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Neurorehabilitation Research

Teachers College, Columbia University

Lab Members

Lauri Bishop, PT, DPT, Research Physical Therapist Dept. of Rehabilitation & Regenerative Medicine Columbia University Medical Center, Doctoral student

Lauri is a physical therapist and 6th year doctoral student who has a background in working with chronic stroke survivors and robotic devices.  She received her B. S. in Exercise Science from The Florida State University in 1999, and her D.P.T. from the University of Miami in 2004.  She has experience working with patients with a variety of functional deficits, but for the past 7 years has been working specifically with robotic rehabilitation devices in a population of stroke survivors.  

She is currently pursuing her research interests in understanding the role of manual guidance utilizing robotic devices in chronic stroke survivors to improve deficits in gait.  

When not working in the lab and studying, she enjoys running, cooking, reading, hiking, traveling, and spending time with her dog, Mo.

lb2413@cumc.columbia.edu

 

Manuela Cristina Caciula, PhD, Research Associate

Prior to moving to NYC Dr. Caciula was a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in the School of Health and Kinesiology at Georgia Southern University, where she taught both undergraduate and graduate courses in Exercise Science, and Health and Physical Education, and performed research on neurological disorders. In 2014 Dr. Caciula completed her doctoral studies in Kinesiology, specializing in Motor Behavior at The University of Georgia where she worked in the Movement Studies Laboratory, and coordinated the Pediatric and Motor Development Clinic for children with disabilities. She is originally from Romania, and she completed a B.S. in Physical Education and Sport at Transilvania University of Brasov, an M.S. in Kinesiology, and an M.S. in Sports Management at Babes-Bolyai University.

Over the past few years Dr. Caciula presented her research accomplishments at international, national, and regional conferences, and published her work related to movement disorders. Her research interests are focused on the relationship between motor function and cognition in individuals with neurodegenerative diseases, such as Parkinson’s and Huntington disease, and the effects of exercise interventions on both their physical and mental health. Her most recent work addressed the effect of an upper extremity power-training intervention on pain and spasticity among young people with cerebral palsy (CP) in a rural area. The project supported the NICHD’s mission to develop knowledge that ensures the health, productivity, independence, and well-being of people through optimal rehabilitation.

When not working in the lab she enjoys cooking for her family, singing and dancing with her little boys, and visiting the attractions of NYC.

mcc2259@tc.columbia.edu

 

Radhika Desai, MS, Doctoral Student

Radhika is a first year doctoral student with an M.S. in Rehabilitation Sciences, and a B.S. in Kinesiology. She previously worked as a surgical neurophysiologist in Boston, where she obtained experience collecting and monitoring neurophysiological data from a variety of clinical populations. Her previous graduate work was in the area of stroke biomechanics, visual attention, and cognitive-motor interference patterns. Outside of research, she spent significant time teaching Anatomy and Physiology sections at the undergraduate and graduate level. She also taught yoga, and group fitness classes for healthy and older adults. In her spare time, she enjoys running, cooking, and traveling.

rd2811@tc.columbia.edu

 

Katelyn Felegy, Masters Student

Katelyn is a Master’s student in the Clinical Psychology program with a concentration in Neuropsychology at TC and am currently working in the Neurorehabilitation Research Lab under the guidance of Dr. Quinn. She graduated from Canisius College (Buffalo, NY) in 2017 with a major in General Psychology and minors in clinical psychology and neuropsychology, where she also played collegiate soccer for three years. Katelyn has interned at Brooks Rehabilitation in Jacksonville, Florida where she focused on the rehabilitation of patients who suffered a TBI or stroke. Katelyn's research interests include the neuropsychology behind neurodegenerative disorders as well as the neurology and rehabilitation behind patients who acquire a TBI. In her spare time, she likes to travel (when given the chance), read the latest psychological thriller novel, workout, and explore NYC

kf2538@tc.columbia.edu 

 

Julie Fineman, PT, EdM, Director of Clinical Education and Clinical Assistant Professor for the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY, Doctoral student

Julie is a physical therapist with 30 years experience specializing in neurologic rehabilitation. She received her BA in Physical Therapy from University of Delaware in 1986. She received her MA and EdM degrees in Motor Learning & Control from Teacher’s College, Columbia University.

