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Michele Lobo

Assistant Professor
Department of Physical Therapy
University of Delaware
STAR Health Sciences Complex
540 S. College Ave. Suite 210K
Newark, DE 19713
302-831-8526
malobo@udel.edu


Education

  • 2006 University of Delaware – PhD: Biomechanics
  • 2001-02 Vrije University – Post-Doc Research Training: Movement Science
  • 1997 Drexel University – MPT: Pediatric Rehabilitation
  • 1994 The College of New Jersey – BS: Biology

Licensure/Certifications

Delaware J1-0001384

Pennsylvania PT011068L

Professional History

  • 2010 - 2014 University of Delaware, Motor Behavior Lab, Senior Research Scientist
  • 2010 - 2011 University of California, Berkeley, Visiting Researcher
  • 2006 - 2009 University of Delaware, Motor Behavior Lab, Post-doctoral Research Fellow
  • 2006 - 2008 University of Delaware, Physical Therapy Pediatric Clinic and Neurologic & Older Adult Clinic, Per Diem Physical Therapist and Clinical Instructor
  • 1999 - 2008 Austill's Rehabilitation Services, Pediatric Physical Therapist
  • 2002 - 2003 Pediatric Therapeutic Services, Pediatric Physical Therapist
  • 2002 University of Delaware, Physical Therapy Department, Teaching Assistant, Soft Tissue Treatment Techniques, Neurorehabilitation
  • 2000 - 2001 The University of Delaware, Department of Biological Sciences, Teaching Assistant, Anatomy & Physiology, Biology
  • 1997 - 1998 St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, Pediatric Physical Therapist
  • 1997 Burlington County College, Anatomy & Physiology, Adjunct Faculty
  • 1996 Burlington County College, Microbiology, Adjunct Faculty
  • Honors/Awards

    • Lolas E. Halverson National Young Investigator Award from The Motor Development & Learning Academy Committee of the National Association for Sport & Physical Education, 2008
    • Dorothy Briggs Memorial Scientific Inquiry Award, American Physical Therapy Association, 2006
    • University of Delaware Dissertation Fellowship Award, 2005-2006
    • Promotion of Doctoral Studies II Award, Foundation for Physical Therapy, 2004-2005
    • University Graduate Fellows Award, The University of Delaware, 2004-2005
    • American Physical Therapy Association, Pediatric Section Clinical Research Award 2003-2004
    • Competitive Fellowship Award, The University of Delaware, 2003-2004
    • Promotion of Doctoral Studies II Award, Foundation for Physical Therapy, 2003-2004
    • Promotion of Doctoral Studies I Award, Foundation for Physical Therapy, 2002-2003
    • McMillan Doctoral Scholarship, American Physical Therapy Association, 2000-2001
    • Wyeth-Ayerst Junior Award in Biology, 1994
    • Annie F. Stout Scholarship for Study in Biology, 1994
    • Phi Kappa Phi National Interdisciplinary Honor Society, Inducted 1993
    • Tri Beta Biological Honor Society , Inducted 1993
    • Psi Chi Psychological Honor Society, Inducted 1993

    Professional Organizations/Societies

    • American Physical Therapy Association, 1995-present
    • American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, & Dance & National Association for Sport & Physical Education, 2005-present
    • Society for Research in Child Development, 2008-present
    • Jean Piaget Society, 2011

