Abbie Ferris, Ph.D.

Abbie Ferris, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

School of Sport and Exercise Science
College of Natural and Health Sciences

Contact Information

Gunter 2710
Office Hours
Fall 2017: Tuesday 9 - 11; Friday 9 - 11
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.