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Adam Kiefer, PhD

Assistant Professor – Exercise and Sport Science

Department of Exercise and Sport Science
G480 Fetzer Hall, CB# 8700
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599-8700

(919) 962-0751


Adam Kiefer, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Exercise and Sport Science. Prior to joining the faculty in 2019, he was an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the College of Medicine at the University of Cincinnati and the Director of Research Education in the Division of Sports Medicine at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Kiefer graduated with a B.S. in Exercise and Sport Science from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in 2003 and competed his  M.S. in Movement Science (Sport Psychology) from Barry University in 2005. He completed a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from the University of Cincinnati in 2009, and then took a position as a post-doctoral research associate in the Department of Cognitive, Linguistic and Psychological Sciences at Brown University until 2013.

Dr. Kiefer co-directs the Simulation, Training, Analytics and Rehabilitation (STAR) Heel Performance Laboratory with the goal of translating evidence-based performance applications in order to improve athlete performance and health outcomes. Specifically, he takes a complex systems approach for the innovative modeling, analysis and prediction of sport performance and recovery, with a current research focus on the use of portable XR technologies, explainable AI and non-invasive behavioral measurement techniques for the study and advancement of phenomics in sport.