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Steve Kautz

Steve Kautz, Chair, Department of Health Sciences and Research, Associate Director, Professor

Steve Kautz, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Health Sciences and Research
Associate Director, Center for Rehabilitation Research in Neurological Conditions
Professor, Physical Therapy and The Christie Family Endowed Chair in Stroke Rehabilitation Research
77 President Street, MSC 700

Charleston, SC 29425

Office: C320
Phone: 843-792-3867
Fax: 843-792-1358



  • Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering, University of California-Davis (1992)
  • MA Geophysics, University of Texas (1987)
  • BS Geophysics, Michigan State University, Honors College (1983)

Research Interests

Recent Publications

  • Day KV, Kautz SA, Wu SS, Suter SP and Behrman AL (2011). Foot placement variability as a walking balance mechanism post-spinal cord injury. Clinical Biomech (in press)
  • Bowden MG, Behrman AL, Woodbury M, Gregory CM, Velozo CA and Kautz SA (2011). Advancing locomotor rehabilitation measurement in physical therapy practice.J Neurol Phys Ther (in press).
  • Kautz SA, Bowden MG, Clark DJ and Neptune RR (2011). Comparison of motor control deficits during treadmill and overground walking post-stroke. Neurorehabilitation & Neural Repair (in press).
  • Peterson CL, Kautz SA, Neptune RR (2011) Muscle work is increased in pre-swing during hemiparetic walking. Clinical Biomech (in press)
  • Peterson CL, Kautz SA and Neptune RR (2011). Braking and Propulsive Impulses Increase with Speed during Accelerated and Decelerated Walking. Gait & Posture; 33:562-7.
  • Hall AL, Peterson CL, Kautz SA and Neptune RR (2011). Relationships between Muscle Contributions to Walking Subtasks and Functional Walking Status in Persons with Post-Stroke Hemiparesis. Clinical Biomech; 26:509-15.
  • Allen JL, Peterson CL, Kautz SA and Neptune RR (2011). Step Length Asymmetry is Representative of Compensatory Mechanisms Used in Post-Stroke Hemiparetic Walking. Gait & Posture; 33:538-43.
  • Nott CR, Zajac FE, Neptune RR and Kautz SA (2010). All joint moments significantly contribute to trunk angular acceleration. J Biomech; 43:2648-52.
  • Peterson CL, Cheng J, Kautz SA and Neptune RR (2010). Leg extension is an important predictor of paretic leg propulsion in hemiparetic walking. Gait & Posture, 32:451-6.
  • Peterson CL, Hall AL, Kautz SA and Neptune RR (2010). Pre-Swing Deficits in Forward Propulsion, Swing Initiation and Power Generation by Individual Muscles during Hemiparetic Walking. J Biomech, 43:2348-55.
  • Trinastic, JP, Kautz SA, McGregor K, Gregory C, Bowden M, Benjamin MB, Kleim JA, Kleim E, Kurtzman M, Chang YL, Conway T, Crosson B (2010). An fMRI study examining differences in brain activity during active ankle dorsiflexion and plantarflexion. Brain Imaging and Behavior, 4:121-31.
  • Balasubramanian CK, Neptune RR and Kautz SA (2010). Foot placement in a bodyreference frame during walking and its relationship to hemiparetic walking performance. Clinical Biomech, 25:483-90.
  • Nair PM, Rooney KL, Kautz SA and Behrman AL (2010). Stepping with an ankle foot orthosis re-examined: A neuromechanical perspective for clinical decision making. Clinical Biomech, 25:618-22.
  • Clark DJ, Neptune RR, Ting LH, Zajac FE and Kautz SA (2010). Modular organization of muscle activity underlying locomotor control and recovery following stroke. J Neurophysiology, 103:844-57. PMCID: 20007501.
  • Bowden MG, Clark DJ and Kautz SA (2010). Evaluation of abnormal synergy patterns poststroke: relationship of the Fugl-Meyer assessment to hemiparetic locomotion.  Neurorehabilitation & Neural Repair, 24:328-37.
  • Van der Loos HFM, Worthen-Chaudhari, Schwandt DF, Bevly DM, and Kautz SA (2010). A split-crank bicycle ergometer uses servomotors to provide programmable pedal forces for studies in human biomechanics. IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems & Rehabilitation Engineering, 18:445-52.

Selected Grants

Principal Investigator

  • SCTR Discovery Pilot, "tDCS for walking recovery after stroke: Comparison of the cumulative effect of five sessions of cortical and spinal stimulation"
    SA Kautz (Principal Investigator)
    February 2012 - January 2013
  • AHA Innovative Research Grant 12IRG9430057, “Do spinal and cortical tDCS suggest distinct and synergistic neuromechanical mechanisms for post-stroke walking recovery"
    SA Kautz (Principal Investigator)
    January 2012 – December 2013
  • NIH STTR, " ZeroG: Dynamic over-ground body-weight support system"
    J Hidler (Principal Investigator)
    Sub-contract from Aretech, LLC
    SA Kautz (Principal Investigator)
    Total of subcontract: $58,315
    June 2011 - June 2013
  • Innovative Neurotronics, “Randomized Trial of the Innovative Neurotronics WalkAide
    Compared to Conventional Ankle-Foot Orthosis in Stroke Patients (INSTRIDE)"
    SA Kautz and W Feng (Co-Principal Investigators)
    $per subject payment
    September 2011 - December 2012
  • NIH 2R01 HD46820, "Intermuscular coordination of hemiparetic walking"
    SA Kautz (Principal Investigator)
    September 2010 - September 2011
  • VA Rehabilitation R&D A6776S, “Research Career Scientist”
    SA Kautz (Principal Investigator)
    January 2009 – December 2013

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