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Erin Vasudevan

Faculty Profile - Vasudevan
Assistant Professor
PhD, University of Alberta, Canada

Office: 535 Life Sciences Bldg
Phone: (631) 638-6103

Curriculum vitae
Research interests: Motor learning, gait rehabilitation, motor development, stroke, traumatic brain injury



Dr. Erin Vasudevan is a neuroscientist who studies how the brain and spinal cord control walking. Walking is often taken for granted by people without motor disabilities. However, efficient and safe walking around the real world is quite complex. It requires one to navigate obstacles (e.g., stepping on a curb), pay attention to approaching objects (e.g., cars), adjust to changes in the terrain (e.g., a slippery floor), and adjust to changes in one's own body (e.g., after injury). Dr. Vasudevan’s research goal is to study how people without neurological damage successfully navigate real-world environments and how they adjust to changes in these environments. She also studies how neurological damage such as stroke or brain injury affects the ability to walk. She works with clinicians and engineers to develop gait retraining techniques and devices to improve rehabilitation outcomes.

Educational Background

BSc (Hon), Physiology, University of Alberta, Canada
PhD, Neuroscience, University of Alberta, Canada
Postdoctoral Fellow, Neuroscience, The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD

Funded Grant Activity

S-BOLD (Stony Brook Online Learning Development Award)
Development of Online BIO 203 – Foundations of Biology: Cellular and Organ Physiology
Our principle objective is to provide a flexible and effective mechanism to address increasing enrollment pressures, eliminate unmet demand for BIO 203, and facilitate progress through the introductory biology curriculum. 
Role: Co-Principal Investigator

Improving Paretic Leg Walking Propulsion Post-Stroke with a Mechanical Device, R03 HD092822
Our objective is to evaluate a low-cost, easy-to-use device for hemiparetic gait rehabilitation following stroke. The Gait Propulsion Trainer (GPT) targets an underlying cause of hemiparetic gait by selectively forcing the weaker leg to work harder to propel the body forward during walking. This project represents a first step toward our ultimate goal of developing novel approaches to gait rehabilitation that can be used by a large segment of the stroke population, particularly those currently underserved by rehabilitation services.
Role: Co-Principal Investigator

American Heart Association Scientist Development Grant, 12SDG12200001
Optimizing Locomotor Adaptation for Rehabilitation Post-Stroke
The projects in this grant test several methods which we hypothesize will improve the retention and generalization of learned gait patterns in people who have had a stroke.
Role:   Principal Investigator

Pennsylvania Department of Health
Home Based Mirror Therapy for Lower-Limb Rehabilitation Post-Stroke
Mirror therapy (MT) is a relatively new therapeutic intervention that has been shown to improve the range of motion, speed, and accuracy of hemiparetic upper limb movements. MT uses a mirror to create an illusion where movements of the unimpaired limb appear as if they are being made by the impaired limb. This study investigated whether a home-based form of MT is an effective treatment for lower limb hemiparesis.
Role:  Principal Investigator


  • Selected Publications

    Almajid R, Tucker C, Wright WG, Vasudevan E, Keshner E. Visual dependence affects the motor behavior or older adults during the Timed Up and G. (TUG) test. Arch Gerontoloyg Geriatrics 87, 104004.

    Morris IB, Vasudevan E, Schedel M, Weymouth D, Loomis J, Pinkhasov T, Muraori L. Muric to one’s ears: familiarity and music engagement in people with Parkinson’s disease. Fronteirs in Neuroscience 13: 661.

    Hamzey RJ, Kirk EM, Vasudevan EV. Gait speed influences aftereffect size following locomotor adaptation, but only in certain environments. Exp Brain Res. 2016 Jan 20;PubMed PMID: 26790424.

    Vasudevan EV, Patrick SK, Yang JF. Gait Transitions in Human Infants: Coping with Extremes of Treadmill Speed. PLoS One. 2016;11(2):e0148124. PubMed PMID: 26828941.

    Vasudevan EV, Glass RN, Packel AT. Effects of traumatic brain injury on locomotor adaptation. J Neurol Phys Ther. 2014 Jul;38(3):172-82. PubMed PMID: 24892766.

    Vasudevan EV, Kirk EM. Improving interlimb coordination following stroke: how can we change how people walk (and why should we)?. In W. Jenson, O. Andersen, M. Akay (Eds.) Replace, Repair, Restore, Relieve – Bridging Clinical and Engineering Solutions in Neurorehabilitation. 2014. Springer International Press. Pg 195-202.

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