Support Team

Clinical Support Cindy Clark, OTAlberts Lab(216) 957-3560clarkc@ccf.org Betty DungerClinical CoordinatorNeuro Urology and Upper Extremity(216) 791-3800 x6119bdunger@fescenter.org Amy Friedl, MS, OTR/LOccupational TherapistStroke Research(216) 957-3549 afriedl@metrohealth.org Krissy Hansen, PTPhysical TherapistStroke Research(216) 957-3584khansen1@metrohealth.org Terri Hisel, OTR/L, MBAOccupational TherapistStroke Research(216) 957-3582thisel@metrohealth.org Shannon Hogan, OTR/L Occupational TherapistStroke Research (216) 957-3583shogan@metrohealth.org Lavern HurleyStudy CoordinatorAlberts Lab Alexandra Hutchison, LPNResearch Nurse & Coordinator(216)…

Graczyk, Emily, PhD

Neural interfaces for somatosensory function restoration; Neural coding of sensation; Sensory learning; Psychosocial implications of artificial touch; Maximizing sensory information transmission using artificial intelligence Dr. Graczyk’s research examines the coding and processing of somatosensory information and the perceptual and psychological experience of artificial sensation created by neurotechnology. She uses cross-disciplinary approaches to study sensation, including…

DBS effect on Gait Disorders

Effects of Deep Brain Stimulation on Parkinsonian Gait Disorders The overarching goal of this project is to understand the physiological underpinnings of gait deficits in Parkinson’s Disease (PD). About This Study The impact of this study is designed to lead to the development of Quantitative tests for context dependent gait abnormalities, such as freezing of…

Novel STN Patterns – Parkinson’s Disease

Chronic Physiologic and Behavior Changes Induced by Novel STN DBS patterns for Parkinson’s Disease This study will provide insight into the therapeutic potential and mechanisms of coordinated reset (CR) and traditional DBS while improving our understanding of the relationship between neural activity within and across key nodal points of the pallidothalamocortical circuit and the manifestation…

Salameh, Ahlam, PhD, MSc

Dr. Salameh’s research interest focuses on two major thrusts: [1] exploring the therapeutic effect of implementing a myoelectrically controlled arm orthosis into acute stroke rehabilitation programs on the clinical outcomes of subjects with severe arm deficit and [2] understanding the underlying neuroplastic mechanisms that guide the improvement in upper limb motor control during acute stroke…

Balta-Beylergil, Sinem, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow Mentors and Labs Cameron McIntyre, PhDNeuromodulation Center, Case Western Reserve University Aasef Shaikh, MD, PhDOcular Motor Laboratory, Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center RESEARCH My research focuses on using deep brain stimulation to modulate the self-motion perception and eye movements to restore balance in Parkinson’s Disease. Additionally, I am interested in using quantitative data and…

Reaching and Grasping Therapy

Restoration of Reaching and Grasping Function in Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury Using MyndMove® Neuromodulation Therapy The goal of this trial is to determine if a non-invasive muscle stimulation therapy is as good as or better than standard therapy aimed at improving arm and hand function following a cervical spinal cord injury (SCI). About This…