Aston McCollough, Northeastern University

Aston McCullough

M.Phil, PhD

Assistant Professor

Physical Therapy, Human Movement, and Rehabilitation Sciences


Aston K. McCullough is an Assistant Professor at Northeastern University where he is a member of the core faculty in the Center for Cognitive & Brain Health, with appointments in the Department of Physical Therapy, Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences, the Department of Music, and an affiliate faculty appointment in the Khoury College of Computer Sciences.

Prior to joining Northeastern University, Dr. McCullough was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Music and Dance and founding director of the National Endowment for the Arts Research Lab at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he also held an appointment as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering. Dr. McCullough completed his Ph.D. & M.Phil. degrees in Kinesiology at Columbia University; M.S., Applied Statistics, Columbia University Teachers College; M.A., Dance Education, New York University; B.A. Liberal Arts, Sarah Lawrence College; Professional Diploma, Dance Studies, Laban Dance Conservatoire. He completed his postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Kinesiology in the School of Public Health & Health Sciences at UMass Amherst.

Dr. McCullough studies human activity in relation to health across the lifespan. He programs and evaluates methods for analyzing human activity and health-related signals within single and multi-person movement paradigms using sensors (e.g., accelerometers, 2D/3D cameras, EKG, and others).

McCullough examines associations between wellness and dance exposures both quantitatively and qualitatively. His specific research areas include—movement & health, motion analysis, wearable sensors and 2D/3D camera systems, biometry, children & families, dance behavior.

Dr. McCullough’s research has been funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, National Institutes of Health, and through generous support from foundations, and his laboratory has, or is currently, engaged in research partnerships with the Wolf Trap Institute, the Five College Dance consortium of Five Colleges, Inc., and Dance for PD® of the Mark Morris Dance Group.