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J. Addie Middleton, PhD, DPT

Assistant Professor

Medical University of South Carolina


Phone: 843-792-0235

Lead Mentors

K. Ottenbacher, PhD, OTR

Research Areas

Rehabilitation outcomes

  • 2003 BA, Economics, University of North Carolina
  • 2007 DPT, Physical Therapy, University of South Carolina
  • 2015 PhD, Exercise Science, University of South Carolina


Research Funding

Grant# K12 HD055929 (Ottenbacher) 09/25/07 - 08/31/17 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 (2016-present)

Completed (past 3 years)
Grant# 90AR5009 (Ottenbacher) 10/01/11 - 09/30/16 National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research Interdisciplinary Rehabilitation Research Training Program Goal: Provide support for three postdoctoral fellows conducting rehabilitation research. Role: Postdoctoral Fellow (2015-16)

Publications (past 5 years)

Middleton A, Graham JE, Lin YL, Goodwin JS, Bettger JP, Deutsch A, Ottenbacher KJ. Motor and Cognitive Functional Status Are Associated with 30-day Unplanned Rehospitalization Following Post-Acute Care in Medicare Fee-for-Service Beneficiaries. J Gen Intern Med. 2016 Dec;31(12):1427-1434.

DiPiro ND, Embry AE, Fritz SL, Middleton A, Krause JS, Gregory CM. Effects of aerobic exercise training on fitness and walking-related outcomes in ambulatory individuals with chronic incomplete spinal cord injury. Spinal cord. 2016; 54(9):675-81. PMCID: PMC4909592

Middleton A, Fulk GD, Herter TM, Beets MW, Donley J, Fritz SL. Self-Selected and Maximal Walking Speeds Provide Greater Insight Into Fall Status Than Walking Speed Reserve Among Community-Dwelling Older Adults. American journal of physical medicine & rehabilitation. 2016; 95(7):475-82. PMCID: PMC4912425

Middleton A, Graham JE, Krishnan S, Ottenbacher KJ. Program Interruptions and Short-Stay Transfers Represent Potential Targets for Inpatient Rehabilitation Care-Improvement Efforts. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2016 Nov;95(11):850-861. PMCID: PMC5074848.

Middleton A, Fulk GD, Beets MW, Herter TM, Fritz SL. Self-Selected Walking Speed is Predictive of Daily Ambulatory Activity in Older Adults. Journal of aging and physical activity. 2016; 24(2):214-22. PMCID: PMC4792803

Middleton A, Braun CH, Lewek MD, Fritz SL. Balance impairment limits ability to increase walking speed in individuals with chronic stroke. Disability and rehabilitation. 2016; :1-6. PMCID: PMC5021555

Liuzzo DM, Peters DM, Middleton A, Lanier W, Chain R, Barksdale B, Fritz SL. Measurements of weight bearing asymmetry using the Nintendo Wii balance board are not reliable for older adults and individuals with stroke. Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy. In press, June 2015.

Middleton A, Fritz SL, Lusardi MM. Walking speed: The functional vital sign. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity. 2015; 23(2), 314-22

Middleton A, Merlo-Rains A, Peters DM, Greene JV, Blanck EL, Moran R, Fritz SL. Body weight-supported treadmill training is no better than overground training for individuals with chronic stroke: a randomized controlled trial. Topics in stroke rehabilitation. 2014; 21(6):462-76. PMCID: PMC4255918

Peters DM, Jain S, Liuzzo DM, Middleton A, Greene J, Blanck E, Sun S, Raman R, Fritz SL. Individuals with chronic traumatic brain injury improve walking speed and mobility with intensive mobility training. Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation. 2014; 95(8):1454-60. PMCID: PMC4261617

Peters DM, Middleton A, Donley JW, Blanck EL, Fritz SL. Concurrent validity of walking speed values calculated via the GAITRite electronic walkway and 3 meter walk test in the chronic stroke population. Physiotherapy theory and practice. 2014; 30(3):183-8. PMCID: PMC4251769

Middleton A, Fritz SL, Liuzzo DM, Newman-Norlund R, Herter TM. Using clinical and robotic assessment tools to examine the feasibility of pairing tDCS with upper extremity physical therapy in patients with stroke and TBI: a consideration-of-concept pilot study. NeuroRehabilitation. 2014; 35(4):741-54. PMCID: PMC4268358

Complete list of published work in MyBibliography

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