Robin Queen

Associate Professor

Area(s) of Interest: Biomechanics
Phone: (540) 231-3134
Kevin P. Granata Biomechanics Laboratory

Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics (MC 0219) Norris Hall, Room 230, Virginia Tech 495 Old Turner Street Blacksburg, VA 24061


  • Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill), 2004
  • MS, Biomedical Engineering, University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill), 2001
  • BS, Applied Science, University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill), 2000

Research Areas: 

  • Foot and ankle biomechanics
  • Loading symmetry and the implications for joint damage and injury prevention
  • Energy Recovery: limb and functional decline
  • Post-operative return of function


  • Orthopedic Research Society
    Women’s Leadership Forum Committee (2013 – 2018), Committee Chair 2015-2017
    Annual Meeting Committee (2015-2017)
    Basic Science Committee (2015-2017)

  • American College of Sports Medicine
    SHI: Youth Health and Sports Committee (2013 – 2016)
    Exhibits Advisory Committee (2014 - 2018)  
    Fellow (2014 - present)

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
    Women’s Health Issues Advisory Board (2015-2017)

  • American Society of Biomechanics
    Awards Committee (2015)

  • Foot and Ankle International Editorial Board (July 2013 - Present)


Refereed journals:

  1. AL Carpenter, RJ Butler, B Dai, WE Garrett, RM Queen.  Changes in Landing Mechanics Between 6 and 12 Months Following ACL Reconstruction When Using a Functional Knee Brace. JAT (In Review: July 2015) 

  2. AJ Grier, SB Adams Jr., RM Queen. The Effect of Hindfoot Alignment on Frontal Plane Mechanics Following Total Ankle Replacement. JBJS (In Review – June 2015)

  3. AJ Grier, RJ Butler, SS Wellman, MP Bolognesi, DE Attarian, RM Queen. Differences Between Observed and Patient-Reported Functional Status Following Primary Total Joint Arthroplasty. PM&R. (In Review – June 2015)

  4. RJ Butler, T Sparling, B Dai, E Merritt, RM Queen. Changes in plantar loading across different reach directions during dynamic balance. Gait and Posture. (In Review – June 2015)

  5. CL Barnes, AJ Grier, RJ Butler, EA Heim, M Bushmiaer, RM Queen.  Using Liposomal Bupivacaine Instead of an Epidural Can Improve Outcomes Following Total Knee Arthroplasty. Journal of Arthroplasty (In Review – April 2015)

  6. RJ Butler, B Dai, N Huffman, WE Garrett, RM Queen. Changes in lower extremity mechanics from 6 months to 1 year following ACL reconstruction during a stop jump: A Longitudinal Cohort Study. CJSM (In Review, Feb 2015)

  7. CK Ledford, PD Millikan, BT Nickel, C Green, SS Wellman, MP Bolognesi, RM Queen. Percent Body Fat Superior to BMI as a Predictor of Function After Total Joint Arthroplasty. JBJS (In Review – May 2015)

  8. D Schmitt, A Vap, RM Queen. The Effect of Severe Hip, Knee, and Ankle Osteoarthritis on Walking Mechanics. Gait and Posture. (In Press)

  9. MJ Pellegrini, AP Schiff, SB Adams Jr., RM Queen, JK DeOrio, JA Nunley II, ME Easley. Conversion of Tibiotalar Arthrodesis to Total Ankle Arthroplasty. JBJS (In Press)

  10. PK Edwards, RM Queen, RJ Butler, MP Bolognesi, CL Barnes. Are Range of Motion Measurements Needed When Calculating the Harris Hip Score? Journal of Arthroplasty. (In Press)

  11. C Demetracopoulos, SB Adams, RM Queen, JA Nunley, ME Easley, JK DeOrio.  Effect of Age on Outcomes in Total Ankle Arthroplasty. Foot and Ankle International (In Press - epub)

  12. RM Queen, A Vap, CT Moorman, WE Garrett, RJ Butler. Gender Differences in Plantar Loading during an Unanticipated Side-cut on Field Turf. Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine (In Press-epub) 

  13. MJ Boyle, RJ Butler, RM Queen Functional Movement Competency and Dynamic Balance After Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction in Adolescent Patients. Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics (In Press-epub)

  14. RJ Butler, RA Ruberte-Thiele, CL Barnes, MP Bolognesi, RM Queen. Unipedal Balance is Affected by Total Joint Arthroplasty Procedure 1 Year Following Surgery. Journal of Arthroplasty. 30(2):286-9, 2015.

