Research Projects

 Project  Funding
Rehabilitation dosage and its relationship to motor learning. In Development
Goal Attainment Scaling in Physical Therapy. In Development
An herbal-based topical ointment (Asteeza) for pain relief. Role: PI 2015-2018 Florida High Tech Corridor Collaborative Research Grant with Aldali, Inc.
Comparison of the Firefighter Candidate Physical Ability Test to Weight Lifting Exercises in Firefighters. Role: Co-I 2016-2018 Lincoln Chair Endowment Funding
Correlation Between Hand Position and Core Strength and Stability. Role: Mentor 2017 Newberry Comics Faculty Fellowship Award: Douglas Johnson
A sensory-motor integrator for the treatment of focal dystonia. Role: PI 2015-2016 University of South Florida Research & Innovation Internal Awards Program

 

 Project  Funding
Interrelationships between motor ability and social function in toddlers with autism spectrum disorder. Role: PI 2018-2020 Florida Physical Therapy Association Linda Crane Research Award
Motor ability and social participation in young children with autism spectrum disorder. Role: PI 2016-2017 Foundation for Physical Therapy Promotion of Doctoral Studies Level II Award
Motor abilities and social participation in young children with autism spectrum disorder. Role: Pre-Doctoral Trainee 2015-2017 NIH T32 HD071866 Interdisciplinary Training in Pathobiology and Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham

 

 Project  Funding
Balance Based Torso Weighting and Core Exercise to Improve Balance and Gait in People with Multiple Sclerosis. Role: PI 2018-2019 University of South Florida Women’s Health Collaborative - Women’s Health Collaborative Grant
Dysmetria and Motor Function in SCA: Mechanisms and Rehabilitation. Role: Co-I; USF PI 2015-2018 NIH NINDS R21 Extramural Research Grant
Gender-linked Stem Cell Alterations in Stroke are Magnified in Postpartum Depression: A Target for Neurorehabilitaton. Role: Co-PI, 2013-2015 University of South Florida Women’s Health Collaborative - Women’s Health Collaborative Grant
A Pilot, Open-label Study to Determine the Safety and Efficacy of Intravenous immune Globulin in Treating Friedreich’s Ataxia and Spinocerebellar. Role: Co-I 2011-2013 Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance and Baxter Pharmaceutical external, investigator initiated research grant
Natural History Biomarkers in Friedreich's Ataxia. Role: Co-PI 2010-2014 Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance external, investigator initiated research grant
Treadmill Training with Partial Body Weight Support Compared with PNF Gait Training in Persons with Chronic Stroke. Role: PI 2003-2006 University of South Florida Sponsored Research - New Researcher Grant

 

 Project  Funding

An Exploration of Patient Views about the Meaningfulness of Pain, Disability, and Recovery Measures Used to Identify Success Following Treatment for Low Back Pain, Role: Co-I, 2014-15

University of South Florida – New Researcher Grant

Impairments in Balance, Gait, Vestibular and Hearing Functions in USF Student OEF and OIF Veterans Compared to a Control Group of Non-veteran Students, Role: co-PI, 2011-13

US Department of Defense

World Confederation of Physical Therapy; Vancouver, BC (2007), Role: PI, 2006

University of South Florida – International Travel Grant

Moral Reasoning and Professional Role Orientation Among Practicing Physical Therapists, Role: PI, 2000-01

University of South Florida Research and Creative Scholarship Grant

 

 Project  Funding
Lower extremity injury risk factor identification in adolescent high school female athletes.
Role: Co-I 2016 – 2017
University of South Florida Women’s Health Collaborative Seed Grant
Tibiofemoral osteoarthritic changes in women with knee hyperextension walking pattern.
Role: PI 2015 – 2016
University of South Florida Research & Innovation Internal Awards Program
Knee biomechanics and muscle activation patterns during gait in female dancers. Role: PI 2014 – 2015 University of South Florida Women’s Health Collaborative Seed Grant

 

 Project  Funding

Enhancing the Balance and Control of Crutch Walking Using a Novel Crutch Tip. Role: Co-PI 2016-2018

National Science Foundation

Longitudinal Gait and Balance Measurement. Role: Co-PI 2015-2019

Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance

Gait Enhancing Mobile Shoe for Stroke Rehabilitation. Role: Co-PI 2014-2018

Moterum, LLC. & Florida High Tech Corridor Council Matching Fund

Gait Adaptation in Transfemoral Amputees Using Split-belt Treadmill Training. Role: PI 2014-2017

Orthotic and Prosthetic Education and Research Foundation

Knee Biomechanics and Muscle Activation Patterns during Gait in Female Dancers. Role: Co-I 2014-2015

University of South Florida Women’s Health Collaborative Seed Grant

MRI: Acquisition of a CAREN Virtual Reality System for Collaborative Research. Role: Co-I 2012-2015

National Science Foundation

Occurrence of Impairments in Balance, Gait, Vestibular & Hearing Functions. Role: Co-I 2011-2014

Department of Defense

Metabolic and Biomechanical Measures of Gait Efficiency of Three Multi-axial, Vertical Shock and Energy Storing-return Prosthetic Feet during Simple & Complex Mobility Activities. Role: Co-I 2011-2014

Department of Defense

A Pilot, Open-label Study to Determine the Safety and Efficacy of Intravenous Immune Globulin in Treating Friedreich’s Ataxia and Spinocerebellar Ataxia. Role: Co-I 2011-2013

Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance

Natural History Biomarkers in Friedrich’s Ataxia. Role: Co-I 2010-2014

Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance

Robotic exoskeletons, FES, and biomechanics: Treating movement disorders. Role: Co-I (postdoctoral researcher) 2008-2012

National Institutes of Health (University of Delaware)