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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Physical Therapy & Human Movement Sciences
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Jennifer Kahn, DPT

Jennifer Kahn, DPT, 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. Kahn 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.

Current Projects

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

Kahn serves as co-manager of the Clinical Neuroscience Research Registry, a collaboration between the department 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

Key Publications

  • 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.

Additional Information

Kahn serves as co-director of the Northwestern University and Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Neurologic PT Residency program. She teaches primarily in the neurologic course sequences at Northwestern and continues clinical practice at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab. 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.

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