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


  •   J.M. Finley and A.J. Bastian. (2017). Associations between Foot Placement Asymmetries and Metabolic Cost of Transport in Hemiparetic Gait. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair. 31,168-177.  
  •  A. Kim, N. Darakjian, J.M. Finley.(2017). Walking in Fully Immersive Virtual Environments: A Feasibility Test for Older Adults and Individuals with Parkinson's disease. Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation.  
  •    A. Nagamori, F. Valero-Cuevas, J.M.Finley (2016). Unilateral eccentric contraction of theplantarflexors leads to bilateral alterations in leg dexterity.Frontiers in Physiology. 7,582.                                
  •  J.M. Finley, A.Long, A.J.Bastian, and G. Torres-Oviedo, (2015). Spatial and Temporal Control Contribute to Step Length Asymmetry during Split-Belt Adaptation and Hemiparetic Gait.Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair. 29:786-95.
  • B.A. Smith, I. Trujillo-Priego, C.J. Lane,J.M.Finley, F. Horak. (2015). Daily Quantity of Infant Leg Movement: Wearable Sensor Algorithm and Relationship to Walking Onset. Sensors. 15, 19006-19020.
  • J.H. Porterfield, A.Sindhurakar, J.M.Finley, N.S. Bradley.(2015). Drift during Overground Locomotion in Newly Hatched Chicks Varies with Light Exposure during Embryogenesis. Developmental Psychobiology.57, 459-469.
  • A. Long, J.M. Finley, A.J.Bastian.(2015). A Marching-Walking Hybrid Induces Step Length Adaptation and Transfers to Natural Walking. Journal of Neurophysiology. 113, 3905-3914.
  •  J.M. Finley, M.S. Statton, A.J.Bastian.(2014) A Novel Optic Flow Pattern Speeds Split-belt Locomotor Adaptation. Journal of Neurophysiology. 111,969-976. 
  •  J.M. Finley, Y. Y. Dhaher, E.J.Perreault.(2013). Acceleration-Dependence and Task-Specific Modulation of Short and Medium-Latency Reflexes in the Ankle Extensors. Physiological Reports. 1(3), e00051
  • R. D. Trumbower*, J. M. Finley*, J.Shemmell, C. F. Honeycutt, E. J. Perreault. (2013). Bilateral Impairments in Task-Dependent Modulation of the Long-Latency Stretch Reflex Following Stroke. Clinical Neurophysiology.124,1373-1380 
  •  J.M. Finley, A.J. Bastian,J.S.Gottschall. (2013). Learning to be Efficient: Metabolic Cost of Walking Tracks Motor Adaptation. Journal of Physiology.591,1081-1095
  •  J.M. Finley, Y.Y. Dhaher, E.J. Perreault.(2012). Contributions of Feed-forward and Feedback Strategies at the Human Ankle during Control of Unstable Loads.Experimental Brain Research. 217, 53-66
  •  J.M. Finley, E.J. Perreault, Y.Y. Dhaher. (2008). Stretch Reflex Coupling Between the Hip and Knee:Implications for Impaired Gait Following Stroke. Experimental Brain Research 131, 305-319