Rehab and Development

Cognitive and Motor Rehabilitation and Development. Parkinson’s disease has serious impacts on motor and cognitive function, leading to balance instability, isolation and reduced independence and quality of life. This work shows evidence for positive and translatable effects on multiple dimensions of Parkinson’s disease symptom profiles with group exercise and dance training and on specific cognitive symptoms with daily computer-based training. Networks affected by Parkinson’s disease are also implicated in predictive and continuous control of body movement, and rhythm and timing. Rhythmic auditory stimulation is the most clinically effective application of music cognition research to date and has the potential to improve performance and quality of life of many individuals while also contributing to basic research on brain network architecture and dynamics and on neurodegenerative disease. In addition, I extended change point analysis methods, which I learned in Parkinson’s disease rehabilitation and training research, to infant data in order to analyze the developmental trajectory of rhythmic limb and vocal behavior in a typically developing infant.

  1. Nguyen, H.M., Aravindakshan, A., Ross, J.M., & Disbrow, E.A. (2020). Time course of cognitive training in Parkinson disease. NeuroRehabilitation, 46, 311-320.
  2. Ventura, M.I., Barnes, D.E., Ross, J.M., Lanni, K.E., Sigvardt, K.A., & Disbrow, E.A (2016). A pilot study to evaluate multi-dimensional effects of dance for people with Parkinson’s disease. Contemp. Clin. Trials 51, 50-55.
  3. Lanni, K.E., Ross, J.M., Higginson, C.I., Dressler, E.M., Sigvardt, K.A., Zhang, L., Malhado-Chang, N., & Disbrow, E.A. (2014). Perceived and performance-based executive dysfunction in Parkinson’s disease. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology 36:4.
  4. Abney, D.H., Warlaumont, A.S., Haussman, A., Ross, J.M., & Wallot, S. (2014). Using non-linear methods to quantify changes in infant limb movements and vocalizations. Front. Psychol. 5:771.