Brandi Row Lazzarini, Ph.D.
  • Brandi Row Lazzarini, Ph.D.
  • Associate Professor of Exercise Science
  • Biomechanics, Motor Learning and Motor Control
  • Collins 405
  • (503) 370-6423
  • (503) 370-6773 fax
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Brandi Row Lazzarini, Ph.D.

I have been on faculty at Willamette University since August 2012.

Prior to returning to Willamette University (my alma mater), I was on faculty at Western Washington University (2006-12), and completed a postdoctoral research fellowship (2003-6), at the Center for Studies in Aging, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center, the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, and the Health Care, Technology, and Place Interdisciplinary Program, University of Toronto, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

My main research interests are in the areas of biomechanics of aging and exercise interventions for older adults.  Specifically, my research activities pursue:

  • the study of gait smoothness and stepping performance in older adults, calculated as the harmonic ratio from trunk acceleration,
  • the development of clinically-feasible functional assessments of rapid stepping performance for older adults,
  • high-velocity resistance training interventions for the improvement of muscle power and strength in seniors, and multi-sensory balance training interventions for the improvement of balance and gait performance in older adults.

Education

  • 2003 Ph.D. Biomechanics, minor in Gerontology, The Pennsylvania State University
  • 1999 M.S. Exercise and Movement Science, University of Oregon
  • 1996 B.A. Biology, minor in Spanish, Willamette University

Courses

Professor Row is instructor of record for the following courses: Biomechanics (EXSCI 347), and Motor Learning and Motor Control (EXSCI 357). She also teaches Research Design (EXSCI 356W), Special Topics in Exercise Science (EXSCI 358: Aging, Physical Activity and Health, EXSCI 358: Anatomical Kinesiology), College Colloquium (IDS 101), and contributes to the Senior Seminar (EXSCI 496).

Publications (* student collaborator)

  • Row, B.S., Knutzen, K., and *Skogsberg, N. Regulating Explosive Resistance Training Intensity Using the Rating of Perceived Exertion.  Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 2012; 26(3):664-71.
  • Chalmers, G.R., and Row, B.S. Common Errors in Textbook Descriptions of Muscle Fiber Size in Nontrained Humans.  Sport Biomechanics, 2011;10(3):254-268.
  • Knutzen, K.M. *McLaughlin, W., *Lawson, A., Row, B.S., Martin, L.A. Influence of Ramp Position on Joint Biomechanics during Elliptical Trainer Exercise.  The Open Sports Sciences Journal, 2010;3:165-177.
  • Fernie, G.R., Li, Y., Row, B.S., Hsu, J.  Walking in Winter. The State of the Science in Universal Design: Emerging Research and Developments.  Ed. Jordana L. Maisel. Bentham eBooks, 2010;99-107.  http://www.bentham.org/ebooks/9781608050635/contents.htm#9
  • Row, B.S. and Cavanagh, P.R.  Reaching Upward is More Challenging to Dynamic Balance than Reaching Forward. Clinical Biomechanics, 2007;22(2):155-64.
  • Hreljac, A., Arata, A., Chen, S-J., Ferber, R., Keller, T. L., Mercer, J.A., & Row, B.S.  An electromyographical analysis of the role of dorsiflexors on the gait transition during human locomotion. Journal of Applied Biomechanics, 2001;17:287-96.

Recent Presentations (* student collaborator)