    Selected Publications

    • PEER-REVIEWED ORIGINAL RESEARCH PAPERS
      • Lobo, M.A., Galloway, J.C., & Heathcock, J.C. (in review). Characterization and intervention for key upper extremity behaviors in infancy. Journal of Hand Therapy.
      • Lobo, M.A. (2014). Rethinking computer design from a disabilities rights standpoint. Commentary: ‘A cross-sectional study examining computer task completion by youths with cerebral palsy across the MACS levels’ by T.C. Davies et. al. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology.
      • Lobo, M.A. (in preparation). Seeing the forest in spite of the trees: Keeping standardized assessments in their place in pediatric rehabilitation. Physical Therapy.
      • Koshy, J., Hall, M.L., Erol, O., Cao, H., Buckley, J.M., Higginson, J., Galloway, J.C., & Lobo, M.A. (in preparation). Playskin LiftTM: Development and initial testing of an exoskeletal garment to assist upper extremity mobility and function. Pediatric Physical Therapy.
      • Lobo, M.A., Kokkoni, E., Baraldi Cunha, A., Rahman, T., & Galloway, J.C. (in preparation). Use of a novel rehabilitation device in combination with a prescribed home intervention improved upper extremity function and play for a child with arthrogryposis: A case study.
      • Logan, S.W., Schreiber, M., Lobo, M.A., Pritchard, B., George, L., & Galloway, J.C. (in review). Real world behavioral doses: Physical activity, play, and object-related behaviors of toddlers with and without disabilities. Physical Therapy.
      • Baraldi Cunha, A., Lobo, M.A., Kokkoni, E., Galloway, J.C., & Tudella, E. (in review). Effect of short-duration training on reaching behavior in infants: A randomized controlled trial. Physical Therapy.
      • Lobo, M.A., Kokkoni, E., Cunha, A.B., & Galloway, J.C. (in review). Infants born preterm demonstrate impaired exploration behaviors throughout infancy and toddlerhood. Physical Therapy.
      • Lobo, M.A., Kokkoni, E., de Campos, A.C., & Galloway, J.C. (2014). Not just playing around: Infants’ behaviors with objects reflect ability, constraints, and object properties. Infant Behavior & Development, 37(3), 334-351.
      • Lobo, M.A., Paul, D.A., Mackley, A., Maher, J., & Galloway, J.C. (2014). Instability of delay classification and determination of early intervention eligibility in the first two years of life. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 35, 117-126.
      • Harbourne, R.T., Lobo, M.A., Karst, G.M., & Galloway, J.C. (2013). Sit happens: Does sitting development perturb reaching development or vice versa? Infant Behavior & Development, 36, 438-450.
      • Lobo, M.A., & Galloway, J.C. (2013). Assessment and stability of early learning abilities in preterm and full-term infants across the first two years of life. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 34 (5), 1721-30.
      • Lobo, M.A., Harbourne, R.T., Dusing, S.C., & Westcott McCoy, S. (2013). Grounding early intervention: Physical therapy cannot just be about motor skills anymore. Physical Therapy, 93 (1), 94-103.
      • Dusing, S.C., Lobo, M.A., Lee, H., & Galloway, J.C. (2013). Intervention in the first weeks of life for infants born late preterm: A case series report. Pediatric Physical Therapy, 25 (2), 194-203.
      • Lobo, M.A. & Galloway, J.C. (2013). The onset of reaching significantly impacts how infants explore both objects and their bodies. Infant Behavior and Development, 36 (1), 14-24.
      • Gadin, E., Lobo, M.A., Sem, K., Paul, D., Steiner, K., Mackley, A., Anzillotti, K., & Galloway, J.C. (2012). Volumetric MRI and MRS and early motor development of infants born preterm. The Journal of Pediatric Physical Therapy, 24 (1), 38-44.
      • Lobo, M.A., & Galloway, J.C. (2012). Enhanced handling and positioning in early infancy advances development throughout the first year. Child Development, 83(4), 1290-1302.
      • Lobo, M.A. & Galloway, J.C. (2008). Postural and object-oriented experiences advance early reaching, object exploration, and means-end behavior. Child Development, 79(6), 1869-1890.
      • Heathcock, J.C., Lobo, M.A., & Galloway, J.C. (2008). Movement training advances the emergence of reaching in infants born at less than 33 weeks of gestational age: A randomized clinical trial. Physical Therapy, 88(3), 310-322.
      • Heathcock, J.C., Bhat, A.N., Lobo, M.A., & Galloway, J.C. (2005). The relative kicking frequency of infants born full-term and preterm during learning and short-term and long-term memory periods of the mobile paradigm. Physical Therapy, 85(1), 8-18.
      • Lobo, M.A., Galloway, J.C., Savelsbergh, G.J.P. (2004). General & task-related experiences affect early object interaction. Child Development, 75(4), 1268-1281.
      • Heathcock, J.C., Bhat, A.N., Lobo, M.A., & Galloway, J.C. (2004). The performance of infants born preterm and full-term in the mobile paradigm: Learning and memory. Physical Therapy, 84(9), 808-821.
