News & Announcements

 New Poster Presented by Doctoral Candidate, Faiza Qureshi

Faiza Qureshi       

Author: Faiza Qureshi, Preston Kung, Hyun Jin Cho, Natalie Phagu, Sue Ann Sisto and William F Collins III.

Presented her poster "Using serial cystometry to evaluate effectiveness of treadmill training on recovery of lower urinary tract function in a rat contusion model of SCI" at "Society for Neuroscience" in November, 2016 at SanDiego.


New Publication 

Author: Mayank Seth, Eric Lamberg
Standing balance in people with trans-tibial amputation due to vascular causes: 
Accepted for publication in the journal Prosthetics and Orthotics International


New Publication 

Author: Mitra Varedi
Co-Authors: Varedi, Mitra; McKenna, Raymond; Lamberg, Eric
Balance in Children with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia; A Review
Published online in Pediatrics International

New Admission Deadline

November 30, 2016 midnight EST for consideration for domestic scholarships such as the Turner scholarship

January 13, 2017, midnight EST for consideration for regular admission for Fall 2017.

"Rehab Plus" Symposium

Dr. Prithvi Shah is an invited speaker in the symposium entitled "Rehab Plus" at the upcoming Neurotrauma Meeting (June 26-29 in Lexington) at the University of Lousiville.

Invited Lecture

Dr. Suman Jain, Professor at AIMS Delhi, invites Dr. Prithvi Shah as a Guest Speaker in a Symposium at the  Annual Meeting of Indian Academy of Neuroscience 2016 at the National Brain Research Center in Gurgaon, India. The Conference will be held on 19th – 21st October 2016 and cover discussions by National & International experts spanning across the fields of Neurology and Neuroscience.

New Published Article by Faiza Qureshi and Sue Ann Sisto as co-authors

Faiza Qureshi, Ph.D. Candidate and Sue Ann Sisto, Director of  Rehabilitation Research and Movement Performance (RRAMP) Laboratory, as co-authors, published a new article, "Reliability of the International Spinal Cord Injury Musculoskeletal Basic Data Set" in 2016.


Study design: Psychometric study.

Objectives: To determine the intra- and inter-rater reliability and content validity of the International Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Musculoskeletal Basic Data Set (ISCIMSBDS). Setting: Four centers with one in each of the countries in Australia, England, India and the United States of America.

Methods: A total of 117 participants with a C2 to S1 neurological level and American Spinal Injury Association Impairment Scale A to D injury were recruited. The median (interquartile range) time since injury was 9 years (2–29). Fifty-seven participants were assessed by the same assessor, and 60 participants were assessed by two different assessors on two different occasions to determine the intra- and inter-rater reliability, respectively. Kappa statistics or crude agreement was used to measure reliability. Content validity was assessed through focus group interviews of people with SCI and health-care professionals.

Result: The intra-rater reliability ranged from κ=0.62 to 1.00 and crude agreement from 75% to 100% for each of the variables on the ISCIMSBDS. The inter-rater reliability ranged from κ=− 0.25 to 1.00, with a diverse crude agreement ranging from 0% to 100%. The inter-rater reliability was unsatisfactory for the following variables: ‘Date of fracture’, ‘Fragility fractures’, ‘Scoliosis, method of assessment’, ‘Other musculoskeletal problems’ and ‘Do any of the above musculoskeletal challenges interfere with your activities of daily living (transfers, walking, dressing, showers, etc.)?’. Results from validity discussions implied no major suggestions for changes.

Conclusion: Overall, the ISCIMSBDS is reliable and valid, although 5 of the 12 variables may benefit from further refinement. Spinal Cord advance online publication, 3 May 2016; doi:10.1038/sc.2016.42

Admission Deadline

January 15th is the final admission deadline for Fall 2016 admission.

Adward application Deadline

December 1 is the deadline for applying for the Tuner or other award.

Proposal Accepted

Dr. Sharon Ray's conference session proposal to the 21st Annual Conference on Advancing School Mental Health has been accepted. The title is: Empowering students to support their self-regulation through the incorporation of classroom sensory strategies.

sfAA Conference

PhD students Cassandra Evans, Sylette Henry Buckmire, Maria Milazzo along with Dr. Pamela Block attended the sfAA Conference in Vancouver.

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Stony Brook Earthstock Event, Friday, April 22, 2016
The HRS PhD program hosted a table at Earthstock to distribute information including facts about the ADA; contact info for Disability Support Services,; information on DSS's "Buddy" volunteer program. Two PhD student volunteers from the SHTM spoke to students about the "Health and Rehabiliation Sciences/Disability Student Track" program as well as distributing awareness buttons and collecting names of people interested in assisting with the President's ADA Committee efforts (otherwise known as volunteers!). 

Here are some photos of doctoral student Cassandra Evans helping with the Disability Awareness table at Stony Brook Earthstock on Friday.



Conference Presentation

Dr Sharon Ray presented a short course titled Transitioning Non-oral to Oral Feeding in Young Children  at the American Occupational Therapy Association  Annual Conference in Chicago on April 2016.

