Travis  Peterson

Travis Peterson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
GSFC 237


Travis Peterson joined the faculty at Cal Lutheran in the Fall of 2017 and is an Assistant Professor of Biomechanics in the Exercise Science Department. He teaches Biomechanics, Functional Anatomy, Statistics and Research Methods, as well as Motor Learning and Control. 

Along with his teaching responsibilities, Travis is interested in understanding the underlying mechanisms that elite athletes utilize to compete at the highest level. He incorporates force plate and motion capture data collection as well as interactive learning opportunities in his research to accomplish this task. His current research involves understanding lower extremity coordination during well-practiced, goal directed tasks as golf players create rotation and maintain balance while regulating golf shot distance. 

He has experience working with groups from many different arenas - ranging from middle school classrooms to professional golf players and national level athletes. Travis also currently serves as the Faculty Advisor for the Cal Lutheran Swimming and Diving program and as Faculty Mentor to the Exercise Science Club. 


Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering, University of Southern California

M.S. in Biomedical Engineering, University of Southern California

M.S.M.E. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Washington

B.Bm.E. in Biomedical Engineering, University of Minnesota


Peterson, T. J., and McNitt-Gray, J. L., 2019, “Regulation of Linear and Angular Impulse during the Golf Swing with Modified Address Positions,” J. Appl. Biomech., 35, pp. 25-31.

Wilcox, R., Peterson, T. J., and McNitt-Gray, J. L., 2018, “Data Analyses When Sample Sizes Are Small: Modern Advances for Dealing With Outliers, Skewed Distributions, and Heteroscedasticity,” J. Appl. Biomech., 34(4), pp. 258–261.

Peterson, T. J., and McNitt-Gray, J. L., 2018, “Coordination of Lower Extremity Multi-Joint Control Strategies during the Golf Swing,” J. Biomech., 77(22), pp. 26–33.

Peterson, T. J., Wilcox, R. R., and McNitt-Gray, J. L., 2016, “Angular Impulse and Balance Regulation during the Golf Swing,” J. Appl. Biomech., 32(4), pp. 342–349.

McNitt-Gray, J. L., Sand, K., Ramos, C., Peterson, T. J., Held, L., and Brown, K., 2015, “Using Technology and Engineering to Facilitate Skill Acquisition and Improvements in Performance,” Proc. Inst. Mech. Eng. Part P J. Sport. Eng. Technol., 229(2), pp. 103–115.

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