Scholar Bios

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Emily J. Fox, PT, DPT, PhD

Research Assistant Professor

Department of Physical Therapy
University of Florida
Clinical Research Scientist, Brooks Rehabilitation
Director, Brooks Motion Analysis Center, Brooks Rehabilitation

Phone: 352-273-6117

Lead Mentor
D. Fuller, PhD

Research Areas

Mechanisms and strategies that advance neuromuscular recovery after spinal cord injury (SCI) and other neurologic conditions


  • 1994 BS, Physical Therapy, University of Florida
  • 2000 MHS, Master of Health Science, Physical Therapy, University of Florida
  • 2005 DPT, Physical Therapy, University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences
  • 2011 PhD, Rehabilitation Sciences, College of Public Health & Health Professions University of Florida
  • 2012 Post doc, Neuromuscular Physiology, University of Florida

Current Research Funding

DOD CDMRP Spinal Cord Injury Clinical Research Program (Fox) 07/2018 - 07/2022: Acute Intermittent Hypoxia and Respiratory Strength Training to Improve Breathing Function After SCI. The purpose is to test the hypothesis that combined therapeutic intermittent hypoxia and respiratory strength training is more effective for improving breathing function in people with chronic spinal cord injuries than either approach alone. 

Craig H. Neilsen Foundation (Fox). 12/2015 - 12/2018: Intramuscular pacing to enhance voluntary diaphragm activation. This study will evaluate the effects of intramuscular diaphragm stimulation (pacing) and test the hypothesis that diaphragm pacing enhances neuromuscular diaphragm activation and respiratory function in adults with cervical spinal cord injuries.  We will test the hypothesis by recording activity of the diaphragm muscle from intramuscular pacing electrodes and assessing respiratory function in adults with cervical SCIs. 

VA RR&D Merit Review 07/2014 - 12/2018: Rehabilitation of Corticospinal Control of Walking Following Stroke. The purpose is to determine functional and mechanistic efficacy of a novel walking intervention that seeks to improve the control of walking in individuals post-stroke.  The intervention uses ‘accurate’ walking tasks to target corticospinal pathway that may be compromised post-stroke and that are required for coordinated walking. Role: Co-Investigator

Recent Publications

Levac D, Pradhan S, Fox E, Espy D, Deutsch J. Usability of the Kinect-ing with Clinicians website: A knowledge translation resource supporting decisions about active video game use in rehabilitation. Games Health J. In review.

Casamento-Moran A, Yacoubi B, Chen YT, Kwon M, Fox EJ, Fleeman R, Christou EA. Neuromuscular Variability and spatial accuracy in children and older adults. J Electromyogr Kinesiol. In press.

Chatterjee SA, Daly JJ, Porges EC, Fox EJ, Rose DK, McGuirk TE, Otzel DM, Butera KA, Clark DJ. Mobility function and recovery after stroke: insights from sympathetic nervous system activity. J Neurol Phys Ther. In press.

Duenas VH, Cousin CA, Parikh A, Freeborn P, Fox EJ, Dixon WE, Motorized and Functional Electrical Stimulation Induced Cycling via Switched Repetitive Learning Control. IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology. Epub ahead of print. 2018 May 2.

Vistamehr A, Balasubramanian CK, Clark DJ, Neptune RR, Fox EJ. Dynamic balance during walking adaptability tasks in individuals post-stroke. J Biomech. Epub ahead of print. 2018 April 24.

Hawkins KA, Fox EJ, Daly JJ, Rose DK, Christou EA, McGuirk TE, Otzel DM, Butera KA, Chatterjee SA, Clark DJ. Prefrontal over-activation during walking in people with mobility deficits: interpretation and functional implications. Hum Mov Sci. 2018 Mar 28:59:46-55.

Clark DJ, Chatterjee SA, McGuirk TE, Porges EC, Fox EJ, Balasubramanian CK. Sympathetic nervous system activity measured by skin conductance quantifies the challenge of walking adaptability tasks after stroke.  Gait and Posture. 2018 Feb; 60:148-153.

Nair J, Streeter KA, Turner SMF, Sunshine MD, Bolser DC, Fox EJ, Davenport PW, Fuller DD. Anatomy and Physiology of Phrenic Afferent Neurons. J Neurophsiol. 2017 Dec 1;118(6);2975-2990.

Fox EJ, Tester NJ, Butera K, Howland DR, Spiess M, Castro-Chapman PL, Behrman AL. Retraining walking adaptability following spinal cord injury: an initial feasibility study. Spinal Cord Series and Cases. 2017 Dec 14:3:17091.

Hawkins KA, Clark DJ, Balasubramanian CK, Fox EJ. Walking on uneven terrain and its implications for people after stroke. NeuroRehabilitation. 2017;41(4):765-744.

Rose DK, DeMark L, Fox EJ, Clark DJ, Wdyluka P. A backward walking training program to improve balance and mobility in acute stroke: A pilot randomized controlled trial. J Neurol Phys Ther. 2018 Jan;42(1);12-21.

Lodha N, Chen YT, Fox EJ, McGuirk T, Kautz SA, Christou EA, Clark DJ. EMG synchrony to assess impaired corticomotor control of locomotion after stroke. J Electromyogr Kinesiol. 2017 Sep 1:37:35-40.

Casamento-Moral A, Hunter SK, Chen YT, Kwon M, Fox EJ, Yacoubi B, Christou EA. Sex differences in spatial accuracy relate to the neural activation of antagonistic muscles in young adults. Exp Brain Res. 2017Aug;235(8):2425-2436.

Butera KA, Fox EJ, George SZ. Towards a transformed understanding: from pain and movement to pain with movement. Phys Ther. 2016 Oct;96(10):1503-1507.

Barmpoutis A, Alzate J, Beekhuizen S, Delgado H, Donaldson P, Hall A, Lago C, Vidal K, Fox EJ. Assessment of haptic interaction for home-based physical tele-therapy using wearable devices and depth sensors.  Stud Health Technol Inform. 2016; 220:33-8.

Gerena R, VanDeventer P, Vistamehr A, Conroy C, Freeborn P, Govin H, Fox E, Aceros J. Wireless instrumented walker for remote rehabilitation monitoring. Proceedings of the IEEE, Applications of Commercial Sensors. 2016.

Foster H, Demark L, Spigel P, Rose DK, Fox EJ. The effects of backward walking training on balance and mobility in a person with chronic incomplete spinal cord injury: A case report. Physiother Theory Pract. 2016. Oct:32(7):536-45.

Complete list of published work in MyBibliography

University of Florida website
University of Souther California website
University of Texas Medical Branch website


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