New Book Release and Launch Party
Dr. Michelle Friedner has recently released a new book titled Valuing Deaf Worlds, available from Rutgers University Press. For more details see here


New post on The Neuroethics Blog

Ph.D student Cassandra Evans would like to share her newblog posting from the past summer titled:
Bring back the asylum: A critical analysis of the call for a "return to 'modern' institutionalization methods

New Article Accepted for Publication
PhD program director, Dr. Sue Sisto's article has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Neurophysiology: Spinal electro-magnetic stimulation combined with transgene delivery of neurotrophin NT-3 and exercise: novel combination therapy for spinal contusion injury. Authors include: Hayk Petrosyan, Valentina Alessi, Arsen Hunanyan, Sue Ann Sisto, and Victor Arvanian

Student Poster Presentation at Society for Neuroscience
Ph.D student, Faiza Qureshi, will be presenting a poster at Society for Neuroscience, Oct 17-21, 2015 in Chicago.  The title of her abstract and poster is: Serial Cystometry Measurements-  a novel method for evaluation of lower urinary tract function in adult female sprague-dawley rats. 

Student Receives Lois and Robert Stafford Graduate Award
On June 22nd, PhD student Cynthia Spragg was presented with the Lois and Robert Stafford Graduate Award for academic sucess and community leadership.  Cynthia is the first veteran to recieve the award.

Student at Panel Presentation for Society for Disability Studies
Phd Student, Cassandra Evans recently presented at SDS for the panel: "Mad Studies: Intersections with Disability Studies, Social Work and 'Mental Health."  Her section was titled: "Bring Back the Asylum: Critical Analysis of the Call for a 'Return to "Modern"Institutionalization Methods."

PhD in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences will be hosting an information session soon

We Hope You Can Join Us - Learn About The Program, Meet Faculty and Ask Questions
Coming Soon

Rehab Research and Movement Performance Lab (RRAMP Lab)
(we are located off campus; we are located off Stony Brook Road in the Research and Development Park) Building 17, Suite 120 Stony Brook, NY 11794 631-444-6057
Click Here for Directions and a Map to RRAMP Lab

On February 19, second-year student, Mayank Seth, presented his poster at the 41st annual meeting of the American Association of Orthotists and Prosthetists.


His poster was titled: Standing balance in people with trans-tibial amputation due to vascular disease: A scoping review.

If poster does not appear, click here to open.

November 2014..... HRS faculty member Michele Friedner's new book now available

Michele Friedner's new book Valuing Deaf Worlds in Urban India is now available as an eBook from Rutgers University Press. The paper version, which will be in print in June of 2015, is also currently available for preorder. Click here to learn more or go to Rutgers University Press to order.

July 2014.....New faculty joining our Disability Studies concentraton

Michele Friedner will be joining Stony Brook's School of Health Technology and Management as an Assistant Professor in July 2014. She will be joining Pamela Block in developing and teaching courses in the Disability Studies concentration of the PhD program in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. Michele is a medical anthropologist who also has a strong background in Deaf Studies, South Asian Studies, and Development Studies. This appointment means that Stony Brook's new PhD program is well-positioned to attract students interested in approaching the study of disability through an interdisciplinary lens and we now are growing a core of faculty who are able to advise students in qualitative and quantitative methods and approaches to studying disability in both domestic and international contexts.

Additional affiliated faculty in Disability Studies across the university include: the Disability Studies undergraduate concentration in the BS in Health Science Program (Sharon Cuff, Kathleen McGoldrick and Stephanie Patterson); Cultural Analysis and Theory (Lisa Diedrich); Philosophy (Eva Kittay); Linguistics, (Mark Aronoff);Technology and Society (Lori Scarlatos); English Composition and Rhetoric (Patricia Dunn); Medical Humanities (Carla Keirns); Sociology (Carrie Shandra); College of Business (Manuel London); Occupational Therapy (Eva Rodriguez and Sharon Ray), and; Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (adjunct faculty Michael Dorn).

July 2014.....New faculty

Prithvi Shah received a B.S Degree in Physical Therapy from India. She obtained her Ph.D. in Muscle Physiology and Rehabilitation Science from the University of Florida. Dr. Shah obtained her post-doctoral training at the University of California in Los Angeles. In 2014, she joined the faculty of the State University of New York at Stony Brook as Assistant Professor in the School of Health Technology and Management. She is also an affiliate faculty in the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior at Stony Brook University. Dr. Shah is a recipient of the Craig Neilsen Post-Doctoral Fellowship Award and is an active Consortium Associate of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation.
Click here for Dr. Shah's profile.

April 2014.....New faculty joining our Rehabilitation Movement Sciences concentration

Walking is a skill that we often take for granted. With little thought or effort, we can modify our gait to dart through traffic while jaywalking, to step over rocks and tree roots while hiking, or to strut in high heels on a night out. When our nervous system is damaged, however, walking can become much more challenging. Dr. Vasudevan's research aims to understand the neural structures and pathways that allow walking to be so automatic and adaptable in neurologically-intact people. She also study how damage to the brain (due to stroke, traumatic brain injury, or cerebral palsy) affects the control of walking. Dr. Vasudevan's long-term goal is to develop evidence-based techniques and devices to help people to recover functional mobility and to facilitate the return to activities of daily living, including work, home life, and social activities.

