Dr. Harish Chander

Department / Division:


  • Associate Professor
  • Co-Director of Neuromechanics Laboratory


Email: hchander@colled.msstate.edu

Department of Kinesiology
McCarthy Room: 221

Complete Vitae


  • University of Mississippi - Ph.D., 2014; Biomechanics & Neuromechanics
  • University of Mississippi - M.S., 2012; Exercise Science & Kinesiology
  • The TN Dr. MGR Medical University - B.P.T., 2008; Physical Therapy

Research Profile

Dr. Chander’s research, centers on the application of principles of biomechanics, neuromechanics, and ergonomics to human performance and injury prevention. His research efforts are focused in areas of human factors in ergonomics, athletics, clinical and daily living populations, with special emphasis in postural stability, gait, slips, trips, falls and fall prevention in the workplace attempting to minimize injuries while promoting safety and enhancing efficient human performance.

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Areas of Research

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics
  • Neuromechanics of Postural Control
  • Biomechanics of Slips, Trips and Falls
  • Fall Prevention
  • Safety Promotion and Injury Prevention

Recent Publications

  • Simpson J., Koldenhoven R., Wilson S., Stewart E., Turner A., Chander H., & Knight A. (2020). Ankle kinematics, center of pressure progression, and lower extremity muscle activity during a side-cutting task in participants with and without chronic ankle instability. Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jelekin.2020.102454
  • † Kodithuwakku Arachchige, S.N.K., Chander, H., Knight, A.C. Chen, C.C., Pan, Z. & Turner, A.J. (2020). Impact of foot type, quadriceps angle, and minimalist footwear on static postural stability. Footwear Sciencehttps://doi.org/10.1080/19424280.2020.1791976
  • † Kodithuwakku Arachchige, S.N.K., Chander, H., Turner, A.J., Wilson, S.J., Simpson, J.D., Knight, A.C., Burch, R.F.V., Wade, C., Garner, J.C. & Carruth, D.W. (2020). Muscle activity during postural stability tasks: Role of military footwear and load carriage. Safety, 6(3), 35. https://doi.org/10.3390/safety6030035
  • Pace, M., O’ Neal, E., Killen, L., Green, J.C., Simpson, J.D., Chander, H. & J., Swain. (2020). Minimalist Style Boot Improves Running but not Walking Economy in Trained Men. Ergonomics. https://doi.org/10.1080/00140139.2020.1778096
  • Chander, H., Deb, S., Shojaei, A., Kodithuwakku Arachchige, S.N.K., Hudson, C., Knight, A.C. & Carruth, D.W. (2020). Impact of Virtual Reality (VR) Generated Construction Environments at Different Heights on Postural Stability and Fall Risk. Workplace Health and Safety. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F2165079920934000
  • Chander, H., Kodithuwakku Arachchige, S.N.K., Wilson, S.J., Knight, A.C., Burch, R.F.V., Carruth, D.W., Wade, C. & Garner, J.C. (2020). Impact of Military Footwear Type and Load Carriage on Slip Initiation Biomechanics. International Journal of Human Factors and Ergonomics, 7 (2), 125-143.
  • Chander, H., Burch, R. F., Talegaonkar, P., Saucier, D., Luczak, T., Ball, J. E., ... & Knight, A. (2020). Wearable Stretch Sensors for Human Movement Monitoring and Fall Detection in Ergonomics. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(10). https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17103554
  • † Hill, C., DeBusk, H., Knight, A., & Chander, H. (2020). Military-Type Workload and Footwear Alter Lower Extremity Muscle Activity During Unilateral Static Balance: Implications for Tactical Athletic Footwear Design. Sports, 8 (5), 58. https://doi.org/10.3390/sports8050058
  • Davarzani, S., Saucier, D., Peranich, P., Carroll, W., Turner, A., Parker, E., Burch, R.F., Chander, H., Knight, A.C, Prabhu, R.K., & Ball, J. (2020). Closing the Wearable Gap—Part VI: Human Gait Recognition Using Deep Learning Methodologies. Electronics, 9 (5), 796. https://doi.org/10.3390/electronics9050796
  • Liu, Y., Stranburg, T., Chander, H., Knight, A.C. & Bell. J. (2020). Additively Manufactured Metal Foot Orthotics: Lessons Learned From NSF I-Corps. The International Journal of Technology Transfer and Commercialization. (In-Press).
  • Wilson SJ, Gdovin JR, Williams CC, Donahue PT, Mouser JG, Mutchler JA, Simpson JD, Chander H, & Garner JC. (2020). More than a Footwedge – Golf Specific Footwear Alters Muscle Activation Patterns During Standing Balance. Journal of Sports Engineering and Technology. https://doi.org/10.1177/1754337120938269
  • Stewart, E.M., Smidebush, M., Simpson, J.D., Knight, A.C., Chander, H. & Shapiro, R. (2020). Differences in the Start Times of Swing Phases for Baseball Hitters of Varying Skill. Journal of Sport Analytics. DOI: 10.3233/JSA-200394
  • Luczak, T., Burch, R.F.V., Smith, B.K., Carruth, D.W., Lamberth, J., Chander, H. Knight, A.C., Ball, J.E., Prabhu, R.K. (2020). Closing the Wearable Gap – Part V: Development of Pressure-Sensitive Sock Utilizing Soft Sensors. Sensors, 20, 208. https://doi.org/10.3390/s20010208
  • Luczak, T., Burch, R., Lewis, E., Chander, H., & Ball, J. (2020). State-of-the-art review of athletic wearable technology: What 113 strength and conditioning coaches and athletic trainers from the USA said about technology in sports. International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching, 15(1), 26-40. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F1747954119885244
  • Simpson, J.D., Stewart, E.M., Turner, A.J., Macias, D., Chander, H. & Knight, A.C. (2020). Lower limb joint kinetics during a side-cutting movement in participants with and without chronic ankle instability. Journal of Athletic Training, 55 (2): 169-175. https://doi.org/10.4085/1062-6050-334-18.

Areas of Teaching

  • Neuromotor Control and Learning
  • Biomechanics and Occupational Biomechanics
  • Postural and Locomotor Rehabilitation
  • Anatomical Kinesiology
  • Applied Anatomy and Pathophysiology
  • Prevention and Care / Rehabilitation Techniques in Sports