My present position is Associate Professor of Neurology at Washington University in St. Louis. My research is focused on human motor control and how it is disrupted by movement disorders. My clinical work consists of evaluating and treating patients with movement disorders.
My research is based in the Movement Science Research Center in the Program in Physical Therapy at Wash U. Within this center, I am part of the Movement and Neurodegenerative Disease research group, directed by Gammon Earhart and composed of several faculty members, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students. I also collaborate with movement scientists, engineers, and choreographers at other institutions.
My clinical activity is based in the Movement Disorders Section of the Department of Neurology at Wash U. This group is directed by Joel Perlmutter and is composed of basic scientists, clinical researchers, and clinicians who study and treat a variety of movement disorders.
As a movement scientist, I focus my research on how movement disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease and Huntington’s disease, affect the ability to control movements. I use motion capture and related techniques to understand what motor control principles are disrupted to cause abnormal movements. I use this understanding to collaboratively develop physical and technological interventions to reduce the impact of motor symptoms on daily activities. This research is carried out in the Movement Science Research Center at Washington University’s Program in Physical Therapy.
As a neurologist, I evaluate and treat adult patients with movement disorders of all types, including Parkinson’s disease, other forms of parkinsonism, tremor, tics, Tourette syndrome, gait disorders, dystonia, chorea, myoclonus, normal pressure hydrocephalus, functional movement disorders, and cerebellar ataxia.