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Beth Smith, PT, DPT, PhD

Assistant Professor of Research and Director

Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy
Infant Neuromotor Control Laboratory
University of Southern California

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

Lead Mentor
C. Winstein, PhD, PT, FAPTA
L. Fetters, PhD, PT, FAPTA

Research Areas

Development of neural control of movement during infancy; accurate early identification of impaired neuromotor development in infancy

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
  • 2013 Oregon Health & Science University, Neurology, Post doc

Current Research Funding

Research Grant 2 (Smith) 11/01/17- 10/31/18 Academy of Pediatric PT, American Physical Therapy Association Development of a real-time smartphone-based survey of positioning device use in infants. The goal of this proposal is to develop a smartphone-based survey to collect prospective longitudinal real-time data to measure positioning and activity of infants across days and weeks.

CBET-1706964 (Smith/Mataric) 09/01/17 – 08/31/20 NSF Infant-Robot Interaction as an Early Intervention Strategy. The goal of this proposal is to develop a socially assistive non-contact inherently safe infant-robot interaction system as a resource-efficient way to provide early intervention for infants at risk for developmental delay.

9900 (Smith) 05/08/17 – 05/07/18 Section on Research, American Physical Therapy Association. Traveling Fellows Award. This travel grant will support Dr. Smith to travel to the lab of Dr. Catherine Lang to pursue collaboration.

7362 (Smith) 01/01/17 – 12/31/18 Foundation for Physical Therapy. Movement-based intervention to promote neurodevelopmental outcomes in infants at risk for developmental delay. Our objective in this proposal is to pilot test the effectiveness of an evidence-based intervention to promote positive neurodevelopmental outcomes in infants at risk for developmental delay.

007781-00001 (Smith) 01/01/17 – 12/31/18 (NCE). California Physical Therapy Fund. Variability in Infant Leg Movement Behavior across 7 Days. Our long-term goal is to develop a clinical test of infant movement using wearable sensors; this grant measures the variability in behavior across 7 consecutive, typical days in infants with typical development.

2016-PG01 (Smith/Kolobe/Prosser) 12/01/16 – 05/31/18. Academy of Pediatric PT, American Physical Therapy Association. Toward a multi-site, progressively-phased intervention for infants and toddlers at risk for cerebral palsy. The purpose of this planning grant is to prepare for a multi-site study that will employ advanced robotic technologies to allow practice with dynamic physical assistance that does not constrain movement, and support infants and toddlers to practice self-generated movement and experience errors.

2016-2RG01 (Smith) 11/01/16 – 10/31/18 (NCE) Academy of Pediatric PT, American Physical Therapy Association. Variability in leg movement behavior across 7 days in infants at risk for developmental delay. Our long-term goal is to develop a clinical test of infant movement using wearable sensors; this grant measures the variability in behavior across 7 consecutive, typical days in infants at risk for delay.

Recent Publications

Trujillo-Priego IA*, Lane CJ, Vanderbilt DL, Deng W*, Loeb G, Shida J, Smith BA. Development of a Wearable Sensor Algorithm to Detect the Quantity and Kinematic Characteristics of Infant Arm Movement Bouts Produced across a Full Day in the Natural Environment. Technologies. 2017; 5(3), 39–16.

Trujillo-Priego IA*, Smith BA. Kinematic Characteristics of Infant Leg Movements Produced Across a Full Day. Journal of Rehabilitation and Assistive Technologies Engineering. 2017; July 3; 4, 1-10.

Smith BA, Vanderbilt D, Applequist B, Kyvedilou A. Sample Entropy identifies differences in spontaneous leg movement behavior between infants with typical development and infants at risk for developmental delay. Technologies. 2017; 5(3), 55.

Xiao R*, Shida-Tokeshi J, Vanderbilt D, Smith BA. Electroencephalography power and coherence changes with age and motor skill development across the first half year of life. PLoS ONE. 2018; 13(1): e0190276. 2018.

Jiang C*, Lane CJ, Perkins E*, Schiesel D*, Smith BA. Determining if Wearable Sensors Affect Infant Leg Movement Frequency: Brief Report. Developmental Neurorehabilitation. 2018; 21(2):133-136.

Shida-Tokeshi J, Lane CJ, Trujillo-Priego IA*, Deng W*, Vanderbilt DL, Loeb GE, Smith BA. Relationships between full-day arm movement characteristics and developmental status in infants with typical development as they learn to reach: An observational study [version 1; peer reviewed]. Gates Open Res 2018, 2:17.

Deng W*, Vanderbilt D, Smith BA. Differences in spontaneous leg movement patterns between infants with typical development and infants at risk for developmental delay: birth to sitting onset. Journal of Motor Learning and Development. In Press. Epub ahead of print.

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