Chris Hass, Ph.D.

Associate Provost for Academic and Faculty Affairshass
College of Health & Human Performance
Applied Physiology and Kinesiology

P.O. Box 118205
Gainesville, FL 32611-8205


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Chris Hass, Ph.D, is an associate professor in the Department of Applied Physiology and Kinesiology at the University of Florida. Prior to returning to UF, he held academic positions at Columbia University and Georgia Institute of Technology. Currently, he conducts research and teaches in the areas of biomechanics and motor control.

Dr. Hass directs one of the most dynamic clinical-research programs in Parkinson’s disease and movement disorders in the country.  Dr. Hass along with Dr. Nick McFarland also direct the PSP and atypical parkinsonism interdisciplinary clinic.

Hass’s research is funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health and Autism Speaks. He also collaborates on funded projects from the Michael J. Fox Foundation and Department of Veterans Affairs.

Hass is an executive board member of the Biomechanics Interest Group within the American College of Sports Medicine and serves as an external reviewer for numerous scientific journals. He has received several teaching and research awards.

Dr. Hass currently serves as president of the American Society of Biomechanics (ASB) and will serve as Past-President in 2017-2018.

Research Interests:

• Interactions between musculoskeletal biomechanics and sensorimotor control of lower extremity function with particular emphasis on the coordination of locomotion and balance.
• The efficacy of intervention programs for improving quality of life, neuromechanical control, and disease progression in Parkinson’s disease.
• Dynamic stability during locomotor transitions in the elderly and PD.