Graduate Assistant (PhD Candidate)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
My research interests involve understanding the effect of dual task walking on executive function in people with cognitive decline due to aging or other diseases. I have background in exercise physiology, physical therapy and rehabilitation, the skillset and experience thus provide a solid bedrock on which a career in research can be pursued. During my graduate program at Kent State, I successfully conducted research under Dr. Ridgel (Motor control laboratory). The project aimed at gauging effects of swiss wing vibration technique on muscle performance, results were presented at the Annual Aging symposium, Kent, Ohio. This was followed by my clinical training at Akron General Medical center, Akron, Ohio. During my graduate program at University of Illinois at Chicago, I worked with Dr. Madhavan in Brain plasticity laboratory and conducted several studies on seeing effects of transcranial direct current stimulation on stroke survivors. This led to a co-authored publication, as well as an invitation to present a poster at American congress of rehabilitation medicine. In my PhD program at U of I at Urbana-Champaign, I worked in motor control research laboratory on the project looking at the effects of safe falling strategy on injury risks associated with fall in young and older adults. Also, we looked at the age-related differences on head impact during sideways experimental falls. This led to co-authored publications in different journals and abstract submissions in various conferences. Currently, I am working with Dr. Hernandez in mobility and fall prevention laboratory on understanding the relationship between hypertension and cognitive decline; and latter association with dual task walking performance in older adults. My research interest is to develop a diagnostic tool that can show affected cerebral activity during dual task walking performance in people with hypertension.
Monday, September 27, 2021
4:50 PM – 5:07 PM ET