School of Health Professions News
Apr 11 2012
Development, Validation, and Testing of Virtual Reality Systems for Mobility Rehabilitation

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On March 8, 2012, Judith E. Deutsch, PT, Ph.D., presented her research entitled, VR and Interactive Video Gaming to Promote Mobility and Fitness Post-Stroke at the School of Health Professions Dean's Speaker Series. SHP faculty and students were in attendance to hear about Dr. Deutsch’s ground-breaking research. Dr. Deutsch is Professor and Director of the Research in Virtual Environments and Rehabilitation Sciences (Rivers) in the Doctoral Programs in Physical Therapy at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. She is a leader in the field of neurologic rehabilitation with a focus on individuals post-stroke. Her current research includes the development and testing of virtual reality rehabilitation, and off-the shelf gaming systems, and motor imagery to improve functional mobility and use of evidence in physical therapist practice.

Dr. Deutsch has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals, has presented her work nationally and internationally. She has also written a book called, "Complementary Therapies for Physical Therapy: a Clinical Decision-Making Approach." In addition, Dr. Deutsch is the immediate past-Editor in Chief of the Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy, a member of the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Neural Engineering Research and Neural Rehabilitation and Neural Repair and is very active in the American Physical Therapy Association.

Dr. Deutsch’s work is funded by the American Heart Association, National Science Foundation and National Institutes for Health.

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