Brain Plasticity Lab Members


Lab Directors

James R. Carey, PhD, PT, FAPTA
Professor Emeritus


Dr. Carey's research focuses on promoting recovery of motor function following stroke through up-regulation of function in surviving but dormant neural centers or through transference of function to new neural centers. Investigative and interventional techniques include motor learning (joint tracking) training, telerehabilitation, repetitive (r)TMS, and fMRI.

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Bernadette T. Gillick, PhD, MSPT, PT
Assistant Professor


Dr. Gillick's research interests are in cortical plasticity and recovery from neurologic insult in both adult and pediatric populations. Dr. Gillick is currently involved in the combined application of non-invasive brain stimulation and rehabilitation interventions in pediatric hemiparesis.

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Ann L. Van de Winckel, PhD, MS, PT
Lab Director


Dr. Van de Winckel's research agenda comprises understanding the neural mechanisms of neuroplasticity and recovery after stroke through the use of fMRI, structural and functional connectivity, to determine the impact of neuroplasticity and brain recovery on clinical sensorimotor outcomes. She further wishes to translate the findings from this brain research to therapeutic interventions aimed at sensorimotor recovery in stroke patients. 

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Lab Members

Chao-Ying Chen, PhD, PT
Postdoctoral Associate


Chao-Ying received her PhD degree in the Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Program at the Ohio State University (OSU). Chao-Ying is a physical therapist in Taiwan with great interest in pediatric physical therapy. She completed her dissertation to investigate autonomic function and developmental outcomes in infants with complex congenital heart disease. She also investigated the effects of movement training and the use of non-surgical brain stimulation, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), in both infants and children with perinatal stroke in the infant research laboratory at OSU.

"My research interests focus on investigating early developmental impairments, brain reorganization, and optimal timing for intervention in infants with brain injuries who are at high-risk for future delays."

Daniele De Patre, PT

After graduating from the Physical Therapy Program in Italy, Daniele also pursued a Bachelor degree in Movement Science, went to the Phillipines for one year of humanitarian work, and spent two years of intensive training in the Center in Italy where neurocognitive rehabilitation is given to stroke patients.

Kate L. Frost, MS
PhD student

Kate is a second year PhD student

Cecilia N. Prudente, PhD, PT
Postdoctoral Associate


Research Interests: My main research interest is the neurophysiological basis of normal movements and movement disorders.

Tonya L. Rich, MA, OTR/L
PhD Student

Rebekah L. Schmidt
DPT/PhD Student

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