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Darcy S. Reisman

Assistant Professor
Physical Therapy Department

305 McKinly Lab
302-831-0508
dreisman@udel.edu

Research Interests

Investigation of the movement deficits of persons with neurologic injury and the study of treatment interventions aimed at addressing those deficits. In addition, studying basic movement coordination and the neurophysiologic and biomechanical processes underlying this coordination.

Education

  • 2003-2005 Kennedy Krieger Institute / Johns Hopkins School of Medicine – Post-Doc Research Training; Mentor: Amy Bastian, PhD, PT
  • 1983 Externship in Neurosurgery, St. Joseph's Hospital, Providence, RI. Summer clinical externship program assigned to a neurosurgical team.
  • 1982 University of Maryland at College Park -- M.A. Degree Concentrations: Biomechanics and Exercise Physiology
  • 1980 Boston University -- B.S. Degree Human Movement Studies
  • 1976 United States Naval Academy – Midshipman Honorable discharge

Professional History

  • Sept03-May06 University of Delaware, Department of Physical Therapy, Temporary Assistant Professor
  • Jan-Feb 00 & 01 University of Delaware, Department of Physical Therapy, Supplemental Faculty: Instructor, Advanced Neurotherapeutics
  • Sept97-May98 Ithaca College, Department of Physical Therapy, Adjunct Faculty, Lab Instructor for Neurology I & II
  • Jan97-Nov98 Lifetime Assistance, Inc., Rochester NY; Consultant Physical Therapist
  • Aug96-Nov98 Unity Health System, Rochester, NY; Per Diem Physical Therapist
  • Jul96-Nov98 Elm Manor Nursing Home, Canandaigua, NY; Primary Physical Therapist
  • Oct94-Jun96 Virginia-Mason Medical Center, Seattle, WA; Staff Physical Therapist
  • Jan93-Oct94 Dartmouth-Hitchock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH; Staff Physical Therapist
  • Sept91-May92 The College of St. Scholastica, Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Physical Therapy

Honors/Awards

  • Recipient (awarded to Roos, KesarT, Rudolph, Reisman); Post-professional Student Award, 2008
  • Nominee; Eugene Michels New Investigator Award, American Physical Therapy Asociation, 2008-2009
  • Nominee; Margaret L Moore Award for Outstanding New Academic Faculty Member, 2007
  • Graduation Speaker; University of Delaware Department of Physical Therapy, January, 2006
  • Recipient; University of Delaware Competitive Fellowship, Academic year 2002-2003
  • Recipient; University of Delaware Competitive Fellowship, Academic year 2001-2002
  • Recipient; Mary McMillan Doctoral Scholarship 1999-2000 academic year

Professional Organizations/Societies

Research Projects & Grants

FUNDED

  • NIH 1R01NR010786-01 (PI: Binder-Macleod) 9/12/2007-5/31/2012 5% effort, $2,231,992 Fast Treadmill Training and Functional Electrical Stimulation (FastFES) to Improve Walking Post-stroke
  • NIH/NCRR 1S10RR22396-01 (PI: Snyder-Mackler) Motion Analysis System for Study of Human Movement Dysfunction ($222,492, 4/06-3/07)
  • University of Delaware Research Foundation Strategic Initiatives Grant (PI: Darcy Reisman, Co-Investigator: Kathleen Matt); 12/1/2010-5/31/2011; $45,000; Neurobiological Factors & Motor Learning Following Stroke
  • 5 P20 RR016472-12 Delaware INBRE (PI: Darcy Reisman, Mentor: Stuart Binder-Macleod); 3/1/2012-2/28/2014; $154,285; Motor Learning After Stroke