      • Bhat, A., Lobo, M.A., Heathcock, J., Galloway, J. (2003). Joint excursion combinations during early arm movements in infants. Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology, 25, S27.
      • Heathcock, J., Bhat, A., Lobo, M.A., & Galloway, J. (2003). Exploring and selecting solutions in the mobile paradigm: Full-term and preterm infants. Journal of Sport & Exercise Physiology, 25, S69.
      • Lobo, M.A., Galloway, J.C., & Savelsbergh, G.J.P. (2003). Task-specific and generalized movement practice affects the emergence of reaching in infants. Journal of Sport & Exercise Physiology, 25, S92.
      • Galloway, J.C., Bhat, A., Heathcock, J., & Lobo, M.A. (2002). Shoulder and elbow dynamics during vertical arm movements. Journal of Sport & Exercise Physiology, 24, 56-7.
      • Galloway, J.C., Heathcock, J., Bhat, A., & Lobo, M.A. (2002). Feet reaching: The interaction of experience and ability in preterm infants. Journal of Sport & Exercise Physiology, 24, 57.
      • Galloway, J.C., Heathcock, J., Bhat, A., & Lobo, M.A. (2002). Feet reaching: The interaction of experience and ability in full-term infants. Journal of Sport & Exercise Physiology, 24, 57-8.
    • ABSTRACTS
      • Koshy, J., Chang, K., Oblender, R., Olaya, M., Buckley, J.M., Hall, M. & Lobo, M.A. (2014). Playskin LiftTM: An exoskeletal garment to assist upper extremity mobility and function. Poster presentation at The 7th World Congress of Biomechanics, Boston.
      • Rahman, T., Kokkoni, E., Galloway, J.C., & Lobo, M.A. (2014). Development and testing of a modular upper extremity exoskeleton for infants. Biodevices Conference, France.
      • Lobo, M.A. & Heathcock, J. (2014). Early intervention to promote upper extremity function: What’s known. Two-hour oral session at the Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association, Las Vegas.
      • Lobo, M.A. & Heathcock, J. (2014). Early intervention to promote upper extremity function: What’s needed. Two-hour oral session at the Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association, Las Vegas.
      • Lobo, M.A. & Galloway, J.C. (2014). I Want It All, and I Want It Now: Pediatric Assistive Technology That Behaves Like a Kid. Two-hour oral session at the Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association, Las Vegas.
      • Baraldi Cunha, A., Lobo, M.A., Kokkoni, E., Galloway, J.C., & Tudella, E. (2014). Effect of short-duration training on reaching behavior in infants. Poster presentation at the Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association, Las Vegas.
      • Kokkoni, E., Cunha, A., Rahman, T., Galloway, J.C., & Lobo, M.A. (2014). Use of a novel rehabilitation device to improve upper extremity function and play in an infant with arthrogryposis. Poster presentation at the Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association, Las Vegas.
      • Lobo, M.A., Kokkoni, E., Baraldi Cunha, A. & Galloway, J.C. (2013). Infants born preterm explore objects differently than full-term infants throughout infancy and toddlerhood. Oral presentation at the Motor Development Research Consortium, Philadelphia.
      • Lobo, M.A. & Galloway, J.C. Assessment and stability of early learning abilities in preterm and full-term infants across the first two years of life. (2013). Oral presentation at the Motor Development Research Consortium, Philadelphia.
      • Baraldi Cunha, A., Kokkoni, E., Lobo, M.A., de Almeida Soares, D., Galloway, J.C., & Tudella, E. (2013). Effect of different types of short-duration training on spatio-temporal parameters of reaching in infants. Poster presentation at the 12th Congress of European Forum for Research in Rehabilitation, Istanbul.
      • Dusing, S., Lobo, M.A., & Galloway, J.C. (2013). Posture and movement experience advance object exploration and motor development in the late preterm infant: A prospective case series report. Poster presentation at the Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association.
      • Kokkoni, E., Paul, D., Mackley, A., Steiner, K., Gadin, E., Anzilotti, K., Galloway, J.C., & Lobo, M.A. (2012) Object exploration in the first years of life may be primarily unimanual for infants with Cerebral Palsy. Preliminary evidence. AACPDM
      • Paul, D. A., Mackley, A., Lobo, M.A., Anzilotti, K., Steiner, K., & Galloway, J. C. (2012). Motor delay in preterm infants is not associated with changes in cerebellar volume measured prior to hospital discharge. Poster presentation at the Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting.
      • Lobo, M.A., & Galloway, J.C. (2011). Developmental impact of a caregiver-provided postural training program in infancy. Poster presentation at the Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association.
      • Lobo, M.A., Galloway, J.C., Harbourne, R., & Dusing, S. (2011). Intervention to advance sitting and reaching in infants and young children with disabilities: Evidence and clinical decision making principles. Symposium presentation at the Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Asociation.
