Jason K. Longhurst, DPT, PhD

Saint Louis University (SLU)

Dr. Longhurst conducts research investigating the interaction between cognition and motor control in individuals with neurodegenerative diseases (such as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease) or those who are at risk for neurodegeneration. His work is focused on three themes: 1) prediction and prevention of neurodegeneration and impaired automaticity, 2) neuropathology and neurophysiology of impaired automaticity, and 3) development of intervention and prevention strategies that directly target neuropathologic and neurophysiologic mechanisms of impaired automaticity in individuals with neurodegeneration and at risk for neurodegeneration. He has a particular interest in the cerebral cortical activity involved in automatic motor control deficits of freezing of gait in Parkinson’s disease as well as the role of cognition in freezing of gait.