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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Physical Therapy & Human Movement Sciences
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Jane Sullivan, PT, DHS

Jane Sullivan, PT, DHS, has a background in clinical research 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,” 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. In the past five 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 three-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.

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