Daniel Peterson

Asst Professor
Faculty
DTPHX Campus
Mailcode
9020

Biography

Daniel Peterson's Gait and Balance Disorders Laboratory focuses on understanding causes and treatments for mobility impairments in neurological populations including (but not limited to) people with Parkinsons disease and multiple sclerosis. His group's overall goal is to improve gait, reduce falls and increase quality of life in these groups. To understand gait and balance disorders and improve quality of life, Peterson's team applies biomechanical (i.e. motion capture), neuropsychological (cognitive assessments) and imaging techniques (fMRI).

Current projects in the Peterson lab include: 1) characterizing biomechanics prior to and during slips (i.e. loss of balance) with and without divided attention; 2) measuring people's ability to improve responses to slips, and 3) identification of responders and non-responders to physical therapy, and 4) understanding cognitive factors related to falls. 

Prior to his appointment at ASU, Peterson was a research scientist with the Department of Veterans Affairs in Portland and Salt Lake City (2014-2016).

Education

  • Postdoctoral Fellow. Neurology, Oregon Health & Science University 2013-2016
  • Ph.D. Movement Science, Washington University in St. Louis 2013
  • M.S.C.I. Clinical Investigation, Washington University in St. Louis 2013
  • M.S. Kinesiology, Pennsylvania State University 2008
  • B.S. Exercise Science, University of Florida 2006

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Research Interests

My current work focuses on understanding the interaction between balance, postural control, and cognitive deficits in neurological populations such as people with Parkinsons disease and multiple sclerosis. In particular, I am interested in how gait and postural control can be improved by rehabilitation using principles of motor learning. I am also engaged in work to better understand reactive, or protective postural responses after a slip or trip in neurological populations. 

Publications

PubMed_Bibliography:https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/myncbi/1DAPA8aLlzUAm/bibliography/public/

Schlenstedt C*, Mancini M, Horak FB, Peterson DS. Anticipatory postural adjustment during self-initiated, cued and compensatory stepping in healthy elderly and patients with Parkinson's disease. Accepted & In Press- Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation.

El-Gohary, M, Peterson DS, Gera G, Horak FB, & Huisinga J. Instrumented Push and Release Test (IPUSH) for Postural Stability Using Wearable Inertial Sensors. Accepted & In Press- Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation.

Peterson DS, Gera G, Horak FB, Fling BW. Corpus Callosum Structural Connectivity Predicts Postural Control Improvement in Persons with MS. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 27932696; DOI: 10.1177/1545968316680487

Peterson DS & Horak FB. (2016) Effects of levodopa on improvement in protective stepping in people with Parkinson’s disease. Neurorehabil Neural Repair. 2016 Nov;30(10):931-940. PMID: 27162165

Peterson DS, & Horak FB. (2016) Effects of Freezing of gait on improvement of protective stepping in people with Parkinson’s disease. Neuroscience 2016 Oct 15;334:283-289. PMID: 27530701

Peterson DS, Dijkstra BW*, & Horak FB. (2016) Postural motor learning in People with Parkinson's disease.  Journal of Neurology. 2016 Aug;263(8):1518-29. PMID: 27193311

Peterson DS & Horak FB. (2016) Effects of levodopa on improvement in protective stepping in people with Parkinson’s disease. Accepted & in Press: Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair

Peterson DS, Gera G, Horak FB, & Fling BW. (2016) Supraspinal control of postural responses in people with multiple sclerosis. Accepted & in Press: Gait & Posture

Peterson DS & Horak FB. (2016) Neural Control of Walking in People with Parkinson’s disease Physiology (Bethesda). 2016 Mar;31(2):95-107. doi: 10.1152/physiol.00034.2015.

Peterson DS, Huisinga J, Spain B, & Horak F. (2016) Compensatory Stepping in People with Multiple Sclerosis. Accepted & In Press: Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. [Epub ahead of print]. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2015.10.103. PMID: 26603657. EDITORS SELECTION, APRIL 2016

Peterson DS, King LA, Cohen RG, & Horak FB. (2016) Cognitive Contributions to Freezing of Gait in Parkinson Disease- Implications for Physical Rehabilitation. Physical Therapy Journal. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 26381808

Peterson DS & Smulders K. (2015) Cues and attention in Parkinsonian gait: Potential mechanisms and future directions. Front. Neurol., 08 Dec 2015. http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fneur.2015.00255

Peterson DS, Fling B, Mancini M, Cohen RG, Nutt J, & Horak FB. (2015) Dual Task Interference and Pedunculopontine Nucleus Connectivity in people with Parkinson’s Disease who Experience Freezing. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry; 86:786-792. doi:10.1136/jnnp-2014-308840.

