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Foot & Ankle Injury Recovery

Faculty Investigator: Mary K. Hastings, PT, DPT, MSCI, ATC [Research Profile ]

The focus of our work is to examine the relationship between anatomical and biomechanical factors of the foot and ankle and mechanisms of injury, interventions, and treatment outcomes.

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Integrative Muscle Physiology

Faculty Investigator: Gretchen A. Meyer, PhD [Research Profile ]

This research area focuses on understanding how changes at the cellular level in skeletal muscle affect muscle structure and function, and, in turn, how pathological changes in muscle affect cellular processes.

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Movement and Neurodegenerative Disease

Faculty Investigators: Gammon M. Earhart, PT, PhD, FAPTA [Research Profile ] and Ryan P. Duncan, PT, DPT, MSCI [Research Profile ]

Our goal is to investigate how the human nervous system controls movement in health and in neurological and neurodegenerative disease.

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Neural Control of Movement Following Neurological Injury

Faculty investigator: Laura McPherson, PT, DPT, PhD [Research Profile ]

The focus of our research is to explore neural mechanisms underlying movement problems following neurological injury to inform the development of rehabilitation interventions that are rooted in nervous system neuropathophysiology. We use neural and biomechanical measures of motor output, including advanced signal analysis techniques of motor unit populations.

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Neural Plasticity and Sensorimotor Integration

Faculty investigator: Jacob McPherson, PhD [Research Profile ]

We study patterns of synaptic communication within sensorimotor neural networks and how these networks learn to modify their function(s) when new patterns are introduced or existing patterns are altered.

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Orthopaedic Biomechanics

Faculty Investigator: Michael D. Harris, PhD [Research Profile ]

We investigate joint shape, musculature, and associated biomechanics as they change due to injury or disease and how we can improve interventions to preserve or restore joint health.

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Prevention, Rehabilitation and Maintenance in Musculoskeletal Conditions

Faculty Investigator: Linda Van Dillen, PT, PhD, FAPTA [Research Profile ]

The goal of our work is to understand how the musculoskeletal and nervous systems interact to contribute to the development of musculoskeletal conditions across the lifespan. We also are interested in how psychosocial and environmental factors impact these interactions.

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Quantitative Methodology and Rehabilitation Informatics

Faculty Investigator: Keith Lohse, PhD, PStat [Research Profile ]

We focus on measurement, design, and analysis as they pertain to rehabilitation science and clinical practice. Rehabilitation is a complex, dynamic process with many interacting factors at physiological, psychological, and sociological levels. To that end, we specialize in analytical and predictive modeling techniques to help disentangle these problems and mechanistically explore the rehabilitation process.


Rehabilitation Research for Orthopaedic Conditions

Faculty Investigator: Marcie Harris-Hayes, PT, DPT, MSCI [Research Profile ]

The goal of our research is to develop effective rehabilitation strategies for people with musculoskeletal hip pain that will improve function and prevent or delay the need for surgical or pharmacological intervention.

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Shoulder Biomechanics and Rehabilitation

Faculty Investigators: Rebekah Lawrence, PT, PhD

Our research is dedicated to improving the quality of life for individuals with shoulder pain and those who have undergone rotator cuff repair surgery.

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Stroke Recovery, Rehabilitation, and Accelerometry

Faculty Investigators: Catherine Lang, PT, PhD, FAPTA [Research Profile ], Marghuretta D. Bland, PT, DPT, NCS [Research Profile ], and Carey L. Holleran, PT, MPT, DHS, NCS [Research Profile ]

Our research is aimed at developing effective and efficient, individualized rehabilitation for people with neurological injury, particularly those with stroke.

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Tendon Rehabilitation

Faculty Investigator: Jennifer Zellers, PT, DPT, PhD

The Tendon Rehabilitation Lab is committed to improving care for people with tendon injury and dysfunction. Our research is aimed at advancing our understanding of person-specific factors that affect a tendon’s ability to respond to treatment.

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