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Dr Harvi Hart Academic, LASEM Research Centre

My research interests are centered on osteoarthritis (traumatic and non-traumatic) with two major directions: (i) understanding risk factors associated with development and progression, and (ii) treatment strategies to improve quality of life. My doctoral work focused on psychological and biomechanical impairments in people with traumatic knee osteoarthritis after anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) surgery and investigated a targeted intervention to address psychological and biomechanical impairments and quality of life in this patient-population. I have continued my research on psychological features (e.g. knee confidence and kinesiophobia) in people following ACL surgery, and how these features impact function and quality of life. My postdoctoral research is focused on patellofemoral joint osteoarthritis. Specifically, I have focused on mechanical risk factors (e.g. quadriceps muscle volumes) and non-mechanical risk factors (e.g. confidence) associated with the patellofemoral joint osteoarthritis.

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