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Arnold School of Public Health


Personnel

 

INVESTIGATORS
   
Dr. Stacy Fritz

Dr. Stacy Fritz, PhD, PT

After receiving my Master of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Kentucky, I worked as a physical therapist in a variety of health-care settings. Through my diverse experiences, I became acutely aware of the need for research to support physical therapy interventions and decided to pursue a doctoral degree in Rehabilitation Science at the University of Florida.  I am currently an Associate Professor and Director of the Physical Therapy program at the University of South Carolina.  My research focuses are: 1) rehabilitation of individuals with chronic neurological insult, 2) exercise for individuals with chronic disability, and 3) walking speed as a vital sign of function.


Dr. Troy Herter

Dr. Troy Herter, PhD

I obtained my Ph.D. in Neurological Sciences from McGill University, where I used eye-tracking technology to study visual processing and control of eye movements. I then completed post-doctoral studies at Queen’s University, where I used robotic technology to examine the sensorimotor control of arm movements and to assess sensorimotor deficits resulting from stroke and traumatic brain injury. As an Assistant Professor at the University of South Carolina, my research focuses on using robotic and eye-tracking technology to: 1) understand mechanisms of eye-hand coordination, 2) assess outcomes of rehabilitation interventions, and 3) examine patterns of recovery following concussion.


Dr. Jill Campbell Stewart

Dr. Jill Stewart Campbell, PT, PhD

I earned my entry-level physical therapy degree at the University of Evansville and a post-professional Master’s degree in neurologic physical therapy at the University of Indianapolis.  I practiced in a variety of clinical settings for 8 years before completing a PhD in Biokinesiology at the University of Southern California and a postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of California, Irvine.  I am currently an Assistant Professor in the Program in Physical Therapy at the University of South Carolina where my research focuses on the control and learning of skilled movement within the context of neurologic rehabilitation.  My current research uses detailed measures of both brain and behavior to examine: 1) the role of motor planning in skilled upper extremity actions after stroke; 2) optimal practice conditions to maximize motor learning after stroke; 3) the effect of side of brain damage on motor recovery after stroke.