Physical therapy

  • Assistant Professor, Program in Physical Therapy

Bernadette Gillick, PhD, PT, is an assistant professor in the Program in Physical Therapy. Dr. Gillick’s current research interests focus on combining non-invasive brain stimulation and a promising form of rehabilitation known as constraint-induced movement therapy.  Her work aims to improve recovery of function in children with cerebral palsy who have suffered a stroke, specifically around the time of birth. These forms of brain stimulation have shown no evidence of seizure or other serious adverse event. The sensation is described as painless, and does not require sedation or surgery. Also, this therapy has the potential to be applied in the clinical setting, simultaneously with rehabilitation training. 

  • Assistant Professor, Division of Physical Therapy, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine
  • Masonic Cancer Center

Dr. Linda Koehler is an assistant professor in the Physical Therapy Program and Masonic Cancer Center.  Koehler's research focus includes breast cancer survivorship with specific interest in lymphedema and axillary web syndrome. Lymphedema refers to chronic swelling most commonly caused by the removal or damage to lymph nodes as a result of cancer treatment. Koehler’s goal is to improve the physical health and well-being of cancer survivors by addressing the physical impairments, such as lymphedema, and improving treatment and access to rehabilitation and other services following cancer diagnosis.         

  • Assistant Professor, Program in Physical Therapy, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation,Medical School

Ann Van de Winckel, PhD, MSc, PT, is an assistant professor in the Program in Physical Therapy. Her goal is to understand the neural mechanisms of neuroplasticity and recovering after stroke. She does this through the use of fMRI, structural and functional connectivity to determine the impact on clinical sensorimotor outcomes. Van de Winckel’s additional goal is to translate these findings to therapeutic interventions aimed at sensorimotor recovery. Van de Winckel has experience with clinical research both in stroke patients and in children with cerebral palsy, specifically on recovery of the arm and hand and even more specifically regarding training proprioception (body awareness) to improve motor performance. Van de Winckel also has extensive experience in both development and statistical evaluations of clinical scales for stroke patients. Van de Winckel's current research interests include shedding light on the impact of stroke on specific brain areas (insula and cerebellum) and its connections in relation to body awareness, motor imagery and how rehabilitation treatments can trigger neuroplasticity in these brain areas and their associated brain connections. Van de Winckel places emphasis on investigating the interactions between attention, motor imagery, body awareness and physical impairments in order to improve rehabilitation strategies to increase recovery. Currently, her research is focusing on proprioception in adults with stroke.