Dijkstra BW*, Horak F, Kamsma Y, & Peterson DS. (2015) The Effects of Age on Postural Motor Learning in Compensatory Stepping. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience. Vol 7. ISSN: 1663-4365. DOI. 10.3389/fnagi.2015.00201

King LA, Peterson DS, Mancini M, Carlson-Kuhta P, Fling BW, Nutt J, Carter J, Winters-Stone KM, & Horak FB. (2015) Do cognitive measures and brain circuitry predict outcomes of exercise in Parkinson Disease: a randomized clinical trial. BMC Neurol. 2015 Oct 24;15(1):218. PubMed PMID: 26499867.

Peterson DS, Pickett KA, Perlmutter J, & Earhart GE. (2014) Gait Related Brain Activity in People with Parkinson Disease Who Experience Freezing of Gait. PLoS ONE; Mar;9(3):e90634.

Peterson DS, Pickett KA, Perlmutter J, & Earhart GE. (2013) Brain Activity during Complex Imagined Gait Tasks in Parkinson Disease. Clinical Neurophysiology. [Epub ahead of print] doi: 10.1016/j.clinph.2013.10.008.

Williams AJ, Peterson DS, Ionno M, & Earhart GE. (2013) Upper Extremity Freezing and Dyscoordination in Parkinson Disease: Effects of Amplitude and Cadence Manipulations. Parkinson Disease doi: 10.1155/2013/595378

Williams AJ, Peterson DS, & Earhart GE. (2013) Gait Coordination in Parkinson Disease: Effects of Step Length and Cadence Manipulations. Gait and Posture. Jun;38(2):340-4

Torry MR, Shelburne KB, Myers C, Giphart JE, Pennington W, Krong JP, Peterson DS, Steadman JR, & Woo SLY. (2013) High Knee Valgus in Female Subjects Does Not Yield Higher Anterior and Lateral Tibial Translations During Drop Landings: A Biplane Fluoroscopy Study. Journal of Orthopaedic Research Feb;31(2):257-67

Peterson DS, Plotnik M, Hausdorff J, & Earhart GM. (2012) Evidence for a relationship between bilateral coordination during complex gait tasks and freezing of gait in Parkinson’s disease, Parkinsonism and Related Disorders; 2012 Nov;18(9):1022-6. doi: 10.1016/j.parkreldis.2012.05.019.

Peterson DS, Pickett KA, & Earhart GM. (2012) Effects of Levodopa on Vividness of Motor Imagery in Parkinson Disease. Journal of Parkinson’s Disease; 2(2)127-133; doi: 10.3233/PJD-1012-12077

Pickett KA, Peterson DS, & Earhart GM. (2012) Motor imagery of gait tasks in individuals with Parkinson disease. Journal of Parkinson’s Disease, 2(1):19-22. doi: 10.3233/JPD-2012-11045

Torry MR, Shelburne KB, Peterson DS, Giphart JE, Krong JP, Myers C, Steadman JR, & Woo SLY. (2011) Knee Kinematic Profiles During Drop Landings: A Biplane Fluoroscopy Study, Medicine Science in Sports & Exercise. Mar;43(3):533-41. PMID: 20689456; doi: 10.1249/MSS.0b013e3181f1e491                                   

Myers CA, Torry MR, Peterson DS, Shelburne KB, Giphart JE, Krong J, Woo SLY, & Steadman JR. (2011) Measurements of Tibiofemoral Kinematics During Soft and Stiff Drop Landings Using Biplane Fluoroscopy. American Journal of Sports Medicine Aug;39(8):1714-22. PMID: 21602566

Torry MR, Myers C, Shelburne, KB, Peterson DS, Giphart JE, Pennington WW, Krong JP, Woo SLY, & Steadman, JR. (2011) Relationship of Knee Shear Force and Quadriceps Extensor Moment on Knee Translations in Females Performing Drop Landings: A Biplane Fluoroscopy Study. Clinical Biomechanics (26);1019-1024; doi:10.1016/j.clinbiomech.2011.06.010.

Peterson DS, Martin PE (2010) Effects of Age and Walking Speed on Coactivation and Cost of Walking in Healthy Adults. Gait and Posture. Mar; 31(3):355-9. PMID: 2010666

Research Activity

 

CURRENT RESEARCH SUPPORT

 

 1) Funding Source: Michael J Fox Foundation

Role: PI

Title: Protective Step Training in People with PD and Postural Disturbances

Purpose: Understand the impact of perturbation training on people with PD who are at risk for falls.

