Melissa Montgomery Melissa Montgomery, PhD, ATC

Associate Professor

Office: KHS 228
Telephone: (657) 278-7867


Advising Area:
Athletic Training Education Program

Couse Taught:
KNES 373: Clinical Evaluation and Diagnosis of the Lower Extremity and Lumbar Spine
KNES 367: Clinical Proficiencies in Athletic Training I
KNES 368: Clinical Proficiencies in Athletic Training II
KNES 365: Pathologies in Sport and Exercise

Dr. Montgomery joined the Cal State Fullerton Kinesiology faculty in 2015. She serves as a professor and clinical education coordinator in the CAATE-accredited Athletic Training Program. After completing undergraduate studies in Athletic Training at the University of the Pacific, she pursued an MS in Biomechanics at the University of Tennessee where she was a part of the Lady Vols Sports Medicine team. She then went on to coach collegiate soccer before completing a PhD in Applied Neuromechanics at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she was part of several funded research projects examining risk factors for lower extremity injury. Dr. Montgomery strives to use her unique background of practical, clinical, and research experience to develop interventions which optimize athletic performance and reduce injury risk.  

Interest Area:
My area of research investigates the influence of body composition and strength on  lower extremity biomechanics related to traumatic knee injury in soccer athletes and how these particular factors can help explain the 2-5x greater risk of ACL injury in female athletes. My second area of research is in the effect of training stress and cumulative fatigue over the course of the soccer season on injury risk.  

Current projects:
The effect of peristaltic pulse dynamic compression on subjective and objective measures of recovery after intense exercise
The relationship between self-reported training stress and performance outcomes over time
The effect of whole body vibration training on running biomechanics after ACL reconstruction
Using diagnostic ultrasound to measure cartilage thickness and knee anthropometrics following ACL reconstruction