Cristine Agresta, PT, MPT, PhD

Title: Assistant Professor
Division: Physical Therapy

Cristine Agresta is an assistant professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine. She is a movement scientist, clinician, and sports medicine researcher working to improve physical resilience, performance, and longevity in recreational and elite athletes. Her research focuses on how to enhance decision-making about athlete readiness, equipment design, training, rehabilitation, and return-to-play through better assessment and monitoring methods. She has an MPT from Youngstown State University, a PhD in Movement Science from Temple University, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Kinesiology at the University of Michigan.

Education and Training

  • University of Michigan, BS Movement Science, 2002 
  • Youngstown State University, Masters of Physical Therapy, 2006 
  • Temple University, Ph.D. Movement Science, 2015
  • University of Michigan, Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2017

Clinical Interests

  • Clinical assessment and monitoring techniques
  • Sport-related injuries 
  • Running biomechanics

Teaching Interests

Her teaching responsibilities are in the musculoskeletal track of the Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) program. She also assists with teaching in the Orthopaedic Residency program.

Research Interests

Dr. Agresta conducts applied biomechanics and human performance research. She works with companies, sports organizations, athletic medicine teams, and engineers to conduct translational research. She is passionate about applying scientific research to enhance sport-related products and programs that touch our everyday lives. Her specialties include clinical assessment, biomechanical movement analysis, physical demands assessment, human interaction with footwear, and employing human performance field measures, including wearable sensors.


University of Washington Performance Research Lab

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