Rehabilitation and Movement Science

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Program Director
Lisa Griffin

Our Program

Rehabilitation and Movement Science (RMS) graduate programs combine the traditional fields of biomechanics, motor development, motor control and learning, and congitive and neuromuscular function. This program examines multidisciplinary aspects of how people move in a variety of settings, including clinical applications, elite performance, and typical changes related to development and aging. The RMS curriculum is designed to support students interested in pursuing careers in research and the allied health sciences.

Students benefit from the diverse backgrounds and experience of the program faculty and their colleagues across the campus, including faculty collaborators in biology, engineering, medicine, neuroscience, and psychology.

Graduate Research Degrees

Our research-driven graduate degrees include doctoral (Ph.D.) and Master of Science (M.S.) programs that pair each student with a faculty mentor or supervisor to generate new knowledge and understanding in Rehabilitation Movement Science.

Students in these programs carry out research studying biomechanical, neural, cognitive, and neuromuscular mechanisms of human movement. Our research has applications in development and aging, cognition, skill acquisition, and rehabilitation following acute or chronic injuries.

Students pursuing research-driven degrees are strongly encouraged to directly contact the professor(s) conducting research that matches their own research interests.

Masters Practical Applications Degree

We offer a practical Master of Education (M.Ed.) program designed to prepare students to work in clinical rehabilitation, sport science, and cognitive, motor learning, and development fields.

Each graduate student is assigned to a faculty advisor for guidance through the requirements of the chosen degree program to ensure optimal completion of required and elective coursework in preparation for a future career.

Research Labs

Developmental Motor & Cognition Lab

Focuses on age-related changes in motor competence across the life span by studying developmental changes in the performance of physical activity.

Neuromuscular Physiology Research Laboratory

Conducts studies specializing in the investigation of neuromuscular control patterns in healthy, clinical and aging populations with the use of intramuscular fine-wire recording and electrical stimulation.

Neurorehabilitation and Biomechanics Lab

Seeks to understand the mechanisms of biomechanical and neuromuscular control of normal and pathological movements and to apply this knowledge to design interventions that improve functional movements.

Rehabilitation with Insight from Robotics and Engineering (Rewire) Lab

Develops technology to improve fine motor control and walking function after neuromuscular injury using gait biomechanics, robotics, and neuroscience techniques.

Majors

Undergraduate students interested in studying Rehabilitation Movement Science can choose related coursework in the following majors:

 

These majors allow students to select a specialization in Disability Studies which offers courses specializing in working with students with a variety of disabling conditions.

Minor

Students not majoring in Kinesiology and Health Education may pursue an interdisciplinary minor with a Disability Studies track, and/or enroll in selected undergraduate courses that may fulfill degree requirements in a variety of academic degree programs on campus.

Undergraduate students interested in pursuing any of these options should consult with a Kinesiology and Health Education academic advisor in the College of Education.

Faculty

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Pam Buchanan

Assistant Professor of Instruction

Specializes in adapted physical education and working with children with disabilities by providing sensory and motor integration training.

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Brian Farr

Clinical Associate Professor

Serves as Director of the Athletic Training Education Program and specializes in sports medicine, training athletes, athletic injuries, strength and conditioning, and sports rehabilitation.

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Michael Freedberg

Assistant Professor

Investigates the organization and interactions between memory systems using noninvasive brain stimulation and fMRI with the goal of developing targeted interventions to rescue memory in patients with memory loss.

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Lisa Griffin

Associate Professor

Investigates neural control mechanisms during muscle fatigue and aging with single-motor unit recording, and designs electrical stimulation protocols for individuals with paralysis.

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Hao Yuan Hsiao

Assistant Professor

Studies the biomechanical and neuromuscular control mechanisms of human movement and translates this knowledge into practical solutions that reduce walking-related disability

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Sara Hussain

Assistant Professor

Studies the neural mechanisms of human motor control and uses this information to develop new brain stimulation interventions that improve motor function in patients with neurological damage.

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Jody Jensen

Professor

Studies biomechanics and changes in motor competencies across a lifetime with an emphasis on posture and locomotor control including populations of autism and cerebral palsy.

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Mandy Salinas

Assistant Professor of Practice

Research interests include biomechanics, falls, exercise, aging, and public health with a focus on wearable technology and human hydration.

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James Sulzer

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Member of the Graduate Studies Committee

Uses technology to understand and develop novel interventions following neurological injury such as stroke.

Features

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Undergraduate’s Fine Motor Research Can Give Physical Therapists a Hand

It can be difficult for those with a fine motor disability to complete certain gestures. An undergraduate researcher is studying how different forces or force combinations may be more strenuous to conduct than others. By having volunteers perform specific motions, his research has the ability to assist physical therapists in demonstrating therapy processes to patients.