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larry abraham



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Lawrence D. Abraham, Ed.D. is a Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education. He received an A.B. from Oberlin College in 1971, an M.S. from Kansas State Teachers College in 1972, and an Ed.D. from Teachers College, Columbia University in 1975. He has been on the faculty of UT Austin since 1975, with research leaves in 1980-81 at the National Institutes of Health and in 1987-88 at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Dr. Abraham currently serves as a graduate faculty member in programs in Movement Science (Kinesiology), Biomedical Engineering, Neuroscience, and Science and Math Education. His research focuses on the coordination of movement, with particular interests in skill acquisition and in interactions between mechanical and neural (reflex and voluntary) components of movement. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in motor learning, motor control, and biomechanics. In 1993-94 he held the William David Blunk Memorial Professorship in recognition of outstanding teaching and service to students. From 1998-2002 he served as Associate Dean for Teacher Education and Student Affairs in the College of Education, and from 2000 to 2008 he served as Chair of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Since 2003 he has served as a Co-Director of the UTeach Natural Sciences Program for preparing secondary science and mathematics teachers. In 2009 he accepted an appointment as Associate Dean for the School of Undergraduate Studies, where his work focuses on enriching the undergraduate curriculum across the university.  


neural control of human movement 


1. Hwang, I.S., Abraham, L.D. & Chou, S.W. The effect of ankle joint position and effort on quadriceps reflex sensitivity. Clinical Neurophysiology, Section: EMG and Motor Control, 2000, 111, 1175-1183.
2. Hwang, I.S. & Abraham, L.D. Quantitative EMG analysis to investigate synergic coactivation of ankle and knee muscles during isokinetic ankle movement. Part I: Time amplitude analysis. Journal of Electromyography & Kinesiology, 2001, 11, 319-325.
3. Hwang, I.S. & Abraham, L.D. Quantitative EMG analysis to investigate synergic coactivation of ankle and knee muscles during isokinetic ankle movement. Part II: Time frequency analysis. Journal of Electromyography & Kinesiology, 2001, 11, 327-335.
4. Allison, S.C. & Abraham, L.D. Sensitivity of qualitative and quantitative spasticity measures to clinical treatment with cryotherapy. International Journal of Rehabilitation Research, 2002 24, 15-24.
5. Teyhen, D.S., Flynn, T.W., Bovik, A.C., & Abraham, L.D. A new technique for digital fluoroscopic video assessment of sagittal plane lumbar spine motion. Spine, 2005, 30, E406-E413.
6. Annaswamy, T., Mallempati, S., Allison, S.C. & Abraham, L. Measurement of plantarflexor spasticity in Traumatic Brain Injury: Correlational study of resistance torque compared with the Modified Ashworth Scale. American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2007, 86, 404-11.
7. Teyhen, D.S., Flynn, T.W., Childs, J.D., Kuklo, T.R., Rosner, M.K., Polly, D.W. & Abraham, L.D. Fluoroscopic video to identify aberrant lumbar motion. Spine, 2007, 32(7): E220-229.
8. Teyhen, D.S., Flynn, T.W., Childs, J.D. & Abraham, L.D. Arthrokinematics in a sub-group of patients likely to benefit from a lumbar stabilization program. Physical Therapy, 2007, 87: 313-325.
9. Decker, M. J., Griffin, L., Brandt, L., and Abraham, L. Effects of stimulation pattern on FES-cycling performance and mechanomyographic responses in persons with paralysis from spinal cord injury. Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology, 2010, 20(6):1163-69.