Dr. David Andrews

Dr. Dave Andrews

Department Head

Dr.David AndrewsEmail: dandrews@uwindsor.ca
Phone: (519) 253-3000 ext: 2433
Office: H.K. Building, Room 106

Ergonomics/Biomechanics Lab 

B.P.E. (McMaster University, 1989)
M.Sc. (McMaster University, 1992)
Ph.D. (University of Waterloo, 1996)

Dr. Andrews teaches Functional Anatomy and Human Factors at the undergraduate level, and Occupational Biomechanics at the graduate level.  His main body of research is aimed at designing and testing various methods for estimating cumulative loads on the low back during industrial work, and non-work activities, and quantifying and modeling leg and upper extremity responses following impacts, such as those experienced during running and landing from a fall.  Dr. Andrews is a Past President of the Canadian Society for Biomechanics (CSB), and the former Research Leadership Chair for the Faculty of Human Kinetics.  He is a member of several national and international societies in Biomechanics and Ergonomics, and he serves on the editorial boards for two scientific journals.  Dr. Andrews is the current Head of the Department of Kinesiology and the Teaching Leadership Chair for the Faculty of Human Kinetics.  His main areas of focus in the scholarship of teaching and learning include the use of research and peer feedback to enhance teaching practices, and the interaction of teaching and research in higher education.   

Areas of Research Interest

Biomechanics and Ergonomics

  • Skeletal response and modeling of leg and upper extremity impacts
  • Predicting segment tissue masses in living people
  • Cumulative loading on the low back and shoulders during work and non-work activities
  • Patient handling practices in nurses
  • Development and evaluation of biomechanical methods for physical demands assessment

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

  • Peer observation of teaching
  • Continual development of teaching practices
  • Interaction of teaching and research in higher education

Current Research Funding (PI)

  1. Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) (2012-2017).  Soft and rigid tissue effects on shock propagation.
  2. University of Windsor Teaching Leadership Chair (2014-2017).
  3. University of Windsor Centred on Learning Innovation Fund (2016-2017)
Current Graduate Students
I= Internship
  1. Danielle Gyemi (PhD) W18
  2. Andrew Patterson (T) (Co-advisor Dr. Azar)
  3. Andrea Vlasic (T) (Co-advisor Dr. van Wyk)
  4. Russel Boglitch (I) (Co-advisor Dr. van Wyk)
  5. Ranny Michael (I) 
  6. Kyle Palframan (I)
  7. Tom Lee (I)
  8. Vanessa Christner (I)
  9. Jessica Verbora (T)

