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Investigators

Heather BonilhaBonilha, HeatherThe central goal of my research is to improve the diagnostic accuracy and treatment effectiveness of voice and swallowing disorders. My research is driven by clinical needs that I have identified from working with patients with voice and swallowing disorders.
Mark BowdenBowden, MarkMy central research goal is to improve the rehabilitation of walking after neurological injuries by investigating interventions based on underlying factors related to impaired walking. Current projects focus on developing patient-specific neurorehabilitation measurement, treatments, and outcomes in order to influence clinical decision-making and individualization of treatment selection.
Hazel BrelandBreland, Hazel 
Sandra BrothertonBrotherton, Sandra 
Yue CaoCao, YueAs the faculty research associate on the Longevity after Injury Project, my central goal is to understand the psychosocial perspectives of rehabilitation outcomes for people with traumatic injury. My research is driven by the needs to reduce the health disparities between traumatically injured people and the general population.
Patty Coker-BoltCoker-Bolt, Patty

​This primary aim of my research is to identify motor patterns of premature and at-risk infants early in the first year of life. The goal of my current study is to validate a short, standardized infant screening test to ensure uniform screening of all infants prior to discharge from the nursery or early in the first year of life. High-risk premature infants continue to be under-identified and therefore, underserved due to a lack of early, sensitive measures of motor skill development that could be easily administered prior to hospital discharge or during routine well-child visits.

 
Jesse Dean, PhDDean, JesseMy primary research goal is to understand the roles of biomechanics, energetics and neural control in determining why humans move the way they do. These principles are applied to the development of novel rehabilitation methods for individuals who have experienced a neurological injury, such as a stroke or spinal cord injury.
Gregory, ChrisGregory, ChrisA significant aspect of my research is the overall goal of improving the design and delivery of therapeutic interventions aimed at improving functional ability in persons following neurological injury (stroke or SCI). Current research is focused on in-vivo assessments of skeletal muscle properties as contributors to locomotor dysfunction post-stroke. We use a combination of techniques including electrophysiological, dynamometric and magnetic resonance assessments to determine the in-vivo structure and function of skeletal muscle.
Steve KautzKautz, SteveI have a multidisciplinary theoretical and experimental research program at the interface of clinical neurorehabilitation, functional biomechanics and applied neurophysiology with the goal of improving lower-extremity function, predominantly walking, in persons with neurological disorders. The primary focus of my research program is to develop fundamental concepts related to walking performance, its rehabilitation and its measurement.
Abby KazleyKazley, AbbyMy research focuses on the adoption and use of health information technology (HIT) in a national sample, the impact of HIT use on quality, cost, and access to care, health literacy and its impact on outcomes to care, and the use of educational technology as a means to improve programs.
Sara KraftKraft, Sara 
Jim KrauseKrause, JamesAs the lead investigator on the Longevity After Injury Project, my research focuses on long-term outcomes after traumatic injury, including health, employment, quality of life, and mortality. The goal of the research is to promote intervention and prevention strategies to enhance outcomes and increase life expectancy.
David MorrisetteMorrisette, DavidThe objectives of my research are to determine the effectiveness of interventions for musculoskeletal problems and to gain an understanding of the mechanism(s) for interventions to produce particular outcomes. We are currently investigating the effect of different lumbosacral orthoses in the management of lower back pain. Of principle interest is the role of the stiffness of an orthosis in influencing the clinical outcome.
Mike SaladinSaladin, MichaelMy current research interests focus on the learning/memory mechanisms involved in addictive behavior and the interface between stress, PTSD and substance use disorders. An additional research interest is in the area of gender differences in nicotine addiction, with special emphasis on the potential modulatory role of reproductive hormones on smoking behavior/cessation in nicotine dependent women/men.
 Saunders, LeeAs a research assistant professor on the Longevity After Injury Project, my primary research focus is on long-term outcomes after traumatic injury, with an overall goal to promote health, longevity, and quality of life.
Na Jin Seo, PhDSeo, Na Jin

My research interest is in stroke upper limb neurorehabilitation. I examine effectiveness of novel therapeutic interventions in stroke survivors, based on neurophygiologic assessment using transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), imaging using electroencephalogram (EEG), and quantitative biomechanical assessment using motion and force sensors.

Kit SimpsonSimpson, KitComparative effectiveness research and Markov models for economic analysis of treatments for AIDS, HCV infection, stroke, depression, and age-related hearing loss. Methods include analysis of large archival billing data sets, secondary analysis of clinical trial data and/or ‘piggy-back’ data collection of quality of life measures and medical resource use alongside large multinational clinical trials.
Joseph SistinoSistino, Joseph J.My primary research interests are long term outcomes and quality of life after pediatric heart surgery including the development of ADHD, and the use of simulation for training of cardiovascular perfusionists and the evaluation of both their technical and non-technical skills to improve patient safety.
 Thompson, AikoMy long-term research goals are to understand plasticity of the central nervous system (CNS) as it relates to motor control, and to learn how to guide that plasticity to help restore useful function in people after CNS damage. My projects include investigation of spinal reflexes during dynamic motion and evaluation of the CNS plasticity associated with changing a muscle evoked response (e.g., a spinal reflex) in human subjects. Currently, I am evaluating functional contribution of spinal reflexes to dynamic motion, and therapeutic potentials and physiological mechanisms of operant conditioning of EMG evoked responses in people with chronic spinal cord injury and other CNS lesions.
Karen Wager, PhDWager, KarenMy research interests are on (1) the adoption, use and impact of health information technology on health care organizations, patient quality and safety; (2) increasing diversity and cultural competency among health professions students; and, (3) the impact of interprofessional education on student learning.
 Wise, HollyMy scholarly interests focus on the efficacy of innovative teaching strategies, with particular emphasis on interprofessional education. An additional area of scholarly interest relates to the prevention of secondary conditions in individuals with movement limitations. My position as Training Director for the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Secondary Conditions combines both areas of inquiry.
Woodbury, MichelleThe goals of our research are to (1) measure specific upper extremity motor abilities and processes that are impaired with central nervous system injury/disease; (2) develop new or refine existing interventions targeted at these motor abilities; and, (3) understand how rehabilitation affects these motor abilities.
James ZollerZoller, James 
 
 
 

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