Adam Goodworth, Ph.D.

Professor of Engineering

Office Location

Winter Hall 326

Office Available




Biomechanics, Control Systems, Materials, Causes of Injury


Dr. Goodworth applies engineering approaches to investigate the human body. In particular, he studies human movement, balance, and biomechanics. His professional activities include research with federally funded grants and consulting. Dr. Goodworth received BS and MS degrees in Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines before completing his PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Oregon Health & Science University. He is a Professional Engineer and an accredited Accident Reconstructionist. He has postdoctoral training in pathological gait, a certificate in prosthetics from the Newington Certificate Program, and worked 9 years in a Clinical Physical Therapy (DPT) program prior to joining Westmont in 2019.


Goodworth A.D., Felmlee D., Karmali F. (2023) Characteristics of inter-subject variability in feedback control of standing balance; Journal of Neurophysiology 130(2):303-318. doi: 10.1152/jn.00353.2022\

Mellodge P, Saavedra S, Tran Poit L, Pratt K.A., Goodworth A.D. (2023). Quantifying states and transitions of emerging postural control for children not yet able to sit independently. Sensors (MDPI), 23(6):3309.doi: 10.3390/s23063309.

Goodworth A.D. & Canada J. (2021) Passenger Behavior and Sitting Positions in Automobiles: A Survey of 561 Individuals. Society of Automotive Engineering STAPP Journal, 65:29-48: doi: 10.4271/2021-22-0003

Goodworth A.D. & Saavedra S. (2021). Postural mechanisms in moderate-to-severe cerebral palsy, Journal of Neurophysiology, 125(5):1698-1719. doi: 10.1152/jn.00549.2020.

Karmali F, Goodworth A.D., Valko Y, Leeder T, Peterka RJ, Merfeld DM (2021). The role of vestibular cues in postural sway, Journal of Neurophysiology. 125(2):672-686. doi: 10.1152/jn.00168.2020."