Susan D’Andrea

  • Assistant Professor
  • Kinesiology
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  • Office Location: Independence Square, Suite P, Room 224


Susan E. D’Andrea, Ph.D. is a biomedical engineer specializing in musculoskeletal biomechanics. Previously, Dr. D’Andrea was a researcher at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Ohio and has held faculty positions at Brown University, Barry University, Florida International University and Cleveland State University. She held the position of Director of Clinical Research at Afferent Corporation, a small startup company in Rhode Island and served as the Director of Virtual Reality and Motion Analysis Rehabilitation Laboratory at the Providence VA Medical Center. Dr. D’Andrea has worked in the field of musculoskeletal biomechanics for the past 20 years has experience in pediatric gait, amputee gait, running biomechanics, balance and posture, stroke and neuromotor control. . She has worked on projects funded from NASA, National Institute of Health (NIH), the Department of Defense (DoD), Department of Veterans Affairs as well as industry sponsored projects. Dr. D’Andrea received her bachelors degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Connecticut, a masters degree in bioengineering from Clemson University and a doctorate in biomedical engineering from the Ohio State University.


Musculoskeletal biomechanics, Neuromotor control, Motion analysis, Virtual reality, Rehabilitation


  • Ph.D., The Ohio State University
  • M.S., Clemson University
  • B.S., University of Connecticut

Selected Publications

Abtahi, Mohammadreza , Constant, Nicholas P. , Gyllinsky, Joshua V., Paesang, Brandon , D’Andrea, Susan E. , Akbar, Umer and Mankodiya, Kunal. ” WearUp: Wearable Smart Textiles for Telemedicine Intervention of Movement Disorders” 1: Wearable Technology in Medicine and Health Care, edited by Raymond Kai-Yu Tong, Elsevier Academic Press., 2018, pp. 55-62.

Mohammadreza Abtahi, Joshua V. Gyllinsky, Brandon Paesang, Scott Barlow, Matthew Constant, Nicholas Gomes, Oliver Tully, Susan D’Andrea, Kunal Mankodiya MagicSox: An E-Textile IoT System to Quantify Gait Abnormalities. Smart Health. 2018

Matthew Williams, Susan E. D’Andrea, Hugh Herr. Impact on Gait Biomechanics of Using a Variable Impedance Prosthetic Knee. Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation. 2016; Jun 10; 13(1):54.

Christopher K. Rhea, Adam W. Kiefer, Susan E. D’Andrea, SE, William H. Warren and Roy K. Aaron. Entrainment to a real time fractal visual stimulus modulates fractal gait dynamics. Human Movement Science, 36, 20-34, 2014.

Susan D’Andrea, Natalie Wilheim, Anne K. Silverman, and Alena M. Grabowski. Does use of a powered ankle-foot prosthesis restore whole-body angular momentum during walking at different speeds? Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, 472:3044, 2014.

Alena Grabowski and Susan D’Andrea. Effects of a powered ankle-foot prosthesis on kinetic loading of the unaffected leg during level-ground walking. Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation Jun 7;10:49, 2013. PMID: 23758860.

Damian Stephen, Bethany J. Therrien, James B. Niemi, Jason Franz, D. Casey Kerrigan and Susan E. D’Andrea.  Baseline-Dependent Effect of Noise-Enhanced Insoles on Gait Variability in Healthy Elderly Walkers. Gait and Posture 2012 36(6):537-40.

Fan Zhang, Susan D’Andrea, Michael Nunnery, Steven M. Kay, He Huang.  Towards Design of a Stumble Detection System for Artificial Legs. IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems & Rehabilitation Engineering, Oct;19(5):567-77, 2011.

Joel Stein, Richard Hughes, Susan D’Andrea, Bethany Therrien, James Niemi, Katherine Krebs, Lisa Langone and Jason Harry.  Stochastic resonance stimulation for upper limb rehabilitation poststroke American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 89(9):697-705, 2010.

Daniel E. Lieberman, Madhusudhan Venkadesan, William A. Werbel, Adam I. Daoud, Susan D’Andrea, Irene S. Davis, Robert Ojiambo Mang’Eni & Yannis Pitsiladis. Foot strike patterns and collision forces in habitually barefoot versus shod runners. Nature, Jan 28;463(7280):531-5, 2010.