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
School of Health Sciences

My research group investigates the multi-factorial prioritization schemes of walking and running to broaden our understanding of how humans balance competing locomotor objectives. We also explore control targets involved in sensing and regulating optimality criteria. We then apply this knowledge to improve the design of assistive technology and rehabilitation protocols. The overarching vision of this work is to enhance mobility through a deeper understanding of fundamental locomotor mechanics, energetics, and prioritization strategies.

Phone
+61-2-90654296
  • Journal articles | 2022
    McDonald KA; Teater RH; Cruz JP; Zelik KE, 2022, 'Unilateral below-knee prosthesis users walking on uneven terrain: The effect of adding a toe joint to a passive prosthesis', Journal of Biomechanics, vol. 138, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jbiomech.2022.111115
    Journal articles | 2021
    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 | 2021
    Ziemnicki DM; Caputo JM; McDonald KA; Zelik KE, 2021, 'Development and Evaluation of a Prosthetic Ankle Emulator With an Artificial Soleus and Gastrocnemius', Journal of Medical Devices, Transactions of the ASME, vol. 15, http://dx.doi.org/10.1115/1.4052518
    Journal articles | 2020
    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
    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 | 2019
    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
    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
    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
    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 | 2016
    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
    Journal articles | 2016
    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
    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
  • Preprints |
    McDonald KA; Cusumano JP; Hieronymi A; Rubenson J, Humans trade-off energetic cost with fatigue avoidance while walking, http://dx.doi.org/10.1101/2022.03.16.484670
    Preprints |
    McDonald KA; Teater RH; Cruz JP; Zelik KE, Unilateral Below-Knee Prosthesis Users Walking on Uneven Terrain: The Effect of Adding a Toe Joint to a Passive Prosthesis, http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3969845

 

Year Details
2022 American Society of Biomechanics Grants for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (GRADE) Program. Ensuring a sustainable future for the International Women in Biomechanics Community. Co-Investigators: Banks, C., Daniels, K., Ebrahimi, A.
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.
2021 UNSW Research Infrastructure Scheme. A portable solution for metabolic measurements. Co-Investigators: Arnold, R., Endre, Z., Héroux, M., Kark, L., Letton, M., Sturnieks, D., Thom, J., van Schooten, K., Ward, R.

 Peer-Reviewed Publications

Year Details Link
2022 McDonald, K.A., Teater, R.T., Cruz, J.P., Zelik, K.E. Unilateral below-knee prosthesis users walking on uneven terrain: the effect of adding a toe joint to a passive prosthesis. Journal of Biomechanics. 138; 111115. doi: 10.1016/j.biomch.2022.111115 Available Here
2021 Ziemnicki, D., Caputo, J., McDonald, K.A., Zelik, K.E. Development and Evaluation of a Prosthetic Ankle Emulator with an Artificial Soleus and Gastrocnemius. Journal of Medical Devices. 15(4); 045001. doi: 10.1115/1.4052518.

Available Here

2021 McDonald, K.A., Teater, R.T., Cruz, J.P., Kerr, J.T., Bastas, G., Zelik, K.E. Adding a toe joint to a prosthesis: walking biomechanics, energetics, and preference of individuals with unilateral below-knee limb loss. Scientific Reports. 11; 1924. doi: 10.1038/s41598-021-81565-1 Available Here
2020 Yandell, M., Ziemnicki, D., McDonald, K.A., Zelik, K.E. Characterizing the Comfort Limits of Forces Applied to the Shoulders, Thigh and Shank to Inform Exosuit Design. PLOS ONE. 15(2); e0228536. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0228536 Available Here
2019 McDonald, K.A., Cusumano, J.P., Peeling, P., Rubenson, J. Multi-objective control in human walking: insight gained through simultaneous degradation of energetic and motor regulation systems. Journal of The Royal Society Interface. 16(158); 20190227. doi: 10.1098/rsif.2019.0227 Available Here
2019 McDonald, K.A., Honert, E.C., Cook, O.S., Zelik, K.E. Unholey shoes: experimental considerations when estimating ankle joint complex power during walking and running. Journal of Biomechanics. 92; 61-66. doi: 10.1016/j.jbiomech.2019.05.031 Available Here
2019 McDonald, K.A., Devaprakash, D., Rubenson, J. Is conservation of center of mass mechanics a priority in human walking? Journal of Experimental Biology. 222(9); jeb195172. doi: 10.1242/jeb.195172 Available Here
2019 Nicholas, J.C., McDonald, K.A., Peeling, P., Jackson, B., Dimmock, J.A., Alderson, J.A., Donnelly, C.J. Pole dancing for fitness: the physiological and metabolic demand of a 60-minute class. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 33(10); 2704-10. doi: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000002889 Available Here
2019 McDonald, K.A., Honert, E.C., Cook, O.S., Zelik, K.E. Ankle joint complex power during walking and running: effects of marker location, and shoe- vs. skin-mounted markers. Footwear Science. 11(Sup1); S51-S52. doi: 10.1080/19424280.2019.1606073 Available Here
2016 McDonald, K.A., Stearne, S.M., North, I., Alderson, J.A., Pires, N.J., Rubenson, J. The role of arch compression and metatarsophalangeal joint dynamics in modulating plantar fascia strain in running. PLoS ONE. 11(4); e0152602. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0152602 Available Here
2016 Stearne, S.M., McDonald, K.A., Alderson, J.A., North, I., Oxnard, C.E., Rubenson, J. The foot’s arch and the energetics of human locomotion. Scientific Reports. 6; 19403. doi: 10.1038/srep19403 Available Here
2015 Caulfield, S., McDonald, K.A., Dawson, B., Stearne, S.M., Green, B.A., Rubenson, J., Clemmons, T.D., Peeling, P. A comparison of haemolytic responses in fore-foot and rear-foot striking distance runners. Journal of Sport Sciences. 34(15); 1485-1490. doi: 10.1080/02640414.2015.1119300 Available Here

