Vanderbilt University
Institute of Imaging Science

Crystal Coolbaugh, Ph.D.

Sr Staff Scientist

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I am interested in creating quantitative tools and solutions to explore the impact of human movement on health and physiology. In pursuit of this goal, my research incorporates elements of musculoskeletal biomechanics, physiology, ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging, and electromechanical design.


I provide engineering, clinical research, and project management support for multiple human research studies at the VUIIS. Current project areas include the study of: (i) human brown adipose tissue, (ii) human skeletal muscle, and (iii) peripheral vascular physiology.


Kiernan, D., Hawkins, D., Manoukian, M., McKallip, M., Oelsner, L., Caskey, C., & Coolbaugh, C. Accelerometer-Based Prediction of Running Injury in National Collegiate Athletic Association Track Athletes. Journal of Biomechanics. 2018, 73, 201-209.

Coolbaugh, C.L., Bush, E.C., Galenti, E.S., Welch, E.B., & Towse, T.F. An Individualized, Perception-Based Protocol to Investigate Human Physiological Responses to Cooling. Frontiers in Physiology. 2018, 9:195.

Tierney, J., Coolbaugh, C, Towse, T, & Byram, B. Adaptive Clutter Demodulation for Non-Contrast Ultrasound Perfusion Imaging. IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging. 2017, 36(9), 1979-1991.

Coolbaugh, C.L., Bush, E.C., Caskey, C.F., Damon, B.M., & Towse, T.F. FloWave.US: a validated, open source, and flexible software for ultrasound blood flow analysis. Journal of Applied Physiology. 2016, 121(4), 849-857.

Coolbaugh, C. L., Raymond, S.C., & Hawkins, D.A. Feasibility of a Dynamic Web Guidance Approach for Personalized Physical Activity Prescription Based on Daily Information from Wearable Technology. 2015, JMIR Research Protocols. 4(2):e67.