Departmental Research

This degree is offered by the Department of Physical Therapy in Temple’s College of Public Health. Faculty research emphases within the department include

  • ambulation,
  • balance,
  • biomechanics,
  • concussion science,
  • health and patient-reported outcomes,
  • learning health systems,
  • low back pain,
  • movement disorders,
  • musculoskeletal disorders,
  • motor control and learning,
  • physical therapy education,
  • pediatric cerebral palsy,
  • pediatric spinal cord injury,
  • shoulder pain,
  • stroke rehabilitation and
  • virtual reality rehabilitation.

Learn more about research in the Department of Physical Therapy.

Research at Temple’s College of Public Health

The College of Public Health is one of the most research-active colleges at Temple University. Research at the college is multidisciplinary and spans both discovery and translation.

Temple is an R1 institution of “highest research activity” as designated by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, placing it in the top 4 percent of all four-year educational institutions in the nation. Temple’s research enterprise distinguishes itself through its focus on community, and by using advances in technology to make a positive impact on people’s lives.

The Neuromotor Science Research Consortium

The Neuromotor Science Research Consortium is a state-of-the-art facility that incorporates a number of interdisciplinary research laboratories  investigating a range of basic and clinical issues in human sensorimotor neuroscience.

Students collaborate with faculty and postdoctoral fellows in a common space that promotes interaction and provides a rich scientific atmosphere. State-of-the-art technology encompasses several motion-capture labs, a split belt treadmill and virtual reality immersive environments.  

The NMS Research Consortium includes several labs led by or involving PT faculty.

BIOMECHANICAL ASSESSMENT FOR MOVEMENT AND REHABILITATION (BAMR) LAB

The BAMR Lab develops novel assessments and interventions that address the neuromuscular basis of balance and movement. Current BAMR Lab projects examine gait and postural dysfunction in adults and pediatrics with neurological injuries such as spinal cord injury and cerebral palsy. Additional resources are devoted to developing interventions and technologies that address the needs of such populations.

MOTION-ACTION-PERCEPTION (MAP) LABORATORY

The MAP Lab focuses on sensorimotor and perceptual influences on human movement control, including central nervous system disease, neuromuscular processes and postural control models.

MOVEMENT ASSESSMENT AND HEALTH OUTCOMES (MAHO) LAB

MAHO is dedicated to the advancement of person-centered health outcomes using modern measurement approaches, qualitative and psychometric expertise, and the development of smart systems of wearable sensors for adaptive data collection. It provides support for psychometric and item bank development, qualitative and clinical validation, and technologies to support patient-reported outcomes in children who have difficulty with self-reporting health concepts. This lab operates in active partnership with premier clinical sites including the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Shriners Hospitals for Children.

PERSONAL HEALTH INFORMATICS AND REHABILITATION ENGINEERING (PHIRE) LABORATORY

PHIRE focuses on understanding people’s quality of life needs and seamlessly assists them through science and technology. The team is currently working on an adaptive feedback app to help those with spinal cord injuries maintain and improve physical activity.

SPINAL NEUROMOTOR LABORATORY

This laboratory is part of the Neuromotor Rehabilitation and Virtual Environment and Postural Orientation labs, and contains equipment necessary for contemporary motor unit and kinetic assessments of the human motor system. The team conducts highly collaborative research and aims to develop life-changing therapies for individuals with neurological injuries through investigations of the motor system.

TEMPLE UNIVERSITY'S RESEARCH IMMERSIVE BALANCE AND LOCOMOTION (TRIBAL)

TRIBAL investigates how sensory information from the proprioceptive, vestibular and visual sensory systems are used to maintain upright balance during locomotion, in order to develop new techniques and assistive technology for populations with compromised balance control, such as concussed athletes and older adults.

VIRTUAL ENVIRONMENT AND POSTURAL ORIENTATION (VEPO) LAB

The VEPO lab focuses on identifying how humans use visual cues to maintain balance and how the multimodal sensory inputs are processed and used for postural control. The lab’s current research emphasis is on the control of balance in elderly adults and adults with cerebral palsy.