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Katherine Boyer

Assistant Professor

Primary research focus is in the area of the lower extremity mechanics during locomotion and the mechanisms for adaptations in ambulatory mechanics in aging, with overuse injury and in response to mechanical and pharmacological interventions. This research uses a stimulus response experimental model to probe interaction between gait mechanics, neuromuscular function, systemic biological marker and joint injury and degeneration.  A related interest is the development of non-invasive interventions such as shoes or apparel to stimulate or support functional needs to enhance sports performance, minimize injury risk and/or reduce painful disease symptoms.

Learn more at www.umass.edu/sphhs/person/faculty/katherine-boyer

Academic Background

  • BSc Queen's University, 2001
  • PhD University of Calgary, 2006
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Standford University


Boyer K.A., Hafer J.F. (2019) The impact of exercise-induced osteoarthritis pain flares on walking kinematics, kinetics and muscle co-contraction. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders. 20:107
Hafer J.F., Kent J, Boyer K.A. (2019) Physical activity and age-related biomechanical risk factors for knee osteoarthritis. Gait and Posture. 70. 24-29
Jewell C, von Tscharner V, Hamill J, Boyer, K.A, (2019) Altered multi-muscle coordination patterns in habitual forefoot runners during a prolonged run. European Journal of Sport Sciences. Epub. Feb 8:1-10.
Boyer, K.A. (2018) Biomechanical Response to Osteoarthritis Pain Treatment May Impair Therapeutic Efficacy. Exer. Sport Sci. Rev. Invited Review. Apr. 46 (2) 121-128.
Boyer K.A. and Andriacchi, T.P., (2016) The nature of age-related differences in knee function during walking: Implication for the development of knee osteoarthritis. Plos One Dec 14;11(12) PMCID 5156354
Boyer, K.A., Federolf, P, Lin, C. Nigg, B.M., Andriacchi, T.P (2012) Kinematic adaptations to a variable stiffness shoe: mechanisms for reducing joint loading. Journal of Biomechanics. 45 (9), 1619-1624.
Boyer, K.A. Angst M. Giori, N.J., Asay, J. Andriacchi. (2012) Effects of COX-2 selective anti-inflammatory and opioid on gait mechanics in knee osteoarthritis patients. Journal of Orthopedic Research. 30 (7). 1118-1124.
Boyer K.A., Kiratli B.K., Andriacchi T.P. and Beaupre G.S . (2011) Maintaining femoral bone density in adults: is 10,000 steps enough? Osteoporosis International.22 (12) 2981-2988.
Boyer K.A, Andriacchi T.P.,(2009). Changes in running kinematics and kinetics in response to a rockered shoe intervention. Clinical Biomechanics (Bristol , Avon ) 24(10):872-6
Boyer, K. A., Beaupre, G.S., Andriacchi, T.P., 2008. Gender differences exist in the hip joint moments of healthy older walkers. Journal of Biomechanics, 41, 3360-3365