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Integrated Rehabilitative Solutions for People with Movement Disorders

Current projects

Reactive balance training in people with multiple sclerosis

We assess the ability of people with multiple sclerosis to improve balance through task specific training and our ability to use baseline characteristics to predict changes over time.

Assessment and rehabilitation of upright standing balance to avoid falls in people with Parkinson's disease

Assess the relationship between balance outcomes and prospectively collected falls in Parkinson's disease.

The impact of dopamine on attention in Parkinson’s disease

The project seeks to understand how attentional control varies across various dopaminergic (dopamine) states in people with Parkinson's disease.

Quantitative gait analysis as a novel diagnostic tool and clinical biomarker for atypical parkinsonian syndromes

A study to identify gait biological markers for typical and atypical Parkinson's disease.

Neural processes of speech planning

The objective of this project is to comprehend the mechanisms that can forecast and fine-tune the auditory (hearing) system for efficient speech monitoring.

Improving speech motor learning processes using augmented behavioral interventions

The project’s goal is to develop behavioral protocols that use visual feedback to selectively target and improve speech motor learning processes in healthy adults, in particular auditory error detection and auditory-to-motor mapping.

Auditory prediction and error evaluation in the speech of individuals who stutter

The purpose of this project is to examine neural processes involved in error detection and evaluation in stuttering individuals.

Past projects

Protective step training in people with Parkinson's disease and postural disturbances

Investigate the effects of perturbation training on individuals with Parkinson's disease who are susceptible to falls.

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

Characterize the impact of a new technology to improve walking in people with Parkinson's disease.

Student involvement

Community partners

  • Barrow Neurological Institute
  • Northern Arizona University
  • Mayo Clinic
  • Tufts University Doctor of Physical Therapy Program — Phoenix
  • Creighton University School of Medicine — Phoenix