Laura McPherson

Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy, Assistant Professor of Neurology

    • 210 Citations

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    The central theme of my research program is to study the ways in which neurologic dysfunction alters voluntary motor commands. In my lab, we use person-specific and group analyses to determine how pathologic motor commands correspond with movement impairments. We do this using neural and biomechanical measures of motor output as well as the development of technologies that will enable the neurorehabilitation field to address scientific questions that were previously intractable due to methodological and computational barriers. We use our results to inform the development of rehabilitation interventions that are rooted in nervous system neuropathophysiology.

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    • 210 Citations
    • 10 Article
    • 4 Conference contribution

    Impact of parameter selection on estimates of motoneuron excitability using paired motor unit analysis

    Hassan, A., Thompson, C. K., Negro, F., Cummings, M., Powers, R. K., Heckman, C. J., Dewald, J. P. A. & McPherson, L. M., Jan 1 2020, In : Journal of Neural Engineering. 17, 1, 016063.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 2 Scopus citations

    Motor Unit Discharge Variability Is Increased in Mild-To-Moderate Parkinson's Disease

    Wilson, J. M., Thompson, C. K., McPherson, L. M., Zadikoff, C., Heckman, C. J. & MacKinnon, C. D., May 29 2020, In : Frontiers in Neurology. 11, 477.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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  • 3 Scopus citations

    Exogenous neuromodulation of spinal neurons induces beta-band coherence during self-sustained discharge of hind limb motor unit populations

    Thompson, C. K., Johnson, M. D., Negro, F., McPherson, L. M., Farina, D. & Heckman, C. J., 2019, In : Journal of Applied Physiology. 127, 4, p. 1034-1041 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Properties of Motor Units of Elbow and Ankle Muscles Decomposed Using High-Density Surface EMG

    Hassan, A. S., Kim, E. H., Khurram, O. U., Cummings, M., Thompson, C. K., Miller McPherson, L., Heckman, C. J., Dewald, J. P. A. & Negro, F., Jul 2019, 2019 41st Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2019. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., p. 3874-3878 5 p. 8857475. (Proceedings of the Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBS).

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  • 2 Scopus citations