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.

Research Assistants


Rob Maclennan, M.S.

Rob Maclennan is a Central Florida native and U.S. Navy veteran. He earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Sport and Exercise Science from the University of Central Florida, and is now preparing for a Ph.D. Rob’s research interests include the role of exercise in injury/rehabilitation, public health, and genetics. A lifelong athlete, Rob continues to compete in the sports of strongman and powerlifting. In his free time, Rob enjoys adventures with his wife Demi and shepsky Navi.