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Lynne Gauthier

Lynne.JPGLynne Gauthier, PhD, Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Though a relative newcomer to Ohio State, Lynne Gauthier, PhD, has made significant inroads in finding collaborators and obtaining funding to support a research program that uses neuroimaging techniques to study the clinical efficacy of constraint-induced movement therapy (CI therapy), which is used to treat hemiparesis resulting from stroke, cerebral palsy, and brain injury. Dr. Gauthier joined the faculty of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in August 2011, following completion of a clinical psychology internship at Brown University. She became interested in the clinical translation of scientific gains prior to beginning graduate school. Capitalizing on an undergraduate career in neuroscience at Brandeis, Dr. Gauthier pursued an opportunity to work with Dr. Ed Taub at the University of Alabama, Birmingham. At UAB, she conducted research on how motor rehabilitation promotes neuroplasticity. On this project, Dr. Gauthier collaborates with Dr. Petra Schmalbrock, Associate Professor of Radiology, and Dr. Stephen Page, Associate Professor of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, to use novel neuroimaging techniques to gain a better understanding of the mechanisms underlying the clinical efficacy of CI therapy. The researchers hope that increased understanding of these neural mechanisms will allow for the development of more targeted interventions with enhanced efficacy. This research is supported by a Scientist Development Grant from the American Heart Association.

Concurrently, Dr. Gauthier hopes to increase the accessibility of rehabilitation therapies through the use of technology. She is part of an intercollegiate multi-disciplinary team that is utilizing new gaming technology (specifically Microsoft Kinect) to deliver CI therapy using a therapist-as-consultant model. The team hope that the model proves successful, thereby leading to the ability to offer telerehabilitation therapy that will harness neuroplasticity while expanding access to care for underserved populations and lowering the cost of treatment. Funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, the other investigators on this project and their areas of expertise are Dr. Roger Crawfis, Computer Science, Dr. Ryan McPherson, Electrical Engineering, Dr. Linda Lowes, Physical Therapy, and Ms. Lise Worthen-Chaudhari, Biomechanics.