Katie Harman

Katie Harman

Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Chair
Department of Health & Sport Sciences
Room 104S - SAC E
kaharm01 @ louisville.edu

Dr. Harman's curriculum vitae [PDF]


Dr. Harman received her doctoral training from the University of Louisville in the Department of Anatomical Sciences and Neurobiology. In addition to her graduate training at UofL, Dr. Harman conducted an international collaborative study at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. Her pre-clinical research has largely focused on understanding the progression of both autonomic and locomotor dysfunction following central nervous system injury and disease. In addition to her research efforts, Dr. Harman has extensive teaching experience in various subjects in the anatomical sciences. She is currently directing Human Biomechanics and the laboratories for Anatomy and Physiology.

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Anatomical Sciences and Neurobiology, University of Louisville
  • M.S., Anatomical Sciences and Neurobiology, University of Louisville
  • B.S., Psychology with a Biology Minor, University of Louisville

Teaching Areas

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Biomechanics

Research Areas

  • Central nervous system injury and disease
  • Autonomic and locomotor dysfunction
  • Cardiovascular function
  • Locomotor recovery and rehabilitation
  • Preclinical spinal cord injury


  • Echocardiography and Vascular Ultrasound
  • Blood pressure and electrocardiogram telemetry
  • Locomotor/behavioral assessments for rodents

Recent Publications

  • Harman KA, States GJ, Wade A, Stepp C, Wainwright GN, DeVeau KM, King NT, Shum-Siu A, Magnuson DSK (2017). Temporal analysis of cardiovascular control and function following contusive T3 and T10 spinal cord injury in rodents. (in review)
  • DeVeau KM, Harman KA, Squair JW, Krassioukov AV, Magnuson DSK, West CR (2017). A comparison of passive hind-limb cycling and active upper limb exercise provides new insights into systolic dysfunction following spinal cord injury. American Journal Physiology Heart and Circulatory Physiology, ajpheart.00046.02017. doi:10.1152/ajpheart.00046.2017
  • Squair JW, DeVeau KM, Harman KA, Poormasjedi-Meibod MS, Hayes B, Liu, J, Magnuson DSK, Krassioukov AV, West, CR (2017). Spinal cord injury causes systolic dysfunction and cardiomyocyte atrophy. Journal of Neurotrauma. doi:10.1089/neu.2017.4984
  • Harman KA, DeVeau KM, Squair JW, Woods BD, West CR, Magnuson DSK, Krassioukov AV (2016). Autonomic dysreflexia persists following acute rehabilitation in rats with incomplete contusive spinal cord injury. (in preparation)