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Jesse Dean PhD

Jesse Craig Dean PhD

Co-Division Director, Health and Rehabilitation Science

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  • Associate Professor
  • College of Health Professions
  • Rehabilitation Sciences
Academic Focus
  • Biomechanics
  • Motor control
  • Rehabilitation of human movement
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Education / Training

  • University of Alberta                  Neuroscience                            Postdoctoral fellow        2005 – 2008
  • University of Michigan               Biomedical Engineering              Ph.D.                           2002 - 2005
  • University of Michigan               Biomedical Engineering              M.S.                            2000 - 2002
  • University of Delaware               Biological Sciences                   B.A.                             1996 - 2000
  • University of Delaware               Physics                                    B.A.                             1996 - 2000

Research Summary

My overall research goal is to apply an engineering-based understanding of human movement to the development of effective rehabilitation techniques for clinical populations with limited functional mobility. I am particularly interested in a mechanism-based understanding of human neuromechanics, with a focus on the influence of body biomechanics and sensory feedback on the control of human locomotion. I have extensive experience using experimental and computational modeling studies to investigate the links between the mechanics, neural control, and energetics of human movement. My current areas of research focus on the development of low-cost devices to provide useful gait assistance, the investigation of control strategies used to maintain human gait stability, and the investigation of how sensory feedback is integrated to achieve typical levels of postural and gait function. Each of these lines of research spans the continuum from basic science research in neurologically intact controls to applied interventional research among individuals who have experienced a neurological injury. By addressing our research questions at multiple levels, we maximize the likelihood of effective clinical translation.