Michelle Jillian Johnson, PhD

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Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Director , Rehabilitation Robotics Lab, University of Pennsylvania
Faculty Member, General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception Laboratoy, GRASP LAB
Faculty Member, Center for NeuroEngineering and Therapeutics
Department: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Graduate Group Affiliations

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
Education:
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

Johnson MJ, Mohan M, and Mendonca R: Therapist-Patient Interactions in Task-Oriented Stroke Therapy can Guide Robot-Patient Interactions. Int J of Soc Robotics. Springer, June 2022 Notes: https://doi.org/10.1007/s12369-022-00881-2.

Prosser, LA, Aguirre, MO, Zhao, S., Bogen, DK, Pierce, SR, Nilan, KA, Zhang, H, Shofer, FS, Johnson, MJ : Infants at risk for physical disability may be identified by measures of postural control in supine Pediatric Research Nature Publishing Group 91(5): 1215-1221, Apr 2022 Notes: DOI: 10.1038/s41390-021-01617-0.

Mucchiani, C, Cacchione, P, Johnson, MJ, Mead, R, Yim, M : Deployment of a Socially Assistive Robot for Assessment of COVID-19 Symptoms and Exposure at an Elder Care Setting 30th IEEE International Conference on Robot & Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN) IEEE, Page: 1189-1195, Aug 2021 Notes: doi: 10.1109/RO-MAN50785.2021.9515551.

Hu, S, Mendonca, R, Johnson, MJ, Kuchenbecker, KJ : Robotics for Occupational Therapy: Learning Upper-Limb Exercises From Demonstrations. IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters IEEE, 6(4): 7781-7788, Oct 2021 Notes: doi: 10.1109/LRA.2021.3098945.

Espinoza Bernal, Victor C; Hiremath, Shivayogi V; Wolf, Bethany; Riley, Brooke; Mendonca, Rochelle J; Johnson, Michelle J; : Classifying and tracking rehabilitation interventions through machine-learning algorithms in individuals with stroke Journal of Rehabilitation and Assistive Technologies Engineering SAGE Publications Sage UK: London, England 8, Sept 2021.

Stewart-Height, A, Koditschek, DE, Johnson, MJ: Reimagining robotic walkers for real-world outdoor play environments with insights from legged robots: a scoping review. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology Taylor & Francis Page: 1-21, Jun 2021 Notes: DOI: 10.1080/17483107.2021.1926563.

Sobrepera, MJ, Lee, VG, Johnson, MJ : The design of Lil’Flo, a socially assistive robot for upper extremity motor assessment and rehabilitation in the community via telepresence Journal of Rehabilitation and Assistive Technologies Engineering SAGE Publications Sage UK: London, England 8, Apr 2021 Notes: doi: 10.1177/20556683211001805.

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.

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Last updated: 06/29/2022
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