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Enabling Mobility in the Community Laboratory

General Laboratory Description

Dr. Morgan directs the Enabling Mobility in the Community Laboratory, which conducts community-based research to bridge the gap between services offered to people with disabilities through rehabilitation and in the community. Strong methodological approaches are implemented to examine community-based interventions promoting health, decreasing secondary conditions, and improving physical fitness for people with disabilities that can be offered post-rehabilitation to enhance the participation of people with disabilities in major life activities. The lab’s primary study population is patients with lower leg mobility limitations including spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis and cerebral palsy.

General Description of Student Activities

Students will have the opportunity to participate in lab activities to include literature reviews, data entry and analysis, writing journal articles and working with lab participants. Students will work with other members of the research lab, but may also have the opportunity to work with programs and personnel at Paraquad, our community partner. Time requirements are in line with the Program in Occupational Therapy expectations. The laboratory activities are conducted at Paraquad’s Health and Wellness Center at 5200 Berthold Ave.; therefore, the ability to transition between 4444 Forest Park Ave. and Paraquad is necessary.

Examples of Projects

  • Implementing interventions to train manual wheelchair users in propulsion biomechanics using motor learning principles
  • Developing and testing a device (computer-controlled wheelchair dynamometer) for use with manual wheelchair users for wheelchair training and exercise
  • Assessing the effectiveness of a 12-week community-based exercise program for people with disabilities
  • Examining the duration and intensity of exercise programs to change the overall physical fitness of people with disabilities
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