03-12-2004, 02:28 AM
Ph.D. student position in developmental motor control and early

The Infant Motor Behavior Lab in the Dept. of Physical Therapy,
University of Delaware has an opening for a Doctoral (Ph.D.) student to
begin by the Fall of 2004. Applicant need to be a physical therapist
(US or foreign trained) with experience in either neurorehabilitation of
children (ex. cerebral palsy, developmental delay, DCD) or adults (ex.
CVA, traumatic brain injury, Parkinson's disease).

Our lab studies the neuromotor control of limb movements in infants and
adults. We draw from and inform the fields of developmental psychology,
biomechanics, neurophysiology and neurorehabilitation. We currently
enjoy funding from NIH as well as the Foundation for Physical Therapy
and the Pediatrics Section of the APTA.

Currently, our lab has two separate but related aims:

1) Developmental Motor Control: To understand the complex process by
which typically developing infants learn to control their limbs for
purposeful tasks such as reaching
Current Projects are to determine:
The pattern of 3D shoulder-elbow motions during the development of
The pattern of 3D shoulder and elbow dynamics during the
development of reaching.
The role of different movement experiences in the development of
The extent to which infant movement data can train computer generated
reaching simulations.

2) Early Intervention: To develop novel, scientifically based
assessments and interventions for infants under 5 months of age who were
born at risk for future movement related disabilities.

Current Projects are to determine:
The effects of novel movement training programs with infants born preterm
The degree of learning and memory abilities exhibited by infants born preterm.

As a doctoral trainee in the lab, you will acquire technical skills in
performing 3D motion analysis (joint and endpoint) and basic
biostatistics, as well as programming in Matlab and Labview. You will
become knowledgeable in developmental psychology, neuromotor physiology
and multijoint biomechanics. Additional opportunities are available in
advanced statistics and modeling. Your training will be focused on
research skills and generating a strong publication record. Thus, you
will begin your research during your first semester.

You will work withvpopulations of healthy full-term infants as well as
infants at risk for developmental delays. You will also have opportunities
to gain teaching skills by leading lectures and labs in Neuroscience,
Rehabilitation and Pediatrics within the DPT program within the Dept of
Physical Therapy (www.udel.edu/PT) and performing clinical teaching in the
university's new Pediatric Clinic to open Fall of 2004.

The Infant Motor Behavior lab contains a six camera Vicon system for 3D
motion analysis. A 64 channel A/D board allows EMG collections and
Broadway video capture card provides for digital video. Immediately
adjacent to our lab is a 2,354 sq ft motion analysis laboratory also
used for motor control and biomechanics research including a Vicon
Realtime System.

The Biomechanics and Movement Science program (www.bmsc.udel.edu/) has a
number of faculty, postdoctoral fellows and doctoral students from
multiple disciplines interested in biomechanics and movement sciences,
with most focused on applications to rehabilitation and/or industry.
Research seminars and journal clubs provides students with rich
opportunities to broaden their knowledge and research skills. Among this
group and their interests are

Prof. Tom Buchanan, Upper and lower extremity biomechanics, stroke
Dr. Nancy Getchell, Motor Development, Developmental Coordination
Dr. John Scholz, Neuromotor control of reaching, stroke
Dr. Slobodan Jaric, Neuromotor control
Prof. Irene Davis, Lower limb biomechanics, running injuries
Prof. Stuart Binder Macleod, Neuromotor physiology, spinal cord injury
and cerebral palsy
Dr. Darcy Reisman, Neuromotor control of reaching, stroke

Current Infant Motor Behavior Lab members:
Anjana Bhat, PT Biomechanics and Movement Sciences program
Michele Lobo, PT Biomechanics and Movement Sciences program
Jill Heathcock, PT Biomechanics and Movement Sciences program

Community: The University of Delaware is located in Newark, Delaware
(pronounced "New Ark"), a town of 30,000 located 40 minutes from
Philadelphia, an hour from Baltimore and an hour plus from beaches and
mountains. Our college town has the advantages of small town
hospitality and low cost of living along with the tremendous cultural
and entertainment opportunities associated with the university and big
cities close by, and plenty of recreation in nearby beaches, parks, and

If interested, please email or phone:

James C. (Cole) Galloway, Ph.D., PT
Infant Motor Behavior Lab
Dept. of Physical Therapy
Newark, DE 19716
Email: jacgallo@udel.edu
Phone: 302.831.3697
Lab phone: 302.831.3697

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