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Stroke Studies Clinical Research Coordinator

You can help advance stroke therapy – Find out more about our studies!

Come in for a FREE Clinical Research Evaluation

Come in for a free Clinical Research Evaluation with a Physical Therapist. We will take a detailed look at your balance, coordination, quality of walking, and overall movement abilities. This evaluation will help us determine other research studies that you may qualify for and be interested in participating.

Stroke Studies Clinical Research Coordinator: 302-831-3391 



A stroke is a “brain attack”. It can happen to anyone at any time. It occurs when blood flow to an area of brain is cut off. When this happens, brain cells are deprived of oxygen and begin to die. When brain cells die during a stroke, abilities controlled by that area of the brain such as memory and muscle control are lost.

How a person is affected by their stroke depends on where the stroke occurs in the brain and how much the brain is damaged. For example, someone who had a small stroke may only have minor problems such as temporary weakness of an arm or leg. People who have larger strokes may be permanently paralyzed on one side of their body or lose their ability to speak. Some people recover completely from strokes, but more than 2/3 of survivors will have some type of disability. Read more on Stroke.org.

Innovations in stroke research, education, care at UD: youtube.com/watch?v=CTVchM3FiXE


Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tdcs): is a non-invasive form of brain stimulation that promotes neuron excitability

  • tdcs + Splitbelt 
    • Purpose: investigate the benefits of using transcranial direct current stimulation (tdcs) to promote motor learning
  • tdcs + Antidepressants
    • Purpose: investigate the effects of antidepressant usage on transcranial direct current stimulation (tdcs)
  • Splitbelt Treadmill Walking Studies
    • Purpose: to assess motor learning after stroke, participants walk on a treadmill with 2 belts moving at different speeds
  • Body and Spatial Representations
    • Purpose: to understand how brain damage can affect a person’s perception of touch and their bodies
  • Ankle Foot Orthosis + Stroke
    • Purpose: to assess best bracing options after stroke
    • Purpose: investigate an intervention designed to improve everyday physical activity after stroke
  • tdcs + PT
    • Purpose: investigate the benefits of using transcranial direct current stimulation (tdcs) in conjunction with physical therapy
  • Fall Recovery Training
    • Purpose: investigate how fall-recovery training may improve the balance and mobility of people post stroke


The University of Delaware Stroke Research Team is working hard to advance the science of physical rehabilitation.

Our researchers are conducting studies investigating new techniques to examine how brain damage affects performance and how to improve function after a stroke.

Volunteers who participate in our research will help us learn more about people with stroke. Our findings from these studies will help us understand how the brain works after stroke and design future rehabilitation protocols.

Our team consists of 11 Principal Investigators, Stroke Study Coordinators, and Research Physical Therapists.

  • Darcy Reisman
  • Susanne Morton
  • Stuart Binder-Macleod (Dr. Stuart Binder-Macleod is transitioning to Emeritus status and no longer maintains an active lab)
  • Jill Higginson
  • Jared Medina
  • Rebecca Hunting Pompon
  • Jennifer Semrau
  • Elisa Arch
  • Fabrizio Sergi
  • Jeremy Crenshaw