Selected Publications

Articles In Academic Journals

Year Title
2018 Intraindividual variability of neuromotor function predicts falls risk in older adults and those with type 2 diabetesJournal of Motor Behavior. 1-10.
2018 Neuromotor and cognitive responses of adults with autism spectrum disorder compared to neurotypical adultsExperimental Brain Research. 1-12.
2017 Differences in pattern of variability for lower extremity kinematics between walking and running.Gait & Posture. 111-115.
2017 Differences in postural tremor dynamics with age and neurological diseaseExperimental Brain Research. 1719-1729.
2017 Supervised Balance Training and Wii Fit-Based Exercises Lower Falls Risk in Older Adults With Type 2 Diabetes.Journal of the American Medical Directors Association.
2017 The impact of speed and time on gait dynamicsHuman Movement Science. 320-330.
2017 Upper body accelerations during walking are altered in adults with ACL reconstruction.Gait & Posture. 401-408.
2016 Artificially stiffening the neck and trunk of young adults leads to a more aged-like gaitGait & Posture. 388-393.
2016 Bracing the trunk and neck in young adults leads to a more aged-like gaitGait Posture. 388-93.
2016 Deficits in medio-lateral balance control and the implications for falls in individuals with multiple sclerosisGait Posture. 148-54.
2016 The Evolving Dynamical Landscape of Movement Forms: A Degrees of Freedom Perspective.Kinesiology Review 5, 4-14.. 4-14.
2016 Three-dimensional assessment of postural tremor during goal-directed aimingExp Brain Res.
2015 Bracing of the trunk and neck has a differential effect on head control during gait.Journal of Neurophysiology.
2015 Dimension and Complexity in Human Movement and PostureNonlinear Dynamics Psychol Life Sci. 395-418.
2015 Fall risk and incidence reduction in high risk individuals with multiple sclerosis: a pilot randomized control trialClin Rehabil. 952-60.
2015 Falls risk in older adults with type 2 diabetesClin Geriatr Med. 89-99, viii.
2014 Concurrent validity of accelerations measured using a tri-axial inertial measurement unit while walking on firm, compliant and uneven surfacesPLoS One. e98395.
2014 Differential effects of fatigue on movement variabilityGait Posture. 888-93.
2014 Exercise improves gait, reaction time and postural stability in older adults with type 2 diabetes and neuropathyJ Diabetes Complications. 715-22.
2014 Home-based exercise program and fall-risk reduction in older adults with multiple sclerosis: phase 1 randomized controlled trialClin Rehabil. 254-63.
2014 Load-induced changes in older individual’s hand-finger tremor are ameliorated with targetingJ Neurol Sci. 69-74.
2014 Multiple sclerosis and falls – An evolving taleEuropean Neurological Review. 44-48.
2014 The effects of acute hypoxia and exercise on marksmanship.Med Sci Sports Exerc. 795-801.
2014 The pattern of coupling dynamics between postural motion, isotonic hand movements and physiological tremorNeurosci Lett. 41-6.
2013 Aging, Hypertension and Physiological Tremor: The Contribution of the Cardioballistic Impulse to Tremorgenesis in Older Adults.Journal of the Neurological Sciences. 68-74.
2013 Changes in postural sway as a function of prolonged walkingEuopean Journal of Applied Physiology. 497-508.
2013 Home-based exercise program and fall-risk reduction in older adults with multiple sclerosis: phase 1 randomized controlled trialClin Rehabil.
2013 Multiple sclerosis and falls – An evolving taleUS Neurology.
2013 The dynamics of finger tremor in multiple sclerosis is affected by whole body position.Journal of the Neurological Sciences. 84-89.
2013 Variability, regularity and coupling measures distinguish PD tremor from voluntary 5 Hz tremor.Neuroscience Letters. 69-74.
2012 Aging, Neuromuscular decline and the Change in Physiological and Behavioral Complexity of Upper-Limb Movement DynamicsJournal of Aging Research.
2012 From Tremor to Movement: Differences in Variability and Coupling during Bilateral Finger Actions.Motor Control. 31-49.
2012 Landing Technique Affects Knee Loading and Position During Athletic TasksJournal of Science and Medicine in Sport. 175-181.
2012 Relation between Risk of Falling and Postural Sway Complexity in DiabetesGait and Posture. 662-668.
2011 Mobility, Balance and Falls in Persons with Multiple SclerosisPLoS One.
2011 Similarity in the Dynamics of Contralateral Motor Overflow through Increasing Frequency of Movement in a Single LimbExperimental Brain Research. 403-414.
2011 Time-dependent Changes In Spatio-temporal Gait Dynamics During Slow Walking: 2509: Board #117 June 3 8:00 AM - 9:30 AMMedicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. 686 10.1249/
2010 Balance training reduces falls risk in older individuals with type 2 diabetesDiabetes Care. 748-750.
2010 Differences in rapid initiation and termination of voluntary postural sway associated with ageing and falls-riskJournal of Motor Behavior. 277-287.
2010 Strength- and coordination-training are both effective in reducing the postural tremor amplitude of older adultsJournal of Aging and Physical Activity. 43-60.
2010 The Impact of Localized Fatigue on Contralateral Tremor and Muscle Activity is exacerbated by Standing PostureJournal of Electromyography and Kinesiology. 1211-1218.
