Jason Wingert, Ph.D., P.T.

Associate Professor of Health & Wellness

Contact Information

  • jwingert@unca.edu
  • 828-250-2341
  • 461 Sherrill Center

Office Hours

  • Friday 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  • Note: Or by appointment.

Jason Wingert, Ph.D., P.T., is an associate professor of Health and Wellness at the University of North Carolina Asheville. He received his master's degree in physical therapy from the University of Missouri-Columbia and his doctorate in Movement Science from Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Wingert worked as a pediatric physical therapist before earning his doctorate. His clinical experiences fueled his research, which quantified sensory deficits in young people with cerebral palsy and related those sensory changes to specific central nervous system abnormalities using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). In 2008, Dr. Wingert was awarded the Young Investigator award by the Child Neurology Society. In addition to his work on cerebral palsy, he is now expanding his earlier research by investigating the role that age-related somatosensory changes play in increasing fall risk across the lifespan. Dr. Wingert is also Director of the UNC Asheville Balance Laboratory, where he and his team recently completed a large clinical research study on balance, proprioception, and aging. He regularly teaches Functional Anatomy, Human Physiology, and Pathophysiology of Chronic Conditions. The latter course is part of a multidisciplinary cluster of courses called Food for Thought, which investigates different aspects of food, food systems, and food culture. Jason also loves playing the upright bass and gardening.


  • Ph.D. in Movement Science from Washington University in St. Louis with an emphasis on neuroscience of sensorimotor systems
  • Master's Degree in Physical Therapy from University of Missouri-Columbia

Courses Taught

  • HWP 294 Human Physiology
  • HWP 373 Genetic and Evolutionary Principles of Health
  • HWP 455 Pathophysiology of Chronic Illnesses and Conditions
  • HWP 459 Senior Seminar in Health and Wellness
  • HWP 499 Undergraduate Research
  • NEUR 480 Neuroscience Seminar
  • LA 478 Cultivating Global Citizenship

Peer-Reviewed Publications