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 persons with a disability 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 persons with a disability that can be offered post-rehabilitation to enhance their participation in meaningful life activities. The lab’s primary study population is persons with lower extremity 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, a 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 wheelchair propulsion biomechanics using motor learning principles
- Testing and using 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 persons with a disability
- Examining the duration and intensity of exercise programs to change the overall physical fitness of persons with a disability
- Exploring participation limitations as persons with a long-term disability age