University of Washington

Department of Rehabilitation Medicine

Current PhD Students
Andrew Sawers


Why did you choose rehabilitation science at the UW?

I chose the program at the UW because of the wide range of opportunities that are available and to work in the motion analysis lab at the VA with a team of investigators.

Why did you choose interdisciplinary education?

I chose to pursue an interdisciplinary education to help provide a more global perspective on many of my specific research questions/interests.

What are your research interests/working on?

My research interests include lower limb biomechanics and the neural control of locomotion, with specific emphasis on locomotor adaptation and re-learning. I am interested in how different locomotor objectives or demands (stability, shock attenuation, cognitive demand, mechanical work ect.) are organized during locomotor adaptation, how this influences the locomotor adaptation process and subsequently locomotor re-learning.

Currently I am wrapping up an exploratory study examining how the identification of the center of rotation in non-articulated prosthetic feet affects kinetic estimates during walking among transtibial amputees. I am also wrapping up a systematic review on the impact of microprocessor controlled prosthetic knees on outcomes among individuals with transfemoral limb loss.

What is your professional background?

Prior to enrolling in the PhD program in Rehabilitation Sciences at the UW I obtained my Masters in Prosthetics and Orthotics from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta Georgia. Following graduation I worked as a prosthetist/orthotist for three years at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

What classes would you recommend taking your first year?

Take the Biostatistics series as soon as you can.

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