Tina Garman
Christina M.R. Garman, Ph.D.
Associate
Biomechanics
Phoenix

Dr. Garman’s expertise is in occupant kinematics and injury biomechanics, with specialization in the biomechanics of human movement as it pertains to falls in at risk populations. Her fields of experience include kinematic and kinetic analysis of slips and trips, pathological gait analysis, electromyography, lower limb musculoskeletal modeling, and experimental design.

Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Garman was a National Science Foundation graduate research fellow in the department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics at Virginia Polytechnic Institute. After receiving her Ph.D., she was awarded a NIDILRR Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training fellowship where she studied the biomechanics of pathological gait in adults and children with orthopaedic disorders including cerebral palsy, osteogenesis imperfecta, and osteosarcoma. She has instructed a Musculoskeletal Biomechanics course at Virginia Tech and a Biomedical Instrumentation laboratory at Marquette University.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Engineering Mechanics, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 2015
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Rochester, 2010
  • NIDILRR Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training Fellow

    National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow

    Force & Motion Foundation/ORS Young Scientist Travel Grant

Publications

Kruger K, Garman C, Graf A, Krzak J, Smith P, Gupta P, Harris G. Effects of Spinal Fusion for Idiopathic Scoliosis on Lower Body Kinematics During Gait. Spine Deformity, in press.

Garman CMR, Sharpe SS, Frank TA, Fowler TA. Motorcycle Rider Kinematics during Low and High Speed Turning Maneuvers. SAE Technical Paper 2018-01-0536, 2018.

Garman, CR, Graf A, Krzak J, Caudill A, Smith P, Harris G. Gait Deviations in Children With Osteogenesis Imperfecta Type I. Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2017; 98(10):e71.

Arena SL, Garman CR, Nussbaum MA, Madigan ML. Required friction during overground walking is lower among obese versus non-obese older men, but does not differ with obesity among women. Journal of Applied Ergonomics, Feb 2017, in press.

Garman CR, Franck CT, Nussbaum MA, Madigan ML. A pilot study exploring obesity-related differences in fall rate and kinematic response resulting from a laboratory-induced trip. IIE Transactions on Human Factors and Occupational Ergonomics 2016; 4(4):211-221.

Garman CR, Franck CT, Nussbaum MA, Madigan ML. A bootstrapping method to assess the influence of age, obesity, and gender on trip probability a function of obstacle height. Journal of Biomechanics 2015; 48(6):1229­1232.

Jang N, Zakrzewski A, Rossi CM, Dalecki D, Gracewski S. Natural frequency of two bubbles in a compliant tube. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 2011; 130(5):33473356.

Presentations and Published Abstracts

Garman CR, Fritz J, Bauwens J, Hackbarth D, King D, Neilson J, Harris F. Lower limb joint dynamics in oncology patients with distal femoral endoprostheses. Annual Meeting for the Orthopaedic Research Society, San Diego, CA, 2017.

Garman CR, Graf A, Krzak J, Caudill A, Smith P, Harris G.: Gait deviation in children with Osteogenisis Imperfecta Types I, III, and IV. Annual Meeting of the American Society of Biomechanics Raleigh, NC, 2016.

Garman CR, Graf A, Krzak J, Caudill A, Smith P, Harris G. Musculoskeletal modeling to estimate muscle tendon lengths in children with osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) during gait. Annual Meeting of the Gait and Clinical Movement Analysis Society, Memphis, TN, 2016.

Garman CR, Graf A, Krzak J, Caudill A, Smith P, Harris G. Triaxial gait kinematics in children with osteogenesis imperfect. Annual Meeting for the Orthopaedic Research Society, Orlando, FL, 2016.

Garman CR. Modeling concepts in Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI). Presented with Gerald Harris, Ph.D. at the Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 2015.

Garman CR, Franck CT, Nussbaum, MA, Madigan ML. A bootstrapping method to access the influence of gender on probability of tripping as a function of obstacle height. Annual Meeting for the American Society of Biomechanics, Columbus, OH, 2015.

Garman CR, Nussbaum, MA, Madigan ML. Obesity increases fall rate following a laboratory­induced trip. Annual Meeting for the American Society of Biomechanics, Columbus, OH, 2015.

Garman CR, Franck CT, Nussbaum, MA, Madigan ML. A bootstrapping method to assess the influence of age, obesity, and gender on probability of tripping as a function of obstacle height. 2015 Summer Biomechanics, Bioengineering and Biotransport Conference, Snowbird, UT, 2015.

Garman CR, Nussbaum, MA, Madigan ML. Obesity and age affect trip outcome and severity following a laboratory­induced trip. Summer Biomechanics, Bioengineering and Biotransport Conference, Snowbird, UT, 2015.

Garman CR, Scanlon JM, Nussbaum MA, Madigan ML. Effects of age and obesity on the likelihood of tripping during anterior load carriage. 7th World Congress of Biomechanics, Boston, MA, 2014. 

Arena SL, Garman CR, Nussbaum MA, Franck CT, Madigan ML. Required coefficient of friction decreases with increasing gait speed among older obese females. 7th World Congress of Biomechanics, Boston, MA, 2014. 

Garman CR, Nussbaum MA, Madigan ML. Obesity affects the margin of stability during a trip perturbation: A preliminary investigation. American Society of Biomechanics Midwest Regional Meeting, Akron, OH, 2014. 

Matrangola SL, Rossi CM, Nussbaum MA, Madigan ML. Effects of age and obesity on risk of slipping during level walking. Annual Meeting for the American Society of Biomechanics, Omaha, NE, 2013.

Professional Affiliations

Orthopaedic Research Society—ORS

American Society of Biomechanics—ASB

Gait and Clinical Movement Analysis Society—GCMAS

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Engineering Mechanics, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 2015
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Rochester, 2010
  • NIDILRR Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training Fellow

    National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow

    Force & Motion Foundation/ORS Young Scientist Travel Grant