Undergrad Students

  1. Zoe Ellis
  2. Zikra Nilam
  3. Chris Poloniato
  4. Claudia Town

Key Scholarly Activities

  1. Andrews, D.M., J.A.K. Bornais, and K. Cramer (2016).  Mapping the past, present, and future of Teaching Leadership Chairs in Canada: A report.  Collective Essays on Learning and Teaching (CELT), 9, 237-241.
  2. Gyemi, D., P.M. van Wyk, M. Statham, J. Casey, and D.M. Andrews (2016, in press). 3D peak and cumulative low back and shoulder loads and postures during greenhouse pepper harvesting using a video-based approach. WORK. March, 2016.
  3. Brydges, E.A., T.A. Burkhart, W.J. Altenhof, and D.M. Andrews (2015, August).  Leg soft tissue position and velocity from skin markers can be obtained with good to acceptable reliability following heel impacts. Journal of Sports Sciences, 33(15): 1606-1613 (doi 10.1080/02640414.2014.1003583).
  4. van Wyk, P.M., P.L. Weir, and D.M. Andrews (2015).  Manual patient transfers used most often by student and staff nurses are consistent with their perceptions of transfer training, and performance confidence.  WORK, 50(2): 249-260 (doi 10.3233/WOR-131802).
  5. *Azar, N.R., T. Iley, C.A. Godin, J.P. Callaghan, and D.M. Andrews (2014). Three-dimensional peak and cumulative shoulder loads and postures during non-occupational tasks: A preliminary investigation. WORK, 47(1): 72-86. *Invited Manuscript (special issue)
  6. Burkhart, T.A., R.A. Bertram, A. Schinkel-Ivy, and D.M. Andrews (2014).  Assessing the feasibility of pedometers for quantifying the volume of impacts during varsity athletic practices.  International Journal of Kinesiology and Sports Science, 2(1):7-12.
  7. Burkhart, T.A., C.E. Quenneville, C.E. Dunning, and D.M. Andrews (2014).  Development and validation of a distal radius finite element model to simulate impact loading indicative of a forward fall.  Journal of Engineering in Medicine, 228(3):258-271.
  8. Schinkel-Ivy, A., T.A. Burkhart, and D.M. Andrews (2014).  Differences in distal lower extremity tissue masses and mass ratios exist in athletes of sports involving repetitive impacts.  Journal of Sports Sciences, 32(6):533-541.
  9. Schinkel-Ivy, A., W.J. Altenhof, and D.M. Andrews (2014). Validation of a full body finite element model (THUMS) for running-type impacts to the lower extremity.  Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering, 17(2):137-148.
  10. Burkhart, T.A., D.M. Andrews and C.E. Dunning (2013).  Multivariate injury risk criteria and injury probability scores for fractures to the distal radius.  Journal of Biomechanics, 46(5): 973-978.
  11. Burkhart, T.A., A. Schinkel-Ivy, and D.M. Andrews (2013).  Tissue mass ratios and the reporting of distal lower extremity injuries in varsity athletes at a Canadian University. Journal of Sports Sciences, 31(6): 684-687.
  12. Burkhart, T.A., and D.M. Andrews (2013).  Kinematics, kinetics and muscle activation patterns of the upper extremity during simulated forward falls.  Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology, 23(3):688-695.
  13. Burkhart, T.A., D.M. Andrews and C.E. Dunning (2013).  Finite element modeling mesh quality, energy balance and validation methods: A review with recommendations associated with the modeling of bone tissue. Journal of Biomechanics, 46(9):1477-1488.
  14. Stefanczyk, J.M., E.A. Brydges, T.A. Burkhart, W.J. Altenhof, and D.M. Andrews (2013). Surface accelerometer fixation method affects leg soft tissue motion following heel impacts.  International Journal of Kinesiology and Sports Science, 1(3):1-8.
  15. Andrews, D.M., K.M. Fiedler, P.L. Weir, and J.P. Callaghan (2012).  The effect of posture category salience on decision times and errors when using observation-based posture assessment methods. Ergonomics, 55(12):1548-1558.
  16. Burkhart, T.A., C.E. Dunning, and D.M. Andrews (2012a).  Predicting distal radius bone strains and injury in response to impulsive impacts using multi-axial accelerometers.  Journal of Biomechanical Engineering, 134(10): 101007-1-101007-7.
  17. Burkhart, T.A., C.E. Dunning, and D.M. Andrews (2012b).  Failure characteristics of the isolated distal radius in response to dynamic impact loading.  Journal of Orthopaedic Research, 30(6): 885-892.
  18. Burkhart, T.A., D. Clarke, and D.M. Andrews (2012).  Reliability of impact forces, hip angles and velocities during simulated forward falls using a novel Propelled Upper Limb fall ARrest Impact System (PULARIS).  Journal of Biomechanical Engineering, 134(1): 011001-1-011001-8.
  19. Fiedler, K.M., P.L. Weir, P.M. van Wyk, and D.M. Andrews (2012).  Analyzing what nurses do during work in a hospital setting: A feasibility study using video.  WORK, 43(4):515-523.
  20. Schinkel-Ivy, A., T.A. Burkhart, and D.M. Andrews (2012).  Leg tissue mass composition affects tibial acceleration response following impact.  Journal of Applied Biomechanics, 28(1): 29-40.
  21. Sonne, M., D.L. Villalta, and D.M. Andrews (2012).  Development and evaluation of an office ergonomic risk checklist: ROSA - Rapid Office Strain Assessment.  Applied Ergonomics, 43(1): 98-108.
  22. *Sonne, M., and D.M. Andrews (2012).  The Rapid Office Strain Assessment (ROSA): Validity of online worker self-assessments and the relationship to worker discomfort.  Occupational Ergonomics, 10(3): 83-101. *Invited Manuscript.