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Rosalind Lauren Heckman, PT, DPT, PhD

Assistant Professor

Biomedical Sciences

Rosalind Heckman

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School of Pharmacy and Health Professions
Physical Therapy
Physical Therapy Faculty
Graduate School
Neuroscience (Master of Science)
Faculty - Pharmacy, OT, PT
Rehabilitation Science Research Laboratory
BOYN - Boyne

Rosalind Lauren Heckman, PT, DPT, PhD

Assistant Professor

Biomedical Sciences

Research Focus

My long-term objective is to improve the preparation and performance of whole-body movements in individuals impacted by neurological injury, disease or typical aging processes. 
 
In my laboratory, we use a startling acoustic stimulus to trigger the release of a prepared motor plan. The use of startle to trigger a prepared movement allows us to study motor preparation independent from the other phases of movement. Though we cannot physically observe motor preparation in a clinical setting, this knowledge will inform the development of rehabilitation interventions that target the appropriate phase of movement. 
 
To gain insights into the neural control and biomechanics of human movement, we use electrophysiological techniques and measure movement kinematics and kinetics during the performance of everyday tasks, such as reaching and rising from a seated position. 

Department

Physical Therapy

Position

Assistant Professor

Presentations

  • Heckman RL, Ludvig D, Perreault EJ. Motor planning associated with voluntary and involuntary movements occurs equally fast. Program No. 401.21. 2018 Neuroscience Meeting Planner. San Diego, CA: Society for Neuroscience, 2018. Online 2018