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David Hudson

David Hudson

Professor, Department Head

College of Health and Human Sciences

Physical Therapy

Contact Information

Phone: 828.227.2191
Office: 226a Health and Human Sciences Building


I came to Western Carolina University in 2007 from the University of Delaware where I earned an MS and a PhD and later worked as a faculty member. I teach and research in the area of biomechanics and muscle physiology. I work clinically with patients across a broad spectrum of diagnoses. I feel that developing a strong understanding of the basic sciences of our discipline enables a therapist to have expertise that is applicable to a wide variety of patient populations. I live in Cullowhee with my wife, Kim, and two boys, Jake and Sam. Kim and I enjoy cheering on our sons' sports teams and spending time enjoying the outdoor life. We can often be found on the lakes, rivers, and trails of western North Carolina or exploring the small mountain towns and festivals that make the area such a great place to be. Our region is so rich in culture, I have always felt that the best way to know and understand people is to appreciate their food and music, as they are a direct reflection of their history.<br><b><br></b><b>What do I love the most about being a Catamount? </b>As<b> </b>a Catamount I have come to know that the true measure of my own success is really the successes that I help others achieve.


  • Ph D, University of Delaware
  • MS, University of Delaware
  • BS, Ithaca College

Teaching Interests

Biomechanics, Muscle Physiology, Mechanics of Human Walking

Research Interests

The interaction between structure and function of the human body. Currently exploring how core stability interacts with stability while walking and trying to learn more about the mechanisms that make humans walk so well.

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