Labs & Research Areas
Research in the College of Public Health is multidisciplinary and spans both discovery and translation. A number of faculty members have research agendas sponsored by the federal government or foundation grants. Research areas include
- 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.
Students may volunteer in these laboratories or apply for work-study grants.
Biomechanical Assessment for Movement and Rehabilitation Laboratory
Faculty Supervisor: Richard Lauer
This state-of-the-art laboratory explores the development of novel assessments and interventions addressing the neuromuscular basis of balance and movement. The group examines gait and postural dysfunction in adults and pediatrics with neurological injuries such as spinal cord injury and cerebral palsy. Additional research focuses on developing interventions and technologies to address the needs of these populations.
Faculty Supervisor: W. Geoffrey Wright
The Motion-Action-Perception (MAP) Laboratory focuses on sensorimotor, perceptual and psychological influences on human movement control, which include: CNS disease models, gait, neuromuscular processes and postural control. The MAP lab employs advanced technology including virtual reality goggles (Oculus Rift) and flat-screen television, as well as exploring smartphone applications with the intent of finding portable and economically accessible innovations for investigating the human nervous system.
MOvement ASSESSMENT AND HEALTH OUTCOMES LABORATORY
Faculty Supervisor: Carole Tucker
This state-of-the-art Movement Assessment and Health Outcomes Lab operates in active partnership with premier clinical sites and inter-disciplinary active researchers. Research in the lab focuses on assessment and intervention across the lifespan with a focus on pediatrics. It addresses the neuromuscular basis of balance and movement, and advances the science and application of learning health system science, health health and patient-reported health outcomes, wearable sensors, and psychometrics and analytics related to ecologically valid assessments. Learn more about the Motor Performance Assessment and Health Outcomes Laboratory
Personal Health Informatics and Rehabilitation Engineering Laboratory
Faculty Supervisor: Shiv Hiremath
The Personal Health Informatics and Rehabilitation Engineering (PHIRE) Laboratory focuses on studying health and physical activity patterns of people with disabilities in the community through wearable sensors and smartphone-based technologies. The research team develops and applies novel physical activity monitoring and feedback technology, which when combined with behavioral programs would improve the health and physical activity of people with disabilities. Focus areas include spinal cord injuries and wearable sensors.
Spinal Neuromotor Laboratory
Faculty Supervisor: Christopher K. Thompson
The Spinal Neuromotor (SNM) Laboratory houses equipment used for the noninvasive measurement of joint torques and single motor unit discharge patterns in humans with and without neurological injury. Multiple computers are employed to control robotic manipulation and collect biological data. The lab houses large-format displays, which provide real-time visual feedback and allow for consistent assessments.
TEMPLE UNIVERSITY RESEARCH IMMERSIVE BALANCE AND LOCOMOTION LAB
The Temple University Research Immersive Balance and Locomotion (TRIBAL) Lab 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 LAB
Faculty Supervisor: Emily Keshner
The Virtual Environment and Postural Orientation (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. Its current emphasis is on the control of balance in elderly adults and adults with cerebral palsy.