With a background in experimental physics, kinesiology, statistics, and biomedical engineering, Dr. Gorniak applies rigorous scientific investigation to sensory and movement problems experienced during daily activities. Her doctoral training at the Pennsylvania State University focused on evaluation of bimanual hand function in basic tasks. During her post-doctoral fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic, she worked closely with clinicians in to quantitatively determine how neurological pathology changes how we behave in everyday tasks. Building on these experiences, her current research at the University of Houston focuses on the relationship between quantitative behavioral measures and clinical observations. Using these approaches, she investigates musculoskeletal and neural changes due to aging, chronic health conditions and movement disorders affecting functional hand use.
Dr. Gorniak is speaker in the Musicians as Athletes event during the Menuhin Competition.