David A. Barlow, PhD, Anatomy/Biomechanics

David A. Barlow, PhD, Anatomy/Biomechanics

Associate Professor

180B 401 Academy Street 180B 401
Newark, DE 19716
Ph: 302-831-3030
E: barlow@udel.edu


David A. Barlow, Ph.D., presently serves as the Director of the University Center for Health Professions Studies, Director of the College of Arts & Sciences Medical/Dental Scholars Program, and teacher of Gross Human Anatomy as a faculty member in the Department of Behavioral Health and Nutrition in the College of Health Sciences. As a faculty member in the University since 1973, besides teaching he has held numerous administrative and leadership responsibilities, A well respected teacher, he is known for his excellence in advising undergraduate/graduate students in areas concerned with Exercise Science, Biomechanics of Sport, and Functional Human Anatomy. In the previous decades he served as a former Program Director/Department Chair guiding the curricular/facility/faculty development in support of rapidly expanding degree programs in the areas of Health Promotion and Exercise/Movement Sciences. For example he was a former Co-Founder of a Sports Science Center (Human Performance Laboratory) that was created in the late 1980’s and was initially instrumental in serving as a catalyst for faculty creation of graduate/undergraduate programs of study in Biomechanics and Exercise Physiology during the 1980’s and 90’s.

He received his B.S. degree in Physical Education and Health Sciences from the University of Connecticut in 1963. From 1963 to 1968, he served on active military duty as a commissioned officer in the United States Navy. Following the Persian Gulf War in 1992, he completed an active affiliation of 28 years with the Naval Reserve receiving meritorious commendations and awards while serving as a Captain and Commanding Officer of several different Armed Forces Units recalled to Active Duty. With the aid of a United States Office of Education (USOE) Research Fellowship, Professor Barlow received a M.S. Degree under Dr. Richard C. Nelson in Biomechanics of Sport at The Pennsylvania State University. In 1973, he was awarded his doctorate in Biomechanics and Human Anatomy from Indiana University where his mentor’s were Dr. John M. Cooper and Dr. Sherwin Mizell.

Professor Barlow, in addition to the teaching of undergraduate and graduate courses in biomechanics and human anatomy, was initially responsible for the development of a high degree of curiosity within our department concerning selected mechanical aspects of dynamic human performance in sport. He has also previously served as the Director of the Performance Division of the Association for the Advancement of Sports Potential (AASP), a former public foundation located in Pennsylvania. The primary purpose of this foundation was to aid in the scientific development of amateur athletes and in the prevention of high stress related injuries in the equine industry.

His early principal research interests dealt with the biomechanical aspects of sport science/medicine. Over the years he has been the author of numerous Professional papers presented in various scientific journals/proceedings. Extensive presentations of scientific work (60-70+) have been given at professional meetings on a regional, national, and international basis. A dynamic speaker and respected professional, he was frequently invited to give talks and present research papers at national symposiums and sports medicine seminars all over the country. In more recent years he has been invited to serve as a Visiting Professor and Guest Lecturer teaching Kinesiology and Sport Science at Beijing University and other related Chinese institutions. Since 2003 he has been the co-recipient of several U.S. Department of State grants for the promotion of international relations through sport and education involving countries that include Turkey, Senegal, and India.

Dr. Barlow is married to the former Jean R. Hamill from Manchester, Connecticut. He and his wife have two adult children, Jennifer (Banks) and Jeffrey, and currently reside in Hockessin, Delaware.


KAAP420- Functional Human Anatomy
ARSC480- Issues in Healthcare for Children and Families
ARSC482- Issues in Public Health-Economics


Inductee, Phi Delta Kappa National Honor Society, Alpha Chapter, Indiana University,1972

Inductee, Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society, 1974

President, Vice President, Treasurer, Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society, University of Delaware Chapter, 1981-1990

President, National Kinesiology Academy, AAHPERD, 1981-1983

Research Fellow, Research Council, American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, 1983

Gold Medal, “Dynamics of Human Anatomy IVD”, 34th Annual New York Film Festivals, 1991

Silver Medal, “Dynamics of Human Anatomy – a Level III IVD”, New Media Invision Multimedia Award in Higher Education, Washington, DC, 1993

First Place, Instructional Media in Anatomy, Denver National AAHPERD Convention, 1994

President/Vice President, Delaware Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, 1993-1997

Ruth B. Glasow Honor Award Recipient, Biomechanics Academy of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education, Given in recognition of outstanding contributions to applied research/teaching in Biomechanics, Philadelphia National AAHPERD Convention, 2003

Nominee, Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, Texas, 2004