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Beth Smith, DPT, PhD, PT

Assistant Professor of Research

Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy
University of Southern California

Contact

Phone: (323) 442-4072
Email: beth.smith@usc.edu

Lead Mentor

C. Winstein, PhD, PT, FAPTA

Research Areas

Understanding the relationship between infant movement, underlying neural control, and functional movement outcomes

Education
  • 2000 University of Michigan, Anthropology-Zoology, BS
  • 2003 Boston University, Physical Therapy, MSPT, MA
  • 2005 Boston University, Physical Therapy, DPT, MA
  • 2009 University of Michigan, Kinesiology, PhD

Research Funding

Current
Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy of the APTA, Research Grant 2 (PI-Smith) 11/01/16-10/31/17 Variability in leg movement behavior across 7 days in infants at risk for developmental delay. This grant compares variability day to day and weekday to weekend across 7 days of consecutive infant leg movement behavior in infants at risk for developmental delay. Role: PI

Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy of the APTA, Planning Grant (PI-Smith) 12/01/16-5/31/18 Toward a multi-site, progressively-phased intervention for infants and toddlers at risk for cerebral palsy. This grant will allow Dr. Smith (lead PI) and her co-PI's Dr. Thubi Kolobe and Dr. Laura Prosser to plan for a multisite NIH R01 submission. Role: Lead PI

USC Undergraduate Research Associates Program (PI- Smith) 07/01/16-06/30/17 Wearable sensors for full-day infant arm movement assessment. This grant provides a stipend for an undergraduate student to engage in research under my mentorship over the summer of 2016. Role: PI

Completed
Section on Pediatrics of the APTA, Research Grant 2 (PI-Looper) 12/1/14-11/30/16 The immediate and full day effects of a supine kicking intervention on infants with Down syndrome. This grant test the effects of an intervention to promote kicking on immediate and full-day kicking rates in 3-5- month-old infants with Down syndrome. Role: Co-I

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Grand Challenges Explorations (PI- Smith) 11/01/14-10/31/16 Infant movement analysis for atypical brain development. This grant relates full-day arm movement experience (quantity, type and quality of movement) to the development of infant brain function (using electroencephalography) and arm reaching skills (using wearable sensors). Role: PI.

K12-HD055929 (PI - Ottenbacher) 09/01/13-08/31/16 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

USC Undergraduate Research Associates Program (PI- Smith) 07/01/15-06/30/16 Identification of infant kicks produced by infants at risk for developmental delay in different positioning devices encountered during full-day, in-home movement assessment. This grant provides a stipend for an undergraduate student to engage in research under my mentorship over the summer of 2015. Role: PI

Section on Pediatrics, Research Grant 1 (PI-Smith). 12/1/14-11/30/15 American Physical Therapy Association Full-day leg movement assessment for infants at risk for developmental delay. This grant measures changes in leg movement quantity across infancy in infants at risk for developmental delay. Role: PI

USC Undergraduate Research Associates Program (PI- Smith) 07/01/14-06/30/15 Identification of infant kicks produced by infants with typical development in different positioning devices encountered during full-day, in-home movement assessment. This grant provides a stipend for an undergraduate student to engage in research under my mentorship over the summer of 2014. Role: PI

Publications (last 5 years)

Torres EB, Smith BA, Mistry S, Brincker M, Whyatt C. Neonatal Diagnostics: Towards Dynamic Growth Charts of Neuro-motor control. Frontiers in Pediatrics. In Press, PMC Journal In Process.

Jiang C, de Armendi JT, Smith BA. The immediate effect of positioning devices on infant leg movement characteristics. Pediatric Physical Therapy. 2016; 28(3): 304-10. PMCID: PMC4922547.

Smith BA, Trujillo-Priego IA, Lane CJ, Finley JM, Horak FB. Daily quantity of infant leg movement: wearable sensor algorithm & relationship to walking onset. Sensors. 2015; 15(8): 19006-20. PMCID: PMC4570357.

Fields C, Trotsky A, Fernandez N, Smith BA. Mobility and Ambulation for Patients with Pulmonary Artery Catheters: A Retrospective Descriptive Study. Journal of Acute Care Physical Therapy. 2015; 6(2): 64-70. PMCID: PMC4915385

Smith BA, Carlson-Kuhta P, Horak FB. Consistency in Administration and Response for the Backward Push and Release Test: A Clinical Assessment of Postural Responses. Physiotherapy Research International. 2014; PMCID: PMC4447599.

Smith BA, Jacobs JV, Horak FB. Effects of Amplitude Cueing on Postural Responses and Preparatory Cortical Activity of People with Parkinson Disease. Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy. 2014; 38(4): 207-15. PMCID: PMC4322905. JNPT 2014 Golden Synapse Award winner.

Smith BA, Bompiani E. Using a treadmill intervention to promote the onset of independent walking in infants with or at risk of neuromotor delay. Invited manuscript, Linking Evidence and Practice Series, Physical Therapy. 2013 Nov:93(11):1441-1446. No PMC requirement.

Paleg G, Smith BA, Glickman L. Systematic review and evidence-based clinical recommendations for dosing of pediatric supported standing programs. Pediatric Physical Therapy. 2013; 25: 232-247. No PMC requirement.

Sansom JK, Teulier C, Smith BA, Moerchen V, Muraszko K, Ulrich BD. Muscle Activation Patterns in Infants With Myelomeningocele Stepping on a Treadmill. Pediatric Physical Therapy. 2013; 25: 278-289. PMCID: PMC3706031.

Smith BA, Jacobs JV, Horak FB. Effects of Magnitude and Magnitude Predictability of Postural Perturbations on Preparatory Cortical Activity in Older Adults with and without Parkinson's Disease. Experimental Brain Research. 2012; 222 (4): 455-470. PMCID: PMC3472959.

Papegaaij S, de Lima-Pardini AC, Smith BA, Otten E, Cohen RG, Horak FB. Keeping your balance while balancing a cylinder: interaction of postural and voluntary goals. Experimental Brain Research. 2012; 223(1):79-87. PMCID: PMC3474899.

Smith BA, Kubo M, Ulrich BD. Gait parameter adjustments for walking on a treadmill at preferred, slower and faster speeds in older adults with Down syndrome. Current Gerontology and Geriatrics Research: Special Issue, Aging and Down Syndrome. 2012:782671. PMCID: PMC3369407.

de Lima-Pardini AC, Papegaaij S, Cohen RG, Teixeira LG, Smith BA, Horak FB. The interactions of postural and voluntary strategies for stability in Parkinson's disease. Journal of Neurophysiology. 2012; 108 (5): 1244- 1252. PMCID: PMC3544957.

Saavedra SL, Teulier C, Smith BA, Kim B, Beutler BD, Martin B, Ulrich BD. Vibration-induced motor responses of infants with and without myelomeningocele. Physical Therapy. 2012; 92 (4): 537-550. PMCID: PMC3317481.

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