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The Department of Physical Therapy, Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences’ research mission is to build the evidence for best practices to maintain and improve the health and wellbeing of the local, national, and global community members.

Selected Research Publications

Dennerlein JT. The state of ergonomics for mobile computing technology. Work. 2015. doi: 10.3233/WOR-152159. PubMed PMID: 26444934.

Hasson CJ, Manczurowsky J. Effects of kinematic vibrotactile feedback on learning to control a virtual prosthetic arm. J Neuroeng Rehabil. 2015;12:31. doi: 10.1186/s12984-015-0025-5. PubMed PMID: 25879430; PMCID: PMC4391578.

Hasson CJ, Manczurowsky J, Yen SC. A reinforcement learning approach to gait training improves retention. Frontiers in human neuroscience. 2015;9:459. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2015.00459. PubMed PMID: 26379524; PMCID: PMC4550775.

Hayward LM, Greenwood KC, Nippins M, Canali A. Student perceptions and understanding of client-therapist interactions within the inpatient acute care environment: qualitative study. Phys Ther. 2015;95(2):235-48. doi: 10.2522/ptj.20140207. PubMed PMID: 25234275.

Iversen MD, von Heideken J, Farmer E, Rihm J, Heyworth BE, Kocher MS. Validity and Comprehensibility of Physical Activity Scales for Children With Sport Injuries. J Pediatr Orthop. 2015. doi: 10.1097/BPO.0000000000000448. PubMed PMID: 25851672.

Levac D, Espy D, Fox E, Pradhan S, Deutsch JE. “Kinect-ing” with clinicians: a knowledge translation resource to support decision making about video game use in rehabilitation. Phys Ther. 2015;95(3):426-40. doi: 10.2522/ptj.20130618. PubMed PMID: 25256741; PMCID: PMC4348717.

Levac D, Glegg SM, Camden C, Rivard LM, Missiuna C. Best practice recommendations for the development, implementation, and evaluation of online knowledge translation resources in rehabilitation. Phys Ther. 2015;95(4):648-62. doi: 10.2522/ptj.20130500. PubMed PMID: 25301966.

Schettino LF, Adamovich SV, Bagce H, Yarossi M, Tunik E. Disruption of activity in the ventral premotor but not the anterior intraparietal area interferes with on-line correction to a haptic perturbation during grasping. J Neurosci. 2015;35(5):2112-7. doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.3000-14.2015. PubMed PMID: 25653367; PMCID: PMC4315837.

Sharby N, Martire K, Iversen MD. Decreasing health disparities for people with disabilities through improved communication strategies and awareness. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2015;12(3):3301-16. doi: 10.3390/ijerph120303301. PubMed PMID: 25809511; PMCID: PMC4377965.

Sparer EH, Herrick RF, Dennerlein JT. Development of a safety communication and recognition program for construction. New Solut. 2015;25(1):42-58. doi: 10.1177/1048291115569025. PubMed PMID: 25815741.

Stefanik JJ, Gross KD, Guermazi A, Felson DT, Roemer FW, Niu J, Lynch JA, Segal NA, Lewis CE, Lewis CL. The relation of step length to MRI detected structural damage in the patellofemoral joint: The Multicenter Osteoarthritis Study. Arthritis care & research. 2015. doi: 10.1002/acr.22738. PubMed PMID: 26413842

Stefanik JJ, Gross KD, Guermazi A, Felson DT, Roemer FW, Zhang Y, Niu J, Segal NA, Lewis CE, Nevitt M, Neogi T. The relation of MRI-detected structural damage in the medial and lateral patellofemoral joint to knee pain: the Multicenter and Framingham Osteoarthritis Studies. Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2015;23(4):565-70. doi: 10.1016/j.joca.2014.12.023. PubMed PMID: 25575967; PMCID: PMC4368472.

Yen SC, Corkery MB, Chui KK, Manjourides J, Wang YC, Resnik LJ. Risk Adjustment for Lumbar Dysfunction: Comparison of Linear Mixed Models With and Without Inclusion of Between-Clinic Variation as a Random Effect. Phys Ther. 2015;95(12):1692-702. doi: 10.2522/ptj.20140444. PubMed PMID: 25908524.

Yen SC, Schmit BD, Wu M. Using swing resistance and assistance to improve gait symmetry in individuals post-stroke. Hum Mov Sci. 2015;42:212-24. doi: 10.1016/j.humov.2015.05.010. PubMed PMID: 26066783; PMCID: PMC4508206.

Yen SC, Gutierrez GM, Wang YC, Murphy P. Alteration of ankle kinematics and muscle activity during heel contact when walking with external loading. Eur J Appl Physiol. 2015;115(8):1683-92. doi: 10.1007/s00421-015-3154-4. PubMed PMID: 25802228.

Tier 1 Seed Grant Awarded to Drs Yen, Hasson, and Platt

Drs. CJ Hasson and Sheng-Che Yen in collaboration with Dr. Robert Platt in the College of Computer and Information Science, recently received an Interdisciplinary Tier 1 Seed Grant to fund their project titled “A New Paradigm for Robotic Gait Rehabilitation Based on Reinforcement Learning.” The goal of this project is to improve the effectiveness of robotic gait training for patients after stroke – a leading cause of long-term disability. In this project we introduce a new approach based on reinforcement learning principles. The study aims to show that this approach produces superior learning of a new gait pattern compared to the current state-of-the-art approach. Other Tier 1 grants awarded are listed here.

Department Students will Rise Health Science Undergraduate Award!

Early PT education for pre-surgical breast cancer survivors: A pilot study Marin Little Emily Nasson Gallagher Lucy Burrage, PI Ann Marie Flores Working with Rebecca Stephenson in the Rehabilitation Services and Mehra Golshan of the Breast Surgical Services at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Dana Faber Cancer Institute, this pilot project evaluated the effects of early physical therapy on functional outcomes for cancer pre-surgical breast cancer survivors. The project was funded by a small grant from the America Physical Therapy Association Section on Women’s Health. Other winners of RISE awards can be found online through the RISE website here at

Research Productivity

In 2013, the faculty published over 42 peer reviewed journal manuscripts. The published works of the faculty were cited over 450 times. In addition, faculty members submitted proposals to external agencies totaling over $6.9 million in direct costs. The department’s budgeted research activities for FY14 totaled over $1.4 million.

Contact Info

Jack Dennerlein, PhD
Director of Research, Department of Physical Therapy, Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences
308 Robinson Hall
Boston, MA 02115
Tel: 617.373.5428

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