COMPLETED

  • NIH K01 HD050582-01A1 (PI: Reisman) 4/20/06-3/31/2011 75% effort, $604,015 Locomotor Adaptations Following Stroke
  • NIH IR01NS055383-01A2 (PI: Jill Higginson) 4/1/08-11/30/12, $214,461/yr Muscle Morphology, Strength and Compensatory Strategies Following Stroke
  • NIH 5R21HD047468 (PI: Rudolph) EBRG “Smart Knee Brace” ($275,000, 9/04-8/06) (learn more...)
  • AHA 0765314U (PI: Reisman) 7/1/2007-6/30/2009 20% effort, $100,000 Relationship Between Speed and Walking Function Post-stroke

Selected Publications

PEER REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS

  • Altman A, Reisman DS, Higginson J, Davis I. Kinematics Comparison of Split-Belt and Single-Belt Treadmill Walking and the Effects of Accommodation. Gait & Posture (2011) doi: 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2011.09.101.
  • Tyrell CM, Roos MS, Rudolph KS, Reisman DS. Infuence of Systematic Increases in Treadmill Walking Speed on Gait Kinematics After Stroke. Physical Therapy (2011) 91: 392-403.
  • Kesar TM, Binder-Macleod SA, Hicks GE, Reisman DS. Minimal detectable change for gait variables collected during treadmill walking in individuals post-stroke. Gait Posture, Feb 2011, 33(2): 314-317.
  • Kesar TM, Reisman DS, Perumal R, Jancosko AM, Higginson JS, Rudolph KS, Binder-Macleod SA. Combined effects of fast treadmill walking and functional electrical stimulation on post-stroke gait. Gait Posture, Feb 2011; 33 (2): 309-313.
  • Hakansson, NA, Kesar T, Reisman D, Binder-Macleod S, Higginson JS. Effects of Fast Functional Electrical Stimulation Gait Training on Mechanical Recovery in Poststroke Gait. Artificial Organs 35 (3): 217-220. (2011)
  • Reisman DS, McLean H, Bastian AJ. Split-belt readmill training poststroke: a case study. J Neurol Phys Ther. 34:202-7, 2010.
  • Kesar TM, Perumal R, Reisman DS, Rudolph KS, Higginson JS, Binder-Macleod SA. Novel Patterns of Functional Electrical Stimulation Have an Immediate Effect on Dorsiflexor Muscle Function During Gait for People Poststroke. Physical Therapy, 90:55-66, 2010.
  • Reisman DS, Bastian AJ, Morton SM. Neurophysiologic and rehabilitation insights from the split-belt and other locomotor adaptation paradigms, Physical Therapy, 90:187-195, 2010.
  • Kesar TM, Perumal R, Reisman DS, Rudolph KS, Higginson JS, Binder-Macleod SA. Functional electrical stimulation of ankle plantar- and dors-flexor muscles: effects on post-stroke gait. Stroke, 40: 3821-3827, 2009.
  • Kesar TM, Perumal R, Reisman DS, Rudolph KS, Higginson JS, Binder-Macleod SA. Functional electrical stimulation of ankle plantar- and dorsi-flexor muscles: effects on post-stroke gait. Stroke, 40: 3821-3827, 2009.
  • Lang CE, MacDonald JR, Reisman DS, Boyd L, Kimberley TJ, Schindler-Ivens SM, Hornby G, Ross SA, Scheets PL. Observation of amounts of movement practice provided during stroke rehabilitation. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 90: 1692-1698, 2009.
  • Reisman DS, Wityk R, Silver K, Bastian AJ. Split-belt treadmill adaptation transfers to over ground walking in persons post-stroke. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, 23: 735-744, 2009.
  • Reisman DS, Rudolph KS, Farquhar, WB. Influence of speed on walking economy post-stroke. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, 23: 529-34, 2009.
  • Choi JT, Vining EPG, Reisman DS, Bastian AJ. Walking flexibility after hemispherectomy: split-belt treadmill adaptation and feedback control. Brain, 132: 722-33, 2009.
  • Farquhar S, Reisman DS, Snyder-Mackler L. Altered movement patterns persist during a sit-to-stand task one year following unilateral total knee art.hroplasty. Physical Therapy, 88: 567-579, 2008
  • Reisman DS, Silver K, Wityk R, Bastian AJ. Locomotor adaptation on a split-belt treadmill can improve walking symmetry post-stroke. Brain, 130: 1861 – 1872, 2007
  • Reisman DS, Scholz JP. Deficits in surface force production during seated reaching in persons post-stroke. Physical Therapy, 87:326-336, 2007
  • Reisman DS, Scholz JP. Workspace location influences joint coordination during reaching in post-stroke hemiparesis. Experimental Brain Research, 170:265-276, 2006
  • Resiman DS, Block, H.J., Bastian AJ. Inter-limb coordination during locomotion: what can be adapted and stored? J Neurophysiology, 94: 2403-2415, 2005
  • Reisman DS, Scholz JP. Aspects of joint coordination are preserved during pointing in persons with post-stroke hemiparesis Brain, 126: 2510-27, 2003
  • Reisman DS, Scholz JP, Schöner G. Differential joint coordination in the tasks of standing up and sitting down, Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology, 12(6): 493-505, 2002
  • Reisman DS, Scholz JP, Schöner G. Coordination underlying the control of whole body momentum during sit-to-stand, Gait and Posture, 2002 15:45-55
  • Scholz JP, Reisman DS, Schöner G. Effects of varying task constraints on solutions to joint control in sit-to-stand. Experimental Brain Research, 2002 141: 485-500
  • Stackhouse S, Reisman DS, Binder-Macleod, S. Challenging the role of pH in skeletal muscle fatigue. Physical Therapy, 2001, 81: 1897-1903
  • Reisman, D. & Scholz, J.P. (2001). The structure of joint coordination underlying the control of body CM during standing up and sitting down. In Duysens, J., Bouwien, Smits-Engelsman, B.C.M. & Kingma, H. (Eds.). 2001: Control of Posture and Gait. International Society for Postural and Gait Research

