Dr Kirsty   McDonald
Lecturer

Dr Kirsty McDonald

2018 PhD, The University of Western Australia
2013 BSc(Hons), The University of Western Australia
2011 BSc, The University of Western Australia
Medicine & Health
Exercise Physiology

With a strong foundation in the biomechanics and physiology of human movement, my research has three key pillars: (i) exploring what humans optimize in various locomotor environments and (ii) determining how they do it, whilst (iii) applying these insights to improve the quality of life of people with movement disabilities. I investigate the multi-factorial prioritization scheme of walking and running gaits in an attempt to broaden our understanding of how humans with and without movement disabilities balance competing locomotor objectives (e.g., minimizing energy cost, maximizing stability, minimizing their risk of musculoskeletal injury/fatigue). In addition, I explore the control targets involved in sensing and regulating these optimality criteria (e.g., does muscle level signaling drive energy cost minimization?). Finally, I explore the distinctive challenges associated with assistive technology use, questioning if we can improve the design of devices such as prostheses, orthoses, and exoskeletons to complement the principal criteria prioritized by the user.

Phone
+61-2-90654296

Publications

  • Journal articles | 2021
    Dr Kirsty McDonald
    McDonald KA; Teater RH; Cruz JP; Kerr JT; Bastas G; Zelik KE, 2021, 'Adding a toe joint to a prosthesis: walking biomechanics, energetics, and preference of individuals with unilateral below-knee limb loss', Scientific Reports, vol. 11, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41598-021-81565-1
    Journal articles | 2020
    Dr Kirsty McDonald
    Yandell MB; Ziemnicki DM; McDonald KA; Zelik KE, 2020, 'Characterizing the comfort limits of forces applied to the shoulders, thigh and shank to inform exosuit design', PLoS ONE, vol. 15, pp. e0228536, http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0228536
    Journal articles | 2019
    Dr Kirsty McDonald
    McDonald KA; Devaprakash D; Rubenson J, 2019, 'Is conservation of center of mass mechanics a priority in human walking? Insights from leg-length asymmetry experiments', Journal of Experimental Biology, vol. 222, pp. jeb195172 - jeb195172, http://dx.doi.org/10.1242/jeb.195172
    Journal articles | 2019
    Dr Kirsty McDonald
    McDonald KA; Honert EC; Cook OS; Zelik KE, 2019, 'Unholey shoes: Experimental considerations when estimating ankle joint complex power during walking and running', Journal of Biomechanics, vol. 92, pp. 61 - 66, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jbiomech.2019.05.031
    Journal articles | 2019
    Dr Kirsty McDonald
    McDonald KA; Cusumano JP; Peeling P; Rubenson J, 2019, 'Multi-objective control in human walking: Insight gained through simultaneous degradation of energetic and motor regulation systems', Journal of the Royal Society Interface, vol. 16, pp. 20190227 - 20190227, http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rsif.2019.0227
    Journal articles | 2019
    Dr Kirsty McDonald
    Nicholas JC; McDonald KA; Peeling P; Jackson B; Dimmock JA; Alderson JA; Donnelly CJ, 2019, 'Pole Dancing for Fitness: The Physiological and Metabolic Demand of a 60-Minute Class', Journal of strength and conditioning research, vol. 33, pp. 2704 - 2710, http://dx.doi.org/10.1519/JSC.0000000000002889
    Journal articles | 2019
    Dr Kirsty McDonald
    McDonald K; Honert E; Cook O; Zelik K, 2019, 'Ankle joint complex power during walking and running: effects of marker location, and shoe- vs. skin-mounted markers', Footwear Science, vol. 11, pp. S51 - S52, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19424280.2019.1606073
    Journal articles | 2016
    Dr Kirsty McDonald
    McDonald KA; Stearne SM; Alderson JA; North I; Pires NJ; Rubenson J, 2016, 'The Role of Arch Compression and Metatarsophalangeal Joint Dynamics in Modulating Plantar Fascia Strain in Running', PLOS ONE, vol. 11, pp. e0152602 - e0152602, http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0152602
    Journal articles | 2016
    Dr Kirsty McDonald
    Stearne SM; McDonald KA; Alderson JA; North I; Oxnard CE; Rubenson J, 2016, 'The Foot's Arch and the Energetics of Human Locomotion', Scientific Reports, vol. 6, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/srep19403
    Journal articles | 2016
    Dr Kirsty McDonald
    Caulfield S; McDonald KA; Dawson B; Stearne SM; Green BA; Rubenson J; Clemons TD; Peeling P, 2016, 'A comparison of haemolytic responses in fore-foot and rear-foot distance runners', Journal of Sports Sciences, vol. 34, pp. 1485 - 1490, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02640414.2015.1119300

Awards

Grants

 

Year Details
2021 UNSW Medicine + Health, School of Health Sciences, Networking Seed Grant Scheme. Exploring device use recommendations to optimize health outcomes for children who use lower limb prostheses. Co-Investigators: Broderick, C., van Doorn, N., Scott, T.

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