Texas Tech University

John R. Harry, Ph.D., CSCS


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

Title: Assistant Professor of Biomechanics

Laboratory: Room 103, Human Performance Laboratory (Twitter: @TTU_Biomech)



 Personal Statement

Dr. Harry is an applied biomechanist who studies 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 research agenda centers on 1) the identification of unique physical presentations during locomotion in children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and 2) physical performance assessments in athlete and tactical populations.

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: the lack of access to adequate resources and therapeutic treatments. Identifying novel 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. Dr. Harry's work provides direct applications to intervention therapies in individuals with ASD.

Laboratory Skills and Capabilities

  • Two dimensional and three-dimensional motion capture measurement techniques
  • Force platform testing and analysis
  • Muscle activation assessments via surface electromyography
  • Resistance exercise assessment and programming

Laboratory Equipment

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

  • 12-camera three-dimensional motion capture system (Vicon Motion Systems)
  • 6-camera three-dimensional motion capture system for mobile testing (Vicon Motion Systems)
  • 4 three-dimensional force platforms (Advanced Mechanical Technology, Inc., Bertec Corporation)
  • 1 portable force platform (Advanced Mechanical Technology, Inc.)
  • Force-instrumented staircase
  • 16-channel wireless electromyography system (Delsys, Inc.)
  • 1 Non-invasive brain stimulator (Caputron)
  •  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
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