USC Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy has a highly productive research program that is focused on biokinesiology, the integrative study of biological bases of normal and disordered human movement. The focus of biokinesiology is on understanding how the human body adapts to growth and experience as well as to injury, disease and aging.

Research Laboratories

The Division houses 11 separate laboratories, providing research space for faculty investigators and graduate students. The labs focus on a variety of interdisciplinary areas, including:

  • Developmental motor control
  • Cardiopulmonary medicine
  • Cellular muscle physiology
  • Development of ingestive behaviors
  • Clinical electrophysiology
  • Human motion analysis
  • Computational neuroscience
  • Adult motor control and learning neural plasticity
  • Exercise physiology

Read more about our research laboratories.

Research Centers

The Division participates in ongoing collaborative research with several research centers that focus on neurological motor system disorders, rehabilitation engineering and more. Read more about these research centers.

Clinical Research

Through clinical trials, investigators are able to find new and improved medicine or treatment options for people in need. The Division’s clinical research team focuses on stroke, cancer, ACL injuries, aging, low-back pain, pelvic pain, tendon pain and more. Read more about our clinical research.

Library Resources

Residential and hybrid DPT students have access to our online library resources provided by USC Libraries, particularly Norris Medical Library, which has an extensive collection of physical therapy-specific e-book and e-journal resources. This online library resource also includes consultations with librarians via phone or live chat. The Norris Medical Library on the USC Health Sciences Campus is readily accessible for study space and access to hard-copy materials when students are on campus.

Read more about USC library resources and Norris Medical Library.