James Finley, PhD

Assistant Professor
Finley, James

(323) 442-4837



Locomotor Control Lab

Mailing Address:

1540 Alcazar St., CHP 155, Los Angeles, CA 90089-9006

Current Research:

1) Motor learning and rehabilitation 2) Neural control and mechanics of locomotion 3) Mechanisms of impaired motor performance following damage to the nervous system

Professional Interests


Dr. Finley directs the Locomotor Control Laboratory where he investigates how locomotion is controlled and adapted in both the healthy and injured neuromuscular system. Dr. Finley's lab develops theoretical models and experiments based on principles of neuroscience, biomechanics, and exercise physiology to identify the factors that guide learning and rehabilitation. Ultimately, the goal of his work is to design novel and effective interventions t to improve locomotor control in individuals with damage to the nervous system.

Twitter: @FinleyLabUSC  


  • Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL, B.S. Mechanical Engineering, 2004
  • Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering, 2010
  • Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Neuroscience, 2013
Selected Publications
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