Dr. Vasudevan comes to Stony Brook University with three and half years of experience as the Director of the Motor Learning Lab at Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute in Philadelphia. Prior to this, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship specializing in locomotor learning with Dr. Amy Bastian at The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Kennedy Krieger Institute (Baltimore, MD). In 2007, Dr. Vasudevan obtained her PhD from the University of Alberta, Canada, under the supervision of Drs. Paul Zehr and Jaynie Yang. Her doctoral work investigated the coordination of the arms and legs during infant and adult locomotion. She looks forward to transitioning her research program to Stony Brook and is excited about working with students and faculty in the School of Health Technology and Management, as well as within the broader university community. Click here for Dr. Vasudevan's CV.

HRS faculty member Pamela Block co-authors article about Disability Studies in Brazil

Click here to read article


7,000 Square Foot RRAMP Laboratory Slated for Completion Later in 2009 

STONY BROOK, N.Y., March 31, 2009 - Administrators and faculty from the Stony Brook University School of Health

Richard Johnson, PT, Clinical Associate Professor and Chair, Division of Rehabilitation Sciences, SBU School of Health Technology and Management (SHTM); Sue Ann Sisto, PT, MA, PhD, Research Director, Division of Rehabilitation Sciences; Shirley Strum Kenny, President, Stony Brook University; Craig Lehmann, Ph.D., Dean, SHTM, Interim Executive Dean, SBU Health Sciences Center; Barbara Chernow, Vice President, SBU Facilities & Services; Michael Murray, Assistant Director of Design, FD&C; Andrew Narus, Vice President, Hirani Engineering and Land Surveying, Inc.; Yumi Yoshino-Hempel, Project Architectural Designer, and Martin Ryan, Project Manager.

Technology and Management (SHTM) gathered in the center of what will be a high-technology laboratory dedicated to rehabilitation research at a March 11 groundbreaking ceremony. The 7,000 square foot facility, called the Rehabilitation Research and Movement Performance (RRAMP) Laboratory, will be the first facility of its kind on Long Island. RRAMP will pool the expertise of SBU rehabilitation, medical and engineering researchers to find innovative ways to improve the health and mobility of individuals experiencing physical and cognitive disabilities.

To be run by the SHTM, the laboratory will be located in SBU's Research and Development Park and is expected to be completed before the 2009-10 academic year. Researchers from disciplines within the Health Sciences, as well as from the Schools of Medicine and Engineering, will collaborate at RRAMP to analyze patients' difficulties with walking and other mobility problems, with the expectation of designing diagnostic and treatment solutions to their problems through technological means.

"This highly sophisticated laboratory will be a first for Stony Brook Health Sciences," said Craig Lehmann, Ph.D., Dean, SHTM, and Interim Executive Dean, Health Sciences Center. "The lab will be an important aspect to growing the research component of many Health Sciences Center programs."

"Over the next five years, we expect to develop RRAMP into a flourishing regional research center that will help thousands in the area stricken with neurological diseases, orthopedic disorders or debilitating injuries," said Sue Ann Sisto, P.T., M.A., Ph.D., Professor and Research Director, Division of Rehabilitation Sciences, SHTM. "The technological capacity of the lab in concert with the broad medical expertise available through the medical center will enhance the rehabilitation of patients with serious injuries and diseases."

"We are excited about this high-tech laboratory, which will enable important discoveries that will affect the lives of many patients over time," added Shirley Strum Kenny, President, Stony Brook University.

Dr. Sisto said that research teams at RRAMP will be made up of faculty across numerous SBU Schools, as well as experts from Brookhaven National Laboratory. There will be research teams for spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, stroke, Huntington's disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, and for amputations, orthopedic disorders, sports injuries, pediatric diseases such as cerebral palsy and pediatric cancers, as well as geriatric disorders, cardiovascular disease and obesity-related conditions.

Built into the floor within the center of the lab (groundbreaking photo location) will be force plates designed to capture ground reaction forces during gait/walking. Other built-in technologies will measure kinetics of wheelchair propulsion and orchestrate 3D computer imaging to measure position and movement. Electrodes will measure muscle activation patterns and will be synchronized with the imaging and kinetic data to give a detailed picture of movement patterns. Other computer-based systems will also help researchers measure metabolic rates, brain activation patterns, body comparison and other physiological and performance measurements of individuals.

The Division of Rehabilitation Sciences at the Stony Brook University School of Health Technology and Management (SHTM) includes the Departments of Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Athletic Training and Adapted Aquatics. The Division educates students based on research evidence on topics that impact clinical practices in the Rehabilitation Sciences. Division faculty engage in advanced research, much of which will involve the new Rehabilitation Research and Movement Performance (RRAMP) Laboratory.

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