Michelle Jillian Johnson, PhD

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Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Department: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
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Contact information
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

Sobrepera MJ, Lee VG, Garg S, Mendonca R and Johnson MJ: Perceived Usefulness of a Social Robot Augmented Telehealth Platform by Therapists in the United States. IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters IEEE, 6(2): 2946-2953, Apr 2021 Notes: doi: 10.1109/LRA.2021.3062349

Hirsch T, Barthel M, Aarts P, Chen YA, Freivogel S, Johnson MJ, Jones TA, Jongsma MLA, Maier M, Punt D, Sterr A, Wolf SL, Heise KF. : A First Step Toward the Operationalization of the Learned Non-Use Phenomenon: A Delphi Study. Neurorehabil Neural Repair. Sage Journals, 11, Mar 2021 Notes: doi: 10.1177/1545968321999064.

Demofonti A, Carpino G, Zollo L, Johnson MJ: Affordable Robotics for Upper Limb Stroke Rehabilitation in Developing Countries: A Systematic Review. IEEE Transactions on Medical Robotics and Bionics. IEEE, 3(1): 11-20, Feb 2021 Notes: doi: 10.1109/TMRB.2021.3054462.

Bui KD, Wamsley CA, Shofer FS, Kolson DL, Johnson MJ.: Robot-based assessment of HIV-related motor and cognitive impairment for neurorehabilitation. IEEE Trans Neural Syst Rehabil Eng. IEEE, Feb 2021 Notes: doi: 10.1109/TNSRE.2021.3056908.

Chambers C, Seethapathi N, Saluja R, Loeb H, Pierce SR, Bogen DK, Prosser L, Johnson MJ, Kording KP: Computer Vision to Automatically Assess Infant Neuromotor Risk. IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering. IEEE, 28(11): 2431-2442, Nov 2020 Notes: doi: 10.1109/TNSRE.2020.3029121.

Mucchiani C, Cacchione, P, Torres, W, Johnson MJ, Yim M.: Exploring Low-Cost Mobile Manipulation for Elder Care Within a Community Based Setting. Journal of Intelligent & Robotic Systems. Springer Netherlands, 98(1): 59-70, Apr 2020.

Gaardsmoe S, Ovando M, Bui K, Johnson MJ: Development of a low-cost balance assessment system for use in an affordable robot gym in low-and-middle income countries. IEEE Latin American Symposium on Circuits and Systems (LASCAS), Feb. 24-28, 2020, San Jose, Costa Rica. IEEE, Mar 2020.

Cordella F., Zollo L., Johnson MJ.: Analysis of Human Behavior for Robot Design and Control. Applied Bionics and Biomechanics. Hindawi, 2020, feb 2020 Notes: https://doi.org/10.1155/2020/1726347.

Cordella F, Zollo L, Johnson MJ.: Analysis of Human Behavior for Robot Design and Control. Appl Bionics Biomech. Page: 1726347, Feb 2020 Notes: doi: 10.1155/2020/1726347.

Bustamante-Valles KD, Marquez DC, Johnson MJ.: Robotic Rehabilitation Therapy in Chihuahua Mexico, challenges from translating a clinical research protocol to clinical practice. IEEE Latin American Symposium on Circuits and Systems (LASCAS), Feb. 24-28, 2020, San Jose, Costa Rica IEEE, Feb 2020.

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Last updated: 04/01/2021
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