugular vein compression collar: A prospective, neuroimaging investigation in American football. Br J Sports Med. 2016; 50(20):1276-1285.

DiCesare CA, Bates NA, Barber Foss KD, Thomas SM, Wordeman SC, Sugimoto D, Roewer BD, Medina McKeon JM, Di Stasi SL, Noehren BW, Ford KR, Kiefer AW, Hewett TE, Myer GD. Reliability of 3-dimensional measures of single-leg cross drop landing across three different institutions: Implications for multi-center biomechanical and epidemiological research on ACL injury prevention. Orthop J Sport Med. 2015; 3(12).

Maykut JN, Taylor-Haas JA, Paterno MV, DiCesare CA, Ford KR. Concurrent validity and reliability of 2d kinematic analysis of frontal plane motion during running. Int J Sports Phys Ther, 2015; 10(2):136-146.

Myer GD, Bates NA, DiCesare CA, Barber Foss KD, Thomas SM, Wordeman SC, Sugimoto D, Roewer BD, Medina McKeon JM, Di Stasi SL, Noehren BW, McNally M, Ford KR, Kiefer AW, Hewett TE. Reliability of 3-dimensional measures of single-leg landing across three different institutions: Implications for multi-center biomechanical and epidemiological research for secondary ACL injury prevention. J Sport Rehabil. 2015; 24(2):198-209.

Sil S, Thomas S, DiCesare C, Strotman D, Ting T, Myer G, Kashikar-Zuck S. Preliminary evidence of altered biomechanics in adolescents with juvenile fibromyalgia. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2015; 67(1):102-111.

Ford KR, DiCesare CA, Myer GD, Hewett TE. Real-time biofeedback to target risk of anterior cruciate ligament injury: A technical report for injury prevention and rehabilitation. J Sport Rehabil. May 2015(Technical Notes):2013-0138.

Taylor-Haas JA, Hugentobler JA, DiCesare CA, Hickey KC, Bates NA, Myer GD, Ford KR. Reduced hip strength is associated with increased hip motion during running in young adult and adolescent male long-distance runners. Int J Sports Phys Ther. 2014; 9(4):456-467.

DiCesare CA, Bates NA, Myer GD, Hewett TE. The validity of 2-dimensional measurement of trunk angle during dynamic tasks. Int J Sports Phys Ther. 2014; 9(4):420-427.

Myer GD, Wordeman SC, Sugimoto D, Bates NA, Roewer BD, Medina McKeon JM, DiCesare CA, Di Stasi SL, Barber Foss KD, Thomas SM, Hewett TE. Consistency of clinical biomechanical measures between three different institutions: Implications for multi-center biomechanical and epidemiological research. Int J Sports Phys Ther. 2014; 9(3)289-301.

Myer GD, Smith D, Barber Foss KD, DiCesare CA, Kiefer AW, Kushner AM, Thomas SM, Sucharew H, Khoury JC. Rates of concussion are lower in National Football League games played at higher altitudes. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2014; 44(3):164-172.

Myer GD, Stroube BW, DiCesare CA, Brent JL, Ford KR, Heidt RS, Hewett TE. Augmented feedback supports skill transfer and reduces high-risk injury landing mechanics: A double-blind, randomized controlled laboratory study. Am J Sports Med. 2013; 41(3):669-677.

Presentations

Invited Talks

DiCesare CA, Green B. Eliminating “false positives” from head impact data: Implications for brain neuroscience. Semi-annual meeting of the University of Cincinnati Sports Analytics Collaborative, Cincinnati, Ohio, January 2019.

Myer GD, DiCesare CA, Mishra AK. Supervised machine learning of time series accelerometer data to reduce false positives in brain neuroscience. Invited talk at the Analytics Summit 2018, Center for Business Analytics, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, May 2018.

DiCesare CA. The evolution of biomechanical analysis in sport and human performance. Invited talk at the weekly meeting of the University of Cincinnati Biomedical Engineering Society, Cincinnati, Ohio, February 2016.

Conference Presentations

DiCesare CA. Examining the dynamical signatures of human movement: Implications for biologically inspired adaptive robotic control. 2019 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Intelligent Systems Workshop, Cincinnati, Ohio, July 29-30, 2019.

DiCesare CA. Emergence of a small and consistent set of distinct coordination strategies in motor tasks. 2019 Guy Van Orden Student Research Conference, Center for Cognition, Action, and Perception, Department of Psychology, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, March 29, 2019.

DiCesare CA, Montalvo A, Barber Foss KD, Thomas SM, Ford KR, Hewett TE, Jayanthi N, Stracciolini A, Bell DR, Myer GD. Sports specialization elicits alterations in coordination and maturational biomechanics in female adolescent basketball, soccer, and volleyball athletes. ACL Retreat VIII Conference, Greensboro, North Carolina, March 14-16, 2019.

DiCesare CA, Kiefer AW, Myer GD. Characterizing neuromuscular control processes that underlie postural stabilization via a forced harmonic oscillator model: A comparison of athletes returning to play after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction and healthy athletes. 2016 North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity Conference, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, June 15-18, 2016.

Prior Experience

Research Fellow, Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, 2020-2021

Programmer Analyst, Environmental Health, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, 2018-2020

Biomechanist & Clinical Research Coordinator, Sports Medicine, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, 2011-2020

Academic Appointments

Adjunct Faculty, Kinesiology, University of Michigan, 2021

Adjunct Faculty, Exercise Science, Xavier University, 2018-2020

Adjunct Faculty, Athletic Training, Mount St. Joseph University, 2014-2018

Additional Information

Editorships and Editorial Review Boards

Applied Sciences, Guest Editor, 2021

Research Grants

Co-Investigator (Co-PIs: Sienko K, Stirling L, Huan X, Ojeda L, Wiens J). Adaptive Rehabilitation Policies Using Body-Worn Sensors to Enhance Balance Training. Mind, Machine and Motor Nexus (M3X), National Science Foundation ($849,445). 2021-2023.

Co-Investigator (PI: Lloyd RS; Co-Is: Oliver JL, Myer GD, Moore I). The Effects of Targeted Neuromuscular Training on Lower Limb Injury Risk Factors in Young Female Child Athletes. National Strength and Conditioning Association International Collaboration Grant ($49,060). 2019-2020.

Peer Reviewer

Applied Sciences

Behavioral Research Methods

Brazilian Journal of Physical Therapy

Concussion

Gait & Posture

International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy

Journal of Adolescent Health

Journal of Athletic Training

Journal of Biomechanics

Journal of Clinical Medicine

Journal of Motor Behavior

Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation

Journal of Sports Science and Medicine

Journal of Sport Rehabilitation

Medical Science Monitor

Physical Therapy in Sport

PLoS One

The Physician and Sportsmedicine

Sensors

Sports Health

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Computer Science and Engineering, University of Cincinnati, 2021
  • M.S., Exercise and Health Studies, Miami University, 2020
  • B.A., Zoology, Miami University, 2011