Neurorehabilitation Laboratories Sport Concussion & Occupational REhabilitation (SCORE Lab)
Jaclyn Stephen’s research evaluates adolescents and young adults with sports-related concussion (SRC) and more severe forms of traumatic brain injury (TBI) using behavioral measures and neuroimaging techniques, like electroencephalography (EEG), functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS), and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). Specifically, she seeks to better understand the neural physiology of head injury, create innovative behavioral measures for return-to-play evaluations (e.g. virtual reality assessment tools), and develop rehabilitation interventions that facilitate expedited and safe return to meaningful occupations, like sports and recreation.
Stephens, J.A, Salorio, C., Denckla, M., Mostofsky, S., & Suskauer, S. (2016). Subtle motor findings during recovery from pediatric traumatic brain injury: a preliminary report. J Mot Behav, 1-7. doi:10.1080/00222895.2016.1204267.
Stephens, J.A. & Berryhill, M. (2016). Older adults improve on everyday tasks after working memory training and neurostimulation. Brain Stimulation, 9(4)553-559.
Jones, K.T., Stephens, J.A., Alam, M., Bikson, M. and Berryhill, M.E. (2015). Longitudinal neurostimulation in older adults improves working memory. PloS one, 10(4)1-18.
Stephens, J.A., Williamson, K.C., and Berryhill, M.E. (2015). Cognitive rehabilitation after traumatic brain injury: A reference for occupational therapists. OTJR: Occupation, Participation, and Health, 35(1) 5-22.
Visuo-vestibular Integration and Virtual Environment Laboratory (VIVE Lab)
Yawen Yu’s research performed within the Visuo-vestibular Integration and Virtual Environment laboratory (VIVE lab) is designed to understand the sensorimotor contribution to human balance control, and to leverage this understanding to advance neurorehabilitation targeting multisensory processing with innovative technologies (e.g., virtual environment and non-invasive neuromodulation). We strive to understand individuals with balance problems due to neurological insults (e.g., cerebral palsy, vestibular disorders) or natural aging, and how participation in daily activities is affected by their challenges in maintaining upright balance.
Using a virtual environment, the sensory array of the primary systems (e.g., visual, somatosensory, vestibular) is deliberately altered to investigate the postural performance in response to the change of sensory environment. Neuromodulatory techniques are expected to be implemented into meaningful activities to enhance balance performance and participation by interrupting the persistent and abnormal multisensory processing due to neurological insults or deterioration.
To ensure the successful translation of research, we value the market fit of the potential service and product consumers. Specifically, intensive interview with the patient populations and the elements of their ecosystem (e.g., families, healthcare providers, insurers) is employed to identify valuable product and service opportunities.
We will be starting our new research projects addressing the aforementioned issues soon. Stay tuned! Contact Dr. Yu (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you want to do research work or be part of a research study in the VIVE lab. Highly motivated students are always welcome.
Yu, Y., Lauer, R. T., Tucker, C. A., Thompson, E. D., & Keshner, E. A. (2018). Visual dependence affects the postural response to continuous visual field motion in individuals with cerebral palsy. Developmental Neurorehabilitation. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17518423.2018.1424265.
Lin, C.-K., Meng, L.-F., Yu, Y., Chen, C.-K., & Li, K.-H. (2014). Factor analysis of the Contextual Fine Motor Questionnaire in children. Research in Development Disability, 35, 512-519.
Stergiou, N., Yu, Y., & Kyvelidou, A. (2013). A perspective on human movement variability with applications in infancy motor development. Kinesiology Review, 2, 93-102.
Yu, Y., Chung, H.-C., Hemingway, L., & Stoffregen, T. A. (2013). Postural sway and visual performance in women with and without morning sickness in pregnancy. Gait and Posture, 37, 103-107. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.gaitpost.2012.06.021.