Rafael Bahamonde, Ph.D., received his doctorate in Human Performance in Sport from Indiana University, Bloomington. Bahamonde's research interests are in sport and clinical biomechanics, gait analysis, injury prevention, and sport equipment testing. He is the acting dean of the School of Health & Human Sciences and a professor in the Department of Kinesiology.
Bahamonde is also a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and International Society for Biomechanics in Sports (ISBS). He has been involved in the promotion of undergraduate research and the advancement of the underrepresented minorities in higher education. He was the director of the Diversity Scholars Research Program (DSRP) at IUPUI and has been involved as a mentor in programs such as LSAMP, McNairs, UROP, SROP, and HBCU. He is a member of the leadership team of Louis Stokes Midwest Center for Excellence and the recent National Institutes of Health (NIH) IUPUI Graduate Preparation for the Biomedical and Behavioral Sciences. In 2010 he received the IUPUI Center for Research and Learning Director—Mentoring Award for outstanding leadership and mentoring of undergraduate research.