Julie P. Burland, PhD, ATC, CSCS

Director of Research, UConn Institute for Sports Medicine

Assistant Research Professor, Department of Kinesiology

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery | UConn Health

Research Overview

Julie Burland’s research background is in the evaluation and recovery of neuromuscular function and psychosocial factors influencing postoperative and return to sport outcomes after ACL reconstruction. Specifically her work has proposed the presence of learned helplessness, a psychobehavioral phenomenon, and its direct link to neurological alterations after ACLR. This work also explores how learned helplessness may influence other clinically relevant outcomes such as lower extremity biomechanics, quadriceps health and perceived function. Developing this knowledge base will help to inform future rehabilitation practices and return to physical activity progressions after ACL reconstruction. Her long-term career objective is to continue to produce research that will help advance clinical rehabilitation science and effectively translate this knowledge to clinicians in order to promote lower extremity joint health, psychosocial well-being and long-term quality of life across active populations.


Postdoc: Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Spaulding National Running Center, Harvard Medical School, 2019-2021
Ph.D. University of Connecticut, 2019
M.S. University of Kentucky, 2014
B.S. University of Connecticut, 2012

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