Christopher Powers, PhD, PT, FAPTA

Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy

Professor and Associate Chair of Biokinesiology Education and Research

Dr. Powers’ research and teaching interests relate to the biomechanical aspects of human movement. More specifically, his research focuses on how altered kinematics, kinetics and muscular actions contribute to lower extremity injury. He is particularly interested in the pathomechanics underlying knee and patellofemoral joint dysfunction. He is currently the co-director of the Musculoskeletal Biomechanics Research Laboratory and the director of the program in biokinesiology at USC.


  • University of California, Irvine, Orthopaedic Biomechanics, Postdoctoral Fellow, 1997
  • University of Southern California, Los Angeles, PhD in Biokinesiology, 1996
  • Columbia University, New York, MS in Physical Therapy, 1987
  • University of California, Santa Barbara, BA in Physical Education, 1984

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