Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Physical Therapy & Human Movement Sciences

Jane Sullivan, PT, DHS, MS

Research Description

Jane's background in clinical research has focused on testing rehabilitation interventions using appropriate standardized measurement tools. She has been involved in comparative effectiveness research since her MS studies when she began a trial to test the effectiveness of an intervention to treat shoulder subluxation following stroke. She has been involved in trials to test other rehabilitation interventions in populations of individuals with neurologic dysfunction with designs ranging from single subject design to randomized control trials.

In addition to numerous department-funded studies testing electrical stimulation interventions following stroke, she was the principle investigator on an industry-sponsored grant for a study entitled “Afferent Stimulation during Task-specific Exercise Following Stroke”, and was a co-investigator on a field development project grant from HHS titled “The Development of A Real Time Platform for Intuitive Control of Grasp And Release During Functional Arm Activities Following Stroke” and currently is co-investigator on a grant from NIH/NICHD entitled "Development of a Portable Synergy Resistant EMG-driven FES Device for Intuitive Control of Grasp and Release During Functional Arm Activities Following Stroke."

Her experience with outcome measurement extends beyond intervention trials. During the past 5 years, she has focused her efforts on the clinical use of appropriate standardized outcome measures in clinical practice. She and her colleagues just completed a 3-year study funded by the APTA to develop a Clinical Practice Guideline on a core set of outcome measures for use by physical therapists treating adults with neurological diagnoses.

Most recently, she studied the background, experiences and preferences of DPT students in Online and Blended Learning.

Important Links

Afferent stimulation provided by glove electrode during task-specific arm exercise following stroke
Reliability of a New Device Used to Measure Shoulder Subluxation
Outcome Measures in Neurological Physical Therapy Practice: Part I. Making Sound Decisions
Outcome Measures in Neurological Physical Therapy Practice: Part II. A Patient-Centered Process
Outcome Measures for Individuals With Stroke: Recommendations From the American Physical Therapy Association Neurology Section Task Force
Feasibility and Outcomes of a Community-Based, Pedometer-Monitored Walking Program in Chronic Stroke: A Pilot Study
Effects of home-based sensory and motor amplitude electrical stimulation on arm dysfunction in chronic stroke
A Home Program of Sensory and Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation With Upper-Limb Task Practice in a Patient 5 Years After Stroke
Afferent stimulation provided by glove electrode during task-specific arm exercise following stroke
A Core Set of Outcome Measures for Adults With Neurologic Conditions Undergoing Rehabilitation

Current Projects

Jane is currently working on the Development of A Real Time Platform for Intuitive Control of Grasp And Release During Functional Arm Activities Following Stroke. She is also currently co-investigator on a grant from the NIH/NICHD entitled "Development of a Portable Synergy Resistant EMG-driven FES Device for Intuitive Control of Grasp and Release During Functional Arm Activities Following Stroke."

She is also researching the background, current use and perceptions of blended learning in DPT education.

Synthesis Projects

Background, current use and perceptions of blended learning in DPT education.

The Post Stroke Upper Limb Recovery Effort Survey (IMPETUS) of individuals with stroke in the subacute stage 

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