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Clinton Wutzke, PhD

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Dr. Clinton Wutzke is an assistant professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Science. His primary research interest is in the dynamic control of balance in pathological populations including people with Parkinson’s Disease and people post stroke. Dr. Wutzke is also interested in the influence of sensation and fatigue on gait coordination and function. Clinton’s expertise in the clinical and laboratory assessment of gait and balance include the use of motion capture and electromyography to quantify locomotor performance. Prior to joining George Mason, Clinton completed his doctoral degree in Human Movement at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and then completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Washington DC.

University Service

  • Faculty Advisor, Rehabilitation Science Club, 2016-present
  • Committee Member, CHHS Faculty Council, 2017-present
  • Panelist, George Mason Faculty Orientation, 2017

Community Service

  • Invited Guest Lecturer, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, 2016


Postdoctoral Fellowship, Polytrauma/Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation Research , Veterans Affairs Medical Center

PhD, Human Movement Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

MS, Exercise Science, University of Nebraska at Omaha

BS, Kinesiology and Psychology, University of Lethbridge


Research Interests

  • Gait
  • Balance
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Dynamic balance
  • Motion Capture
  • Muscle Coordination
  • Stroke


Wutzke, C.J., Chan, E., Breceda, E.Y., Sandbrink, F., Dromerick, A.W., Lunn, P., Mohapatra, S., Harris-Love, M.L., Transcallosal effects of chronic below-elbow amputation: A case series, PLOSone, Veterans Disability & Rehabilitation Research, (Submitted, in revision).

Lewek, M.D., Husted, C., Wutzke, C.J., Guiliani, C. (2017). The role of movement errors in modifying gait post-stroke: A randomized controlled trial, Clinical Rehabilitation,  

Wutzke, C.J., Faldowski, R.A., Lewek, M.D. (2015). Individuals poststroke do not perceive their spatiotemporal gait asymmetries as abnormal. Journal of Physical Therapy, 95(9), 1244-1253.  

Lewek, M.D., Bradley, C.E., Wutzke, C.J., Zinder, S.M. (2014). The relationship between spatiotemporal gait asymmetry and balance in individuals with chronic stroke. Journal of Applied Biomechanics, 30(1), 31-36.

Wutzke, C.J., Mercer, V.S., Lewek, M.D. (2013). The influence of lower extremity sensory function on locomotor adaptation following stroke; A review. Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation, 20(3), 233-240. 

Wutzke, C.J., Sawicki, G.S., Lewek, M.D. (2012). The influence of a unilateral fixed ankle on metabolic and mechanical demands during walking in unimpaired young adults. Journal of Biomechanics, 45(14), 2405-2410. 

Rhea, C.K., Wutzke, C.J., Lewek, M.D. (2012). Gait dynamics following variable and constant speed training in individuals with chronic stroke. Gait and Posture, 36(2), 332-334.

Barr, J.B., Wutzke, C.J., Threlkeld, A.J. (2012). Longitudinal gait analysis of a person with a transfemoral amputation using three different prosthetic knee/foot pairs. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, 28(5), 407-411. 

Lewek, M.D., Osborn, A.J., Wutzke, C.J. (2012). The Influence of mechanically and physiologically imposed stiff-knee gait patterns on the energy cost of walking. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 93(1), 123-128.

Honors & Awards

Polytrauma/Traumatic Brain Injury Research Fellow, 2014-2016, Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Inaugural Distinguished Alumni Guest Lecturer, 2014, University of Lethbridge

Plasticity Symposium Scholar, 2013, University of Florida

Graduate Student Mentor Award, 2010, 2012, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Who’s Who Among Graduate Students in American Colleges and Universities, 2004, Who’s Who

Professional Affiliations

Manuscript Reviewer, Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation

Manuscript Reviewer: Journal of Biomechanics

Symposium Chairman: Human Movement Science Research Symposium, Regional Meeting - American Society of Biomechanics (2012)

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