2010 Virtual reality-enhanced partial body weight-supported treadmill training post stroke: feasibility and effectiveness in 6 subjectsArch Phys Med Rehabil. 115-122.
2010 What are the relations between voluntary postural sway measures and falls-history status in community-dwelling older adults?Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 750-758.
2009 Upper frequency limits of bilateral coordination Patterns.Neuroscience Letters. 233-238.
2009 Voluntary sway and rapid orthogonal transitions of voluntary sway in young adults, and low and high fall-risk older adultsClinical Biomechanics. 597-605.
2008 Accelerometry: A technique for quantifying movement patterns during walkingGait & Posture. 1-15.
2008 Age-related changes in upper body coordination and reaction time during voluntary postural swayHuman Movement Science. 728-737.
2008 Bilateral tremor relations in Parkinson's disease: Effects of mechanical coupling and medicationParkinsonism and Related Disorders. 298-308.
2008 Coupling between limb tremor and postural sway in Parkinson's disease.  386-394.
2008 Enhanced postural stability following driver-training in associated with positive effects on vehicle kinematics during corneringHuman Factors. 159-172.
2008 Gender differences in the variability of lower extremity kinematics during treadmill locomotionJ Mot Behav. 62-70.
2008 Gender differences in the variablility of lower extremity linematics during voluntary postural swayJournal of Motor Behavior. 62-70.
2008 Toe clearance variability during walking in young and elderly menGait and Posture. 101-107.
2007 Agreement between foot-switch and ground reaction force techniques for identifying gait events; inter-session repeatability and the effect of walking speedGait and Posture. 323-6.
2007 Inverse relations in the patterns of muscle and center of pressure dynamics during standing still and movement posturesExperimental Brain Research. 347-358.
2007 Repeatability of an electromagnetic tracking system protocol to obtain three-dimensional gait kinematics during treadmill locomotionJournal of Biomechanics. 1504-1511.
2007 Strength training improves the tri-digit finger pinch force control of older adultsArchives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 1055-1063.
2006 Age-related differences in inter-digit coupling during finger pinchingEUROPEAN JOURNAL OF APPLIED PHYSIOLOGY. 76-88.
2006 Age-related differences in the coordinated of digital forces during tri-digital finger-pinchingEUROPEAN JOURNAL OF APPLIED PHYSIOLOGY. 76-88.
2006 Differences in mulitple segment tremor dynamics between young and elderlyJournal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences. 982-990.
2006 Differences in multiple segment tremor dynamics between the young and elderly.Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences.
2006 Driver training and braking performance in vehicles with anti-lock braking systemsSafety Science. 905-917.
2006 Lumbar and cervical erector spinae fatigue elicits compensatory postural responses to assist in maintaining head stability during walkingJOURNAL OF APPLIED PHYSIOLOGY. 1118-1126.
2006 Reliability of Segmental accelerations measured using a new wireless gait analysis systemJournal of Biomechanics. 2863-2872.
2006 The role of the neck and trunk in facilitating head stability during walkingExperimental Brain Research. 454-463.
2005 Age-related differences in head and trunk coordination during walkingHuman Movement Science. 574-587.
2005 Coordination of head and trunk accelerations during walkingEUROPEAN JOURNAL OF APPLIED PHYSIOLOGY. 468-477.
2005 The effects of unilateral muscle fatigue on bilateral physiological tremorExperimental Brain Research. 609-621.
2005 The effects of unlateral muscle fatigue on bilateral physiology tremorExperimental Brain Research. 609-621.
2004 Augmented visual feedback increases finger tremor during postural pointingExperimental Brain Research.. 467-477.
2004 Augumental visual feedback alters finger tremor during postural pointingExperimental Brain Research. 467-477.
2004 Upper body accelerations during walking in healthy young and elderly menGait and Posture. 291-298.
2001 Changes in the dynamics of tremor during goal-directed pointingHuman Movement Science. 675-693.
2000 Limb Stiffness and postural tremor in the armMotor Control. 293-315.
2000 On learning to move randomlyJournal of Motor Behavior. 314-320.
2000 Postural and resting tremor in the upper limbClinical Neurophysiology. 651-663.
1999 Bilateral organization of physiological tremor in the upper limbEuropean Journal of Applied Physiology and Occupational Physiology. 564-574.
1999 Bilateral organization of physiology tremor in the upper limbEuropean Journal of Applied Physiology and Occupational Physiology.
1999 Natural goal-directed movements and the triphasic EMGMotor Control. 346-371.
1998 Inter-limb coupling as a function of isometric force outputJournal of Motor Behavior. 323-342.
1996 Frames of reference and normal movementBehavioral and Brain Sciences. 83-84.
1996 Inter- and intra-limb coordination in arm tremorExperimental Brain Research. 455-464.
Somatosensory deficits following ACL surgeryLower Extremity Review.


