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. Anaphylaxis treatment: ergonomics of epinephrine autoinjector design. Am J Med. 2014 Jan;127(1 Suppl):S12-6. PMID: 24384133

Dias JM, Menacho MD, Mazuquin BF, Obara K, Mostagi FQ, Lima TB, Moura FA, Abrão T, Iversen MD, Cardoso JR. Comparison of the electromyographic activity of the anterior trunk during the execution of two Pilates exercises – teaser and longspine – for healthy people. J Electromyogr Kinesiol. 2014 Jun 30. pii: S1050-6411(14)00133-3. doi: 10.1016/j.jelekin.2014.06.005. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 25048643 .

Eijckelhof BH, Huysmans MA, Blatter BM, Leider PC, Johnson PW, van Dieën JH, Dennerlein JT, van der Beek AJ. Office workers’ computer use patterns are associated with workplace stressors. Appl Ergon. 2014 Nov;45(6):1660-7. doi: 10.1016/j.apergo.2014.05.013. Epub 2014 Jul 5. PMID: 25005311

Ferris CF, Johnson M, Sikes RW, Stolberg T, Prendergast R, Nedelman M, Paskavitz J. 2012, Neural circuits involved in capsaicin-induced pain in awake rats: Imaging temporal changes in activation and deactivation, Soc for Neurosci Abstr.

Hasson CJ, Sternad D. Safety margins in older adults increase with improved control of a dynamic object. Front Aging Neurosci. 2014 Jul 14;6:158 2014. PMID: 25071566 Free PMC Article

Hasson CJ, Van Emmerik R EA, Caldwell GE. Balance Decrements are Associated With Age-Related Muscle Property Changes. J Appl Biomech. 2014 Jun 30. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 24979814

Hasson CJ. Neural representation of muscle dynamics in voluntary movement control. Exp Brain Res. 2014 Jul;232(7):2105-19 Epub 2014 Mar 26. PMID: 24668129

Hayward LM,Black LL, Mostrom E, Jensen GM, Ritzline PD, Perkins J. The first two years of practice: a longitudinal perspective on the learning and professional development of promising novice physical therapists. Phys Ther. Mar 2013;93(3):369-383.  PMID: 23064736. Open Access

Hayward LM, Charrette AL, Swartz BC. An interprofessional community-based service delivery model for the management of children with burns living in China. Int Public Health J. 2013;5(3):325-332. 42714

Ortqvist M, Iversen MD, Janarv PM, Broström EW, Roos EM. Psychometric properties of the Knee injury and Osteoarthritis Outcome Score for Children (KOOS-Child) in children with knee disorders Br J Sports Med. 2014 May 16. pii: bjsports-2013-093164. doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2013-093164. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 24837242 Open Access

Tveito TH, Sembajwe G, Boden LI, Dennerlein JT, Wagner GR, Kenwood C, Stoddard AM, Reme SE, Hopcia K, Hashimoto D, Shaw WS, Sorensen G. Impact of organizational policies and practices on workplace injuries in a hospital setting.J Occup Environ Med. 2014 Aug;56(8):802-8. PMID: 25099405

Yen SC, Landry JM, Wu M. Augmented multisensory feedback enhances locomotor adaptation in humans with incomplete spinal cord injury. Hum Mov Sci. 2014 Jun;35:80-93. PMID: 24746604. Open Access

Yen SC, Landry JM, Wu M. Size of kinematic error affects retention of locomotor adaptation in human spinal cord injury. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2013;50(9):1187-200. PMID: Open Access

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

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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