Dr. Sheffler’s research and clinical interests are in the areas of neurorehabilitation and include the application of surface electrical stimulation in stroke, spinal cord injury, and brain injury.

Her specific research focus was on the application of formal Gait Analysis to elucidate the altered pattern of muscle activation, joint angles, torque and power generation during ambulation with the application of neuromuscular electrical stimulation.

Publications (Select)

  • Sheffler LR, Bailey SN, Gunzler D, Chae J. Effect of Body Mass Index on Hemiparetic Gait. PM R. 2014 Apr 5. pii: S1934-1482(14)00150-6. doi: 10.1016/j.pmrj.2014.03.012. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 24713181.
  • Knutson JS, Hansen K, Nagy J, Bailey SN, Gunzler DD, Sheffler LR, Chae J.  Contralaterally controlled neuromuscular electrical stimulation for recovery of ankle dorsiflexion: a pilot randomized controlled trial in patients with chronic post-stroke hemiplegia. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2013 Aug;92(8):656-65. doi: 10.1097/PHM.0b013e31829b4c16. PubMed PMID: 23867888; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3786455.
  • Sheffler LR, Bailey SN, Wilson RD, Chae J. Spatiotemporal, kinematic, and kinetic effects of a peroneal nerve stimulator versus an ankle foot orthosis in hemiparetic gait. Neurorehabil Neural Repair. 2013 Jun;27(5):403-10. doi: 10.1177/1545968312465897. Epub 2012 Nov 27. PubMed PMID: 23192416.
  • Sheffler LR, Chae J. Technological advances in interventions to enhance poststroke gait. Phys Med Rehabil Clin N Am. 2013 May;24(2):305-23. doi: 10.1016/j.pmr.2012.11.005. PubMed PMID: 23598265; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3633090.
  • Sheffler LR, Taylor PN, Gunzler DD, Buurke JH, Ijzerman MJ, Chae J. Randomized controlled trial of surface peroneal nerve stimulation for motor relearning in lower limb hemiparesis. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2013 Jun;94(6):1007-14. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2013.01.024. Epub 2013 Feb 8. PubMed PMID: 23399456; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3669250.
  • Weaver LL, Page SJ, Sheffler LR, Chae J. Minimal depression: how does it relate to upper-extremity impairment and function in stroke? Am J Occup Ther. 2013 Sep-Oct;67(5):550-5. doi: 10.5014/ajot.2013.008391. PubMed PMID: 23968793.
  • Sheffler LR, Knutson JS, Gunzler D, Chae J. Relationship between body mass index and rehabilitation outcomes in chronic stroke. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2012 Nov;91(11):951-6. doi: 10.1097/PHM.0b013e31826458c6. PubMed PMID: 22854910; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3477255.




Cleveland FES Center

Attending Physician, MetroHealth Rehabilitation Institute
MetroHealth Medical Center

Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Case Western Reserve University