Presentations

  • Helm E, Kirschner K, Matt KS, Reisman DS. Influence of a single nucleotide polymorphism in the BDNF gene on locomotor learning. Poster Presentation Society for Neuroscience, November, 2011.
  • Roos M, Reisman DS, Kesar T, Binder-Macleod S. Development and Testing of a Gait Re-training Intervention for Individuals with Post-stroke Hemiparesis. Annual Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association, June, 2011.
  • Hakansson NA, Kesar T, Reisman DS, Binder-Macleod S and Higginson JS. Effects of FastFES Gait Training on Mechanical Recovery in Post-Stroke Gait. Platform Presentation International Functional Electrical Stimulation Society, September, 2010.
  • Malecka C., Reisman DS. Repeated exposure to split-belt treadmill walking reveals differences in learning between stroke survivors and healthy human adults. Poster Presentation Society for Neuroscience, November, 2010.
  • Kesar TM, Permual R, Reisman DS, Rudolph KS, Higginson JS, Binder-Macleod SA. Effects of combining plantar- and dorsi-flexor functional electrical stimulation on post-stroke gait. Poster Presentation Society for Neuroscience, October, 2009.
  • Malecka C, Reisman DS. Adaptation of forces and weight-bearing during walking in persons post-stroke. Poster Presentation Society for Neuroscience, October, 2009.
  • LW Chou, Reisman DS, SA Binder-Macleod, CA Knight. Motor unit discharge behavior in patients with stroke. Poster Presentation Society for Neuroscience, October, 2009.
  • Kesar TM, Perumal R, Reisman DS, Rudolph KS, Higginson JS, Binder-Macleod SA. Effects Of Novel Physiological-Based Functional Electrical Stimulation Patterns On Post-Stroke Gait. Annual Conference of the American Society of Biomechanics, University Park, PA, August 2009
  • Kesar TM, Jancosko AL, Perumal R, Reisman DS, Rudolph KS, Binder-Macleod SA. Effects of plantarflexor and dorsiflexor functional electrical stimulation on gait patterns of individuals post-stroke. Annual Conference of the American Physical Therapy Association, June 2009.
  • Jancosko AL, Roos M, Kesar TM, Perumal R, Reisman DS, Rudolph KS, Binder-Macleod SA. Fast treadmill walking and electrical stimulation improves structure, function and participation in individuals post stroke: a case series. Annual Conference of the American Physical Therapy Association, June 2009.
  • Malecka C, Rudolph KS, Reisman DS. Spatial and temporal gait parameters repond differently to increased walking speed in chronic stroke survivors. Platform Presentation, Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association, February, 2009
  • Roos M, Reisman DS, Rudolph KS. Clinical measures can identify deficits in speed modulation in persons post stroke. Platform Presentation (Accepted), Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association, February, 2009
  • Malecka C, Reisman DS. Split-belt treadmill locomotion: adaptation of forces and weight-bearing during walking and standing. Poster Presentation, Society for Neuroscience, November, 2008
  • Kautz S, Bastian A, Reisman DS, Patten C. Altering locomotion through learning and conscious control: what are the implications for rehabilitation? Workshop, Neural Control of Movement, May, 2008