      • Libertus, K. Lobo, M.A., Schwartzer, G., & Galloway, J.C. (2011). Enhancing development? The positive influences of early experiences on development. Paper symposium presentation at The Society for Research in Child Development.
      • Lobo, M.A., & Galloway, J.C. (2010). Object exploration behaviors in early infancy: Relationship with age, spontaneous movements, and reaching ability. Poster presentation at the International Conference on Infant Studies.
      • Gadin, E., Paul, D.A., Mackley, A., Anzilotti, K., Steiner, K., Lobo, M.A., Sem, K., & Galloway, J.C. (2010). Correlation of proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) and volumetric magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the preterm white matter. Poster presentation at the Pediatric Academic Societies’ Annual Meeting.
      • Lobo, M.A., & Galloway, J.C. (2009). Early object exploration in infancy: Effects of the onset of reaching and gestational age at birth. Poster presentation at the American Physical Therapy Association’s Annual Conference and Exposition.
      • Lobo, M.A., & Galloway, J.C. (2008). Postural and object-oriented experiences advance early reaching, object exploration, and means-end behavior. Poster presentation at the International Conference on Infant Studies.
      • Lobo, M.A., & Galloway, J.C. (2006). Postural & task-related experiences advance infants’ abilities to contact & explore objects. Poster presentation at the International Conference on Infant Studies.
      • Lobo, M.A., Galloway, J.C., & Savelsbergh, G.J.P. (2005). General & task-related experiences affect early object interaction. Poster presentation at the Motor Development & Learning in Infancy II Conference.
      • Lobo, M.A., & Galloway, J.C. (2005). Effects of social, postural, & task-related experiences on infants’ abilities to contact & explore objects. Poster presentation at the Motor Development & Learning in Infancy II Conference.
      • Galloway, J.C., Lobo, M.A., Bhat, A. (2005). The emergence of purposeful control in early infancy: Appreciating Esther Thelen. Symposium at the NASPSPA Annual Conference.
      • Lobo, M.A., & Galloway, J.C. (2005). Effects of social, postural, & task-related experiences on infants’ abilities to contact & explore objects. Poster presentation at the Society for Neuroscience 35th Annual Meeting.
      • Bhat, A., Heathcock, J., Lobo, M., & Galloway, J.C. (2004). Spatio-temporal patterns of early arm movements. Poster presentation at the International Conference on Infant Studies.
      • Lobo, M.A., Galloway, J.C., & Savelsbergh, G.J.P. (2004). General & task-related experiences affect early object interaction. Poster presentation at the International Conference on Infant Studies.
      • Heathcock, J., Bhat, A., Lobo, M.A., & Galloway, J.C. (2003). Learning in full-term and pre-term infants: Implications for intervention with ‘prefunctional’ infants. Poster presentation at the American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting.
      • Galloway, J.C., Bhat, A., Heathcock, J., Manal, K., & Lobo, M.A. (2003). Shoulder & elbow dynamics during vertical arm movements of various directions and speeds. Poster presentation at Physical Therapy 2003: Annual Conference & Exposition of the American Physical Therapy Association.
      • Lobo, M.A., Galloway, J.C., Savelsbergh, G.J.P. (2003). General v. specific movement training of hand and foot reaching in infants. Poster presentation at Physical Therapy 2003: Annual Conference & Exposition of the American Physical Therapy Association.
      • Lobo, M.A., Galloway, J.C., & Savelsbergh, G.J.P. (2003). Task-specific and generalized movement training affects the development of reaching in infants. Poster presentation at the NASPSPA Annual Conference.
      • Galloway, J.C., Heathcock, J., Bhat, A., & Lobo, M.A. (2002). Feet reaching in young infants: the interaction of experience & ability. Poster presentation at the International Conference on Infant Studies.
      • Galloway, J.C., Bhat, A., Heathcock, J., Manal, K., & Lobo, M.A. (2002). Shoulder and elbow dynamics during vertical arm movements of various directions and speeds: Implications for infant development and patients with neurologic disorders. Poster presentation at the American Physical Therapy Association Annual Conference.
      • Galloway, J.C., Heathcock, J., Bhat, A., & Lobo, M.A. (2002). Development of object exploration with hands and feet in preterm infants. NASPSPA Annual Conference (motor control and motor development society).
      • Galloway, J.C., Heathcock, J., Bhat, A. & Lobo, M.A. (2002). Feet reaching: The interaction of experience and ability in full-term infants. Poster presentation at the NASPSPA Annual Conference.
      • Galloway, J.C., Bhat, A., Heathcock, J., Manal, K., & Lobo, M.A. (2001). Shoulder & elbow dynamics during vertical arm movements of various directions & speeds: implications for development. Poster presentation at the Society for Neuroscience Conference.
      • Service

