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Rehabilitation Science Program Faculty Research Interests (A-Z)



Faculty A-Z // Applied Cellular Physiology // Applied Exercise & Cardiopulmonary Physiology // Applied Motor Control // Applied Biomechanics // Applied Lifespan Studies


 

Cathy Bodine, PhD, CCC-SLP
Assistive Technology Partners, Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Pediatrics, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Research interests are centered on research and development of existing, emerging, and new technologies for persons with disabilities as well as outcomes research of technologies for persons of all ages with disabilities.

Current Funding: National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), U.S. Department of Education
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Lisa A. Brenner, PhD, ABPP
Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Chair of University of Colorado Rehabilitation Sciences Search Committee

Dr. Lisa A. Brenner is a Board Certified Rehabilitation Psychologist, and an Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Neurology, and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Colorado, Anschutz School of Medicine, and the Director of the Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 19 Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center (MIRECC; http://www.mirecc.va.gov/visn19/). Her primary area of research interest is traumatic brain injury, co-morbid psychiatric disorders, and negative psychiatric outcomes including suicide. She serves as the Secretary for Division 22, American Psychological Association, and is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation. Dr. Brenner has numerous peer-reviewed publications, participates on national advisory boards, and is currently co-authoring a book regarding neurodisability and suicide.

Examples of grant funded projects include: A Brief Intervention to Reduce Suicide Risk in Military Members and Veterans (U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command Military Operational Medicine Research Program), Window to Hope: Evaluating a Psychology Treatment for Hopelessness Among Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury (Military Suicide Research Consortium), and Health and Wellness Intervention for Individuals with TBI (National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research).


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Cory Christiansen, PT, PhD 

Cory Christiansen, PT, PhD
Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, University of Colorado School of Medicine

Research focuses on optimizing physical rehabilitation outcomes for older adult patient populations with a variety of health conditions. More specifically, research concentrates on exercise intervention studies and functional outcome analysis for a variety of older adult populations, including patients with arthritis, total knee arthroplasty (TKA), lower limb amputation, and Parkinson’s disease (PD). These studies have involved interventions to promote both functional activity and quality of movement, especially related to lower extremity muscle and joint mechanics during common task performance. His most current study focuses on the efficacy of a collaborative-care, home-based rehabilitation for improving physical function, locomotion mechanics, and health self-management for patients with dysvascular transtibial amputation.
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Lisa Cicutto, PhD, RN
Clinical Science Program, National Jewish Hospital

Research interests include Evidence-based management of asthma and COPD on the part of patients, families and their health care providers.
Current Funding: Colorado Dept of Public Health and the Environment, National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences/Environmental Protection Agency (NIEHS/EPA)


 

Bradley Davidson, PhD

Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, University of Denver

Research interests include characterization of neuromuscular neutral zones in the human lumbar spine and biomechanical assessment of unloading capacity in ankle foot orthoses
Current Funding: National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
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Donald Eckhoff, MD
Department of Orthopaedics, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Research interests include function and health related quality of life after treatment of skeletal disorders, limb preservation surgical techniques, and oncology. Other interests include outcome analysis for different surgical devices and techniques in order to provide our patients with the most innovative orthopaedic treatments available.
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Roger Enoka, PhD
Department of Integrative Physiology, University of Colorado Boulder

Research interests focus on the neuromuscular mechanisms in humans that are responsible for (1) the fatigue exhibited by children, individuals with multiple sclerosis, and older adults, and (2) sex- and age-related differences in the performance of functional tasks.
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James Hill, PhD
Center for Human Nutrition, Department of Pediatrics, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Research interests focus on the area of obesity and the study of lifestyle factors that affect body weight regulation.
Current Funding: National Institutes of Health (NIH)
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Peter Jenkins, PhD, PE
Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado Denver

Research interests include turbomachinery, engines, energy conversion, and thermal/fluid sciences.
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Benzi Kluger, MD, MS

Departments of Neurology and Psychiatry, University of Colorado Denver

Research interests include movement disorders, behavioral neurology and in the overlap of these two fields. Particular interests lie in the neurophysiology and treatment of non-motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, including cognitive deficits and fatigue.
Current Funding: Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CCTSI), Department of Defense (ARO), Michael J Fox Foundation
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Wendy Kohrt, PhD

Division of Geriatric Medicine, University of Colorado Denver
Director, IMAGE research group (Investigations in Metabolism, Aging, Gender, and Exercise)

General research focus is on metabolism and aging. Current projects are on novel factors that influence musculoskeletal adaptations to exercise and metabolic actions of estrogens.
Current Funding: National Institute on Aging (NIA)
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Katrina Maluf, PhD, PT
Physical Therapy Program, Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Research focus is to identify mechanisms underlying psychomotor responses to stress and pain, and to apply this knowledge to the prevention and treatment of chronic pain disorders such as neck pain and fibromyalgia.
Current Funding: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS)
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Edward Melanson, PhD
Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism, and Diabetes, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Research interests include the effects of diet, exercise, and obesity on substrate metabolism and energy expenditure.
Current Funding:The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
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Marc Moss, MD
Division of Pulmonary Sciences and Critical Care Medicine, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Research interests focus on the mechanisms by which alcohol abuse and dependence increase susceptibility to acute lung injury. Additional interests include the effects of a variety of therapeutic modalities for patients with ARDS and the development of acute neuromuscular dysfunction in patients with severe sepsis and acute lung injury.
Current Funding: The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)
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Mary Jane Rapport, PhD, PT
Physical Therapy Program, Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Research goals are: 1) to explore and understand the impact of legislation and policies on the delivery of special education and related services to children in schools, on early intervention services for infants and toddlers and their families, and on pediatric physical therapy practice; and 2) to improve the effectiveness of the teaching and learning process in physical therapy education.
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Judith Regensteiner, PhD

Divisions of Internal Medicine and Cardiology, Director, Center for Women’s Health Research, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Research interests include type 2 diabetes and exercise, peripheral arterial disease, and women’s health.
Current Funding: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), American Diabetes Association
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Margaret Schenkman, PhD, PT
Physical Therapy Program, Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Research goals are to develop and test physical interventions for people who have neurological disorders such as Parkinson disease, multiple sclerosis, and critical care illness with polyneuropathy/polymyopathy. These interventions are based on conceptual models, integrating evidence with clinical reasoning.
Current Funding: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)
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Robert Schwartz, MD
Division of Geriatrics, Center on Aging, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Research interests include the exploration of several areas related to exercise and hormone replacement in the elderly: 1) the effect of exercise training on body fat distribution and the relationship to the metabolic abnormalities associated with obesity and cognitive decline; 2) the potential importance of hormone supplementation on strength, endurance, function, and body composition in older individuals.
Current Funding: National Institute on Aging (NIA)
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Robin Shandas, PhD
Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado Denver

Research interests focus on novel methods for translational bioengineering which include shape memory polymers for next-generation minimally invasive biomedical devices, understanding progression of pulmonary hypertension in children, hemodynamic vascular profiling using echo particle image velocimetry, and starting up biomedical device companies.
Current Funding: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
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Jennifer Stevens-Lapsley, PhD, PT

Physical Therapy Program, Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Research interests involve a multifaceted approach to examine the physiological basis for skeletal muscle dysfunction and weakness in older adults to optimize rehabilitation interventions. More specifically, research focuses on the cause of lower extremity muscle weakness that impairs functional performance after joint arthroplasty.
Current Funding: National Institute on Aging (NIA), National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), American Physical Therapy Association (CO Chapter), Arthritis Foundation
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