Drew Smith

Professor Director, Motion Analysis Research Center PhD

Programs and Courses Taught

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Doctor of Occupational Therapy

PT 724, PT 725, OT 715, OT 722, OT 730

About Me

From the time I started my undergraduate education, I consider my life to have been truly blessed. I was fortunate to have taken most of my first year BPE classes and labs at the McMaster University Medical Centre, a cutting-edge medical school and one of the pioneers of problem-based learning. I felt at home in such a high-powered academic environment and I wanted to be part of this exciting life. I went on to get my Masters of Human Kinetics at the University of Windsor, then my PhD at the University of Waterloo, where, not only did I work under the supervision of Professor David A. Winter, but I was fortunate to have been awarded the prestigious Postgraduate Scholarship from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Council (NSERC) of Canada.

My career has taken me and my family to Sydney Australia, Hong Kong (twice), England, New Zealand as well as our home, Canada, and now to America. I have taught students in podiatry, physiotherapy, physical education, sport sciences, and even engineering. My research collaborators are from all over the world. It's a great life!


My post-secondary education has focused on human movement across a wide spectrum including physical education, sport, and healthcare.

Teaching Interests

Biomechanics and Motor Control of Human Movement

Scholarly Interests

Biomechanics and Motor Control of Posture, Balance, and Gait


Smith, A.W. & Wong, D.P. (In Press) Sagittal and frontal plane gait initiation kinetics in healthy, young subjects. Journal of Human Kinetics.
Sam, K.L, Smith, A.W. & Lo, S.K.  (2017). Visual cognition and dynamic balance in persons with autism spectrum disorder.  International Journal of Social Science and Humanity, 7(5), 274-277. doi:10.18178/ijssh.2017.7.5.833.
Harris Adamson C., Bailey J. & Smith A.W. (2016). Is perching the new paradigm? The assessment of a new working posture. Orthopedic Physical Therapy Practice.
Sam, K.L. & Smith, A.W.  (2015). Tennis serve performance in rested and exhaustion conditions of college-level players.  International Journal of Development Research. 5(5): 4418-4421
Sam, K.L., Chu, S.S.W & Smith, A.W.  (2014). Physical Education under the new curriculum reform in Hong Kong.  Asian Journal of Physical Education and Recreation, 19(1), 55-63.
Wong, D.P., Ngo, K.L., Tse, M.A. & Smith, A.W.  (2013). Using bench press load to predict upper body exercise loads in physically active individuals.  Journal of Sport Science and Medicine, 11, 38-43. [Impact Factor (2011) 0.676].
Smith, A.W. & Wong, D.P. (2012). Effects of window size on ankle joint stiffness calculation during quiet standing: how the rule changes the result.   Journal of Biomechanics, 45, 2301-2305 [Impact Factor (2011) 2.463].
Smith, A.W., Ulmer, F.F. & Wong, D.P. (2012). Gender differences in postural stability among children.  Journal of Human Kinetics, 33:25-32. [Impact Factor (2012) 0.40].
Wong, D.P., Chan, G.S. & Smith, A.W.  (2012). Repeated sprint and change–of–direction abilities in physically active individuals and soccer players: training and testing implications. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 26(9): 2324–2330  [Impact Factor (2011) 1.85].
Wong, D.P., Chaouachi, A., Dellal, A. & Smith, A.W. (2012).  Comparison of ground reaction forces and contact times between two lateral plyometric exercises.  International Journal of Sports Medicine, 3(8), 647-653. [Impact Factor (2011) 2.40]. 

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

International Society of Biomechanics
Gait and Clinical Movement Analysis Society

Community Service

University of San Francisco (Department of Kinesiology)
Emeryville Sports Physical Therapy
UCSF/UCB Ergonomics Research & Graduate Training Program