        • Adapted Physical Education Provider: Lead physical education groups for students with typical development and with a variety of special needs in kindergarten through 4th grade at the Newark Center for Creative Learning, 2012
        • Invited Interview: Blog aimed at translating child development research for the general public, http://gestattenmupf.com/, written by Lilith Scheer, December 2013
        • Member: American Physical Therapy Association Section on Pediatrics Research Committee, 2012
        • Participant: National Science Foundation Workshop on “Data Coding, Analysis, Archiving, and Sharing for Open Collaboration: From OpenSHAPA to Open Data Sharing”, September 15-16, 2011
        • University of Delaware Service Learning Coordinator for the John R. Downes Elementary School Coordinated Approach to Child Health (CATCH) After School Program for Children at Risk, 2010-2012
        • Manuscript Reviewer:
          • Child Development
          • Infant Behavior and Development
          • Physical Therapy
          • Developmental Science
          • Motor Control
          • Motor Behavior
          • Pediatric Physical Therapy
          • Behavior Research Methods
          • Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology
          • Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology
          • Research in Developmental Disabilities
          • Developmental Psychology
        • Content Reviewer PTNow, 2013
        • Invited Participant: The APTA Section on Pediatrics Research Summit II on Early Intervention for Children with or at Risk for Physical Disabilities, 2007
        • Graduate Student Representative: Graduate Program in Biomechanics & Movement Science, The University of Delaware, 2002-2003

        Teaching Experience

        • Pediatric Interventions and Developmentally-Inspired Rehabilitation Devices, invited lecture in Clinical Biomechanics, Spring 2014
        • Lectures on Motor Learning and the Broad Impact of Physical Activity from the Molecular Level to the Level of Cognition for a Variety of Populations, Clinical Neuroscience, Spring 2014
        • PHYT 811 Pediatric Physical Therapy, Spring 2004

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