The Ohio State University
Dr. Heathcock studies early motor development in infants and children who are at risk or identified as having a developmental disability. Her research focuses on development of targeted interventions for pediatric populations with cognitive and motor disability. Dr. Heathcock’s laboratory uses sophisticated biomechanical and behavioral analyses to measure the transitions from spontaneous to purposeful movements and the effects of intervention.
Dr. Heathcock has several currently funded projects including: 1) The National Institutes of Health to determine the optimal dose of physical therapy for infants with severe motor delay and cerebral palsy; 2) Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to understand the effectiveness of usual weekly and high intense periodic therapy regimens for children with cerebral palsy; 3) The American Heart Association to study neurodevelopment in infants with complex congenital heart defects; and 4) the cure SMA foundation to compare the Microsoft Kinect motion capture software with lab based Vicon Nexus motion analysis software and to help identify disease progression in infants diagnosed with Type I Spinal Muscle Atrophy. Dr. Heathcock is part of the Center for Perinatal Research at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
Tuesday, September 28, 2021
4:40 PM – 4:57 PM ET