Larry Abraham

Larry Abraham


Exercise Science


Office & Hours

Office: BEL 546H

Tuesday & Thursday 9:30 - 10:30 am
Or By Appointment

(512) 232-2684

(512) 471-8914

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Courses of Instruction

KIN 336  Neuromuscular Control
KIN 315  Motor Learning
KIN 320  Applied Biomechanics of Human Movement
KIN 395  Biomechanics of Sport
KIN 395  Motor Control: Performance and Learning

Mailing Address
The University of Texas at Austin
Department of Kinesiology and Health Education
2109 San Jacinto Blvd.
Austin, TX 78712-1415
UT Mail Code: D3700

Full Vita
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Dr. Lawrence D. Abraham is a Professor in Kinesiology and Health Education. He is also Associate Dean in the School of Undergraduate Studies and serves as co-Director of the UTeach Natural Sciences program for secondary certification in science and math education. He is a member of the Graduate Studies Committees in Kinesiology (Exercise Science), Neuroscience, Biomedical Engineering, and STEM Education.  His research interests include motor skill performance and learning, human motor coordination, and innovative uses of instructional technology. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in motor learning, neuromotor control, and biomechanics.



  • A.B. In Physical Education, Oberlin College, 1971
  • M.S. In Physical Education (Motor Learning), Kansas State Teachers College, 1972
  • Ed.D. in Motor Learning and Biomechanics, Teachers College, Columbia University, 1975

Representative Publications

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Herring, T., Eakin, T., Abraham, L., and Spirduso, W.  (2014). Maximum voluntary isometric contraction and force-matching from the fourth to the eighth decades of life.  International Journal of Rehabilitation Research, 37(2): 159-166.
  • Park, S., Spirduso, W., Eakin, T., & Abraham, L.  Force level and directional force modulation effects on accuracy and variability in pinch force tracking.  Journal of Motor Behavior, (submitted).

Recent Awards

    2006            Innovative Instructional Technology Awards Program Gold Award for Teaching with Technology 

    2007-08     Catherine Mae Parker Endowed Professorship

    2008-         Fellow in Spence Centennial Professorship

    2011          Inducted into Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

    2012          Ruth Glassow Award, Biomechanics Academy, National Association for Sport and Physical Education

    2013  Civitatis Award, The University of Texas at Austin

Current Research Projects and Grants

Development of web-based tools for biomechanics instruction

Analysis of biomechanics and neural correlates of fine motor skill performance and learning

Assessment of effects of mild traumatic brain injury on fine motor skill performance and learning

Research Interests and Expertise

Neural control of human movement, Biomechanics of human movement, Instructional technology

Boards, Committees and Associations

  • Member, Faculty Council
  • Member, Educational Policy Committee
  • Member, Undergraduate Education Advisory Committee, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
  • Member: American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance  (NASPE Biomechanics Academy, Motor   Development Academy; Research Consortium Fellow); American College of Sports Medicine; International Society of Biomechanics; International Society of Biomechanics in Sports; International Society of Electrophysiological Kinesiology; National Association of Physical Education in Higher Education; North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity; Phi Delta Kappa; Society for Neuroscience; Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance.