JoCarol Shields

Assistant Professor of Health Sciences

I have a broad interest in neuromuscular physiology with a primary focus on neural control of movement. My specific areas of interest are in neuromuscular connections (brain, spinal, and peripheral) and their subsequent effects on motor control as well as possible preventative modalities targeting neural plasticity. I grew up in Daytona Beach, FL and have been familiar with Stetson for many years. 

  • PhD in Health and Human Performance, Oklahoma State University, 2023 
  • Graduate Certificate in Research, Evaluation, Measurement, & Statistics, Oklahoma State University, 2022
  • MS in Exercise Science, Texas Tech University, 2013
  • BS in Movement Science, Delaware State University, 2010 


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More About JoCarol Shields

Areas of Expertise

  • Neural plasticity
  • Exercise and Aging
  • Neural control of movement

Course Sampling

  • Human Anatomy & Physiology I 
  • Health & Wellness 

  • Peripheral nerve function in older adults
  • Neuromuscular connections (brain, spinal, and peripheral) and their subsequent effects on motor control
  • Human Performance 

  • Dos Santos ML, Berton R, Shields JE, Bishop C, Dinyer-McNeely TK, Anderson O, and Dawes JJ. Influence of box height on inter-limb asymmetry and box jump performance. Symmetry, 15(7): 1359, 2023. 
  • MacLennan RJ, Harmon KK, Shields JE, Andrushko JW, Girts RM, and Danielson TL. Aspects of cortical area responsibilities while learning a visually cued spatiotemporal motor task. The Journal of Physiology, 599 (1): 13-14, 2021. 
  • Thompson BJ, Stock MS, Shields JE, Luera MJ, Munayer IK, Mota JA, Carrillo EC, and Olinghouse KD. Barbell deadlift training increases the rate of torque development and vertical jump performance in novices. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 29(1): 1-10, 2015.