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Barbara Sargent, PhD, PT

Assistant Professor of clinical physical therapy

Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy
University of Southern California

Phone: (323) 442-4823

Lead Mentor
C. Winstein, PhD, PT, FAPTA

Research Areas

Motor development, motor learning, and the rehabilitation of infants and children with movement dysfunction


  • 1989 BS, Physical Therapy, Mount St. Mary's College, CA
  • 1994 MS, Education, California State University, Fullerton, CA
  • 2013 PhD, Biokinesiology, University of Southern California, CA

Current Research Funding

K12 HD055929 (Ottenbacher) 09/25/07-8/31/22 National Institutes of Health Rehabilitation Research Career Development Program. The goal of this program is to prepare Scholars, trained Physical Therapists and Occupational Therapists, to initiate successful and independent careers as rehabilitation researchers. Role: Scholar (9/1/16-present)

Recent Publications

Sargent B, Kubo M, Fetters L. Infant discovery learning and lower extremity coordination: influence of prematurity. Phys Occup Ther Pediatr. 2018; 38(2):210-225. 

Duff S, Sargent B, Kutch J, Berggren J, Leiby B, Fetters L. Using contingent reinforcement to augment muscle activation after perinatal brachial plexus injury: a pilot study. Phys Occup Ther Pediatr. 2017; 7(5), 555-565.

Sargent B, Reimann H, Kubo M, Fetters L. Infant intralimb coordination and torque production: influence of prematurity. Infant Behav Dev. 2017;49:129-140. 

Mendonca B, Sargent B, Fetters L.  The cross-cultural validity of standardized motor development screening and assessment tools: a systematic review. Dev Med Child Neurol. 2016;58(12): 1213-1222.

Sargent B, Scholz J, Reimann H, Kubo M, Fetters L. Development of infant leg coordination: exploiting passive torques. Infant Behav Dev. 2015;40:108-121.

Sargent B, Schweighofer N, Kubo M, Fetters L.  Infant exploratory learning: influence on leg joint coordination. PLOS ONE. 2014;9(3):e91500.

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