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Barbara Doucet, PhD, OTR/L

Assistant Professor

Department of Occupational Therapy
Louisiana State University Health Science Center

Lead Mentor

K. Ottenbacher, PhD, OTR

Research Areas

Rehabilitative methods and modalities that facilitate recovery of motor control following neurological insult or consequences of aging

  • 1984 Louisiana State University Health Science Center New Orleans, LA Occupational Therapy BS
  • 1996 Louisiana State University Health Science Center New Orleans, LA Allied Health Education MHS
  • 2007 University of Texas at Austin Kinesiology PhD


Research Funding

H133F120032 10/01/12-09/30/13 National Institute of Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) Mary Switzer Individual Research Fellowship Improving Functional Participation in Persons with Chronic Stroke Role: PI

K12-HD055929 (Ottenbacher) 09/25/07-08/31/2017 National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research (NICHD), NIH Rehabilitation Research Career Development Program Goal: Recruit and train physical and occupational therapy faculty scholars in rehabilitation research to prepare them for successful independent research careers. Role: Scholar (2008-2013)

Publications (past 5 years)

Doucet BM, Mettler JA, Griffin L, Spirduso W. Force Irregularity Following Maximal Effort: The After-Peak Reduction. Percept Mot Skills. 2016 Aug;123(1):244-57.

Bennett SM, Mettler JA, Magee DM, Williams JS, Doucet BM. Effect of Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation on Anabolic Signaling in Skeletal Muscle of Stroke Survivors: 2098 Board #250 June 2, 2: 00 PM - 3: 30 PM. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2016 May;48(5 Suppl 1):590.

Doucet BM, Woodson A, Watford M. Moving toward 2017: progress in rehabilitation intervention effectiveness research. Am J Occup Ther. 2014 Jul-Aug;68(4):e124-48. Doucet BM. Quantifying function: status critical. Am J Occup Ther. 2014 Mar-Apr;68(2):123-6.

Sheffield-Moore M, Wiktorowicz JE, Soman KV, Danesi CP, Kinsky MP, Dillon EL, Randolph KM, Casperson SL, Gore DC, Horstman AM, Lynch JP, Doucet BM, Mettler JA, Ryder JW, Ploutz-Snyder LL, Hsu JW, Jahoor F, Jennings K, White GR, McCammon SD, Durham WJ. Sildenafil increases muscle protein synthesis and reduces muscle fatigue. Clin Transl Sci. 2013 Dec;6(6):463-8. doi: 10.1111/cts.12121. PubMed PMID: 24330691; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4076819.

Doucet BM. Five years later: achieving professional effectiveness to move neurorehabilitation forward. Am J Occup Ther. 2013 Sep-Oct;67(5):e106-19.

Doucet BM, Griffin L. High-versus low-frequency stimulation effects on fine motor control in chronic hemiplegia: a pilot study. Top Stroke Rehabil. 2013 Jul-Aug;20(4):299-307. PMCID: PMC4167381.

Doucet BM, Gutman SA. Quantifying function: the rest of the measurement story. Am J Occup Ther. 2013 Jan- Feb;67(1):7-9. PMCID: PMC3722663.

Doucet BM, Seale J. The free post-stroke clinic: a successful teaching and learning model. J Allied Health. 2012 Winter;41(4):162-9.

Doucet BM, Mettler JA. Effects of a dynamic progressive orthotic intervention for chronic hemiplegia: a case series. J Hand Ther. 2013 Apr-Jun;26(2):139-46; quiz 147. PMCID: PMC4163551.

Doucet BM. Neurorehabilitation: are we doing all that we can? Am J Occup Ther. 2012 Jul-Aug;66(4):488-93. PMCID: PMC3552324.

Doucet BM, Lam A, Griffin L. Neuromuscular electrical stimulation for skeletal muscle function. Yale J Biol Med. 2012 Jun;85(2):201-15. Review. PMCID: PMC3375668.

Doucet BM, Griffin L. Variable stimulation patterns in younger and older thenar muscle. J Electromyogr Kinesiol. 2012 Apr;22(2):215-22.

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