His doctoral work was in Occupational Biomechanics at the University of Waterloo (1996). Dr. Andrews' current research in ergonomics and biomechanics is generally focused on the reduction or prevention of disorders and injuries to the musculoskeletal system. Specifically, he is interested in low back pain and its association with the loads placed on the spine as a result of workplace activities in sectors such as automotive, agriculture and nursing.
The designing and evaluation of biomechanical methods for assessing physical exposure are central to Dr. Andrews' occupational research. His work on the quantification and modeling of non-rigid tissue motion following impacts, such as those experienced during running or landing from a fall onto outstretched arms, is principally concerned with understanding the mechanisms by which impact-induced shock waves are attenuated actively and passively by the tissues of the lower and upper extremities. This understanding is critical in terms of our ability to develop strategies aimed at reducing or preventing acute and chronic tissue injuries that can result from activities involving impact to the musculoskeletal system.
Dr. Andrews' research has been funded by various sources including Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the AUTO21 Network of Centres of Excellence, and CRE-MSD. He currently holds a research leadership chair position and is a professor in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Windsor.