Scholar Bios

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Kristan Leech PhD, DPT, PT

Assistant Research Professor

Division of Biokinesiology & Physical Therapy
University of Southern California

Phone: 323-442-1583

Lead Mentor
J. Gordon

Research Areas

Motor learning and rehabilitation of walking in individuals with central nervous system damage and disease


  • 2007 BS Physiology, University of Arizona
  • 2010 DPT University of Illinois at Chicago
  • 2015 PhD Neuroscience, Northwestern University

Current Research Funding

NIH/NICHD K12 HD055929, PI K. Ottenbacher 2018 - Present: Rehabilitation Research Career Development Program K12 Scholar

NIH Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child and Human Development Loan Repayment Program, Clinical Research, Initial Contract, PI K Leech 2018 - 2020

Recent Publications

Rossi C, Chau CW, Leech KA,Statton MA, Bastian AJ. The capacity to learn new motor and perceptual calibrations develops concurrently in childhood. Sci Rep. 2019 June 27. PubMed PMID: 31249379

Roemmich RT,Leech KA,Gonzalez AJ, and Bastian AJ. Trading symmetry for energy cost during walking. Neurorehabil Neural Repair. 2019 June 18. PubMed PMID: 31208276

Leech KAand Holleran CL. Commentary on "Practice Structure and LocomotorLearning After Stroke". J Neurol Phys Ther. 2019 Apr;43(2):94-95.

Leech KA, Day KA, Roemmich RT, and Bastian AJ. Movement and perception recalibrate differently across multiple days of locomotor learning. J Neurophysiol.2018 Sep 5.

Leech KA and Roemmich RT. Independent voluntary correction and savings in locomotor learning. J Exp Biol. 2018 Jun 14.

Day KA, Leech KA, Roemmich RT, and Bastian AJ. Accelerating locomotor savings in learning: compressing four training days to one. J Neurophysiol. 2018 Mar 14.

Leech KA, Roemmich RT, and Bastian AJ. Creating flexible motor memories in human walking. Sci Rep. 2018 Jan 8.

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