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Vennila Krishnan, PhD, PT

Associate Professor, Physical Therapy


  • Ph.D - University of Delaware Biomechanics and Movement Science, 2009
  • M.I.T - Manipal University Information Technology, 2002
  • B.P.T - Pondicherry Central University Physical Therapy, 1996

Awards and Honors

  • 2011       The Travel Scholarship Award, Progress in Motor Control VIII
  • 2008      Travel Award, Department of Kinesiology and Applied Physiology, University of Delaware, Newark, DE
  • 2007      Best Podium Presentation for graduate students, Biomechanics Research Symposium,Newark, DE
  • 2007     The Motion Monitor Award for Excellence in Research Design and Execution
  • 2007     Northeast American Society of Biomechanics (NE-ASB) College Park, MD
  • 2007     Best Poster Presentation Award, Progress in Motor Control VI
  • 1996     First Rank Holderin Bachelor of Physiotherapy, Pondicherry University

Selected Publications

  • Krishnan V, Rosenblatt N, Latash ML, Grabiner MD (2012) The effects of age on stabilization of the mediolateral trajectory of the swing foot. Gait & Posture 2013 (Epub)
  • Krishnan V, Kanekar N, Aruin A (2012) Feedforward postural control in individuals with multiple sclerosis during load release. Gait & Posture 36(2):225-30.
  • Mohapatra S, Krishnan V, Aruin A (2012) Postural control in response to an external perturbation: effect of altered proprioceptive information. Experimental Brain Research 217(2):197-208.
  • Krishnan V, Kanekar N, Aruin A (2012) Anticipatory postural adjustments in individuals with multiple sclerosis. NeuroScience Letters 506(2):256-60.
  • Krishnan V, Latash ML, Aruin A (2012) Early and late components of feed-forward postural adjustments to predictable perturbations. Clinical NeuroPhysiology 123(5):1016-26.
  • Mohapatra S, Krishnan V, Aruin A (2012) The effect of decreased visual acuity on control of posture. Clinical NeuroPhysiology 123(1):173-82.
  • Krishnan V, Aruin A (2011) Postural control in response to perturbation: role of vision and additional support. Experimental Brain Research 212(1):47-63.
  • Krishnan V, Aruin A, Latash ML (2011) Two stages and three components of the postural preparation to action. Experimental Brain Research 212(1):47-63
  • Krishnan V, Jaric S (2010) Effects of task complexity on coordination of inter-limb and within-limb forces in static bimanual manipulation. Motor Control 14(4): 528-44
  • Krishnan V, Jaric S (2008) Hand function in multiple sclerosis: Force coordination in manipulation tasks. Clinical Neurophysiology 119: 2274-2281
  • de Freitas PB, Krishnan V, Jaric S (2008) Force coordination in object manipulation.      Journal of Human Kinetics 20: 37-51
  • Krishnan V, de Freitas PB, Jaric S (2008) Impaired object manipulation in mildly involved individuals with multiple sclerosis. Motor Control 12: 3-20
  • de Freitas PB, Markovic G, Krishnan V, Jaric S (2008) Force coordination in static manipulation: Discerning the contribution of muscle synergies and cutaneous afferents. Neuroscience Letters 434: 234-239
  • de Freitas PB, Krishnan V, Jaric S (2007) Force coordination in static manipulation tasks: effects of the change in direction and handedness. Experimental Brain Research 183: 487-497
  • Freitas P. B, Krishnan V, Jaric S (2007) Elaborate force coordination of precision grip could be generalized to bimanual grasping techniques. Neuroscience Letters 412: 179-184

Google Scholar

Venilla Krishnan

Contact Information

Phone: 562-985-4155
Office Location: ET Building, Room: 118
Department of Physical Therapy
California State University, Long Beach,
1250 Bellflower Blvd
Long Beach, CA 90840

Professional Interests/Activities

  • Posture & Gait Abnormalities and Rehabilitation
  • Motor Control and Motor Disorders
  • Biomechanical Evaluation of Movement Performance
  • Hand Function

CSULB Assignment  

  • DPT 705 – Biomechanical Principles
  • DPT 735 – Gait
  • DPT 797 – Doc Projec