Dave Hudson

Dave Hudson


Department of Physical Therapy
Distinguished Professor and Department Head
Phone: 828.227.7070
Email: dhudson@email.wcu.edu
Office Location: HHSB 226

I live in Cullowhee with my wife, Kim, and two boys, Jake and Sam. Kim and I enjoy cheering on our sons' sports teams, watching their stage performances, 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, and 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.

What do you love the most about being a Catamount?

Being a Catamount has taught me to understand that the true measure of my own success is really about the success that I help others achieve.


Dr. Hudson came to Western Carolina University in 2007 from the University of Delaware where he earned an MS and a PhD and later worked as a faculty member. He teaches and researches in the area of biomechanics and muscle physiology. Dr. Hudson works clinically with patients across a broad spectrum of diagnoses. He feels 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.


  • BS Physical Therapy Ithaca College
  • MS Exercise Science University of Delaware
  • PhD Biomechanics and Movement Science University of Delaware

Primary Teaching Responsibilities

  • PT 823 Clinical Biomechanics I – Upper Extremities and spine
  • PT 824 Clinical Biomechanics II – Lower Extremities and spine
  • PT 825 Clinical Biomechanics III – Gait
  • PT 831 Exercise Physiology

Scholarly Interests

Dr. Hudson broadly researches the relationship between structure and function and seeks to understand why we move the way we do – because we do most things really well. Currently he is working with students studying the effects of fatigue on gait stability and developing a new method to measure the natural (and pathologic) twist in the bones of the lower extremity. He is also working with faculty and students in engineering on a new neck brace for cervical hypermobility and a smart orthosis that uses inertial measurement units and electrical stimulation rather than hard plastic.

Recent Publications and Presentations

  • Tanaka ML, Farsad R, Yanik P, Hudson D. Neural prosthesis to assist people with muscle weakness. Presented at: 8th World Congress of Biomechanics; July 2018; Dublin, Ireland.
  • Tanaka ML, Hudson D, Farsad R. Development of electrical stimulation devices for fall prevention and stroke rehabilitation. Presented at: ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition; November 2017; Tampa, FL.
  • Pierce R, Ireton C, Tanaka M, Hudson D. Development of a head support device for people with hypermobile-type Ehler-Danlos Syndrome. Presented at: Summer Biomechanics, Bioengineering, and Biotransport Conference; June 2017; Tucson, AZ.
  • McNamara S, Clark C, Matherne T, Hudson D. The effects of core stability on temporal-spatial stability of gait. Presented at: APTA NEXT Conference; June 2017; Boston, MA.
  • Hudson D. The rotational profile: a study of lower limb axial torsion, hip rotation, and the foot progression angle in healthy adults. Gait Posture. 2016;49:426-430. doi:10.1016j.gaitpost.2016.08.004.
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