Department of

Physical Therapy, Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences


Our research

Innovation springs from collaboration across a wide range of fields, from life sciences and engineering to mathematics and the humanities. These breakthroughs emerge from thriving partnerships with industry, universities, and NGOs worldwide. Discover the breadth of research interests and how the Department of Physical Therapy, Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences is making a real difference in peoples’ lives through a human-centered use of assistive technologies, cognitive and behavioral science, biomechanics and ergonomics, and sports injury prevention and rehabilitation.

Physical Therapy, Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences

Research Area

Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology​

Our researchers seek to improve the lives for individuals with disability through the advancement of clinical interventions rooted in cutting-edge science and development of the next generation of assistive technologies. Our interdisciplinary research falls under the below categories.

Prosthetics and exoskeletons​

The development of novel devices to improve prosthesis prescription and function. ​

Non-invasive brain stimulation and neuromuscular stimulation​

The use of electrical and magnetic stimulation to develop biomarkers of neurological dysfunction and novel interventions for those with cognitive and motor impairment.  ​

Rehabilitation robotics​

The use of robotics to understand and augment interventions to improve mobility and function in those with motor impairment. Major focus areas include: soft robotics, robotics for upper limb and gait rehabilitation, and therapist in the loop robotics.​

Virtual reality​

The use of simulated environments in to provide engaging and adaptive learning environments for rehabilitation. ​


Faculty Members and Associated Labs​

​Mat Yarossi, PhD
Engineering Laboratory

​Max Shepherd, PhD​
Robotics – Rehabilitation – Locomotion Lab

​CJ Hasson, PhD​
Neuromotor Systems Laboratory

​Kris Dorsey, PhD​
Programmable and Reconfigurable Soft Engineered Systems Lab 

​Gene Tunik, PhD​
Movement Neuroscience Lab

Research Area

Cognitive and Behavioral Science

With a focus on brain and behavior relations across the lifespan, our research incorporates cognitive neuroscience approaches with complex behavioral analyses to develop novel interventions for brain health across the lifespan and predict rehabilitation outcomes to better patient care.  ​

Faculty Members and
Associated Labs​

​Gene Tunik, PhD​
Movement Neuroscience Lab

​Leanne Chukowski, PhD​
ReGame-XR Lab (Rehabilitation Games in Extended Reality) Laboratory

​Timothy Morris, PhD​
The Computational Neuroscience of Exercise Lab

​Lauren Raine, PhD​​
Interdisciplinary Health, Body Composition, and Neuroscience Laboratory (i-HBN Lab)

​Charles Hillman, PhD​
The Cognitive and Brain Health Lab 

​Neha Gothe, PhD​
Exercise Psychology Lab


Predicting outcomes in rehabilitation and as mechanistic evidence of interventions. ​

XR-games and VR​

Build and test XR tools for basic and translational research in human movement and cognition.​

Exercise and cognitive science

Development of novel physical activity and movement interventions for brain health across the lifespan.

Movement and engineering

Use of neurophysiological, behavioral, engineering, and computational approaches to study how the nervous system plans and coordinates motor actions, and how this information can inform recovery from disease.​ ​


Research Area

Biomechanics, Ergonomics, and Anatomy

Using state-of-the-art equipment, cadaver labs, and motion capture labs, our faculty study and optimize human movement for long term health​.

Knee osteoarthritis​

Understanding the relationship between gait kinematics, limb loading, and knee pain​

Workspace ergonomics​

Understanding how design of tools as well as organizational policies, programs and practices impact worker safety, health, and wellbeing​

Wellness and dance

Developing, programming, and evaluating methods for analyzing human activity and health-related signals within single and multi-person movement paradigms using wearable sensors​

Ultrasound for anatomical landmarking 


Faculty Members and Associated Labs​

Josh Stefanik, PhD​Musculoskeletal Epidemiology and Biomechanics Lab

​Justin Manjourides, PhD​Occupational Biomechanics and Ergonomics Lab

​Aston McCollough, PhD

​Sheng Che Yen, PhD

​Marie Corkery, PT, DPT​

​Luke Brisbin, PT, DPT​

Research Area

Sports Performance and Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation

With a focus on the assessment and quantification of injury risk and management in elite and Olympic sports. Our research aims to identify causes, consequences and outcomes of injury at the top level of sport performance. 

Faculty Members and
Associated Labs​

​Sheng Che Yen, PhD​

​Alexandre Lopes, PT, DPT​

​Adam Thomas, PT, DPT​

​Alycia Markowski, PT, DPT

Musculoskeletal  and epidemiology in elite sports​

Studying injury risk and management in elite and Olympic sports​

Diagnostic ultrasound for musculoskeletal injury​

Implementation of state-of-the-art ultrasound techniques for diagnostic measures of musculoskeletal injuries. ​

Wellness in physical therapy ​

Implementation of research practices to improve wellness in physical therapy practice. ​

Sports injury prevention and epidemiology ​

Quantitative assessment of injury in sport. 


Diversity, Equity, Inclusion

Research Area

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging

Our research seeks to understand barriers to opportunity and improve accessibility for everyone in the education and practice of Physical Therapy. This includes research on the diversity, equity, inclusion, access, justice, and belonging of practitioners and the patients they serve, as well as the social determinants of health​.

Promoting diversity in physical therapy and rehabilitation science

Research assessing the experience of typically underrepresented minorities in physical therapy and rehabilitation science.​

Health literacy in historically marginalized groups​

Research connecting social disadvantage, health outcomes, and health disparities as it relates to physical rehabilitation and movement science.​


Faculty Members

Camille Powell, PT, DPT

Heidi Cheerman, PT, DPT

Sheri Kiami, PT, DPT

Chris Cesario, PT, DPT

Ann Golub-Victor, PT, DPT

Debra Bangs, PT, DPT

Winston Kennedy, DPT, PhD

Teaching & Learning

Research Area

Teaching and Learning

Faculty Members

Lorna Hayward, EdD, MPH, PT

Luke Brisbin, PT, DPT

Heidi Cheerman, PT, DPT

Sheri Kiami, PT, DPT

Chris Cesario, PT, DPT

Debra Bangs, PT, DPT