Chair of Graduate Studies, Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Director of the PhD program, Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
The Ohio State University
Dr. James Oñate joined The Ohio State University in January 2010. He earned his PhD in Human Movement Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2002 with a focus in motor learning and biomechanics. He has been an academic research faculty member interested in all aspects of human movement relative to injury prevention and performance optimization since 2003.
He currently serves as the Chair of Graduate Studies in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Director of the PhD program in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, a Co-Director of OSU Sports Medicine's Movement Analysis & Performance (MAP) research program, Director of the MOvES research laboratory, a member of the Ohio High School Sports Medicine Advisory Committee, a Research Consultant to Naval Special Warfare groups, and Director of Sports Performance at Bo Jackson Elite Sports.
His main research focus lies in developing functional movement based research that bridges the gap across research to clinical systems to allow for evidence-based approaches for aiding individuals to sustain optimal health and performance throughout their careers and lives.
He is an active member of the youth sports community in central OH as the Vice President of the NeXT Basketball Foundation while also coaching baseball at Olentangy Liberty High School and throughout the Ohio youth baseball community. He resides in Powell, OH with his wife Deb and his two boys Matthew and Mason and his dog Brooklyn.