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Robert D. Clark, Ph.D.

Robert Clark

"We can solve any problem with a good mechanical pencil, straight edge, and a sheet of graph paper."

- Robert D. Clark, Ph.D.


Professor, Department of Kinesiology

Academic Background


  • Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA Ph.D., in Motor Control/Biomechanics, 1998
  • Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA M.S. in Motor Control/Motor Learning, 1993-1996
  • California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA B.S., in Physical Education and Kinesiology, 1989-1992
  • Ventura College, Ventura, CA Liberal Arts 1987-1989

Sample Courses


  • KINE 522 Advanced Biomechanics
  • KINE 406 Neuroantomy
  • KINE 302 Biomechanics
  • KINE 301 Functional Muscle Anatomy
  • KINE 311 Strength Training Instruction
  • KINE 230 Aquatic Fitness Activities
  • Also supervise undergraduate and graduate students involved in research

Teaching Philosophy


Think of your brain as a tool; not just a bucket. A bucket can carry things (theories, facts, concepts), but is limited and will only carry so much. A tool on the other hand can be used to build things and solve problems. On the road of life, develop and carry with you a well crafted set of tools. You will go further, continue to learn, and help more people than you ever will with just a bucket.

Research and Interests


  1. Biomechanics of Cycling
  2. Muscle stiffness effects on running and jumping performance
  3. Dynamics of postural control including gait and locomotion

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