  • Roos M, Rudolph K, Kesar T, Reisman DS. Systematic increases in walking speed have varied effects on post-stroke walking patterns. Platform Presentation (Accepted), Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association, February, 2008
  • Rudolph KS, Reisman DS, Wagner C. The influence of speed on walking function after stroke. International Socitey for Posture and Gait Research. Burlington, VT. July 2007
  • Reisman DS, Bastian AJ. Generalization of split-belt treadmill walking adaptation to over ground walking. Poster Presentation, Neural Control of Movement, March, 2007
  • Reisman DS, Wagner C., Cifelli S., Rudolph K., Farquhar W. Self selected walking speeds are energy inefficient post-stroke. Platform Presentation, Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association, February, 2007
  • Reisman DS., Wityk R., Silver K.,. Bastian, AJ Does split-belt treadmill walking adaptation transfer to over ground walking post-stroke? Poster Presentation, Society for Neuroscience, October, 2006
  • Reisman, D Bastian A. Split-belt treadmill adaptation and gait symmetry post-stroke. Poster Presentation, Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association, February, 2006
  • Reisman D, Wityk R, Bastian A. Split-belt treadmill walking adaptation in post-stroke hemiparesis. Poster Presentation, Society for Neuroscience, November, 2005
  • Reisman DS, Block, H, Bastian AJ. Split-belt locomotion: adaptation and after-effects from short-term training. Poster Presentation, Society for Neuroscience, October, 2004
  • Reisman DS, Scholz, JP. The influence of workspace location on the kinematics of seated reaching in persons with hemiparesis. Poster Presentation, North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity, June, 2004
  • Reisman DS, Scholz, JP. Joint and surface force coordination during reaching motions involving the trunk in persons with hemiparesis. Platform Presentation, Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association, February, 2003
  • Reisman DS, Scholz, JP. Differences in coordination of joint motion timing in persons with hemiplegia and healthy persons during a seated, reaching task. Platform Presentation, Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association, February, 2002
  • Tseng Y Reisman DS, Yang JF, Schöner G, Scholz JP. Joint coordination underlying the control of a pointing task with and without vision. Progress in Motor Control III, conference abstracts, August, 2001
  • Reisman DS, Yang JF, Tseng Y, Scholz JP. Joint coordination underlying the control of a pointing task in healthy and hemiparetic persons. Poster Presentation, Progress in Motor Control III, August, 2001
  • Reisman DS, Scholz, JP. Effects of varying perceptual information on the control of body momentum in a sit-to-stand task. Platform Presentation, Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association, February, 2001
  • Reisman, DS, Scholz, JP. Effect of task constraints on coordination of sit to stand. Poster Presentation, Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association, February, 2000
  • Schwartz D., Giroux, J., Neva, R., Sunsdahl, B. EMG and Mechanical Analysis of Focal and Postural Muscle Activity in Hemiplegic and Healthy Subjects During a Reaching Task. Poster Presentation at the Annual Conference of the American Physical Therapy Association, June, 1993

