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Dorian K. Rose, PT, PhD

Research Assistant Professor

Department of Physical Therapy
University of Florida

Research Health Scientist

Brain Rehabilitation Research Center
Malcom Randall VA Medical Center


Phone: (352) 273-8307

Lead Mentor

C. Patten, PhD, PT

Research Areas

Mobility, fall prevention and cardiovascular health post-stroke; motor control and brainbehavior relationships in health and following neurologic injury

  • 1985 Daemen College, Buffalo NY Physical Therapy BS
  • 1993 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Human Movement Science MS
  • 2004 University of Southern California Biokinesiology PhD


Research Funding

Grant# 15MCPRP25670037 (Rose) 07/01/15 - 06/30/17 American Heart Association A Novel Strategy to Improve Gait and Falls Self-Efficacy Post-Stroke Goal: The purpose of this study is to compare the efficacy of two rehabilitation approaches on gait speed: a novel, experimental intervention that uses backward walking as the primary training modality and a standard of care comparison intervention of forward walking. Role: Principal Investigator

Grant# N2051-P (Rose) 04/01/16 - 03/31/18 VA RR&D Biofeedback to Increase Propulsion during Walking after Stroke Goal: The purpose of this study is to test the hypothesis that biofeedback as an adjuvant to therapists' verbal feedback will improve propulsion and enhance walking function post-stroke. Role: Principal Investigator

Grant# N2004-R (Rose) 06/01/16 - 05/31/20 VA RR&D A Novel Strategy to Decrease Fall Incidence Post-Stroke Goal: The purpose of this study is to test a novel gait training strategy, backward walking, to improve gait speed, improve balance and decrease fall incidence post-stroke. Role: Principal Investigator

Grant# B1149R (Clark) 06/1/14-05/31/19 VA RR&D Rehabilitation of Corticospinal Control of Walking after Stroke: The ABCs of Walking Goal: The purpose of this clinical trial is to determine changes in the cortical control of walking following a gait training intervention Role: Co-Investigator

Grant# B9252-C (Daly) 07/2014-06/2019 VA RR&D Brain Rehabilitation Research Center of Excellence Role: Co-Investigator and Locomotor Initiative Co-Coordinator

Grant# B6862W (Rose) 02/1/10-09/30/15 VA RR&D Combining Neural and Behavioral Therapies to Enhance Stroke Recovery Goal: To determine the short-term and retention effects of excitatory rTMS to the ipsilesional hemisphere combined with functional task practice on paretic UE function in individual with chronic stroke. Role: Principal Investigator

Grant# 0214BRRC-13 (Rose) 03/1/14-09/30/15 VA Brain Rehabilitation Research Center Developing the use of skin conductance as an objective physiological indicator of locomotor recovery after stroke Goal: To acquire preliminary data on the use of skin conductance to gauge physiological self-efficacy after stroke Role: Co-Principal Investigator

Grant# N/A (Rose) 12/1/12-02/28/14 Brooks Rehabilitation Collaborative Grant A Backward Walking Training Program to Improve Balance and Reduce Falls in Acute Stroke: A Feasibility Study Goal: To examine the effects of the addition of a backward walking program to the standard physical therapy program on subsequent gait speed, balance and fall incidence in the 1st three months post-stroke. Role: Principal Investigator

Recent Publications

Hershberg JA, Rose DK, Tilson JK, Brutsch BM, Correa AC, Gallichio J, McLeod MA, Moore CA, Wu SS Duncan PW, Behrman AL for the LEAPS Investigative Team. Interface of clinical decision-making with study protocols for knowledge translation of a walking recovery trial. Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy. In Press, 2017.

Fox EJ, Foster HE, DeMark L, Spigel PM, Rose DK. The effects of backward walking training on balance and mobility in a person with chronic incomplete spinal cord injury: A case report. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice. 2016.Oct;32(7), 536-45.

Nadeau S, Rose DK, Dobkin BH, Wu SS, Schofield R, Dai Y, Duncan PW. Likelihood of Myocardial Infarction during Stroke Rehabilitation Preceded by Cardiovascular Screening and an Exercise Tolerance Test: The LEAPS Experience. International Journal of Stroke. 2014. 9(8), 1097-1104. PMCID: PMC4227923

Clark DJ, Rose DK, Ring SA, Porges EC. Utilization of central nervous system resources for preparation and performance of complex walking tasks in older adults. Front. Aging Neurosci. 2014. 6, 217. PMCID: PMC4142860

Rose DK, Patten C McGuirk T, Lu X, Triggs WJ. Does Inhibitory Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Augment Functional Task Practice to Improve Arm Recovery in Chronic Stroke? Stroke Treatment and Research. 2014;2014:305236. PMCID: PMC4147256

Rose DK, Being Deliberate in Post-Acute Stroke: Strategies to Redeem the Time. Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation. 2014.21(4), 281-289.