Year Title
2016 Aging and Slowing of the Neuromotor SystemEncyclopedia of Geropsychology. New York: Springer-Verlag.

Conference Papers

Year Title
2002 The complex nature of physiology tremor in the elderly.  257-260.


  • Sensor and simulation-based fall injury mitigation for senior citizens  awarded by Alzheimer's Association 2017 - 2020
  • Alzheimer's Association Research Grant Award  awarded by Alzheimer’s Association International 2017 - 2019
  • Assessment of Motor Function in Older Adults with Parkinson’s disease.  awarded by Sentara Foundation 2017 - 2018
  • POISED (Precision Outreach Intervention, Screening, Surveillance and Exercise for Falls Prevention in Diabetes)  awarded by George Mason University 2017 - 2018
  • POISED (Precision Outreach Intervention, Screening, Surveillance and Exercise for Falls Prevention in Diabetes)  awarded by Potamic Health Foundation 2015 - 2018
  • Examination of The Foot Core System In Those With Plantar Fasciitis  awarded by Mid Atlantic Trainers' Association 2017
  • Poised (Precision Outreach Intervention, Surveillence And Exercise For Falls Prevention Prince William)  awarded by George Mason University 2016 - 2017
  • Relation between Cognitive Function, Walking Ability and Balance for Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Down’s syndrome  awarded by ODU-EVMS 2015 - 2016
  • Impact of Supervised vs. Home-Based Exercise Training on Gait, Balance, and Falls Risk in Type 2 Diabetes  awarded by American Diabetes Association 2012 - 2016
  • Assessing and Preventing Falls in Multiple Sclerosis (MS): An Integrative Approach  awarded by ODU 2014 - 2015
  • A Randomized, Double-blind, Placebo-Controlled, Cross-over Study on the Effect of Pregabalin on Pain Related to Walking in Patients with Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy  awarded by Pfizer 2011 - 2013
  • Development of a Fatigue Measure in Medical and Aging Populations  awarded by National Institute on Aging 2011 - 2013
  • Development of a Quality of Life Tool Sensitive to Cognitive and Physical Measures of Fatigue  awarded by National Institutes of Health (R21) 2011 - 2013
  • Development of Virtual Reality Tools for Assessment of Return-to-Duty Status following Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI)  awarded by Department of Defense (SBIR/STIR – Phase II) 2010 - 2012
  • Protective Health Effects of Differing Types and Intensities of Exercise Training in Individuals with Type 2 Diabetes  awarded by American Diabetes Association 2008 - 2011
  • Development and Validation of Physical Performance Prediction Model  awarded by Office for Naval Research 2007 - 2010
  • Development and Validation of a Physical Performance Prediction Model  awarded by Office of Naval Research 2007 - 2009
  • Dynamic postural stability and falls prediction in older people during walking in real world environments  awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council 2007 - 2009
  • Dynamic Medical Measures: Creating a Model to Study the Neuropathic Process in Diabetes and Normal Aging  awarded by Old Dominion University Office of Research Multi-Investigator, Multidisciplinary One-Time Seed Funding 2008
  • Movement research facility  awarded by ODU Office of Research - 2008
  • Remote (telemetry) sensing of running and athletic performance  awarded by Queensland Academy of Sport, Applied Sports Science Research Program 2005 - 2006
  • Awarded to facilitate the development of a software forward dynamics model for the simulation and prediction of recovery from trip-related falls  awarded by Griffith University Research Infrastructure Grant - 2005
  • Awarded to facilitate the purchase of real-time high-speed motion capture equipment for use in for biomechanics in sport and rehabilitation  awarded by Griffith University Research Infrastructure Grant - 2005
  • Muscle to movemen: Muscle function changes during posture and gait  awarded by Griffith University Research Infrastructure Grant - 2005
  • Dynamic of tremor in the neurologically healthy, older adults  awarded by Griffith Universty Research Infrastructure Grant - 2002
  • Education And Training

  • Ph.D. in Motor Control, Pennsylvania State University 1997
  • Masters (M.Ph.Ed) in Motor Control and Biomechanics, Otago University 1991
  • B.Ph.Ed in Motor Control, Biomechanics, Exercise Physiology, Otago University 1988
  • B.S. in Physiology, Otago University 1988
  • Full Name

  • Steven Morrison