Andrea Behrman, Ph.D., PT, FAPTA

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  1. Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery
  2. Co-Director, Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation NeuroRecovery Network
  3. Executive Director, University of Louisville Kosair Charities Center for Pediatric NeuroRecovery

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Research Focus:

Andrea Behrman, PhD, PT, FAPTA is a Professor in the Department of Neurological Surgery, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY. Her research focus is to develop and test therapeutic interventions promoting recovery after spinal cord injury in children and adults capitalizing on activity-dependent neuroplasticity and an understanding of the neurobiology of walking and motor control. The interventions studied and tested uniquely target recovery of pre-morbid movement patterns or development of movement patterns in contrast to use of compensation as a solution to sensorimotor deficits post injury and achievement of functional goals.

Dr. Behrman is Director of the Kosair Charities Center for Pediatric NeuroRecovery and Co-Director of the Reeve Foundation NeuroRecovery Network. Both entities are committed to fast-tracking evidence-based, activity-based therapies into clinical practice. Her work has been funded by NIH, Department of Defense, VA Rehabilitation Research and Development Service, Craig H. Neilsen Foundation, the Helmsley Charitable Trust, Foundation for Physical Therapy, and the Florida Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Research Trust Fund.

    Click to view all of Dr. Behrman's publications on PubMed

    Key Publications:

    Nair PM, Phadke CP, Behrman AL. Phase dependent modulation of soleus H-reflex in healthy, non-injured individuals while walking with an ankle foot orthosis.Gait Posture. 2014 Apr;39(4):1086-91. doi: 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2014.01.017. Epub 2014 Feb 6.

    Tester NJ, Fuller DD, Fromm JS, Spiess MR, Behrman AL, Mateika JH. Long-term facilitation of ventilation in humans with chronic spinal cord injury.Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2014 Jan 1;189(1):57-65. doi: 10.1164/rccm.201305-0848OC.

    Barak S, Wu SS, Dai Y, Duncan PW, Behrman AL; Locomotor Experience Applied Post-Stroke (LEAPS) Investigative Team. Adherence to accelerometry measurement of community ambulation poststroke.Phys Ther. 2014 Jan;94(1):101-10. doi: 10.2522/ptj.20120473. Epub 2013 Sep 12.

    Jordan MM, Berkowitz D, Hannold E, Velozo CA, Behrman AL. Thinking through every step: how people with spinal cord injuries relearn to walk.Qual Health Res. 2013 Aug;23(8):1027-41. doi: 10.1177/1049732313494119. Epub 2013 Jun 17.

    Fox EJ, Tester NJ, Kautz SA, Howland DR, Clark DJ, Garvan C, Behrman AL. Modular control of varied locomotor tasks in children with incomplete spinal cord injuries.J Neurophysiol. 2013 Sep;110(6):1415-25. doi: 10.1152/jn.00676.2012. Epub 2013 Jun 12.