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Steven Gard

Research Associate Professor of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Research Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering


2145 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60208-3109

312-238-6525Email Steven Gard


Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests

We are investigating human movement, particularly in areas of rehabilitation.

Many of our projects focus on the biomechanics of able-bodied and pathological gait. Our goal is to better understand normal gait, and to use that knowledge to evaluate and improve the gait of persons who walk with prosthetic or orthotic devices. Results from our work may enable us to develop more functional lower-extremity prosthetic and orthotic components.


Gard, S.A. and Konz, R.J. (2003). The Effect of a Shock Absorbing Pylon on the Gait of Persons with Unilateral Trans-Tibial Amputation. Journal for Rehabilitation Research and Development, 40(2), 109-124.

Gard, S.A. and Childress, D.S. (2001). What Determines the Vertical Displacement of the Body During Normal Walking? JPO: Journal of Prosthetics and Orthotics, 13(3), 64-67.

Hansen, A.H., Gard, S.A. and Childress, D.S. (2000). The Determination of Foot/Ankle Roll-Over Shape: Clinical and Research Applications. Chapter from Pediatric Gait: A New Millenium in Clinical Care and Motion Analysis Technology, pp 159-165.

Michaud, S.B., Gard, S.A. and Childress, D.S. (2000). A Preliminary Investigation of Pelvic Obliquity Patterns During Gait in Transtibial and Transfemoral Amputees. Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development, 37(1), pp. 1-10.

Gard, S.A. and Childress, D.S. (1999). The Influence of Stance-Phase Knee Flexion on the Vertical Displacement of the Trunk During Normal Walking. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 80(1), 26-32.