Jennifer Kahn is a clinical educator with research interests related to recovery of locomotion and balance after spinal cord injury or stroke and use of outcome measures in these populations. Jennifer collaborates with Keith Gordon, PhD in the Human Agility Lab on projects related to enhancing locomotor maneuverability in individuals with incomplete spinal cord injury. Additional interests include developing a physical therapist's clinical reasoning skills.
Doctor of Physical Therapy Student Research Project (Synthesis Project)
Current Project: Novel Training Intervention to Improve Gait Stability in Spinal Cord Injury. The purpose of this study is to determine the feasibility of implementing a novel training paradigm using lateral movement amplification training during walking in individuals with chronic incomplete spinal cord injury. Additionally, the purpose is to quantify changes in gait related balance outcomes and kinesmatics pre and post training. IRB # STU000204698
Clinical Neuroscience Research Registry
Jennifer serves as co-manager of the Clinical Neuroscience Research Registry, a collaboration between PTHMS and Shirley Ryan AbilityLab. This research registry provides interested individuals who have had a stroke or spinal cord injury to be part of the database and be contacted about potential research opportunities. IRB # STU00013948
- Kahn JH, Tappan R, Newman CP, et al. Outcome measure recommendations from the spinal cord injury EDGE task force. Phys Ther. 2016;96:1832-1842
- Leech KA, Kinnaird CR, Holleran CL, Kahn JH, Hornby TG. Effects of locomotor exercise intensity on gait performance in individuals with incomplete spinal cord injury. Phys Ther. 2016;96:1919-1929
- Kahn J, Tefertiller C. Measurement characteristics and clinical utility of the 10-meter walk test among individuals with motor incomplete spinal cord injury. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2014;95:1011-1012
- Saraf P, Rafferty MR, Moore JL, Kahn JH, Hendron K, Leech K, Hornby TG. Daily stepping in individuals with motor incomplete spinal cord injury. Phys Ther. 2010;90:224-235.
- Kahn JH, Hornby TG. Rapid and long-term adaptations in gait symmetry following unilateral step training in people with hemiparesis. Phys Ther. 2009;89:474-483.
Jennifer Kahn serves as Co-Director of the Northwestern University & Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Neurologic Residency program. She teaches primarily in the neurologic course sequences at PTHMS and continues clinical practice at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab. Jennifer Kahn also serves as a member of the Specialty Council for the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties who oversees board certification in Neurologic Physical Therapy.