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Jonathan S. Akins PhD

Assistant Professor

  • PhD Bioengineering 2013

    University of Pittsburgh (PA)

  • MS Bioengineering 2008

    University of Pittsburgh (PA)

  • BS Mechanical Engineering 2003

    Oklahoma State University (OK)

  • BME 340 Bioinstrumentation

The overall of goal my research is to prevent injuries and enhance mobility of individuals with disabilities by developing new technologies and rehabilitative strategies. I specifically focus on fall prevention in individuals with lower limb loss through biomechanical analyses of postural stability and human movement.

Selected Awards

  • Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh, 2013

  • International Research Fellowship, Università degli Studi di Firenze, 2011

  • Freddie H. Fu Graduate Research Award, University of Pittsburgh, 2011

Selected Publications

  • Akins, Jonathan S., Nicholas R. Heebner NR, Mita T. Lovalekar,  and Timothy C. Sell. "Reliability and Validity of Instrumented Soccer Equipment." Journal of Applied Biomechanics 31, no. 3 (2015): 195201.

  • Akins, Jonathan S., R.A. Cooper, and D.M. Brienza. "Relationship Between Postural Balance Parameters and Gait Asymmetries in Unilateral Transtibial Amputees." Presentation at the American Society of Biomechanics Annual Conference, Columbus, OH, August 58, 2015.

  • Akins, Jonathan S., Peter F. Longo, Maurizio Bertoni, Nicholas C. Clark, Timothy C. Sell, Giorgio Galantilo, and Scott M Lephart. "Postural Stability and Isokinetic Strength Do Not Predict Knee Valgus Angle During Singleleg Droplanding or Singleleg Squat in Elite Male Rugby Union Players." Isokinetics and Exercise Science 21, no. 1 (2013): 3746.

American Society of Biomechanics (ASB), American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME)