Department of Kinesiology

School of Health and Human Sciences

Our Faculty and Staff: Christopher Rhea

Christopher Rhea, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
237- A Coleman Building
ckrhea@uncg.edu
Curriculum Vitae

About Dr. Rhea

Dr. Rhea’s primary research interest is the control of gait and balance. Dr. Rhea’s team has leveraged smartphone technology by creating an Android-based app to identify neurological dysfunction from movement patterns. Dr. Rhea’s research team has also developed novel rehabilitation applications using virtual reality (VR) technology by creating avatars and other virtual environments to assist in the re-development of a patient’s walking ability. Dr. Rhea’s research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Defense (DoD), US Navy, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and the Women’s Football Foundation. Check out Dr. Rhea’s recent TEDxGreensboro talk on the use of VR to address human health challenges!

Media highlighting our research

Courses taught

  • KIN 376 – Biomechanics of Sport and Physical Activity
  • KIN 386 – Motor Learning and Development
  • KIN 643 – Mechanical Analysis of Motor Skills
  • KIN 702 – Research Seminar in Applied Neuromechanics
  • KIN 711 – Human System Variability
  • KIN 715 – Professional Ethics in Health and Human Sciences
  • KIN 778 Professional Seminary in Grant Writing

External funding

  • 2019-2020: Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Phase II award for “Designing and testing a community context driven evidence-based virtual avatar coaching approach to improve access to health promotion programs for low-income children and families”, $25,000, Co-I
  • 2018-2023: National Institutes of Health R25 grant for “The science of essential balance”, $1,246,118, Co-I
  • 2018-2019: Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Phase I award for “Designing and testing a community context driven evidence-based virtual avatar coaching approach to improve access to health promotion programs for low-income children and families”, $10,000, Co-I
  • 2017-2020: National Institutes of Health R15 grant for “Merging attentional focus and balance training to reduce fall risk in older adults”, $345,472, Co-I
  • 2015-2020: Department of Defense Neurosensory Research Award for “TBI Assessment of Readiness using a Gait Evaluation Test (TARGET): Development of a portable mTBI screening device”, $941,639, PI
  • 2015-2016: US Navy sub-contract for “Balance assessment following combat mTBI”, $123,000, PI
  • 2014-2016: Women’s Football Foundation grant for “Diagnosis, evaluation, and return-to-play after concussion in women athletes playing full contact American football”, $69,000, Co-PI
  • 2014: US Navy sub-contract for “Nonlinear dynamics analysis of biomechanical and physiological data from the Navy Experimental Diving Unit”, $100,000, PI

Patents

  • Rhea, C.K. (2018). Virtual reality training to enhance locomotor rehabilitation. U.S. Patent No. 10,152,898. Washington, DC: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Awards

  • 2015-2021: National Institutes of Health (NIH) Student Loan Repayment Program (LRP) recipient for Clinical Research, sponsored by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
  • 2017: Jerry and Joan Morrison Tolley & Gail M. Hennis Graduate Teaching Award, School of Health and Human Sciences, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • 2013: Research Excellence Award for Junior Faculty, School of Health and Human Sciences, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Scholarly & Professional Keywords

biomechanics, motor behavior, gait, postural control, virtual reality, smartphone technology