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Rick Segal

Rick Segal, PT, PhD, FAPTA

Rick Segal, PT,  Ph.D., FAPTA
Professor and Chair
Department of Health Professions
151-B Rutledge Avenue, MSC 962

Charleston, SC 29425

Office: B339
Phone: 843-792-4593
Fax: 843-792-0710


  • Sabbatical:  Brain Imaging and Analysis Center, Duke University (2000)
  • Mini-Sabbatical:  Department of Physiology, Medical College of Virginia (1988-89)
  • Ph.D. Anatomy and Neuroscience, University of Virginia (1984)
  • BS Allied Health (Physical Therapy), Ohio State University (1976)

Areas of Teaching

  • Neuroscience
  • Anatomy
  • Rehabilitation Engineering

Research Interests

Dr. Segal has over 30 years of experience carrying out rehabilitation oriented Neuroscience research on motor control and spinal circuits.  His present work focuses on operant conditioning of TA reflexes in people with stroke to improve locomotion. Past work has included novel approaches examining muscle activity using MRI. He has mentored many professional students, pre-doctoral students, post-doctoral students, and junior faculty members during his career including many in rehabilitation sciences.  He has been a mentor for the past 12 years for the ERRIS (now TIGRR) intensive grant writing workshops with numerous mentees successfully attaining extramural funding following the workshop.  He is also involved in promoting Rehabilitation Engineering research and training. 

Selected Publications

  1. Makihara, Y, Segal, RL, Wolpaw, JR, Thompson, AK: H-reflex modulation in the human medial and lateral gastrocnemii during standing and walking, Muscle and Nerve  45(2012) 16-25
  2. Segal, R.L.: Preface to special issue: Spinal Circuits and the Musculoskeletal System: Translation of Basic Research into the Clinic. Cells, Tissues, Organs   193 (2011) 289.
  3. Segal, R.L., Lewek, M.D., McCulloch, K., Mercer, V.S: Introduction: The Necessity for Effective Interaction Between Basic Scientists and Rehabilitation Clinicians. Cells, Tissues, Organs   193 (2011) 290-297.
  4. Chen, XY, Chen, Y, Wang, Y, Thompson, A, Carp, JS, Segal, RL and Wolpaw, JR: Reflex conditioning: A new strategy for improving motor function after spinal cord injury, Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 2010 Jun;1198 Suppl 1:E12-21.
  5. Giordano SB, Segal R L, Abelew TA: Differences in end-point force trajectories elicited by electrical stimulation of individual human calf muscles, Journal of Applied Biomechanics 25 (2009) 330-339
  6. Segal, R.L.: Using imaging to assess normal and adaptive muscle function, Physical Therapy, 87(6):704-18, 2007
  7. Giordano, SB and Segal, R.L.: Leg muscles differ in spatial activation patterns with differing levels of voluntary plantar flexion activity in humans, Cells, Tissues, Organs 184 (2006), 42-51.

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