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Kinesiology Department

Thomas A. Krouskop, Ph.D., P.E. 

Thomas Krouskop, Ph.D., P.E. is the former director of The National Center for Human Performance at Texas Medical Center and a professor in the School of Allied Health Sciences and the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Baylor College of Medicine. He is also an adjunct professor at The University of Texas Dental School in the Department of Oral Biomaterials, in the Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Imaging at the University of Texas Medical School – Houston, and in the Department of Health and Human Performance at the University of Houston.


Dr. Krouskop was instrumental in founding the Bioengineering Program at Texas A&M University where he was a tenured associate professor. In 1978, he joined the staff of Baylor College of Medicine and became a tenured professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. In addition to teaching in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Material Science at Rice University, Dr. Krouskop served as an adjunct Professor in the School of Occupational Therapy at Texas Woman's University where he taught in the Master's Level Program in Rehabilitation Technology he founded in 1986. He has served on 65 graduate student research committees, been chairman or co-chairman for 24 students, and currently is on committees for three graduate students.  

Dr. Krouskop has been the principal investigator for a Rehabilitation Engineering Center sponsored by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) and several field-initiated research NIDRR projects. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the National Research Council, the National Institutes of Health (NIH),National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and numerous private foundations have also sponsored his research projects.

In addition to serving as a temporary director for NIDRR Rehabilitation Engineering Center Programs, Dr. Krouskop has been a peer reviewer for NIDRR, VA, Paralyzed Veterans of America, NIH, and the Shriners Hospital System. He is an active member of several professional organizations and has published extensively in the areas of the effects of pressure on tissue, fitting sockets for artificial limbs, and ultrasound elastography. 

In 1993, Dr. Krouskop received the Kosiak Award for his work in pressure ulcer prevention and worked to develop the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research guidelines for preventing and treating pressure ulcers. In 2011, he was recognized by the Carnegie Mellon University Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering as a distinguished alumnus. Dr. Krouskop also owns nine U.S. patents and developed products for commercial use while at Baylor College of Medicine and The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research. He was responsible for setting up the first motion analysis laboratory at the Shriners Hospital in Houston, which has since become the model for the other gait laboratories in the Shriners Hospital System.

Dr. Krouskop received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Carnegie Institute of Technology in 1967, a master’s in civil engineering and biotechnology from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1969, and a doctorate in biotechnology and civil engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1971.