Our Staff

Our Staff

Andy Gordon

Dr. Gordon has a broad background in neurophysiology and biomechanics and has extensive clinical and research expertise involving children with cerebral palsy. He has been studying hand motor control in healthy individuals and individuals with CP for over 25 years.

Kathleen Friel
Director, Collaborator

Dr. Friel is the director of the Clinical Laboratory for Early Brain Injury Recovery at the Burke Neurological Institute. Her research focuses on the importance of motor activity in neurorehabilitation for children and adults with cerebral palsy.

Karen Chin
Research Manager

Karen currently oversees management of all of our Center’s research projects, including several collaborative studies with Columbia University, Burke Neurological Institute, Weill Cornell Medicine, and Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Dalina Delfing
Doctoral Student

Dalina is a fourth year doctoral student. She received a M.Sc. in Cognitive Neuroscience, and a B.Sc. in Psychology from the Radboud University in Nijmegen, the Netherlands.

Jennifer Gutterman
Doctoral Student

Jennifer is a fourth year doctoral student. She received her M.S. in Neuroscience and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University and her B.S. in Psychology at Rutgers University. 

Nicole Hawkins
Doctoral Student

Nicole is a licensed and board-certified Occupational Therapist, with an M.S. in Occupational Therapy from Columbia University and a B.A. in Psychology from Colgate University. 

Jordana Ulloa-Marquez
Doctoral Student

Jordana is a first year doctoral student. She received her B.S. in Kinesiology with a concentration in Exercise Science at California State University, Sacramento and an M.S. in Kinesiology at California State University, San Marcos with a research focus in biomechanics that applied different theoretical frameworks to predict potential locomotor strategies when energetics and stability were jeopardized. 

Nessa Hickey
Research Assistant, Physical Therapist

Nessa is a physical therapist currently working as an interventionist on the TruST study we are running with Columbia University, using the robotic trunk support trainer to promote functional and independent sitting in children with cerebral palsy.

Jaime Wong
Masters Student

Jaime is a masters student in the Motor Learning program at Teachers College, Columbia University. She has a B.Sc. (Hons) in Physiotherapy from Glasgow Caledonian University, and has worked extensively in various paediatric rehabilitation settings. 

Research Interventionist

Vruta is a physical therapist working as a research interventionist on the Robotic Trunk Training study.

Masters Student

Charlie is a first year masters student in the Motor Learning and Motor Control program at Teachers College, Columbia University. He received a B.S. in Exercise Science from Colby-Sawyer College.

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