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

Goodman A, Johnson MJ, and Popovic M: Chapter 12: Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation In Biomechatronics. Popovic M. (eds.). Elsevier, 1st Edition, Apr 2019 Notes: eBook ISBN: 9780128130414

Johnson MJ, Sobrepera M, Mendonca R: Design of an affordable socially assistive robot for remote health and function monitoring and prognostication International Journal of Prognostics and Health Management (IJPHM). Fink W. (eds.). 10(005): 15, Mar 2019 Notes: (Special Issue PHM for Human Health and Performance).

GirlPowered: https://www.girlpowered.com: GirlPowered Spark Series: Michelle Johnson. YouTube Video, RECFoundation https://www.roboticseducation.org/ Feb 2019.

Johnson MJ, Mendonca R: Chapter 17: Rehabilitation Robotics. In Rehabilitation Engineering. Mihailidis A, Smith RO (eds.). CRC Press, In press 2019.

Mucchiani C, Cacchione P, Torres W, Johnson MJ, Yim M: Exploring a low-cost mobile manipulation for elder care within a community-based setting. Journal of Intelligent & Robotic Systems In Press 2019.

Kather C, Torres W, Lima K, Ho E, Pierce S, Prosser L, Johnson MJ: Distinguishing atypical infant behavior using elementary kinetic classifications. Rehabilitation Engineering And Assistive Technology Society of Korea (RESKO, Goyang, South Korea Page: 105, Nov 2018.

Torres W, Ho E, Johnson MJ: Ailu: A novel mechatronic toy designed for play and developmental assessment of infants. Rehabilitation Engineering And Assistive Technology Society of Korea (RESKO), Goyang, South Korea Page: 9, Nov 2018.

Oyerinde E, Torres W, Lysenko S, Lima K, Pierce S, Prosser L, Johnson M: A novel approach to parameterizing infant emotion and movement in relation to cognitive and motor development Rehabilitation Engineering And Assistive Technology Society of Korea (RESKO), Goyang, South Korea Page: 106 - 106 (1 pages) Nov 2018.

Saberry S, Bui K, Johnson MJ: Gamification and validation of an upper extremity passive machine for a robot-assisted stroke rehabilitation gym. Rehabilitation Engineering And Assistive Technology Society of Korea (RESKO), Goyang, South Korea Page: 124, Nov 2018.

Bui K, Johnson MJ: Designing robot-assisted neurorehabilition strategies for people with both HIV and stroke. Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation. Biomed Central, 15(1): 75, Aug 2018 Notes: https://doi.org/10.1186/s12984-018-0418-3.

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