Elizabeth Bell, Ph.D.


Assistant Professor


Contact Info

Burdick Hall, 121V
Mon./Wed. 9-10am and 12-1pm


Ph.D., Cognitive Motor Neuroscience, University of Maryland 2023

M.A., Kinesiology, University of Maryland, May 2018

Graduate Certificate, Measurement, Statistics and Evaluation, University of Maryland, December 2021

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Denver, June 2008
Minors in Mathematics and Medical Physics

Areas of Expertise

Biomechanics, motor control, psychometrics

Select Publications

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  • Bell, E. M., Carrignan, J., Collier, D. K., Yang, J. S., & Shim, J. K. (2022). Identifying prosthetic capabilities that define functionality of individuals with amputation. JPO: Journal of Prosthetics and Orthotics, 34(1), e9-e19.
  • Bell, E. M., Pruziner, A. L., Wilken, J. M., & Wolf, E. J. (2016) Performance of conventional and X2® prosthetic knees during slope descent. Clinical Biomechanics, 33, 26-31.


Elizabeth Bell's current research focuses on determining how features of movement affect human health and the long-term risk for chronic diseases. She has recently focused on modeling the consequences of pregnancy on knee joint loading and future knee health. She has over 10 years of experience in the biomechanics field. Previously, as a biomedical engineer of the Department of Defense, she examined how prosthetic devices can improve walking mechanics over advanced terrain. As a teacher, she aims to help students succeed no matter what their background is and motivate them to use inquiry to keep learning throughout their own career.


  • International Women in Biomechanics
  • American Society of Biomechanics


  • 2020 American Society of Biomechanics grant-in-aid award
  • 2020 University of Maryland Teaching Innovation Grant & Summer Fellowship

Courses Taught

  • KNES 235 Foundations of Fitness and Wellness
  • KNES 311 Biomechanics 
  • KNES 367 Quantitative Research Methods