Matt Stock, Ph.D.

Dr. Matt S. Stock is an Assistant Professor at the University of Central Florida (UCF) where he teaches within the Doctor of Physical Therapy program and directs the Neuromuscular Plasticity Laboratory. Dr. Stock obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma. His research interests involve understanding the neuromuscular adaptations associated with resistance training, aging, and disuse. Studies in his laboratory utilize electromyography, motor unit recordings, transcranial magnetic stimulation, twitch interpolation, B-mode ultrasonography, and muscle strength assessments. He has published over 70 peer-reviewed manuscripts in over 30 different journals. Dr. Stock is an active member of International Society of Electrophysiology and Kinesiology, the American Physiological Society, and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). He is current President of the NSCA Foundation’s Board of Directors, serves as a Senior Associate Editor for the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, and is a member of the UCF IRB. He enjoys spending time in the laboratory while working with students on their research projects.

Ph.D. Students


Kylie Harmon, M.S.

Originally from upstate New York, Kylie Harmon obtained her Master’s degree from California State University, Fullerton and is now studying for her Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology at the University of Central Florida. An avid proponent of strength training, Kylie is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA. Her research interests include muscular strength, aging, and neuromuscular control. In her spare time, Kylie enjoys spending time with her husband RoQue and their two dogs.


Ryan Girts, M.S.

Ryan Girts is a Ph.D student in the Exercise Physiology program at the University of Central Florida. He obtained his Bachelor's in Exercise Science from the University of North Carolina Wilmington and his Master's degree in Sport and Exercise from the University of Central Florida. Ryan's research interests include muscular strength, neuromuscular control, and hypertrophy. In his spare time, Ryan trains as a competitive bodybuilder.

Undergraduate Research Assistants


Arielle Grusky

Arielle Grusky is a senior at the University of Central Florida. She will be graduating in the summer of 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in Health Science. She is currently volunteering at the Orlando Regional Medical Center, with the hope of becoming a physical therapist in the future. She joined the Neuromuscular Plasticity Laboratory because of her interest in exercise physiology and her growing love and appreciation for research.


Gabriela Rodriguez

Gabriela Rodriguez is a junior at the University of Central Florida where she is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology. She currently works as a Yoga Instructor and Fitness Supervisor at the University’s Recreation and Wellness Center. Due to her passion for fitness she is interested in expanding her knowledge of exercise physiology both inside and outside the classroom setting. Gabriela joined the Neuromuscular Plasticity Laboratory due to her desire to learn more as she pursues her goal of one day becoming a physical therapist.

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