Dr. Douglas Powell

Assistant Professor of Health Professional Studies

Director, Advanced Interdisciplinary Movement Science Laboratory

PhD, University of Tennessee

MA, East Carolina University

BS, East Carolina University

[email protected]


Location: Room 109, Carrie Rich Hall

Academic Experience Summary

Dr. Powell is an editorial board member for the International Journal of Exercise Science, Journal of Central Nervous System Disease, Central European Journal of Sport Sciences and Medicine and the Journal of Physiotherapy and Exercise. He is also a founding member and past President of the South Central Regional Chapter of the American Society of Biomechanics. Dr. Powell serves as a grant reviewer for the American Heart Association and the National Strength and Conditioning Association. His areas of teaching expertise include clinical biomechanics, research methods and techniques, exercise physiology and neuroscience.  

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
  • Master of Arts, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC
  • Bachelor of Science, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC
Professional Membership
  • International Foot & Ankle Biomechanics Community
  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • American Society of Biomechanics
  • National Strength & Conditioning Association
  • Gait & Clinical Movement Analysis Society
  • South Central Regional Chapter of the American Society of Biomechanics
  • South East Regional Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine
  • Eastern Carolina Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience
Research Interests
  • Biomechanical & Neurophysiological adaptations in healthy and pathological movement
  • Sensory integration in healthy and pathological neuromuscular systems
  • Aberrant foot function and lower extremity injury mechanisms
  • Mechanical, neurophysiological and perceptual manifestations of fatigue
Research Publications (selected from 33)
  • Ulm, H.M., Windsor, B.*, Dedrick, G., Powell, D.W. Comparison of ankle taping and bracing on ankle biomechanics during landing in functional ankle instability. Cent Eur J Sport Sci Med, 2015; In Press.
  • Powell, D.W. & Williams, D.S. Effect of opposing postural feedback paradigms on traditional and nonlinear measures of postural stability. Hum Movement Sci, 2015; In Press.
  • Padulo, J., Powell, D.W., Ardigo, L.P., Viggiano, D. Modifications in activation of lower limb muscles as a function of initial foot position in cycling. J Electromyogr Kines, 2015; In Press.
  • Powell, DW, Walker, M.M.*, Reed-Jones, R.J., Bunn, J.A. Peripheral artery disease and activity-induced shifts in quadriceps median frequency during treadmill walking: a preliminary study. Cent Eur J Sport Sci Med, 2015; In Press.
  • Erhardt, J., Windsor, B.A.*, Hoekstra, C., Rutt, R.A., Powell, D. The immediate effect of atlanto-axial high velocity thrust techniques on blood flow in the vertebral artery: a randomized control trial. Manual Ther, 2015; In Press.
  • Murray, N.G.*, Salvatore, A.P., Powell, D.W., Reed-Jones, R.J. Reliability and validity evidence of multiple balance assessments in concussed athletes. J Athl Training. 2014; 49(4): 540-549.
  • Reed-Jones, R.J., Murray, N.G.*, Powell, D.W. Clinical assessment of balance in concussed adults. Semin Speech Lang. 2014; 35(03): 186-195.
  • Powell, D.W., Muthumani, A., Xia, R.P. Parkinson’s disease is associated with greater regularity of repetitive voluntary movements. Motor Control. 2014; 18:263-277.
  • Padulo, J., Tilocca, A., Powell, D., Granatelli, G., Bianco, A., Paoli, A. EMG amplitude of the biceps femoris during jumping compared to landing movements. Springerplus. 2014; 2:520. 
  • Powell, D., Williams, D.S. 3rd, Windsor, B.A.*, Butler, R.J., Zhang, S. Dynamic stiffness of the ankle is greater in high- compared to low-arched athletes during barefoot running. Hum Movement Sci. 2014; 34: 147 - 156.
  • Ambati, V.N.P.*, Saucedo, F. *, Murray, N.G. *, Powell, D., Reed-Jones, R.J. Constraining eye movement when redirecting walking trajectories alters turning control in healthy young adults. Exp Brain Res. 2014; 226(4), 549-556.
  • Padulo, J., Powell, D., Milia, R., Ardigo, LP. (2013) A paradigm of uphill running. PLoS ONE, 2013; 8 (7): e69006.
  • Powell, D., Williams, D.S., Butler, R. A comparison of two multi-segment foot models in high- and low-arched athletes. J Am Podiat Med Assn. 2013; 103(2): 99-105.
  • Powell, D., Hanson, N.J. *, Long, B* and Williams, D.S. Frontal plane kinematics and kinetics in high- and low-arched female athletes during a landing task.  Clin J Sport Med. 2012; 22(5): 430-435.
  • Powell, D., Long, B.*, Milner, C., Zhang, S. Effects of vertical loading on arch kinematics in high- and low-arched females using a multi-segment foot model. J Appl Biomech. 2012; 28; 165-73.
  • Powell, D., Clowers, K., Keefer, M., Zhang, S. Alterations in neuromuscular activation patterns in short-leg walking boots. J Sport Health Sci. 2012; 1 (1); 43-8.
  • Powell, D., Threlkeld, A.J., Fang, X., Muthumani, A., Xia, R.P. Amplitude- and velocity-dependency of rigidity measured at the wrist Parkinson’s disease. Clin Neurophysiol. 2012; 123 (4), p. 764-773.
  • Xia, R.P., Powell, D., Rymer, W.Z., Hanson, N.J.*, Fang, X., Threlkeld, A.J. Differentiation between the contributions of shortening reaction and stretch-induced inhibition to rigidity in Parkinson’s disease. Exp Brain Res. 2011; 209: 609-618.
  • Powell, D., Hanson, N.J.*, Fang, X., Threlkeld, A.J., Xia, R.P. Enhancement of parkinsonian rigidity with contralateral muscle contractions. Clin Neurophysiol. 2011; 122: 1595-1601.

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