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Lab Faculty

Toun Komolafe, Principle Investigator



W. Lee Childers Ph.D. CP, Past Director

Dr. W. Lee Childers joined ASU’s new Department of Prosthetics and Orthotics as an assistant professor in August 2012. Lee obtained his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering technology from Southern Polytechnic State University in 2001. Lee later obtained a master’s of science degree in prosthetics and orthotics (2007) and a Ph.D. in applied physiology with a focus in prosthetics and orthotics (2011) from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Childers has also completed a residency in prosthetics at the Hanger Clinic in Atlanta, Georgia.

His prior work began in the automotive field, where he developed fuel efficient vehicles capable of 700+ mpg at SPSU and later worked as a team engineer in top fuel and pro stock drag racing. His recent research is focused on motor control of locomotion using prosthetic and orthotic devices, biomechanics and modeling of sport performance. His research expanded to modeling the dynamics of the US prosthetic market while at the Hanger Clinic. His research in prosthetic locomotion and cycling performance has been the subject of several textbook chapters and scientific articles. Dr. Childers was a recipient of a NIH T-32 grant for training of pre-doctoral students in prosthetic and orthotic research and of the Thranhardt Lecture Award from the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists. He is a reviewer in many journals related to biomechanics, sport performance, prosthetics and orthotics.

Curriculum Vitae

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Barney LeVeau Ph.D., PT, Director Emeritus

Dr. Leveau began this laboratory nearly 15 years ago when he came to ASU. He has also contributed to the field of biomechanics through 52 years of educating biomechanicists and his textbook, "Biomechanics of Human Motion" published and republished in various forms since 1977. We wish him a well-deserved retirement.





Cindy Laporte Ph.D. PT

Dr. Laporte is with the Department of Physical Therapy here at ASU, and her research interests focus on improving rehabilitation in children with Cerebral Palsy.


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Contact Information

Lee Childers Ph.D. CP
John L. Buskey Health Sciences Building
RM 301C (office)
RM 310 (lab)

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