Worthen-Chaudhari_Lise_720x720Associate Director, Human Motion Analysis and Recovery Laboratory
Research Scientist, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Faculty Affiliate, Chronic Brain Injury

Motion Analysis and Recovery Laboratory

Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Center for Clinical and Translational Science
Center for Neuromodulation

Dodd Rehabilitation Hospital
480 Medical Center Drive
Columbus, OH 43210

Worthen-Chaudhari's lab applies a design-thinking approach to research and development of motor learning interventions, such as locomotor training and interactive neurotechnology. Their optimal goal is to extend the ceiling of recovery for individuals with neuromotor deficits. Toward this end, they apply biomechanical quantification techniques to investigate best practices for applying creative paradigms and emerging technologies – from arts, gaming or other disciplines traditionally categorized in the creative sector – to improve human recovery and health.

Research and Clinical interests

  • Creative engagement
  • Dance, arts and neuroscience
  • Interactive neurorehabilitation technologies
  • Biomechanics and motor control
  • Neurologic recovery (TBI, SCI, stroke)
  • Symptoms management (cancer,PD, MS)

Current Research Projects

  1. Novel Interventions for Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
  2. Embodied Effects of Rhythmic Music among Adults with Brain Injury
  3. Behavioral and cellular determinants of treadmill training and recovery after SCI

Active Funding

  • OSU Chronic Brain Injury Discovery Theme Pilot Grants

Selected Publications

  • Worthen-Chaudhari L, Lamantia M, Monfort SM, Mysiw W, Chaudhari AMW, Lustberg MB (2019) Partnered, Adapted Argentine Tango Dance for Cancer Survivors: a pilot study of feasibility and efficacy. Clin Biomech, . 5-yr 70, 257-264. 
  • Worthen-Chaudhari L, Monfort SM, Bland C, Pan X, Chaudhari AMW (2018) Characterizing within-subject variability in quantified measures of balance control: a cohort study. Gait & Posture, 64, 141-146.
  • Worthen-Chaudhari, L., McGonigal, J., Logan, K., Bockbrader, M. A., Yeates, K. O., & Mysiw, W. J. (2017). Reducing concussion symptoms among teenage youth: evaluation of a mobile health app. Brain injury, 31(10), 1279-1286. 
  • Worthen-Chaudhari, L., Schmiedeler, J. P., & Basso, D. M. (2015). Training conditions that best reproduce the joint powers of unsupported walking. Gait & Posture 41.2, 597-602. 
  • Worthen-Chaudhari L, Basso M, Schmiedeler J, Bing J (2014) A New Look at an Old Problem: Defining Weight Acceptance During Human Walking at Different Speeds. Gait & Posture 39.1, 588-592. 
  • Worthen-Chaudhari L, Whalen C, Swendal C, Bockbrader MA, Haserodt S, Smith R, Bruce MK, Mysiw W (2013) A feasibility study using interactive graphic art feedback to augment acute neurorehabilitation therapy. NeuroRehabilitation 33.3, 481-490. 
  • Lowes, L. P., Alfano, L. N., Yetter, B. A., Worthen-Chaudhari, L., Hinchman, W., Savage, J.,Samona, P., Flanigan, K. M., & Mendell, J. R. (2012). Proof of Concept of the Ability of the Kinect to Quantify Upper Extremity Function in Dystrophinopathy. PLoS currents, 5.
  • Worthen-Chaudhari, L (2011) New Partnerships between Dance and Neuroscience: Embedding the Arts for Neurorecovery, Dance Research, 29(2), 467-494.
  • Yadev V., Schmiedeler J. P., McDowell S., Worthen-Chaudhari L (2010) Quantifying Age-Related Differences in Human Reaching while Interacting with a Rehabilitation Robotic Device, Applied Bionics and Biomechanics, 7(4), 289-299. 
  • Van der Loos H. F. M., L. Worthen-Chaudhari,  D. Schwandt, D. M. Bevly, S.A. Kautz (2010) A split-crank bicycle ergometer uses servomotors to provide programmable pedal forces for studies in human biomechanics. IEEE Trans Neural Sys & Rehab 18(4), 445-452. 
  • Brewer, Bambi, S.K. McDowell, L.C. Worthen-Chaudhari (2007) Post-Stroke Upper Extremity Rehabilitation: A Review of Robotic Systems and Clinical Results. Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation 14(6), 22-44.
  • Worthen L.C., C. M. Kim, S. A. Kautz, H. L. Lew, B. J. Kiratli, and G. S. Beaupre (2005) Key characteristics of walking correlate with bone mineral density in volunteers with post-stroke walking deficits. Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development 42(6), 761-768. 

PubMed articles


PhD: University of Warwick
MFA: The Ohio State University
MS: The University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Editorial Activities

  • Journal of Biomechanics ad hoc reviewer
  • Journal of Neurophysiology
  • Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation 
  • Innovations in Aging Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
  • Journal Journal of Complementary Therapies in Medicine

Society and Memberships

  • Member, American Society of Biomechanics (ASB), 2004-present
  • Member, American College of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM), 2010-present
  • ACRM, Arts & Neuroscience Networking Group Executive Committee, 2017-present
  • ASB Program Committee, 2018 and 2020
  • Gait and Clinical Movement Analysis Society (GCMAS) Awards Council Member, 2013
  • Society for Neuroscience (SfN), Selection committee for Women in Neuroscience Lifetime Achievement Awards, 2004
  • Organizing committee for IEEE sponsored conference, RoMan, addressing Robot-Human interface, 2003

