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Emily J. Fox, PT, DPT, PhD

Research Assistant Professor

Department of Physical Therapy
University of Florida


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


Research Funding

Grant# K12 HD055929 (Ottenbacher) 09/25/2007 - 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 (2014-present)

Craig H. Neilsen Foundation (Fox) 12/30/2015 - 12/30/2017 Intramuscular pacing to enhance voluntary diaphragm activation Goal: Test the hypothesis that diaphragm pacing enhances neuromuscular diaphragm activation and respiratory function in adults with cervical spinal cord injuries. Role: Principal Investigator

VA RR&D Merit Review (Clark) 07/2014 - 07/2018 Rehabilitation of Corticospinal Control of Walking Following Stroke Goal: To determine functional and mechanistic efficacy of a novel walking intervention that seeks to improve the control of walking in individuals post-stroke. Role: Co-Investigator

Completed (past 3 years)
UF Informatics Institute Seed Fund Program 09/2014 - 09/2016 A Novel Framework for Physical Tele-Therapy using Infrared Depth Sensors and Haptic Feedback Goal: To develop and quantitatively assess a novel framework for physical tele-therapy using infrared depthsensing and haptic feedback technologies. Role: Co-Principal Investigator

Brooks Rehabilitation Collaborative Research Grant (Balasubramanian) 09/2014 - 07/2016 Development of a Clinical Assessment Tool for the Measurement of Walking Adaptability Post-Stroke Goal: To conduct a pilot study directed at our long-term objective of developing a clinical assessment tool for walking adaptability post-stroke, using item response theory based computer adaptive testing. Role: Co-Investigator

Department of Defense, FL Trauma Center 08/2012 - 03/2015 Adaptive walking responses critical for effective community ambulation post-incomplete spinal cord injury Goal: To generate preliminary data 1) using an adaptive locomotor training approach; and 2) to establish assessment techniques to identify the functional integrity of long tracts associated with adaptive walking recovery. Role: Co-Principal Investigator

University of Florida Clinical Translational Science Institute 08/2012 - 08/2014 Exciting kids to walk: Game technology to enhance sensory input and promote walking recovery Goal: Develop a video game prototype that will be based on scientific principles of walking control in order to engage children and improve walking rehabilitation. Role: Principal Investigator

Publications (past 5 years)

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.

Moon H, Kim C, Kwon M, Chen YT, Fox EJ, Christou EA. High-gain visual feedback exacerbates ankle movement variability in children. Exp Brain Res. 2015; 233(5):1597-1606.

Levac D, Espy D, Fox E, Pradhan S, Deutsch J. 'Kinecting' with clinicians: A knowledge translation resource to support decision-making about video game use in rehabilitation. Phys Ther. 2015 Mar;95(3):426-40. PMCID: PMC4348717

Barmpoutis A, Fox EJ, Elsner I, Flynn S. Augmented-reality environment for locomotor training in children with neurological injuries. Lect Notes Comput Sc. 2014: 108-117.

Balasubramanian CK, Clark DJ, Fox EJ. Walking adaptability after a stroke and its assessment in clinical settings. Stroke Res Treat. 2014:5910-13. PMCID: PMC4164852

Fox EJ, Moon H, Kwon M, Chen YT, Christou EA. Neuromuscular control of goal-directed ankle movements differs in healthy children and adults. Eur J Appl Physiol. 2014 Sep;114(9):1889-99

Chen YT, Kwon M, Fox EJ, Christou. Altered activation of the antagonist muscle during practice compromises motor learning in older adults. J Neurophysiol. 2014 Aug 15;112(4):1010-9. PMCID: PMC4122737

Kwon M, Chen YT, Fox EJ, Christou EA. Aging and limb alter the neural control of goal-directed movements. Exp Brain Res. 2014 Jun:232(6):1759-71.

Fox EJ, Tester NJ, Kautz SA, Howland DR, Clark DJ, Garvan C, Behrman AL. Modular control of varied locomotor tasks in children with incomplete spinal cord injuries. J Neurophysiol. 2013;110(6):1415-25. PMCID: PMC3763159

Fox EJ, Baweja HS, Kim C, Kennedy DM, Vaillancourt DE, Christou EA. Modulation of force within 0-1 Hz: Age-associated differences and the effect of magnified visual feedback. Plos ONE. 2013;8(2). PMCID: PMC3569433

Chen YT, Neto OP, Miranda Marzullo AC, Kennedy DM, Fox EJ, Christou EA. Age-associated impairment in endpoint accuracy of goal-directed contractions performed with two fingers is due to altered activation of the synergistic muscles. Exp Gerontology. 2012 July;47(7):519-26.

Complete list of published work in MyBibliography

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