Grace Kim Publishes Research on Robotics to Improve Hand Function in Stroke Patients

Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy Grace Kim‘s study Photo of Grace Kim Randomized Trial on the Effects of Attentional Focus on Motor Training of the Upper Extremity Using Robotics With Individuals After Chronic Stroke was recently published in the journal Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. The study is also co-authored by NYU Steinhardt’s Mitchell Batavia, Associate Professor in the department of Physical Therapy, and Jim Hinojosa, Professor Emeritus in the department of Occupational Therapy.

The study focused on individuals with stroke and moderate-to-severe arm impairment living in the community. The individuals participated in a four-week arm training protocol on a robotic device in an outpatient clinic.

Highlights of the study include:

•Participants improved on motor outcomes after engaging in high-repetition robotics arm training.

•There were no differences between external focus or internal focus of attention on retention of motor skills after 4 weeks of arm training.

•Individuals with moderate-to-severe arm impairment may not experience the advantages of an external focus during motor training found in healthy individuals.

•Attentional focus is most likely not an active ingredient for retention of trained motor skills for individuals with moderate-to-severe arm impairment.

Introducing the Center of Health and Rehabilitation Research

Photo of Gerald Voelbel PresentingThis fall marked the inception of the yet-to-be official Center of Health and Rehabilitation Research (CoHRR), directed by Gerald Voelbel, Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy and director of the PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences program.

The mission of the CoHRR is to generate and disseminate scientific knowledge to improve human health, functioning, participation, and quality of life among individuals, groups, and communities. The CoHRR fosters interdisciplinary collaboration that furthers basic, applied, and translational health and rehabilitation research.

The CoHRR held it’s Inaugural Research Symposium in September to highlight Steinhardt’s health and rehabilitation researchers. Speakers at the symposium included faculty from Steinhardt’s Music Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Communicative Sciences and Disorders, and Nutrition departments. The center also hosted two additional visiting speakers Dr. Juan Carlos Arango Lasprilla of the Biocruces Health Research Center in Bilbao, Spain and Kaitlyn Tona, Au.D. of NYU Langone during the fall semester.

Faculty Achievements: Grants and Publications Summer/Fall 2017

A complete list of achievements by the faculty of the NYU Steinhardt Department of Occupational Therapy.

GRANTS

Kristie Patten Koenig

  • Principal Investigator: “NYU ASD Nest Support Project.” Skaneateles Central School District. 9/1/17-6/30/18. $53,749
  • Principal Investigator: “NYU ASD Nest Support Project.” NYC Department of Education. 7/1/17-6/30/18. $1,555,551
  • Co-Principal Investigator: “Ghanaian Institute for the Future of Teaching and Education (GIFTED) Women’s Fostering Program”. (Co-Principal Investigator). Newman’s Own Foundation. 6/30/17 – 7/1/18 $35,000

Tsu-Hsin Howe

  • 2017: New York University, The Steinhardt School of Education: Faculty Challenge Grant: Cross-Department Collaboration Award

Grace Kim

  • 2017-2018 Co-Principal Investigator: “Using Sensors to Capture Arm Impairment in Individuals with Stroke”. New York University Research Challenge Grant, $14,000
  • 2017-2018 Co-Principal Investigator: “Using Sensors to Capture Arm Impairment in Individuals with Stroke”. Steinhardt Faculty Challenge Grant $10,000

Janet Njelesani

  • 2017-2018 Principal Investigator: Occupational Therapy Research Group on Disability-based Violence. NYU Provost’s Global Research Initiative Award. $10,000.
  • 2017-2018 Principal Investigator: School violence against children with disabilities in Lusaka, Zambia: A pilot study. NYU Steinhardt Global Research Incubator Award. $10,000.