 

Conference Abstracts

Year Details
2021 Eveld, M.E., Wolfe, A.E., Cruz, J.P., Sifuentes, N.J., Ausec, B.N., Zelik, K.E., McDonald, K.A. Task-specific device use in paediatric prosthesis users. 12th Australasian Biomechanics Congress, Virtual
2021 McDonald, K.A., Teater, R.H., Zelik, K.E. Does a prosthetic toe joint affect mechanics or preference when persons with limb loss walk on uneven terrain? XXVIII Congress of the International Women in Biomechanics, Virtual
2021 Teater, R.T., McDonald, K.A., Zelik, K.E. Exploring Effects of Prosthetic Ankle and Toe Joint Range of Motion on Activities of Daily Living. XXVIII Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics, Virtual
2021 Ebrahimi, A., Kessler, S., Montgomery, J., Banks, C., McDonald, K., Daniels, K., Maharaj, J. What womxn want: Using the International Womxn in Biomechanics organization to help womxn in biomechanics thrive. XXVIII Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics, Virtual
2021 Ziemnicki, D.M., Caputo, J., McDonald, K.A., Zelik., K.E., Effects of an artificial gastrocnemius and powered ankle prosthesis on transtibial prosthesis user gait. 45th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Biomechanics, Virtual
2020 Molitor, S., Zelik, K., McDonald, K. On the importance of applying appropriate joint angle normalization to multi-segment foot models. Biomedical Engineering Society Conference, Virtual
2020 Molitor, S., Zelik, K., McDonald, K. Comparison of joint mechanics of the dominant vs non-dominant lower limbs during locomotion. 44th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Biomechanics, Virtual
2020 Teater, R.T., McDonald, K.A., Bastas, G., Zelik, K.E. Asymmetry, Instability and Functional Deficits in Transtibial Prosthesis Users During Squatting, Lifting and Sit-to-Stand. 44th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Biomechanics, Virtual
2020 Ziemnicki, D.M., McDonald, K.A., Zelik., K.E. Combining an Artificial Gastrocnemius and Powered Ankle Prosthesis: Effects on Transtibial Prosthesis User Gait. 44th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Biomechanics, Virtual
2020 McDonald, K.A., Cusumano, J.P., Hieronymi, A., Rubenson, J. Decoupling the metabolic and neuromuscular cost of human walking. Dynamic Walking 2020, Virtual
2019 McDonald, K.A., Teater, R.H., Cook, O.S., Bastas, G., Zelik, K.E. The Biomechanical and Met-toe-bolic Effects of Walking on a Passive Prosthetic Foot with an Added Toe Joint. XXVII Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics, Calgary, Canada
2019 Teater, R.H., McDonald, K.A., Cook, O.S., Bastas, G., Zelik, K.E. Addition of a Passive Toe Joint: Considerations for Passive and Powered Ankle-Foot Prosthesis Design. XXVII Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics, Calgary, Canada
2019 McDonald, K.A., Honert, E.C., Cook, O.S., Zelik, K.E. Ankle joint complex power during walking and running: effects of marker location, and shoe- vs. skin-mounted markers. XXVII Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics, Calgary, Canada
2019 McDonald, K.A., Hieronymi, A., Cusumano, J.P., Rubenson, J. Optimization in Human Walking: Decoupling Whole-Body Energetics and Local Muscle Effort. XXVII Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics, Calgary, Canada
2019 McDonald, K.A., Honert, E.C., Cook, O.S., Zelik, K.E. Ankle joint complex power during walking and running: effects of marker location, and shoe- vs. skin-mounted markers. 14th Biennial Footwear Biomechanics Symposium, Kananaskis, Canada
2018 Nicholas, J.C., McDonald, K.A., Peeling, P., Jackson, B., Dimmock, J.A., Alderson, J.A., Donnelly, C.J. The physiological and metabolic demand of a standardized 60-minute pole dancing class. 23rd Annual Congress of the European College for Sport Science, Dublin, Ireland
2016 McDonald, K.A., Peeling, P., Rubenson, J. Preferred walking speed selection in normal and perturbed gait environments. 40th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Biomechanics, Raleigh, USA
2016 McDonald, K.A., Peeling, P., Rubenson, J. Preferred walking speed selection in normal and unstable gait environments. Biomechanics and Neural Control of Movement, Sterling, USA
2015 McDonald, K.A., Stearne, S.M., North, I., Alderson, J.A., Rubenson, J. The role of arch compression and metatarsophalangeal joint dynamics in modulating plantar fascia strain in running. XXV Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics, Glasgow, UK

 

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