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Abbie Ferris, Ph.D.

Abbie Ferris, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Kinesiology, Nutrition, and Dietetics
College of Natural and Health Sciences

Contact Information

Gunter 2640
Mailing Address
University of Northern Colorado
School of Sport and Exercise Science
Campus Box 39
Greeley, CO 80639


2015 – Ph.D., University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO

2009 – M.S., University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

2004 – M.S., California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, CA

2001 – B.S., California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, CA

Professional/Academic Experience

2012- 2015
University of Northern Colorado – Greeley, CO
Research Assistant
2010 – 2012
Center for the Intrepid, Military Performance Lab, Fort Sam Houston - San Antonio, TX
Research Associate

Research/Areas of Interest

Abbie’s research motivation is to better understand amputee gait and improve functional ability. Currently she is investigating the biomechanical differences between a traditional transtibial amputation and an osteomyoplastic amputation (Ertl). She is specifically interested in identifying how this population performs sit-to-stand tasks and curb negotiation.

Publications/Creative Works

  • Ferris, A.E., Smith, J., Heise, G., Hinrichs, R. N., Martin, P. E. (in press). Predicting Inertial Properties for Individuals with Transtibial Amputation. Journal of Biomechanics.

  • Ferris, Abbie E., et al. "Ertl and Non-Ertl amputees exhibit functional biomechanical differences during the sit-to-stand task." Clinical Biomechanics 44 (2017): 1-6.

  • Smith, J., Ferris, A.E.,Heise, G., Hinrichs, R. N., Martin, P. E. (2014). Oscillation and reaction board techniques for estimating inertial properties of a below-knee prosthesis. Journal of visualized experiments : JoVE(87).

  • Ferris, A.E.,Aldridge, J. M., Rábago, C. A., Wilken, J. M. (2012). Evaluation of a powered ankle-foot prosthetic system during walking. Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation, 93(11), 1911-8.