Katherine Boyer

Associate Professor
105 Totman Building


B.Sc., Queen’s University,2001; Ph.D., University of Calgary, 2006; Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University.

Area(s) of Specialization: 

Biomechanics, Motion Analysis, Osteoarthritis, Tissue Mechanics, Overuse Injury

Research Description: 

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.

Key Publications: 

Boyer, K.A. (In press) Biomechanical Response to Osteoarthritis Pain Treatment May Impair Therapeutic Efficacy.  Exer. Sport Sci. Rev. Invited Review.

Boyer K.A. Johnson R, Banks J, Jewell, C, Hafer J.F. (2017) Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Gait Mechanics in Young and Older Adults. Exp. Gerontology May 9:95 63-70. PMID 28499954

Hafer, J.F., Brown, A. Boyer K.A. (2017) Exertion and pain do not alter coordination variability in injured runners. Clinical Biomechanics. 47. 73-78. PMID28618309

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. Angst M. Giori, N.J., Asay, J. Andriacchi. (2012) Sensitivity of gait parameters to the effects of anti-inflammatory and opioid treatments in knee osteoarthritis patients.. Journal of Orthopedic Research. 30 (7) 1118-1124.