Western Michigan University
Alessander Danna-dos-Santos PT, PhD. Associate Professor, Western Michigan University. Licensed physical therapist in both the U.S. and Brazil. He obtained his PT degree from the State University of Londrina (Brazil) followed by completion of a musculoskeletal rehabilitation residency at the University of Sao Paulo School of Medicine. He received a Master’s degree in Human Movement Science at the State University of Sao Paulo (Brazil), a Ph.D. in Kinesiology from Penn State University, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Arizona State University.
Research focuses on many aspects of human movement control including:  neural mechanisms involved in multi-muscle control in health and disease across the lifespan;  development of analytical tools for the analysis of fine motor skills and performance; and  translational studies intended to improve clinical methods of diagnosis and treatment in human rehabilitation. Currently he is investigating oculomotor performance and its potential clinical use in the rapid diagnosis of traumatic brain injury (including concussion). His research involves collaboration with multiple institutions and has resulted in successful acquisition of extramural funding. He has extensive publications in top-tier scientific, medical, and rehabilitation journals in addition to numerous national and international presentations.
Dr. Danna-dos-Santos’ teaching experience ranges from basic science to research oriented courses, as well as neurological and musculoskeletal rehabilitation, all of which complement his research interests in areas of human movement science and motor control. Dr. Danna-dos-Santos has mentored a large number of students including physical therapy graduate students and residents, undergraduates, and high-school students. Through mentorship he actively promotes the inclusion of a more diverse population in education within human movement sciences and physical rehabilitation. He has provided opportunities and mentorship to students and fellow professionals belonging to multiple nationalities, women seeking to initiate or return to academics, students of low socioeconomic status, veterans, and Native American students.