  • Row Lazzarini, B., *Ruwitch, M.M., *Kataras, T.K., Can Trunk Acceleration Measures During a Simple Medial-Lateral Step Test Predict Gait Smoothness in Seniors? Poster presented by B. Row Lazzarini at the American College of Sports Medicine, Orlando, FL, May 2014.
  • *Ruwitch, M.M., *Kataras, T.K., Row Lazzarini, B. Development of stepping test that challenges medial-lateral control in older adults. Poster presented by M. Ruwitch at the American College of Sports Medicine, Orlando, FL, May 2014.
  • *Kataras, T.K., *Ruwitch, M.M., Row Lazzarini, B. Treadmill walking is problematic for the study of gait smoothness in older adults. Poster presented by B. Row Lazzarini at the World Congress of Biomechanics, Boston, MA, July 2014.
  • *Wise, Z., Row, B.S.; The Effects of Whole Body Vibration on Knee Electromyography and Kinematics of Single-Leg Landings Among Female Athletes. Podium presentation by Z. Wise at the annual meeting of the Northwest Biomechanics Smposium (regional chapter of the American Biomechanics Society), University of Idaho, Moscow, ID, June 2013.
  • Row, B.S., *Dropp, M., *Lloyd, W.  Regulating Upper Extremity Explosive Resistance Training for Older Adults using the RPE. Poster presented by B.S. Row at the annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine, Indianapolis, IN, May 2013; Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 45(5 Supplement):S318.
  • *Tupper, K.J., and Row, B.S. Is Four Weeks Enough To Improve Balance And Mobility Function Of Older Adults Who Are Already Physically Active? Poster presented by K. Tupper at the annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine, San Francisco, CA, June 2012.
  • Row, B.S. and *Tupper, K.J.  Accelerometry methods reveal improvements in frontal plane stability after only four-weeks of balance and mobility training. Poster presented by B. Row at the annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine, San Francisco, CA, June 2012.
  • Brilla, L.B., Row, B.S., and Knutzen, K.M. Effect of Creatine Magnesium Supplementation on Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness.  Poster presented by L. Brilla at the annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine, Denver, CO, June 2011.
  • *Hahn Kaufman, T.J., Brilla, L.R., Row, B.S., and Knutzen, K.M. Effect Inspiratory Muscle Training and Core Exercise Training on Core Functional Tests.  Poster presented by L Brilla at the annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine, Baltimore, MD, June 2010.
  • Row, B.S., and Knutzen, K. Resistance training elicits more robust trunk acceleration and orientation during walking in adults with diabetes.  Oral presentation by B. Row at the annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine, Baltimore, MD, June 2010.
  • Knutzen, K.M., Brilla, L.R., Row, B.S., Li, Y., Freeman, J., and Lindsey, B.  Effect of high resistance weight training on reported pain in individuals with Type 2 Diabetes.  Poster presented by K. Knutzen at the annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine, Baltimore, MD, June 2010.
  • *Newton, C.Q., Row, B.S., Knutzen, K.M., *Dudley, J., *Landis, K., and Brilla, L.R.  Examination of creatine-magnesium chelate and alkaline creatine compound supplementations on knee extensor torque measurements.  Poster presented by C. Newton at the annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine, Baltimore, MD, June 2010.
  • Brilla, L.R., *Schwerdtfeger, K., Knutzen, K.M., and Row, B.S.  Effects of inspiratory muscle training on arterial oxygen-hemoglobin saturation in female collegiate endurance runners.  Poster presented by K. Schwerdtfeger at the Annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine, Seattle, WA, May 2009.
  • *Brock, B., Knutzen, K.M., Brilla, L.R., and Row, B.S.  Effects of variable velocity eccentric muscle actions on caloric expenditure and delayed onset muscle soreness.  Poster presented by B. Brock at the Annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine, Seattle, WA, May 2009.
  • *Jackson, M. A., Brilla, L.R., Knutzen, K.M., and Row, B.S.  Effect of Inspiratory Muscle Training on Exercise Capacity and Quality of Life in Older Adults.  Poster presented by L. Brilla at the annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine, Seattle, WA, May 2009.
  • Row, B.S., Knutzen, K.M., Brilla, L.R., Freeman, J., Li, Y., and Lindsey, B. Poor glucose control is related to reduced balance control in adults with Type II Diabetes. Poster presented by B. Row at the North American Congress on Biomechanics, Ann Arbor, MI, August 2008.
  • Row, B.S., Knutzen, K.M., *Hollander, C.S., and *Roake, A. The Use of RPE with Older Adults to Identify Training Loads for High-Velocity Resistance Training.  Oral presentation by B. Row at the American College of Sports Medicine, Indianapolis, IN, May 2008. 
  • Knutzen, K.M., *McLaughlin, W., *Lawson, A., Row, B.S., and Martin, L.  Ramp Position Influences Lower Extremity Biomechanics while Exercising on the Elliptical Trainer.  Poster presented by K. Knutzen at the American College of Sports Medicine, Indianapolis, IN, May 2008. 
  • Li ,Y., Hill, S.W., Row, B., McIlroy, W.E., Mihailidis, A., and Fernie, G. 2007. Walking in the cold: body temperature and heart rate during North American winter. Journal of Biomechanics 40(Suppl. 2), pp. 334.
  • Row, B.S. and Fernie, G.R.  The role of the environment and technology on Frailty in older adults.  Oral presentation as part of a symposium with the Canadian Initiative on Frailty and Aging at the Canadian Association of Gerontology, Halifax, NS, October 2005. 
  • Row, B.S., and Cavanagh, P.R.  Load-Specific Relationships between Muscular Power and Bone Mineral Density.  Poster presented at the combined congress of the International Society of Biomechanics and the American Society of Biomechanics, Cleveland, OH, August 2005.
  • Row, B.S., *Paul, J.C., McKeever, P., and Fernie, G.R.  Winter Presents Barriers to Physical and Social Activity in Functionally Impaired Older Adults.  Poster presented at the American College of Sports Medicine’s 2005 annual meeting, Nashville, TN, June 2005.
  • Row, B.S., Fernie, G.R., *Paul, J.C., and Maki, B.E.  Stairs and Winter Weather: Barriers to Activity and Mobility for Many Older Adults.  Poster presented at the American College of Sports Medicine’s 2005 annual meeting, Nashville, TN, June 2005.

Professional Memberships


  • American Society of Biomechanics
  • American College of Sports Medicine