Texas Tech University

John R. Harry, Ph.D., CSCS

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Researcher: John R. Harry, Ph.D., CSCS

Title: Assistant Professor of Biomechanics

Laboratory: Room 103, Human Performance Laboratory

 

 

 Personal Statement

Dr. Harry specializes in the biomechanical evaluation of human movement. He has specific expertise in the assessment of lower extremity movement execution and control during ambulatory tasks in both healthy and neurologically impaired populations. His previous work has emphasized the identification of unique physical presentations during locomotion in children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). He has obtained both internal and external funding awards to support the pursuit of his research agenda. In Dr. Harry's independent research-only laboratory, he will collaborate with departmental, regional, and national colleagues to test various low-cost, mobile, and feasible treatment interventions aimed at addressing the physical consequences of ASD.

Applications of Expertise to Health Disparity Research

Dr. Harry's testing of various treatment interventions to mitigate physical consequences of ASD is aimed at directly addressing one of the largest health disparities associated with the disorder, specifically the lack of access to adequate resources and therapeutic treatments due the generalized locations of qualified specialists. Although motor dysfunction has yet to be formally included in the diagnostic and treatment criteria for ASD, Dr. Harry and his colleagues consider movement dysfunction to be a core feature of the disorder underpinning the classic social and behavioral symptoms. Identifying beneficial interventions to treat movement dysfunction could improve quality of life in individuals with ASD and their families while also providing easy-to-use, effective, and comprehensive treatments for ASD that do not require frequent and costly visits to generally inaccessible specialists. As such, the projects to be conducted in Dr. Harry's laboratory will have clinical significance and provide direct applications to comprehensive intervention therapies in individuals with ASD.

Laboratory Skills and Capabilities

  • Recording patterns of human movement using two dimensional and three-dimensional motion capture techniques (clinical gait analyses, athletic performance testing, etc.)
  • Measurement of forces applied by humans to produce, change, and/or stop movement under various environmental constraints and/or following specific interventions
  • Monitor changes in neurological activation (electromyography; EMG) relative to the control of voluntary human movement
  • Testing of various movement ability interventions and resistance training protocols for the purpose of improving human function during ambulatory movements

Laboratory Equipment

Note: Items listed are currently in the lab or are in the process of being acquired

  • 10-camera three-dimensional motion capture system (Vicon Motion Systems, Ltd.)
  • Four three-dimensional force platforms (Advanced Mechanical Technology, Inc., Bertec Corporation)
  • Force-instrumented staircase (Advanced Mechanical Technology, Inc.)
  • 16-channel wireless electromyography system (Delsys, Inc.)
  • Two Non-invasive brain stimulators (neuroConn DC-Stimulator Plus)
  • Multiple free-weight and machine-based resistance training stations equipped with necessary accessories and customizable exercise selections (Elitefts; Power Systems, LLC; Again Faster®; York Barbell USA)

Department of Kinesiology & Sport Management

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    Box 43011, Texas Tech University, 2500 Broadway, Lubbock, TX 79409
  • Phone

    806.742.3371