Dr. Janet S. Dufek is a biomechanist who earned her B.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Superior, M.S. from Illinois State University and her Ph.D. from the University of Oregon. Currently a Professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Dr. Dufek’s research focuses on lower extremity function with focused interest in single subject design, variability and performer strategies. In collaboration with faculty in Engineering, Nursing, and Physical Therapy, Dr. Dufek’s interdisciplinary research addresses issues including child obesity, effectiveness of physical therapy interventions and prosthetic appliances, and aging-related issues.
In addition to her academic position, Dr. Dufek is a Research Scientist with HPW Biomechanics, where she directs research projects related to evaluation of footwear and exercise equipment. Dr. Dufek is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and the Research Consortium of the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.