DRI Research

At the University of Delaware, the Delaware Rehabilitation Institute brings together researchers from various science disciplines, such as engineering, biology and physical therapy, to conduct joint research to further the field of rehabilitation medicine and position DRI as a leading national center for rehabilitation research.


Our interdisciplinary research has included

  • Solute transport in bone
  • Development of robotic exoskeletons for stroke rehabilitation
  • Effect of high-frequency, low-magnitude vibration on bone in children with osteogenesis imperfect
  • Motor coordination in children with autism, dyslexia, and developmental coordination disorder
  • Development of community exercise programs for stroke and Parkinson’s Disease patients
  • Adaptation of osteoblasts to mechanical stimulation
  • Knee stability and osteoarthritis
  • Use of functional electrical stimulation to improve fitness in children with cerebral palsy
  • Technology development and training for infant power mobility
  • Use of neuromuscular electrical stimulation for knee and shoulder rehabilitation
  • Nonsurgical approaches to rehabilitating knee joints following ACL reconstruction
  • Vocal fold tissue regeneration
  • Rehabilitation strategies to reduce the potential for post-surgery arthritis on the nonsurgical limb
  • Treadmill training and functional electrical stimulation to improve the walking patterns of stroke survivors
  • Exercise interventions for adults with chronic low-back pain
  • Mechanotransduction: How signals of mechanical events are transmitted in bone
  • Chronic ankle instability
  • Neurocognitive and biomechanical factors related to noncontact injuries
  • Effects of surgery on gait