Adam Goodworth, Ph.D.

Professor of Kinesiology
(805) 565-6824

Office Location

Murchison Complex Office

Office Available

Monday 9:30 a.m. - 10:20 a.m.
Thursday 1:00 p.m. -  3:00 p.m.
and by appointment



Biomechanics, Biomedical Engineering


Dr. Goodworth applies engineering approaches to investigate human movement and balance control. His most recent projects 1) characterize neural control mechanisms in children with severe cerebral palsy and 2) evaluate reactive balance in trans femoral amputees.  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 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.


    Jensen D, Jensen W, Estrada-Lopez J, Fontes D, Goodworth A.D. (2022) Assessing Distinctives of the New Westmont Engineering Program in Terms of Their Impact on Recruitment, Student Satisfaction and Employment Potential. American Society for Engineering Education (in Press).

    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. & Jennings T. (2021) Can the Clinical Test of Sensory Integration and Balance Predict Performance in Perturbed Walking? Proceedings of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, 5737-5741. doi: 10.1109/EMBC46164.2021.9629475.

    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.