Anne Silverman


Associate Professor
Brown Hall W310G
Functional Biomechanics Laboratory

Dr. Silverman earned her B.S.E. from Arizona State University and M.S.E. and Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin.

Her research program in musculoskeletal biomechanics centers on understanding muscle function to develop effective treatment and device interventions. Dr. Silverman uses experimental gait analysis and computational whole-body modeling techniques to identify functional roles of individual muscles in pathological movement.  These tools are applied to various motions and populations with the ultimate goal of improving mobility for people with disabilities.

Previous projects have identified muscle and joint compensations in people with lower-limb amputations across a range of walking speeds. Current projects include evaluating muscular responses to powered prosthetic devices, using musculoskeletal modeling to guide and assess physical therapy in children with cerebral palsy, linking whole-body movements to joint mechanics and degeneration, and characterizing dynamic balance during locomotion.

Recent Publications:

  • Silverman, A.K. and Neptune, R.R. (2014). Three-dimensional knee joint contact forces during walking in unilateral transtibial amputees. Journal of Biomechanics (in press).
  • Silverman, A.K., Neptune, R.R., Sinitski, E.H., and Wilken, J.M. (2014). Whole-body angular momentum during stair ascent and descent. Gait & Posture 39(4):1109-1114.
  • Silverman, A.K. and Neptune, R.R. (2012). Muscle and prosthesis contributions to amputee walking mechanics: a modeling study. Journal of Biomechanics 45(13):2271-2278
  • Silverman, A.K., Wilken, J.M., Sinitski, E.H., and Neptune, R.R. (2012). Whole-body angular momentum during incline and decline walking. Journal of Biomechanics 45(6):965-971.
  • Silverman, A.K., Fey, N.P., Portillo, A., Walden, J.G., Bosker, G. and Neptune, R.R. (2008). Compensatory mechanisms in below-knee amputee gait in response to increasing steady-state walking speeds. Gait & Posture 28(4): 602-609
  • Pickle, N.T., A.M. Grabowski, J.R. Jeffers, and A.K. Silverman (2017). The Functional Roles of Muscles, Passive Prostheses and Powered Prostheses during Sloped Walking in People with a Transtibial Amputation. Journal of Biomechanical Engineering, Special Issue: Spotlight on the Future of Musculoskeletal Biomechanics, 139(11),

  • Hegarty, A.K., A.J. Petrella, M.J. Kurz and A.K. Silverman (2017). Evaluating the effects of ankle foot orthosis mechanical property assumptions on gait simulation muscle force results. Journal of Biomechanical Engineering 139(3):1-8.

  • Hanrahan, S.J., J.J. Nedrud, B.S. Davidson, S.M. Farris, M.L. Giroux, A.M. Huag, R. Kumar, M.H. Mahoor, A.K. Silverman, J.J. Zhang, A.O. Hebb (2016). Long-term task and dopamine dependent dynamics of subthalamic local field potentials in Parkinson's disease. Brain Sciences, Special Issue: Deep Brain Stimulation, 6(4):57:72.

  • Pickle, N.P., J.M. Wilken, J.M. Aldridge Whitehead and A.K. Silverman (2016). Whole-Body Angular Momentum During Sloped Walking Using Passive and Powered Lower-Limb Prostheses. Journal of Biomechanics 49(14):3397-3406.

  • Pickle, N.T., A.M. Grabowski, A.G. Auyang and A.K. Silverman (2016). The functional roles of muscles during sloped walking. Journal of Biomechanics 49(14):3244-3251.

  • Hegarty, A.K., M.J. Kurz, W. Stuberg and A.K. Silverman (2016). Changes in mobility and muscle function of children with cerebral palsy after gait training: a pilot study. Journal of Applied Biomechanics 32(5):469-486.

  • Yoder, A.J., A.J. Petrella and A.K. Silverman (2015). Trunk-pelvis motion, joint loads and muscle forces during walking with a transtibial amputation. Gait & Posture 41(3):757-762.

Recent Projects

  • Muscular compensations resulting from the use of prosthetic and assistive devices
  • Balance regulation during dynamic tasks
  • Musculoskeletal modeling analyses to predict optimal treatment interventions
  • Therapy and treatment effects on movement performance in children with cerebral palsy and people with Parkinson's disease
  • Relationships between whole-body movement and the development of joint disorders

Recent Courses 

  • Dynamics
  • Modeling and Simulation of Human Movement
  • Experimental Methods in Biomechanics

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