Honors and News

  • Ohio State Study Shows 'Embedded Arts' Interactive Technology Helps Patients in Neurohabilitation Therapy
  • Columbus Business First, “2015 Health Care Heroes Honorees”. Worthen-Chaudhari: Innovation Award. July 9, 2015.
  • The Ohio State University Alumni Magazine. “The art of healing”. Nicole Kraft. July 7, 2015.
  • King 5-TV-NBC4, Seattle, WA. “Turning rehabilitation into an art form”. Jean Enersen . May 1, 2015
  • WJXT – News 4 Jax, Graham Media Group, Jacksonville, FL “Interactive art rehab motivates patients”. Jodi Mohrmann, March 19, 2015.
  • MDLinx: Neurology. “Ohio State study shows embedded arts interactive technology helps patients in neurorehabilitation therapy”. March 18, 2015.
  • KFDX-3- NBC, Texas & Oklahoma (Texoma). “Interactive Art Rehab”. Staff writer. March 5, 2015.
  • Minecraft Game Fan Zone, a minecraft news syndication. “Health Beat: Interactive art rehab”. March, 2015. Minecraftworlds.net.
  • WFMZ-TV: Health Beat, Eastern PA & Western NJ. “Health Beat: Interactive Art Rehab”. Feb 26, 2015. Online audience: 623,352 Broadcast audience: 32,404
  • WWSB-TV – ABC, Tampa, FL. “Ohio State study shows embedded arts interactive technology helps patients in neurorehabilitation therapy”. Feb 26, 2015. Broadcast audience: 19,693
  • KOAM-TV – CBS, Joplin, MO. “Ohio State study shows embedded arts interactive technology helps patients in neurorehabilitation therapy”. Feb 24, 2015 Broadcast audience: 36,709
  • Ivanhoe Broadcast News: Medical Breakthroughs. “Interactive Art Rehab”. Feb 23, 2015.
  • ABC12 WJRT, Flint MI. “Art Rehabilitation is Changing the Lives of Therapy Patients”. Christina Burkhart. Feb 20, 2015.
  • NewsChannel 5, Scripps TV group, ScrippsMedia.com. “Interactive Art Rehab”. Feb 10, 2015
  • Washington Post. "Brain-stimulating device may aid recovery of stroke victims". Amy Ellis Nutt. Nov 24, 2014.
  • PT in Motion. "Washington Post: Brain-stimulating device may aid recovery of stroke victims". Nov 24, 2014.
  • ScienceDaily. “Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation studied for stroke rehab”. Staff writer. Nov 21, 2014.
  • China Topix. Chinatopix.com. "New System Uses the Arts as a Form of Physical Rehab". Dino Lirios. Sept 5, 2014. Online audience 92,908
  • Yahoo News via Live Science. Yahoo - ABC News. "As Patients Create Art, They Recover". Lise Worthen-Chaudhari. Sept 3, 2014. Online audience: 59 million
  • Independent Living Solutions: Rehabilitation Solutions, England & Wales. "New technology uses art to help disabled individuals". Staff writer for "Latest Rehab News". Sept 8, 2014.
  • LiveScience. "As Patients Create Art, They Recover". Lise Worthen-Chaudhari. Aug 22, 2014. Online audience: 1.68 million
  • Physical Therapy Products, The Allied Media Network. "Computer Program Uses Art to Aid in Rehabilitation for Patients with Nervous System Injuries". Staff writer. June 20, 2014.
  • Columbus Dispatch. "Therapy-turned-art Aims to Heal Mentally, Physically". Madeline Winer. The Dispatch Printing Company. June 7, 2014. Print audience: 131,276 Online audience: 654,465
  • Good Day Columbus. WTTE-TV/28. Fox News 28. "Turtle Around Town: Columbus Arts Festival". June 6, 2014. Broadcast audience: 54,402
  • Images & Voices of Hope (IVOH). "Researchers find video games like SuperBetter are helping to decrease anxiety, depression". Mallary Jean Tenore. May 8, 2014.
  • Wall Street Journal. "Different Way to Treat Depression: Games". Dow Jones & Company. Angela Chen. May 5, 2014. Print audience: 1.5 million Online audience: 4.3 million
  • Rehabilitation Management, Allied Media Network. "Interactive Technology Helps Neurorehab Patients to Create "Healing Art"". Staff reporter. March 28, 2014. CV 2014 Lise Worthen-Chaudhari Page 9 of 14 Print audience: 20,000
  • Stroke Connection Magazine. "Artists in Recovery". Staff writer. March 12, 2014. Print audience: 100,000 Online audience: 526,783
  • CityScene Magazine. CityScene Media Group. "The Art of Rebuilding". Stephan Reed. 2014.
  • WCMH-TV - NBC4, Columbus OH. "Science and Art Combine for Therapy at OSU’s Wexner Medical Center". Ellie Merritt. Feb 27, 2014. Broadcast audience: 66,556; Online audience: 213,200
  • Big Data Future blog. "OSU Wexner Medical Center and Big Data”. Karlie Frank. Feb 11, 2014.
  • O'Reilly Radar. O'Reilly Media. "Reducing Hospital Readmissions using Data Science and a Social Twist". Michael Gold and Lise Worthen-Chaudhari. Aug 15, 2013.
  • O'Reilly Media. "Reducing hospital readmissions using data science and a social twist - an interview with Michael Gold and Lise Worthen-Chaudhari". Andy Oram. Aug 13, 2013.
  • InForm Alumni Magazine, The Ohio State University Department of Dance. “Dance Wellness and Rehabilitation”. Meghan Durham. Oct, 2011.
  • Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation blog “SCI patients create art through movement”. Submitted by Dr. Michele Basso, posted by staff writer. March 24, 2010.