PUBLICATIONS

Tracy Chippendale

  • Chen, S.W. & Chippendale, T. (accepted). The Issue Is: Leisure as ends, not just means in occupational therapy intervention. American Journal of Occupational Therapy.
  • Chippendale, T. (2018). Predicting use of outdoor fall prevention strategies: Considerations for prevention practices. Journal of Applied Gerontology, Early online.
  • Boltz, M., Lee, K. H., Chippendale, T. & Trotta, R. L. (2018). Pre-admission functional decline in hospitalized persons with Dementia: The influence of family caregiver factors. Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, Early online.
  • Chippendale, T & Raveis, V. (2017). Knowledge, behavioral practices, and experiences of outdoor fallers: Implications for prevention programs. Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, Early online.
  • Chippendale, T., Gentile, P. A. & James, M. K. (2017). Characteristics and outcomes of falls among older adult trauma patients: Considerations for injury prevention programs. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, Early online.

Patricia Gentile

  • James, M., Saghir, M., Victor, M., Gentile, P.A.  (in press).  Characterization of fall patients: Does age matter?  Journal of Safety Research. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jsr.2017.12.010                                                                                     
  • Chippendale, T., Gentile, P. A. and James, M. K. (2017). Characteristics and consequences of falls among older adult trauma patients: Considerations for injury prevention programs. Aust Occup Ther J.  https://doi: 10.1111/1440-1630.12380
  • Chippendale, T., Gentile, P. A., James, M. K., and Melnic, G. (2017) Indoor and outdoor falls among older adult trauma patients: A comparison of patient characteristics, associated factors and outcomes. Geriatr Gerontol Int, 17: 905–912. doi: 10.1111/ggi.12800

Yael Goverover

  • Stern, B., Strober, L., DeLuca, J., & Goverover, Y. (Accepted, December 14, 2017).  Subjective Well-being Differs with Age in Multiple Sclerosis: A Brief Report. Rehabilitation Psychology.
  • Goverover, Y., & DeLuca, J. (Accepted, November 21, 2017). Assessing Everyday Life Functional Activity using Actual RealityTM in Persons with MS. Rehabilitation Psychology.
  • Goverover, Y., Sandroff, B., & DeLuca, J. (Accepted, October 13, 2017). Dual-Task of Fine Motor skill and Problem-Solving in   Individuals with Multiple Sclerosis: A pilot study.  Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation.
  • Goverover Y., Chiaravalloti, N., O’Brien, A., & DeLuca, J. (2017). Evidenced Based Cognitive Rehabilitation for Persons with Multiple Sclerosis: An Updated Review of the Literature from 2007-2016. Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. pii: S0003-9993(17)31117-6. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2017.07.021. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Costa, S. L., DeLuca, J., Sandroff, B. M., Goverover, Y., & Chiaravalloti, N. D. (Accepted, July 6, 2017). The role of demographic and clinical factors in cognitive functioning of persons with relapsing-remitting and progressive multiple sclerosis. Journal of Imternational Neuropsychology Society.
  • Kalina, J., Hinojosa, J., Strober, L., Bacon, J., Donnelly, S., & Goverover, Y. (Accepted, June 19, 2017). A randomized controlled trial to improve self-efficacy in persons with Multiple Sclerosis: The Community Reintegration for Socially Isolated Patients (CRISP) program. American Journal of Occupational Therapy.
  • Goverover, Y., Chiaravalloti, N.,Genova, H & DeLuca, J. (2017). An RCT to Treat Impaired Learning and Memory in Multiple Sclerosis: The self-GEN Trial. Multiple Sclerosis. 1:1352458517709955. doi: 10.1177/1352458517709955.