  15. SW Mayer, RM Queen, DC Taylor, CT Moorman III, AP Toth, WE Garrett, RJ Butler. Functional testing differences in Anterior Cruciate Ligament reconstruction patients released versus not released to return to sport. American Journal of Sports Medicine. 43(7): 1648-1655, 2015.

  16. LA Johnston, RJ Butler, TL Sparling, RM Queen.  A single set of biomechanical variables cannot predict jump performance across various jumping tasks. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 29(2): 396-407, 2015.

  17. B Dai, WE Garrett, MT Gross, DA Padua, RM Queen, B Yu. The Effects of Two Landing Techniques on Knee Kinematics, Kinetics, and Performance during Stop-jump and Side-Cutting Tasks. AJSM. 43(2): 466-474, 2015

  18. RM Queen, DE Attarian, MP Bolognesi, RJ Butler. Bilateral Symmetry in Gait Mechanics during Stair Ascent and Descent following a Total Hip Arthroplasty: A One-Year Longitudinal Study. Clinical Biomechanics. 30(1): 53-58, 2015

  19. SB Adams, Jr, NA Viens, RM Queen, JK DeOrio, ME Easley, JA Nunley. Early to Mid-Term Results of Fixed-Bearing Total Ankle Arthroplasty Using a Modular Intramedullary Tibial Component. JBJS, 96(23):1983-1989, 2014

  20. B Dai, RJ Butler, WE Garrett, Jr, RM Queen Using Ground Reaction Force to Predict Knee Kinetic Asymmetry in Adolescent Patients following ACL Reconstruction. Scand Journal of Medicine and Science in Sport. 24(6): 974-981, 2014

Professional awards and special recognitions: 

  • 2010: Aircast Award for Clinical Science - American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine: “Subjective Outcomes, Isokinetic Strength, and Endurance Following Biceps Tenotomy versus Tenodesis” Jocelyn R. Wittstein, RM Queen, AN Abbey, Alison Toth, Claude Moorman.
  • 2011: Goldner Award – Best Basic Science Paper 2011 American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society: Changes in Gait Mechanics Two Years Following Total Ankle Replacement.  RM Queen, J De Biasio, RJ Butler, JK DeOrio, ME Easley, JA Nunley.
  • 2011: Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons CORR Subspecialty Award: Early Prospective Clinical Results of Total Ankle Arthroplasty with Two Modern Fixed-Bearing Prostheses Available in the United States.  ME Easley, SB Adams, NA Viens, JK DeOrio, RM Queen, JA Nunley.
  • 2013: Best Foot and Ankle Poster 2013 Orthopaedic Research Society: The Effect of Hindfoot Alignment on Frontal Plane Mechanics Following Total Ankle Replacement. RM Queen, RJ Butler, SB Adams, ME Easley, JK DeOrio, JA Nunley
  • 2013: SOA Presidents’ Resident Awards: Does a Hindfoot Arthrodesis Affect the Results of TotalAnkle Replacement? J Lewis, SB Adams Jr., RM Queen, JK DeOrio, JA Nunley, ME Easley. 
  • 2013: Resident Research Award (1st place) at 2013 North Carolina Orthopaedic Association Annual Meeting.  Percent Body Fat More Associated with Perioperative Outcomes After Total Joint Arthroplasty than BMI. . CK Ledford, RA Ruberte-Thiele, RJ Butler, JS Appleton, SS Wellman, DE Attarian, RM Queen, MP Bolognesi. 

Society membership: 

  • 2014 - present, American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society
  • 2012 - present, Orthopaedic Research Society
  • 2010 - present, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • 2002 - present, American College of Sports Medicine
  • 2004 - present, American Society of Biomechanics
  • 2005 - present, International Society of Biomechanics
  • 2005 - present,  Footwear Biomechanics Technical Group
  • 2001 - 2002, Biomedical Engineering Society 


Spring 2018 force-add survey opens January 5.


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