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Michelle Jillian Johnson, PhD

Michelle Jillian Johnson, PhD

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Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Department: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

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Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
1800 Lombard Street, 1st Floor, Office 9
Philadelphia, PA 19146
Office: 215 893-2665
Fax: 215 893-2686
Lab: 215 893-2695
BS (Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics)
University of Pennsylvania, 1990.
MS (Mechanical Engineering (Emphasis in Robot Mechanical System)
University of California, Irvine, 1994.
PhD (Mechanical Engineering (Emphasis in Robotics, Design, Controls and Mechatronics)
Stanford University, 2002.
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Description of Research Expertise

My research is mainly in the area of robot-mediated rehabilitation. I am focused on the investigation and rehabilitation of dysfunction due to aging, neural disease, and neural injury. I am particularly interested in 1) exploring the relationships between brain plasticity and behavioral/motor control changes after robot-assisted interventions; 2)quantifying motor impairment and motor control of the upper limb in real world tasks such as drinking; and 3) defining the methods to maintain therapeutic effectiveness while administering local and remote, robot-mediated interventions.

I direct the Rehabilitation Robotics Lab. This is a new Lab within the Department of Physical, Medicine, and Rehabilitation in the Perelman School of Medicine. The Rehabilitation Robotics Lab mission is to use robotics,rehabilitation,and neuroscience techniques to translate research findings into the development of assistive and therapeutic rehabilitation robots capable of functioning in real-world rehabilitation environments. Our goal is to improve the quality of life and function on activities of daily living (ADLs) of our target population in supervised or under-supervised settings.

Keywords (in alphabetical order): Brain Plasticity, Design, Controls, Motor Control, Robotics, Rehabilitation, Stroke, Therapy, Upper Limb

Selected Publications

Wamsley C, Rai R, Johnson MJ: Case study: High-force haptic rehabilitation robot and motor outcomes in chronic stroke. International Journal of Clinical Case Studies In Press, 2017.

Johnson MJ, Mendonca R, Venditti N, Jordan A, Barathi S.: Do therapists use object affordances to develop functional activities for task oriented therapy: Implications for Robot-assisted task-oriented therapy. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. American Congress on Rehabilitation Medicine, Chicago, IL (eds.). 97(10): e59, October 2016.

Mendonca R, Johnson MJ, Laskin S., Adair L, Mohan M.: Quantifying Therapist Practitioner Roles Using Video-based analysis: Can we reliably model therapist-patient interactions during task-oriented therapy. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. American Congress on Rehabilitation Medicince (eds.). 97(10): e55-e56, October 2016.

Bustamante-Valles K, Montes S., Madrigal M, Burciaga A, Martinez ME, Johnson MJ: Technology-assisted stroke rehabilitation in Mexico: a pilot randomized trial comparing traditional therapy to circuit training in a Robot/technology-assisted therapy gym Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation Biomed Central, 13(83), September 2016 Notes: DOI: 10.1186/s12984-016-0190-1

Lott C and Johnson MJ: Upper Limb Kinematics of Adults with Cerebral Palsy on Bilateral Functional Tasks. 38th Annual International Conference of IEEE Engineering and Medicine Biology Society (EMBC), Orlando, FL. IEEE (eds.). Page: 5676-5679, August 2016 Notes: doi:10.1109/EMBC.2016.7592015.

Justine S. Sefcik, Michelle J Johnson, Mark Yim, Emily Dieckmeyer, Nicholas Vivio & Pamela Z. Cacchione: Older Adults and Clinicians Guiding the Design of a Low Cost Assistive Mobile Robot. Gerontological Society of America (GSA) Conference Proceedings November 2015.

Wamsley CA, Rai R., Vivio N, Johnson MJ: High-force Haptic Rehabilitation Robot (TheraDrive) and Motor Outcomes in Chronic Stroke: A Case Study. American Congress on Rehabilitation Medicine Oct 26-30 2015 Notes: Dallas, Texas.

Johnson MJ, Christopher SM, Mohan M, Mendonca R: Assessing human-human therapy kinematics for retargeting to human-robot therapy in Proc of 2015 IEEE International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics (ICORR), Page: 870-875, Aug. 11-14 2015 Notes: Singapore, Singapore, doi: 10.1109/ICORR.2015.7281312.

ALAINA MABASO: Scientist of the year nominee grapples with rehab robots at grasp Flying Kite Media, Innovation & Job News Aug 18 2015 Notes: http://www.flyingkitemedia.com/innovationnews/robotrehab081815.aspx.

Chrungoo A, Shirsat P, Johnson MJ: Towards perception driven robot-assisted task-oriented therapy in Proc of 2015 IEEE International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics (ICORR),(660-665), Aug. 11-14 2015 Notes: Singapore, Singapore, doi: 10.1109/ICORR.2015.7281276.

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Last updated: 06/09/2017
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