B.A., Hampshire College
M.S., Pennsylvania State University
Ph.D., Karolinska Institute
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Minnesota.
The use of sensory information during the learning and control of well-learned manual skills (sensorimotor control). The biological basis of hand impairments in populations with movement disorders that disrupt sensorimotor control (e.g., children with early brain damage and adults with diseases of the basal ganglia). Rehabilitation and cerebral palsy. Constraint-induced movement therapy and bimanual training.
de Brito Brandão, MB, Gordon, AM, Mancini, MC, (2012) Functional impact of constraint therapy and bimanual training in children with cerebral palsy. American Journal of American Journal of Occupational Therapy. 66: 320-9.
Hung, Y-C, Casertano, L, Hillman, A, Gordon, AM (2011) The Effect of training specificity on bimanual coordination in children with hemiplegia. Research in Developmental Disabilities 32: 2724-2731.
Gordon, AM (2011) To constrain or not to constrain, and other stories of intensive upper extremity training for children with unilateral cerebral palsy. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology. 53 (S4): 56-61.
Gordon, AM, Hung, YC, Brandao, M, Ferre, CL, Kuo, H-C, Friel, K, Petra, E, Chinnan, A, Charles, JR (2011) Bimanual Training and Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy in Children with Hemiplegic Cerebral Palsy: A Randomized Trial. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair 25: 692-702.
Zhang, W, Gordon, AM, Fu, Q, Santello, M (2010) Object rotation reveals independent sensorimotor memory representations of digit positions and forces for skilled manipulation. Journal of Neurophysiology 103: 2953–2964.
Society for Neuroscience
International Brain Research Organization
Society for the Neural Control of Movement
American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine
NIH National Research Service Award
Dissertation Fellowship, Karolinska Institute
National Science Foundation (2008-2011)
Principle Investigator, “Dexterous Control of Multi-Digit Grasping”
National Institutes of Health (2009-2014)
Sponsor (K01 Trainee: Kathleen Friel)
National Institutes of Health (2008-2009)
Sponsor (K12 Trainee: Kathleen Friel)
Thrasher Foundation (2007-2010)
Principle Investigator, “A Randomized Control Trial of Hand-Arm Intensive Bimanual”
National Science Foundation (2006-2009)
Principle Investigator, “Coordination of multi-digit forces during grasping”
National Institutes of Health, K23 (2006-2011)
United Cerebral Palsy Research and Education Foundation (2005-2008)
Principal Investigator. “Rehabilitative strategies for improving unimanual and bimanual hand function in children with hemiplegic CP”
BBSR 4050: Biomechanical analysis of human movement
Permission required. Covers the principles and techniques required to analyze human movement, which can be used to develop practical research questions. Quantitative and qualitative techniques for analysis of movement are discussed in relation to the study of learning, motor control, motor development, and motor impairments. Lab fee: $50.
BBSR 5057: Movement disorders
Study of the pathophysiology of various movement disorders and the resulting motor impairments.
BBS 5068: Brain and behavior I: Communication in the nervous system
An introduction to communication within the nervous system and functional brain neuroanatomy. Examination of chemical circuits in the brain and associated pathologies, such as Parkinsons disease, Tourettes, schizophrenia, depression, and anxiety.
BBSR 5504: Research training in motor learning
Permission required. A competency-based approach to the preparation of researchers in the areas of neuromotor control and perceptual-motor processes. Several learning experiences are offered each semester, involving lectures, laboratory practica, seminars and individual research advisement.
BBSR 6563: Neuromotor processes seminar
Offered in conjunction with review and analysis of research related to conference topic.
BBSR 6564: Advanced topics in neuromotor processes
Topic changes annually.
Documents & Papers
Video clip describing current research project on Constraint-induced therapy in children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy.
Download: Contraint-induced therapy overview
Video clip describing the Constraint-induced therapy intervention in children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy.
Download: Contraint-induced therapy intervention
Vita as of 4/13/2010
Download: Curriculum Vita [PDF]
Centers and Projects
The Center for Cerebral Palsy Research focuses on elucidating the neural mechanisms underlying hand impairment in children with CP, as well as development and testing of new treatments aimed at ameliorating these impairments. Presently we are examining efficacy of constraint-induced movement therapy and Hand-Arm Bimanual Intensive Therapy (HABIT).
The Movement Science laboratories were recently upgraded to cutting edge technology for the study of movement with support from a National Science Foundation Major Instrumentation Grant.