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Former Austinite gets doctorate

Mark Hecimovich, formerly of Austin, has been awarded a PhD from Murdoch University in Perth, Australia.

His research is grounded in the applications of the Rasch measurement model, a statistical model utilized in the validation of measurement scales. Dr. Hecimovich has been a Senior Lecturer, assistant professor and academic chair of Sports Science at Murdoch University since 2005, having previously practiced in Austin and Mayo Clinic Health System in Austin — formerly Austin Medical Center — as a certified athletic trainer and chiropractor. He also worked in three Olympics as an athletic trainer and doctor. His current research is examining the effect of prophylactic bracing and taping of the knee on muscle firing patterns and balance in lower extremity (calf) muscle.

He graduated from Austin High School in 1983 and is the son of Norman and Helen Hecimovich.