One of the focus areas of the lab aims to improve gait rehabilitation paradigms for individuals with neurological disorders.
Goal: To develop new ways to enhance sensory feedback to improve gait rehabilitation paradigms.
Approach: Integrating insights gained from my work on split-belt walking, gait stability, reflexive control of gait in neurologically intact individuals and individuals with cerebellar damage, traumatic brain injury and Parkinson’s Disease, to develop ways to enhance sensory feedback to improve gait rehabilitation paradigms. Specifically, we will focus on:
– how gait asymmetry is perceived and which processes drive locomotor adaptation 
– innovative ways to reduce load-bearing asymmetries in individuals post-stroke or with Parkinson’s Disease.
Opportunities: Undergraduate, M.S. and Ph.D. students with an interest in gait rehabilitation, with a background in / an interest to learn about one or more of the following topics:
– neurological disorders, locomotor adaptation, somato-sensory perception (e.g. proprioception, plantar sensation), muscle reflex activity
– joint mechanics, gait asymmetry, gait stability
– treadmill design, spring-mass-damper system dynamics
– metabolic measurements, relative effort