Department of Rehabilitation Sciences
Assistant Professor Adam Goodworth, PhD, has expertise in motor control, biomechanics, and balance control as it pertains to rehabilitation sciences. His background in biomedical engineering and neuroscience contributes to a multi-disciplinary perspective in the class and laboratory settings. The courses he primarily teaches include Motor Control, Kinesiology Lab, and Scientific Inquiry series (research based courses). Goodworth also regularly mentors engineering students in research and Senior Capstone projects.
Goodworth is primarily interested in the scholarship of discovery in the area of human balance control. His overall approach is to use engineering based methods and perspectives to identify factors that compromise balance and to identify mechanisms (especially related sensory feedback) used to maintain balance. He investigates balance in various populations, including neurological disorders, elderly, and amputees. His scholarship is multi-disciplinary in nature, drawing upon engineering and neuroscience / rehabilitation sciences. His research training in this field was primarily at Oregon Health & Science University under Robert Peterka and Fay Horak.