Nicholas Murray, Ph.D., M.A.

Assistant Professor and Graduate Director of Kinesiology
Murray, Nicholas


My primary research approach is the investigation of oculomotor and postural control in individuals with acute or chronic neurological deficits with a focus on sports-related concussions and repeated head impacts. I have ongoing studies related to concussion identification, recovery, and the relationship between clinical and laboratory-based measures. One of the aims of my research approach is to discover new methods of assessing sport-related concussions in elite athletes who have greater neuronal resources than normal average individuals. In addition, I am actively involved in research related to the effect of repetitive head impacts and how it influences the brain via indirect biomechanical assessments.


  • Nicholas G. Murray, Emily Belson, Brian Szekely, Arthur Islas, Robert C. Lynall, Douglas Powell, Barry A. Munkasy, Thomas Buckley, (2020) Baseline Postural Control cannot Detect Prospective Lower Extremity Injury among those with a History of Concussion. Journal of Athletic Training. PMID: 31935138
  • Thomas Buckley, Nicholas G. Murray, Barry A. Munkasy, Jessie R. Oldham, Kelsey M. Evans, Brandy Clouse. Persistent impairments in dynamic postural control across concussion clinical milestones (2020). Journal of Neurotrauma. DOI: 10.1089/neu.2019.6910. PMID: 32674657
  • Brian Szekely, Sushma Alphonsa, Katelyn Grimes, Barry A. Munkasy, Thomas Buckley, Nicholas G. Murray. Repetitive head impacts affect mediolateral postural sway entropy following a competitive athletic season: preliminary findings (2020). Journal of Clinical and Translational Research. ePub: PMID: 33029565
  • Jessica Wallace, Phillip Worts, Ryan Moran, Nicholas G. Murray. Socioeconomic Status and Racial Disparities to be Considered in Clinical Interpretation of Pre-Season Vestibular and Oculomotor Tests for Concussion (2020). Journal of Clinical and Translational Research.10.18053/jctres.06.202005.002.
  • Nicholas G. Murray, Brian Szekely, Ryan Moran, Douglas Powell, Barry A. Munkasy, Thomas Buckely, Kevin Guskiewicz. (2020). Concussion history associated with increased postural control deficits after subsequent injury. Physiological Measurement.
  • Nicholas G. Murray, Brian Szekely, Katelyn Grimes, Arthur Islas, Douglas Powell, Barry A. Munkasy, Daniel Cipriani, Thomas Buckley. (2020). Repetitive head impacts are associated with changes in postural control among those that do not have a history of sport-related concussion: preliminary findings. Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine.
  • Nicholas G. Murray, Brian Szekely, Arthur Islas, Barry Munkasy, Russell Gore, Marian Berryhill, Rebecca J. Reed-Jones (2019). Sport-related concussions may rely on larger and faster saccadic eye movements during a sport-like visual task. Journal of Neurotrauma. DOI: 10.1089/neu.2019.6595. PMID: 31524054
  • Nicholas G. Murray, Cody Grotewold, Brian J. Szkeley, Douglas Powell, Barry Munkasy (2018). Validity and Reliability of the Balance Tracking System during Feet Together Stance. Measurement.126, October, p. 96-101.
  • Nicholas G. Murray+, Katelyn Grimes, Eric Shiflett, Barry A. Munkasy, Megan Mormile, Nathan R. D'Amico, Douglas Powell, Thomas Buckely (2017). Repetitive head impacts influence on the postural control system during the course of a single athletic season. Special Issue: Long-term outcomes of sport-related brain injuries - International Journal of Psychophysiology. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijpsycho.2017.09.018
  • Nicholas G. Murray, Nathan R. D'Amico, Douglas Powell, Megan E. Mormile, Katelyn E. Grimes, Barry A. Munkasy, Russell K. Gore, Rebecca J. Reed-Jones (2017). ASB clinical biomechanics award winner 2016: Assessment of gaze stability within 24-48 hours post- concussion. Clinical Biomechanics.
  • Nicholas G. Murray, Anthony P. Salvatore, Douglas Powell, Rebecca J. Reed-Jones+ (2014). Reliability and Validity Evidence of Multiple Balance Assessments in Concussed Athletes. Journal of Athletic Training. 49(1). 1-10.


  • PhD, Neuroscience, The University of Texas at El Paso, 2014
  • MA, Kinesiology, San Diego State University, 2010