Stephen W. Hill

Assistant Professor Laboratory Manager, Motion Analysis Research Center PhD

Programs and Courses Taught

Doctor of Occupational Therapy

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Podiatric Medicine

Motion Analysis Research Center

OT715 Scholarly Writing, OT722 Guided Research, OT730 Research Synthesis Project, PM794 3rd Year Biomechanics Rotation, PT724 & PT726 Functional Anatomy, Biomechanics and Kinesiology I&II: group motion analysis projects, GENED748 Neuro Bases of Posture Balance Gait

About Me

Before becoming the Laboratory Manager of the MARC, Steve collaborated in, developed, and managed multidisciplinary clinical and research motion analysis labs in Canada and the US, and taught several biomechanics courses.  He has over 25 years of experience in kinesiology and biomechanics of human movement.  His clinical and research work has included orthotics & prosthetics, back injury, and neurological disorders (cerebral palsy, myelomeningocele, stroke, multiple sclerosis, incomplete spinal cord injury, Alzheimer disease and related disorders, post-polio). 


Steve received his Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology at the University of Waterloo (Canada) and then performed clinical service with foot orthotics, specialized footwear, and back injury rehabilitation before being recruited as director of the Motion Analysis Lab at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.  He completed an Master of Science degree , and PhD in Kinesiology (Biomechanics) at the University of Waterloo Gait and Posture Laboratory  (Canada), and followed up with a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Mobility at Toronto Rehab Institute / Sunnybrook Hospital / University of Toronto.  

Teaching Interests

* Biomechanics and motor control of human gait and posture.
* Kinematics, kinetics, electromyography, posturography
* Clinical and research applications of motion analysis
* Instrumented gait analysis and balance testing.
* Safe mobility, fall prevention.

Scholarly Interests

Dr. Hill's research focus is on clinical and occupational applications of quantitative biomechanics and control of gait and posture.  


Breger Stanton D, Hill SW (2019) Effects of Selected Interventions Through Use of 3-D motion analysis of Upper Extremity Performance of Individuals Post Cerebral Vascular Accident.  AOTA (American Occupational Therapy Association) Annual Conference & Expo (New Orleans, LA, April 4-7, 2019).

Hill S, Choate C, Dutra T, Smith A, Chen L, Ralstin S, Kenwood I, Cripe K, Tong L (2018) Maximalist running shoes compared to neutral running shoes: lower limb kinetics during running. Gait and Clinical Movement Analysis Society Conference Proceedings, Indianapolis IN, May 22 - 25, 2018.

(Harris) Adamson C , Lam E, Hill S, Smith A (2017)  Biomechanical evaluation of hotel luxury bed making while using a mattress lift tool and fitted sheets.  Proceedings of 8th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics and the Affiliated Conferences, Los Angeles, CA, USA, July: p. 1152.

Hill S, Hsu J, Li Y, Fernie G (2009) Case study of gait kinematics during slip and recovery on an icy surface.  Proceedings of XVIII Annual meeting of the European Society of Movement Analysis for Adults and Children, London, UK, Gait & Posture, 30(Supplement): S119 - S120, P59.

Li Y, Hill SW, Row B, McIlroy WE, Mihailidis A, and Fernie GR (2007) Walk in the cold: body temperature and heart rate during North American winter.  Proceedings of XXI Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics, Taipei, Taiwan, July 1-5, Journal of Biomechanics, 40(Supplement 2): S334 - S334.

Gage W, Zabjek K, Hill S, McIlroy W  (2007)  Parallels in control of voluntary and perturbation-evoked reach-to-grasp movements: EMG and kinematics, Experimental Brain Research, August, 2007, 181(4): 627-637.

Key personnel (collecting and interpreting the experimental data) in: Pop C, Khajepour A, Huisson JP, and Patla AE (2003) Experimental/Analytical Analysis of Human Locomotion Using Bondgraphs.  Transactions of the ASME, Journal of Biomechanical Engineering, Vol.125, August 2003: 490-498.

Hill SW, Patla AE, Perry SD, Ishac MG, Marigold DS  (2001)  Base of support changes ensure a constant stability margin following unexpected lateral trunk perturbations during over-ground walking.  In Control of Posture and Gait.  Editors: Jacques Duysens, Bouwien C.M. Smits-Engelsman and Herman Kingma.  pp. 436-438.

Hill SW, Patla AE, Ishac MG, Adkin AL, Supan TJ, and Barth DG (1999)  Altered kinetic strategy for the control of swing limb elevation over obstacles in unilateral below-knee amputee gait.  Journal of Biomechanics, 32(5): 545-549.

Hill SW, Patla AE, Ishac MG, Adkin AL, Supan TJ, and Barth DG (1997)  Kinematic patterns of participants with a below knee prosthesis stepping over obstacles of various heights during locomotion.  Gait & Posture , Dec. 1997; 6: 186-192.

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

Co-chair, with Rhea Kimpo PhD: SMU Faculty Development Committee, Samuel Merritt University, Sept 2018 – present; Spring Scholarship Symposium April 2019.

Member of a developing board for American Board of Multiple Specialties in Podiatry (ABMSP) Standards Development Organization (SDO), an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) accredited medical specialty board.

Gait and Clinical Movement Analysis Society:
Elected Chair of the Standards Council, 2017-present.
Presenter, Podium and Poster awards, Frisco TX, March 2019.
Reviewer, Scientific Abstracts Committee for 2019 Conference, Nov 2018.
Co-moderator, Sports Podium Session, Salt Lake City, UT, May 2017.
Reviewer, Scientific Presentations, Memphis TN, May 2016.
Member since 1996 (society originally named North American Society of Gait and Clinical Movement Analysis)

Member of International Society for Posture and Gait Research 1997-

Adhoc article reviewer for Journal of Biomechanics, 2016

Reviewed a proposal of a new textbook on Biomechanics (requested by the publisher), 2016

Ad hoc article reviewer for Journal of Motor Behavior, 2003.

Community Service

National Biomechanics Day
Hands-on biomechanics demonstrations in the Motion Analysis Research Center for Alameda High School Sports Medicine class and FACES group with the assistance of SMU students from CSPM, PT, and OT, April 10, 2019.

Alameda High School Sports Medicine class, for Joey Villena and Craig Elliot Hands-on biomechanics demonstrations in the Motion Analysis Research Center
Dec 7, 2018

Balance & Safety presentation with Drew Smith and Ciara Cox. Allen Temple Baptist Church, Oakland CA, October 4, 2018.

Learn 5 easy steps for preventing falls
A public service announcement video posted on SMU Facebook page
Falls Prevention Awareness Day, Sept 22, 2016
Mirrored on YouTube:

Jackson Orthopedic Foundation, Oakland, California, U.S.A.
Mentor undergraduate summer interns, tour Motion Analysis Research Center: 2016, 2017, 2018.

Honors & Awards

University of Waterloo Graduate Scholarships 1997-2001

Co-Primary Investigator ($4,970 SMU Faculty Research Seed Grant awarded December 16, 2015) with Dr. Timothy Dutra (CSPM): The efficacy of custom foot orthoses in the protection from non-contact anterior cruciate ligament injuries at the knee. 

Co-Primary Investigator with Donna Breger-Stanton (OT) (SMU Faculty Research Seed Grant: $5,000 awarded) for “Within Sessions Effects of Selected Physical Rehabilitation Interventions for a Dysfunctional Upper Extremity Using Electromyography”.