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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Physical Therapy & Human Movement Sciences

Research

The Department of Physical Therapy & Human Movement Sciences at Northwestern University has a global reputation for training new scientists in the field of movement and rehabilitation sciences, developing and implementing technology-supported therapeutic interventions and advancing rehabilitation science, including the quantification of movement disorders and clinical outcomes.

Faculty Labs

 

Ana Maria Acsa, PhD

Ana Maria Acosta, PhD

Rehabilitation Robotics Laboratory

The main focus of this laboratory is the implementation of electromechanical devices or robots for the quantification and treatment of movement impairments (abnormal muscle synergies, spasticity, paralysis, reduced range of motion) resulting from injury to the nervous system.

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Mlly Brigh, PhD

Molly Bright, PhD

Applied Neuro-Vascular Imaging Lab

Our research uses advanced MRI techniques to assess the interaction of neural activity and vascular physiology in healthy brains and neurological pathology.

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Carl Crney, PT, PhD

Carol Courtney, PT, PhD

The long-term goal of our research is to understand the effects of joint injury on nociceptive (pain) processing and function and to identify clinical markers that indicate the transition from acute to chronic musculoskeletal pain.

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Margare Danilvich, PT, DPT, PhD

Margaret Danilovich, PT, DPT, PhD

Danilovich investigates physical activity and exercise interventions for older adults with frailty. She is studying the effectiveness of a resistance exercise program in reducing frailty among older adults receiving Medicaid Home and Community Based waiver services.

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Jles Dewald, PhD

Jules Dewald, PhD

Neuroimaging & Motor Control Laboratory

The goal of this research is to guide the development of new therapeutic interventions, informed by our increased understanding of these neuromechanisms and ultimately help individuals with different impairments to gain improved motor function.

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Jim Elli, PT, PhD

Jim Elliott, PT, PhD

Neuromuscular Imaging Laboratory

The primary research focus from our lab has been and continues to be determining the pathophysiological mechanisms that contribute to the transition from acute to chronic pain following head/neck trauma; in particular, whiplash injuries from a motor vehicle collision.

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Michael Ellis, PT, DPT

Michael Ellis, PT, DPT

Investigational Technologies in Stroke Recovery Laboratory

The primary research focus from our lab has been and continues to be determining the pathophysiological mechanisms that contribute to the transition from acute to chronic pain following head/neck trauma; in particular, whiplash injuries from a motor vehicle collision.

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 Ann Marie Flres, PT, PhD

Ann Marie Flores, PT, PhD

Cancer Rehabilitation Studies Laboratory

The mission of the CARES laboratory is to translate research on cancer rehabilitation into national and international standards of care for cancer survivors of all backgrounds.

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Keih Grdn, PhD

Keith Gordon, PhD

Human Agility Lab

Our research aims to understand the neuromechanical basis of human locomotor agility and to apply this knowledge to advance gait rehabilitation.

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 Jeff Harman, DPT, MPH

Jeff Hartman, DPT, MPH

Hartman serves as director of the department's global health committee. The goal of the committee is to enlarge the department's global footprint and enhance communities both locally and abroad through supporting faculty and forming future globally minded physical therapists.

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Bill Healey, PT, EdD

Bill Healey, PT, EdD

Healey and collaborators have worked with Westside Health Authority (WHA) on several projects related to physical activity promotion and access to physical therapy, including community screenings for blood pressure, fitness and balance.

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Lis Hedman, DScPT

Lois Hedman, DScPT

Hedman has a long-standing interest in quantifying posture and balance dysfunction post-stroke. The focus of her current work, however, is studying the feasibility and efficacy of an intervention to improve the capability of community dwelling stroke survivors’ paretic limbs to respond reactively to postural perturbations.

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Jennifer Kahn, DPT

Jennifer Kahn, DPT

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.

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Krisin Krsschell, DPT

Kristin Krosschell, DPT

Primary research focused on clinical outcome measures in Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) and surrogate outcomes for clinical trials, and exercise and participation in SMA.

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Sabrina Lee, PhD

Sabrina Lee, PhD

Neuromuscular Biomechanics Laboratory

The primary research focus of this laboratory is to determine the underlying mechanisms that contribute to impaired movement in individuals with neurological impairments such as stroke, cerebral palsy, or spinal cord injury.

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Theresa Mln, PhD

Theresa Moulton, PhD

Cerebral Palsy, Bioengineering, Pediatric Physical Therapy, Neuroscience

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Alice Salzman, EdD

Alice Salzman, EdD

Salzman studies physical therapists' professional development, including the development of clinical reasoning, health literacy (including physical therapists' knowledge of health literacy concepts and use of effective teaching practices) and development of cultural competence.

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Amee Seiz, PT, PhD

Amee Seitz, PT, PhD

Musculoskeletal Biomotion Research Laboratory

The mission of the Musculoskeletal Biomotion Research Laboratory is to optimize efficacy and effectiveness of treatment for patients with upper extremity musculoskeletal (MSK) disorders related to activities of daily living, work or sport.

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Jane Sllivan, PT, DHS

Jane Sullivan, PT, DHS

Sullivan 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.

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Vicki Tysseling, PT, PhD

Vicki Tysseling, PT, PhD

Vicki Tysseling Lab

The goal of our lab is to enhance functional recovery after spinal cord injury (SCI). Our approach to SCI research uses animal models to identify changes that occur within the spinal cord after injury.

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Yan Yang, PhD

Yuan Yang, PhD

Work in the lab of Yuan Yang, PhD, focuses on the development of novel neural signal (EEG, EMG) processing and multi-modal brain imaging (EEG, MRI) tools to quantify neural connectivity in the nervous system.

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Jn Ya, PhD

Jun Yao, PhD

Neuro-Image and Interfaces Laboratory

The focus of the Neuro-Image and -Interfaces (NII) laboratory is to develop and translate biomedical engineering techniques to basic neuroscience studies and to rehabilitation/therapy applications.

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MRS Training Day

Join us on Friday, Aug. 23, 2019 for the ninth annual Northwestern Movement and Rehabilitation Science (MRS) Training Day, bringing together scientists and students across departments and programs to showcase Northwestern University's research advancements in MRS. In the past eight years, we have had successful meetings with almost 100 attendees representing diverse disciplines and institutions involved in MRS research.

MRS Event Page

Friday, August 23rd, 2019

Student Research Projects

We support our students' research efforts. View a sampling of research posters highlighting some of their projects from the past year.

Student Research

Interdisciplinary Rehabilitation Engineering Career Development Program

The Interdisciplinary Rehabilitation Engineering Career Development Program (IREK12) in Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences was created by a consortium of leading institutions in the field including Northwestern University, University of California at Irvine, the Medical University of South Carolina, and the University of Delaware, in partnership with Case Western Reserve University, Marquette University, the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, Stanford University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill/North Carolina State University. The mission of the program is to recruit and train scholars with engineering and other quantitative backgrounds to become successful rehabilitation scientists in basic, translational and/or clinical research

For eligibility requirements or to apply online, please visit the IREK12 website:

irek12.org

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