Robyn York, Ed.D.


Spartan Complex 102


(408) 924-3010

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Professor Bio

Dr. York currently resides in Orange County, CA with her husband and four sons. Leading an active life, she enjoys the academic challenges of teaching in areas such as biomechanics, anatomy, and physiology. Although Dr. York is not on campus at SJSU, she strives to promote an inclusive classroom environment that both challenges and excites her students.


Ed. D., Walden University, December 2012             

Concentration: Higher Education and Adult Learning

M.S. Kinesiology, The Pennsylvania State University, May 2003

Concentration: Biomechanics and Locomotion Studies

B.S. Kinesiology, California State University, Fullerton, 2001

Concentration: Exercise Physiology/Sports Science.

Graduated Cum Laude with General Education Honors


Expertise, Research & Teaching Interests

For 12 years, I have lectured in the Kinesiology department at California State University, Fullerton. In addition, I have facilitated biomechanics and movement anatomy laboratory courses at Cal Poly Pomona, a hybrid ‘Introduction to Kinesiology’ and online ‘Drugs, Health, and Society’ course at Golden West College, and hybrid biomechanics courses at San Jose State University.

Kinesiology-related and pharmaceutical research trials are an integral portion of my career. I have assisted in gaining funding for five novel studies, earning publication as first or second author in several peer-reviewed journals. Presently, I am collaborating with a colleague on a new avenue of research pertaining to kinetic feedback in motor skill learning.

Higher Education and Adult Learning was the focus of my Doctorate of Education degree earned at Walden University. These studies introduced adult education theory and research into my repertoire of skills and provided new applications for student success in the classroom.  My dissertation explored the value of a credit hour in the undergraduate online classroom, a high value topic in higher education as more classes turn online. I am hoping to pursue more research in this area, including evaluating credit hours in hybrid courses and comparison of value between online, hybrid, and traditional courses.


Courses Taught

KIN 158: Biomechanics

KIN 147: Biomechanical Assessment of Movement


Selected Publications

York, RM and Barr, ML. (2017). Fundamentals of Movement Mechanics. Great River Learning: Dubuque, IA

York, RM. (2012). The Relationship Between Student Engagement in Online Courses and Credit Hour Value. Doctoral Project Study, retrieve at

York, RM and Gordon, IL. (2009) Effect of Optically Modified Polyethylene Terephthalate Fiber Socks on Chronic Foot Pain.  BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 9(10),

York, R., Perell-Gerson, K., Durham, J., & Roper, J.  (2009) Motor learning of a gait pattern to reduce forefoot plantar pressures in individuals with diabetic peripheral neuropathy. Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 1; 434-441

Burgess, RM, Perell, KL, and Roper, JM. (2005). Motor Learning in Gait in Subjects with Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy.  Abstract, Gait and Posture

Selected Presentations



Undergraduate/Graduate Student Research Supervision


Professional Affiliations

CA Faculty Association

National Education Association