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Barbara Sargent, PhD, PT, PCS

Assistant Professor

Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy
University of Southern California

 
Contact

Phone: (323) 442-4823
Email: bsargent@usc.edu

Lead Mentor

C. Winstein, PhD, PT, FAPTA

Research Areas

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

Education
  • 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

Research Funding

Current
K12 HD055929 (Ottenbacher) 09/01/16-08/31/17 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)

APTA Section on Pediatrics Grant Award 01/01/16-12/31/17 Effects of an in-home motor learning program on the leg coordination of infants at high risk for cerebral palsy. Goal: Determine if infants at high risk for cerebral palsy will generate more mature leg coordination patterns when participating in an in-home motor learning intervention 8 minutes/day, 5 days/week for 6 weeks. Role: PI

Completed (past 3 years)
Mentored Research Career Development Award MCDTR000131 07/01/15-6/30/16 Goal: Recruit and train medical professionals in clinical translational research to prepare them for successful independent research careers. Role: Scholar

APTA Section on Pediatrics Grant Award (Duff) 12/01/13-11/31/14 Augmenting muscle activation and function following perinatal brachial plexus injury Goal: Examine whether infants with brachial plexus injury can learn the contingency between biceps brachii muscle activation, as measured with surface electromyography, and visual-auditory feedback. Role: Co-Investigator

SC CTSI Grant 8UL1TR000130 03/15/14-06/30/15 Development and validity of an in-home infant Kicking Activated Mobile Goal: Develop an in-home infant Kicking Activated Mobile (iKAM) system which both activates an infant mobile based on an infant's leg actions and captures the leg movements so that the infant's leg coordination patterns can be analyzed to determine if there has been a change in leg coordination when interacting with the mobile. This is a collaborative effort with the Institute for Creative Technologies at USC. Role: PI

Zumberge Fund Individual Grant Program 07/1/14-06/30/15 Development and validity of an in-home infant Kicking Activated Mobile Goal: Further develop and validate the in-home Kicking Activated Mobile (iKAM) system, including validation of the hip-knee coordination patterns obtained from the in-home iKAM using Microsoft Kinect with the lab-based iKAM using the Optotrak Motion Capture system, and assess the feasibility of the iKAM system for the home setting. Role: PI

Publications (past 5 years)

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, Reimann H, Kubo M, Fetters L. Quantifying learning in young infants: tracking leg actions during a discovery-learning task. J Vis Exp. 2015;100, e52841.

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

Lee A, Parmanto B, Saptono A, Pulantara W, Sargent B, Figueroa J. The VISYTER telerehabilitation system for globalizing physical therapy consultation: issues and challenges for telehealth implementation. J Phys Ther Educ. 2012;26:90-96.

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