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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 MS 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 PD

Assess the relationship between balance outcomes and prospectively-collected falls in PD

The Impact of Dopamine on Attention in Parkinson’s Disease 

Characterize how attentional control varies across dopaminergic states in people with PD

Quantitative Gait Analysis as a novel diagnostic tool and clinical biomarker for Atypical Parkinsonian Syndromes

Utilize machine learning to identify gait biomarkers for typical and atypical Parkinson’s disease

Neural processes of speech planning

The purpose of this grant is to elucidate predictive mechanisms that tune the auditory system for effective 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 grant is to examine neural processes involved in error detection and evaluation in stuttering individuals.

Past projects

Protective Step Training in People with PD and Postural Disturbances

Understand the impact of perturbation training on people with PD who are at risk for 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 PD

Student involvement

Interested students at all levels (UG, MS, PhD) should reach out to Drs. Daliri or Peterson to discuss options for engagement with this TT.

Community partners

  • Barrow Neurological Institute
  • Northern Arizona University
  • Mayo Clinic
  • Tufts University in Phoenix
  • Creighton University in Phoenix