Dates of Award:     1/2019 – 1/2021

 

  2) Funding Source: U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs / Career Development Award (CDA-2; RX002341)

Role: PI

Title: “Protective Step Training in People with Multiple Sclerosis”

Purpose: Understand the whether long-term protective step training can improve protective stepping in people with MS; identify predictors of responsiveness to perturbation training.

Dates of Award: 10/2018 – 10/2023

 

 3) Funding Source: Center for Innovation in Healthy & Resilient Aging

Role: Co-I (PI: Krishnamurthi; ASU [CONHI] faculty)

Title: Developing a real-time fall risk assessment in Parkinson’s disease by continuous monitoring of free-living activities

Purpose: To evaluate the predictive capacity of real-time, free-living activities for fall prediction in people with Parkinson’s disease.

Dates of Award: 1/2019 – 1/2021

 

  4) Funding Source: National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS) / Research Grant (RG-1701-26763)

Role: Co-I (PI: Dibble; University of Utah)    

Subaward Costs to ASU / DSP: $32,880 / $32,880

Title: Gaze and postural stability in persons with MS at risk for falls: Characterizing deficits and

response to treatment.

Purpose: The purpose of this RCT is to characterize the impact of task specific gaze and postural

stability training on balance, dizziness, and vestibular function in people with MS.

Dates of Award: 10/2017-10/2020

 

  5) Funding Source: Lundbeck LLtC / Investigator Initiated Research Project

Role: Co-I (PI: Lieberman; Barrow Neurological Institute, AZ)

Subaward Costs to ASU / DSP: $65,000 / $16,250

Title: Effect of L-DOPS on falls among Parkinson’s disease patients with orthostatic hypotension

Purpose: Understand the effect of anti-hypotension medication on balance in people with PD

Dates of Award:     2018-2020

 

  6) Funding Source: Northern Arizona University Seed Grant Program

Role: Co-PI (PI: Denney, Ivy)

Title: Assessing the use of laser shoes for freezing of gait in people with Parkinson’s disease

Purpose: Characterize the impact of a new technology to improve walking in people with PD

Dates of Award:     2019-2020

Courses

Fall 2020
Course Number Course Title
KIN 424 Neural Aspects Move & Rehab
CHS 492 Honors Directed Study
KIN 598 Special Topics
EXW 692 Research
NTR 692 Research
NTR 792 Research
NTR 799 Dissertation
EXW 799 Dissertation
Summer 2020
Course Number Course Title
NTR 692 Research
NTR 792 Research
NTR 799 Dissertation
Spring 2020
Course Number Course Title
KIN 424 Neural Aspects Move & Rehab
CHS 494 Special Topics
KIN 590 Reading and Conference
KIN 598 Special Topics
EXW 692 Research
NTR 792 Research
NTR 799 Dissertation
Fall 2019
Course Number Course Title
KIN 424 Neural Aspects Move & Rehab
EXW 590 Reading and Conference
KIN 598 Special Topics
EXW 599 Thesis
EXW 692 Research
NTR 692 Research
EXW 780 Practicum
NTR 792 Research
EXW 792 Research
NTR 799 Dissertation
EXW 799 Dissertation
Summer 2019
Course Number Course Title
NTR 692 Research
NTR 792 Research
Spring 2019
Course Number Course Title
KIN 492 Honors Directed Study
KIN 493 Honors Thesis
KIN 494 Special Topics
CHS 494 Special Topics
KIN 499 Individualized Instruction
KIN 590 Reading and Conference
EXW 592 Research
KIN 598 Special Topics
EXW 599 Thesis
EXW 692 Research
EXW 792 Research
EXW 799 Dissertation
Fall 2018
Course Number Course Title
KIN 492 Honors Directed Study
KIN 493 Honors Thesis
KIN 494 Special Topics
KIN 499 Individualized Instruction
EXW 584 Internship
EXW 590 Reading and Conference
KIN 598 Special Topics
EXW 692 Research
EXW 792 Research
EXW 799 Dissertation
Summer 2018
Course Number Course Title
EXW 599 Thesis
NTR 692 Research
NTR 792 Research
Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
KIN 492 Honors Directed Study
KIN 493 Honors Thesis
KIN 494 Special Topics
KIN 499 Individualized Instruction
KIN 590 Reading and Conference
EXW 592 Research
EXW 692 Research
EXW 792 Research
EXW 799 Dissertation
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
KIN 492 Honors Directed Study
KIN 494 Special Topics
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
KIN 494 Special Topics
KIN 499 Individualized Instruction
Fall 2016
Course Number Course Title
KIN 494 Special Topics