Laura McPherson, DPT, PhD

Washington University in St. Louis (WU)

The central theme of my research program is to study the ways in which neurologic dysfunction alters voluntary motor commands. In my lab, we use person-specific and group analyses to determine how pathologic motor commands correspond with movement impairments. We do this using neural and biomechanical measures of motor output as well as the development of technologies that will enable the neurorehabilitation field to address scientific questions that were previously intractable due to methodological and computational barriers. We use our results to inform the development of rehabilitation interventions that are rooted in nervous system neuropathophysiology.