Dobkin BH, Nadeau S, Wu SS, Rose DK, Bowden MA, Studenski S, Lu X, Duncan PW. Prediction of responders to the interventions of the Locomotor Experience Applied Post-Stroke Clinical Trial. Journal of Rehabilitation and Development. 2014. 51(1), 39-50. PMCID: PMC4374620

Rose DK, Winstein CJ. Temporal Assimilation is More Robust than Spatial Assimilation: An Investigation of Interlimb Coordination after Stroke. Journal of Motor Behavior 2013; 45(4), 313-324.

Rose DK, Schafer J, Conroy C. Extending the Continuum of Care Post-Stroke: Creating a Partnership to Provide a Community-Based Wellness Program. Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy. 2013.37(2), 78- 84.

Sullivan J, Pinto-Zipp G, Crowner B, Kluding P, Nichols D, Rose DK, Yoshida R. Outcome Measures for Individuals with Stroke: Recommendations from the Neurology Section Task Force. Physical Therapy.2013 Oct;93(10), 1383-96.

Rose DK, Behrman AL, Nadeau S, Martin AD, Schofield R, Tilson JK, Wu SS, Cen S, Lu X, Azen S, Duncan PW. Does Exercise Tolerance Testing at 60 days Post-Stroke Predict Rehabilitation Performance? Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2013 Jul;94(7) ,1223-9.

Nadeau S, Wu SS, Dobkin BA, Rose DK, Tilson JK, Azen S, Duncan PW. Effects of task-specific and impairment-based training compared to usual care on functional walking ability after inpatient stroke rehabilitation: LEAPS trial. Neurorehabilitation Neural Repair. 2013 May;27(4), 370-80.

Rose DK. Invited Discussant for podcast on: Nijland RH, van Wegen EE, Harmerling-van der Wel BC, Kwakkel G. Accuracy of Physical Therapists' Early Predictions Upper-Limb Function in Hospital Stroke Units: the EPOS Study. Physical Therapy. 2013. 93, 460-469.

Behrman AL, Bowden MG, Rose DK. Clinical trials in neurorehabilitation. In Goode D and Barnes M eds. Handbook of Clinical Neurology, Vol. 110, 61-66. Elsevier; 2013.

Chumbler NR, Quigley P, Li X, Morey MC, Rose DK, Sanford J, Griffiths P, Hoenig H. Effects of Telerehabilitation of Physical Function and Disability for Stroke Patients: A Randomized, Controlled Trial. Stroke. 2012 Aug;43(8), 2168-74.

Tilson JK, Wu SS, Cen SY,Feng Q, Rose DK, Behrman AL, Azen S, Duncan PW, for the LEAPS Investigative Team. Characterizing and Identifying Risk for Falls in the LEAPS Study: A Randomized Clinical Trial of Interventions to Improve Walking Post-Stroke. Stroke, 43, 446-52, 2012. PMCID: PMC3265675

Duncan PW, Sullivan KJ, Behrman AL, Azen SP, Wu SS, Nadeau SE, Dobkin BH, Rose DK, Tilson JK, Cen SY, and Hayden SK, for the LEAPS Investigative Team. Body-Weight - Supported Treadmill Rehabilitation after Stroke. New England Journal of Medicine, 364(21), 2026-2036, 2011. PMCID: PMC3175688

Sullivan KJ, Tilson JK, Cen SY, Rose DK, Hershberg J, Correa A, Gallichio J, McLeod M, Moore C, Wu SS, Duncan PW. Fugl-Meyer Assessment of Post-Stroke Sensorimotor Function: Standardized Training Procedure for Clinical Practice and Clinical Trials. Stroke. 42, 427-32, 2011.

Rose DK, Paris T, Crews E, Wu S, Aqui S, Behrman AL, Duncan PW. Feasibility and Effectiveness of Circuit Training in Acute Stroke Rehabilitation. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair 25, 140-148, 2011.

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