Tsu-Hsin Howe

  • Howe, T.-H., Chen, H.-L., Lee, C. C., Chen, Y.-D., & Wang, T.-N. (2017). The Computerized Perceptual Motor Skills Assessment (CPMSA): A new visual perceptual motor skills evaluation tool for children in early elementary grades. Research in Developmental Disability, 69, 30-38. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ridd.2017.07.010

Grace Kim

  • Kim, GJ, Taub, M., Creelman, C., Cahalan, C., O’Dell, M.W., & Stein, J. (accepted). Hand training utilizing electromyography-triggered robotics for individuals after chronic stroke. American Journal of Occupational Therapy.
  • Kim, G.J., Hinojosa, J., Rao, A., Batavia, M., & O’Dell, M.W. (2017). Randomized trial on the effects of attentional focus on motor training of the upper extremity using robotics with individuals after chronic stroke. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 97(10), e35. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apmr.2017.06.005

Janet Njelesani

  • Dean L., Mulamba, C.,  Njelesani J., Mbabazi, P. & Bates I. (in press, 2018). Establishing an international laboratory network for neglected tropical diseases: Understanding existing capacity in five WHO regions. International Journal of Tropical Medicine and Public Health.
  • Njelesani J., Hashemi, G., Cameron, C., Cameron, D., Richard, D., & Parnes, P. (2018). From the day they are born: A qualitative study exploring violence against children with disabilities in West Africa. BMC Public Health; doi: 10.1186/s12889-018-5057-x
  • Hui N., Vickery E., Njelesani J., & Cameron D. (2017). Gendered experiences of inclusive education for children with disabilities in West and East Africa. International Journal of Inclusive Education; doi: 10.1080/13603116.2017.1370740

Anita Perr

  • Koch, KE & Perr, A. (2018). Application of Wheelchair and Seating Standards: From Inside the Test Lab and Beyond. In ML Lange and JL Minkel (eds) Seating and Wheeled Mobility: A Clinical Resource Guide. Thorofare, NJ: Slack.

 

Class Notes: Fall 2017

Ali Ahmad, PhD (PhD 2015) is currently working in the clinic as the head of the hand therapy unit at Ministry of Health – Kuwait.

James Battaglia, MA OTR/L CHT (MA 2001) has recently been appointed as an Assistant Professor in the Occupational Therapy program in the Health Professions Department at Hofstra University. He is currently working toward completion of his EdD in Learning and Teaching at Hofstra as well. His paper Toward a Caring Curriculum: Can Occupational Therapy be Taught in a Caring Context?, was published in the International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, and a co-authored paper with his wife Dana Battaglia entitled, Faculty mentoring in communication sciences and disorders: Case study of a doctoral teaching practicum, was published in the Academy of Educational Leadership Journal in late 2016.

Paula Kramer (BS 1973, MA 1977, Ph.D. 1993) was recently named Professor Emerita of University of the Sciences.

Katherine Malfucci (MSOT 2012) started working last year as a Senior Instructional Therapist mentor with the Nest program, a New York City Dept. of Ed. ASD program that partners with NYU to include students with ASD in general ed classrooms. It has been a great inspiration to work with and learn from therapists throughout the city who do such wonderful, innovative work with our students.  This year she also began working at Back to Health, an outpatient clinic in Brooklyn, providing care for clients of all ages with musculoskeletal injuries and disabilities.

Sara Monheit-Peress (MA 1981) is married to Louis Peress (a COTA and Real Estate Broker) and is practicing Occupational Therapy in Las Vegas.

Jaimie Porter OTR/L CBIS (MSOT 2011) currently works in Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation at Mount Sinai Hospital, originally on the Brain Injury Rehab unit and currently on the Spinal Cord Injury Rehab unit, and has recently become a Certified Brain Injury Specialist.

Jackie Tamayo, MS, OTR/L (MS 2012) is a hand therapy resident at OrthoCarolina ’16-’17, obtained CHT, and is a hand Specialist at Calif. Orthopaedic Institute in San Diego.

Audrey H. Weiss (MA 1995) wrote the cover story in the August (2016) edition of OT Advance Magazine. The story titled Hitting the High Notes…starting an OT music group for special-needs students is easier-and more fun- than you thought, is about her OT music group which she runs in schools and clinics.