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Rehabilitation Sciences Research Project Areas


Rehabilitation Sciences Laboratories

  • Brain Aging and Neurodegeneration Lab
    Sreemathi Logan, PhD
     
  • Cancer Rehabilitation Research Lab (CRRL)
    Elizabeth HIle, PT, PhD, NCS, CLT
     
  • Center for Human Performance Measurement
    Director: Carol Dionne, PT, DPT, PhD, MS, OCS, Cert MDT
    Staff: Len Wilson, MSBME

    Center Goals:
    • research human performance to minimize injury risk
    • educate health care students and practitioners to become leaders in human performance measurement to promote optimal performance
    • provide service via valid measures of human performance to all OU campuses and Community

    Current Collaborations: 
    Christie Barbee, AuD Communication Sciences and Disorders, College of Allied Health, OUHSC
    William Ertl, MD Orthopedic Surgery and Rehabilitation; College of Medicine OUHSC
    Thubi Kolobe, PhD Rehabilitation Sciences, College of Allied Health, OUHSC
    Birju Shah, MD Pediatrics; College of Medicine, OUHSC
    Hongwu Wang, PhD; Rehabilitation Sciences, College of Allied Health, OUHSC
     
  • Human Development Research Lab
    Director: Thubi H. A. Kolobe, PT, PhD, FAPTA

    Research conducted in the Human Development Laboratory focuses on infant-robotic reinforcement movement learning for infants with motor and cognitive impairments. This work entails collaboration among engineering and computer science scientists at OU Norman in the College of Engineering. We are currently testing and validating the third version of the Self-Initiated Prone Progression Crawler (SIPPC-3) system, which represents an integration of robotics and sensor technologies designed to influence movement effort as infants learn to crawl. The SIPPC was patented in 2015, recognized with a Smithsonian Innovation Award (selected among 13 innovative inventions), and featured at the 2015 Smithsonian Innovation Festival in Washington, DC. The SIPPC research has been funded for 8 years by a grant from the National Institute of Health and currently by National Science Foundation grants. Additonal funding is provided by Presbyterian Health Foundation and Foundation of Physical Therapy. Although research on the validation of other features of the SIPPC continue, we are also interested in exploring licensing or start-up business opportunities.
     
  • Mechancial Therapy Research Lab
    Director: Carol Dionne, PT, DPT, PhD, MS, OCS, Cert MDT

    Research Interests:
    Translational research of lumbar disc disease (bench to participation)
    Translational research of lower extremity osteomyoplastic amputation
    Translational research of lower extremity dysfunction and Type 2 diabetes mellitus
    Work performance of adults with chronic conditions

    Collaborations:
    William Ertl, MD Orthopedic Surgery and Rehabilitation; College of Medicine OUHSC
    Andrew Fagg PhD Computer Science; College of Engineering, OU-Norman
    Hongwu Wang, PhD; Rehabilitation Sciences, College of Allied Health, OUHSC
     
  • Technology for Occupational Performance (TOP) Lab
    Director: Hongwu Wang, PhD

    The common threads running through this research are  rehabilitation robotics, sensors, machining learning, and human-machine interaction.
    • Rehabilitation robotics:
      • Assistive robotics: pneumatic powered wheelchairs
      • Rehabilitative robotics: wearable focal vibration for stroke rehabilitation
    • Sensor-driven health technologies and systems
      • Virtual coaching
    • Instrumented environments and ambient assistive living
      • Smart Kitchen
      • Technology impact on fear of falling
      • Smell and odors on diet and sleep
  • The Lee Mitchener Tolbert Center for Developmental Disabilities and Autism
    Director: Sandra Arnold, PT, PhD

    The Lee Mitchener Tolbert Center for Developmental Disabilities was founded in 1995 for the purpose of disseminating information, expanding knowledge, and promoting "best practice" service delivery to enhance the lives of people with developmental disabilities and their families.
     
  • Y-OU IMPACT: An IHOPE Intervention
    Jessica Tsotsoros PhD, L/OTR
    Ken Randall, PT PhD, MHR

    Community-based Laboratory with primary location at the Tandy Family YMCA Healthy Living Center, as well as in the residential areas of the Tulsa metropolitan area.
     
    •  This unique interprofessional research and program delivery collaboration involves the OUHSC Department of Rehabilitation Sciences (occupational therapy and physical therapy), the OU College of Medicine’s Culinary Medicine Program, the OU IMPACT program, which is part of the Department of Psychiatry, and the Tandy Family YMCA Healthy Living Center.
    • IHOPE is an individualized health and wellness intervention for adults with severe mental health illnesses (SMI) who are coached by student occupational therapists and physical therapists under the supervision of their faculty to establish healthy habits and self-management skills.
    • Main objectives are to develop the necessary health, exercise, and wellness habits needed in order to have a positive effect on physical and psychosocial effects that are associated with behavioral diagnoses.
    • Student volunteers develop patient interaction and coaching skills, plus learn a great deal about the bio-psychosocial aspects of mental and physical health.