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.
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.
The development of novel devices to improve prosthesis prescription and function.
The use of electrical and magnetic stimulation to develop biomarkers of neurological dysfunction and novel interventions for those with cognitive and motor impairment.
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.
The use of simulated environments in to provide engaging and adaptive learning environments for rehabilitation.
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.
Predicting outcomes in rehabilitation and as mechanistic evidence of interventions.
Build and test XR tools for basic and translational research in human movement and cognition.
Development of novel physical activity and movement interventions for brain health across the lifespan.
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.
Using state-of-the-art equipment, cadaver labs, and motion capture labs, our faculty study and optimize human movement for long term health.
Understanding the relationship between gait kinematics, limb loading, and knee pain
Understanding how design of tools as well as organizational policies, programs and practices impact worker safety, health, and wellbeing
Developing, programming, and evaluating methods for analyzing human activity and health-related signals within single and multi-person movement paradigms using wearable sensors
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.
Studying injury risk and management in elite and Olympic sports
Implementation of state-of-the-art ultrasound techniques for diagnostic measures of musculoskeletal injuries.
Implementation of research practices to improve wellness in physical therapy practice.
Quantitative assessment of injury in sport.
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.
Research assessing the experience of typically underrepresented minorities in physical therapy and rehabilitation science.
Research connecting social disadvantage, health outcomes, and health disparities as it relates to physical rehabilitation and movement science.