She is currently pursuing her EdD degree with research investigating skill acquisition and dual task paradigms in subjects with Parkinson’s Disease patients.


When not working in the lab she enjoys spending time with her family, practicing karate and creating stained glass. 

jbf11@tc.columbia.edu  

 

Shreya Jain, Master's Student

Shreya Jain is a master’s student in the Motor Learning and Control program and is currently working in the Neurorehabilitation Research Laboratory under the guidance of Dr. Lori Quinn. She graduated in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy from Birla Institute of Technology and Science – Pilani, India and worked as a project assistant for a year in a neurobiology research laboratory at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research. Working on a couple of projects on Parkinson’s Disease inclined her research interests towards motor control and movement rehabilitation and led her to enroll in this program, which aligned perfectly with her interests. She enjoys dancing, and has been trained in the Indian classical dance form of Odissi.

sj2828@tc.columbia.edu

 

Katrina Long, MS, OTR/L, Occupational Therapist at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Ed.D. student

Katrina Long a licensed occupational therapist (OT) with a degree in master of science. She is currently working towards her Ed.D. in movement science, specializing in OT.  Katrina is a former Neurorehab Research Lab coordinator at Teachers College. She is a visiting instructor for the occupational therapy MS program in the Department of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine at Columbia University. She has experience working as a clinical researcher and therapist primarily in stroke and Parkinson’s Disease neurorehabilitation. She has worked with patients across the spectrum of age and disability, though her doctoral work is focused on motor learning and control for functional independence in Parkinson’s Disease. Katrina is passionate about holistic health and movement of the human body. She enjoys serving her community and promoting sustainable healthy living. In her spare time, she is a certified yoga teacher and figure skater. 

kml2190@tc.columbia.edu

 

Elizabeth McAneny, Undergraduate Student  

Elizabeth is a research assistant at the Neurorehabilitation Research Laboratory. Elizabeth is a senior at Barnard College studying biology, dance, and psychology. When not in class, Elizabeth serves as the Executive Director of the Columbia University Ballet Ensemble and volunteers as a nutrition teacher. Elizabeth is currently helping with a number of projects in the lab but is particularly interested in a project involving dance and Parkinson’s disease. She hopes to pursue a career in either physical therapy or medicine. 

elm2184@barnard.edu 

 

Gregory Youdan Jr., MA, Lab Manager, Instructor/Lecturer in Biobehavioral Sciences, Teachers College, Columbia University, PMA® CPT, Master's student

Gregory is the lab manager in the Neurorehabilitation Research laboratory assisting Dr. Lori Quinn on assessments and interventions for individuals with neurological diseases and disorders. Gregory is an instructor/lecturer in the Biobehavioral Sciences deptartment of Teachers College, Columbia University. He has worked as a Research Assistant in the Center for Cerebral Palsy Research, working with Dr. Andrew Gordon and as an interventionist in the Center's motor learning based summer camp for children with Cerebral Palsy.  

He spent 12 years working as a professional modern dancer and PMA® Certified Pilates instructor in NYC. He has toured extensively both domestically and internationally. Much of his dance career was working with dance and disability, working as a rehearsal director, administrative assitant and dancer with Heidi Latsky Dance. Here he worked with dancers with various disabilities, including Cerebral Palsy, Parkinson’s Disease and amputations as well as dancers who were blind and deaf among others. He was very involved in the planning and execution of educational dance and disability programs. 

Gregory’s personal research interests center on the interaction of musculoskeletal biomechanics and neuromotor control with an emphasis on posture, balance and gait impairments in people with neurological disorders.  

gay2104@tc.columbia.edu 

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