Invited Presentations

  • “Physical Therapy for the Person Post-Stroke: From Principles of Neuroplasticity to Cutting Edge Interventions”, Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association Annual Meeting, October, 2011.
  • “Structuring Clinical Interventions to Maximize Motor Recovery After Stroke and Spinal Cord Injury”, New York Physical Therapy Association Annual Meeting, October, 2011.
  • “APA Impact on Chronic Stroke”, The Management of Chronicity: Exploiting the experience of 5-year administration of Adapted Physical Activity, Rome, Italy, October, 2011
  • “Locomotor Recovery Following Stroke”, Christiana Center for Outcomes Research Lunch and Learn Lecture Series, March, 2009.
  • "Physical Motor Learning and Stroke", Delaware Stroke Initiative Annual Stroke Conference, September, 2008
  • “Locomotor inter-limb coordination in post-stroke hemiparesis”, Sensory Motor Performance Program Seminar Series, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, March, 2006.
  • “Locomotor Adaptation Following Stroke”, University of Maryland-Baltimore, Physical Rehabilitation Science Graduate Program Seminar Series, February, 2006.
  • “Exercise and the Older Adult”, Geriatric Medicine Symposium, Delaware Academy of Family Physicians, December, 2005.
  • “Locomotor Adaptation Following Stroke”, National Rehabilitation Hospital, Center for Applied Biomechanics and Rehabilitation Research Seminar Series, October 10, 2005.
  • “Physical Therapy and Stroke Rehabilitation”, Delaware Stroke Intitiative’s 5th Annual Stroke Education Conference, October, 2005.
  • “Physical Health in Retirement”, Peninsula United Methodist Homes’ 50th Anniversary celebration, September, 2004.

Service

  • University of Delaware
    • Neurologic and Older Adult Clinic Executive Committee Member, 2004-present
    • PT Research Retreat Planning Committee, 2008
    • BIOMS Qualifying Examination Development Committee Member, 2010-present
    • College of Health Sciences Strategic Planning - Research, 2011-present
    • College of Health Sciences Awards Committee, 2011-present
    • College of Health Sciences Research Review Committee, 2011-present
    • PT Awards Committee Chairperson, 2011-present
  • APTA
    • Section on Research Awards Committee Member, 2009-present
    • Neurology Section Research Committee Member, N June 2006-present
  • Editorial Board Member
    • Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy, 2010-present
  • Scientific Review Board - Veterans Administration Rehabilitation Research and Development Scientific merit Review Board, Brain Injury: TBI and Stroke Panel, 2011-2014
  • Manuscript Reviewer
    • Stroke
    • Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair
    • Journal of Neurophysiology, 2007-present
    • Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy, 2006-present
    • Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2006-present
    • Clinical Neurophysiology, 2006-present
    • Experimental Brain Research, 2004-present
    • Human Movement Science, 2004-present
    • Physical Therapy, 2003-present
  • Graduate Student Representative
    • Graduate Program in Biomechanics and Movement Science University of Delaware, September 2001-May 2002
    • Graduate Student Representative; Student and Faculty Honors Committee University of Delaware, September 2000-May 2002
  • Delegate
    • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) House of Delegates June, 1998
    • Delegate; New York Physical Therapy Association (NYPTA) State Delegate Assembly April, 1998

Courses Taught

  • PHYT 633 Applied Physiology II - Lecturer
  • PHYT 804: Neurophysiologic Evaluation and Treatment - Co-Coordinator
  • PHYT 805: Rehabilitation - Coordinator

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