Who We Are

Welcome to the Stanford Female Athlete Science and Translational Research (FASTR) Program, led by Dr. Emily Kraus. Committed to closing the gender gap in sports science research, our program conducts original research on female athletes while translating these findings into practical insights for female athletes and their advocates. By delving into the unique needs of women in sports, we’re helping to reshape the sports science landscape and address the unique challenges female athletes face through rigorous research. Join us in driving positive change, promoting inclusivity, and elevating the potential of female athletes through scientific innovation and actionable information.

Our Vision

We Believe…

We believe in creating an inclusive environment for all girls and women in sports. Your health in and out of sport is important, and this material is for you. 

Our goal is that the FASTR platform can inform, inspire, and empower female athletes of all levels and backgrounds. We believe that universal access to research-led and science-driven knowledge is just as essential to health and longevity in sport as the gear you use and wear. We hope to arm female athletes with the information needed to inspire confidence in your unique physiology. 

 

Wu Tsai Human Performance Alliance

Our research is supported by the Stanford Wu Tsai Human Performance Alliance, a collaborative research initiative that seeks to improve the health and well-being of all people through the study of peak human performance. The Wu Tsai Human Performance Alliance is an interdisciplinary effort made up of six primary hubs leading cutting edge research to advance this field of study and translate it into practice in sports medicine and beyond. The six hubs include Stanford University, Boston Children’s Hospital, The University of Kansas, University of Oregon, the Salk Institute, and University of California San Diego.

The Female Athlete Program at Boston Children’s Hospital

The FASTR research team works in partnership with the Female Athlete Program at Boston Children’s Hospital, led by Dr. Kate Ackerman. This partnership brings together experts in sports medicine, epidemiology, psychology, social work, nutrition, and more to address all aspects of female athlete health and performance.  

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FASTR Research Team

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Emily Kraus, MD

FASTR Program Director

Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

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Abby McIntyre, BS

Lead Clinical Research Coordinator

Stanford Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

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Morgan Smith, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar- Snyder Lab

Stanford Medicine

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Kristin Sainani, PhD

Biostatistician

Associate Professor with Health Research and Policy at Stanford University

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Research Collaborators

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Alia Crum, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychology

Stanford University

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Anthony Hackney, PhD, DSc

Professor Exercise Physiology & Nutrition

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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Jen Carlson, MD

Clinical Professor, Pediatrics- Adolescent Medicine

Stanford Medicine

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Julie Kolesar, PhD

Research Engineer

Human Performance Lab

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Julie McCleery, PhD

Director of Research-Practice Partnerships

University of Washington- Center for Leadership in Athletics

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Kathryn E. Ackerman, MD, MPH

Director, Female Athlete Program, Boston Children's Hospital

Boston Children’s, Human Performance Alliance at Boston Children’s Hospital

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Katie Clayton, BA

PhD Candidate- Department of Political Science

Stanford University

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Kevin Shea, MD

Professor of Orthopedic Surgery

Stanford Medicine

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Kristy Popp, PhD

Research Associate

U.S. Army & Harvard Medical School

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Michael Fredericson, MD

Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Stanford Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Stanford Athletics

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Michelle Barrack, PhD, RD, CSSD

Associate Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics

California State University, Long Beach

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Monica Grover, MD

Clinical Professor, Pediatrics- Endocrinology and Diabetes

Stanford Medicine

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Scott Delp, PhD

DIRECTOR, HUMAN PERFORMANCE ALLIANCE AT STANFORD

James H. Clark Professor of Bioengineering and Mechanical Engineering

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Scott Uhlrich, PhD

Research Engineer

Human Performance Lab

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Seth Sherman, MD

Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Stanford Medicine, Stanford Athletics

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Stephanie Pun, MD

Clinical Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Stanford Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

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Trent Stellingwerff, PhD

Senior Advisor, Research & Development

Canadian Sport Institute Pacific

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Summer Research Students

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Maya Doms

2023 WU TSAI HUMAN PERFORMANCE UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH STUDENT

Stanford University

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Nadia Hemmat

2023 WU TSAI HUMAN PERFORMANCE UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH STUDENT

Stanford University

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Julia Flora

2023 WU TSAI HUMAN PERFORMANCE UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH STUDENT

Stanford University

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Katie Duong

2022 Wu Tsai Human Performance Undergraduate Research Student

Stanford University

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Tatum Boyd

2022 Wu Tsai Human Performance Undergraduate Research Student

Stanford University

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Austin Stoner

Stanford MedScholars 2022 Research Student

Stanford School of Medicine

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Stephanie Guzman

2022 Women in Sports Tech (WiST) Fellow

University of Southern California

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Mahala Walker

Summer 2021 Stanford Orthopaedics Research Intern

University of Kentucky Medical School

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Jayden Glover

Summer 2021 Stanford Orthopaedics Research Intern

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

Community Collaborators

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Women in Sports Tech

Collaborating Non-Profit Organization

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Voice In Sport Foundation

Collaborating Non-Profit Organization

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