Maureen Whitford, PhD
 Title: Assistant Professor
 Dept: Health Sciences
 Office: HS 124
 Phone: 216-687-6988,  216-687-6987
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. HS 124, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Research Keywords:
stroke, upper extremity, neuroplasticity, bimanual coordination, motor control, motor learning
Ph.D., Rehabilitation Science, University of Minnesota, 2010
M.S., Biokinesiology, University of Southern California, 2007
MHS, Health Sciences in PT, University of Indianapolis, 2003
B.S., Allied Medical Professions: Physical Therapy, The Ohio State University, 1993
Brief Bio:
Maureen Whitford, PT, PhD, NCS has a PhD in rehabilitation science with a special interest in motor recovery and neuroplastic change post-stroke.  She has been an Assistant Professor at CSU since August 2014.  She has been a physical therapist for over 24 years, practicing across many settings with a focus on neurorehabilitation. She is especially interested in gaining insight in to motor control and learning post-stroke in an attempt to develop more effective rehabilitative intervention techniques.  She currently studies these questions in humans (healthy controls and people post-stroke), primarily using the upper extremity as a model.  She is also extremely interested in bimanual coordination post-stroke.  In addition to these research interests, she has a passion for physical therapy and for teaching our future physical therapists.
Honors and Awards:
2011       National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research Advanced          
2011       Research Training in Neurorehabilitation Postdoctoral Training Fellowship
2004       Foundation for Physical Therapy McMillan Doctoral Scholarship
2003       Franklin B. Walter Outstanding Educator Nominee
1993       Pediatric Trainee Grant, The Ohio State University
Research Interests:
Maureen's primary research interests include: UE motor recovery post-stroke, neuroplastic changes post-stroke, bimanual coordination post-stroke, and motor control and learning.  As noted above, she is currently using a human model to explore motor control and learning to better inform rehabilitative techniques for individuals who have experienced a stroke. Maureen has been apart of research teams since 2007 within different labs including Louis Stokes VA Medical Center, University of South Alabama, Walsh University, National Rehabilitation Hospital and Georgetown University, University of Minnesota, and University of Southern California.  She currently runs the Motor Behavior Lab at Cleveland State University where motor behavioral measures are collected using kinematics, kinetics, surface EMG, and accelerometry/ motion tracking.
Teaching Areas:
Maureen's primary areas of interest in terms of teaching directly relate to neurorehabilitation of adults, with a focus on individuals post-stroke.  In addition, she is teaching a course that addresses inpatient acute physical therapy specifically related to systems pathology.  She enjoys teaching independent research courses as well.
Professional Affiliations:
1991-Present  American Physical Therapy Association (Academy of Neurology Section,
                        Research Section, Education Section)
2014-Present  Ohio Physical Therapy Association
2012-Present  National Stroke Association
Professional Experience:
Active Physical Therapist for over 24 years.
2015-Present prn Physical Therapist, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH

Full time teacher and Researcher for 5 years
2014-Present Assistant Professor at Cleveland State Univ., DPT Program
2013-2014 Assistant Professor at Univ. of Alabama, Department of Physical Therapy
2012-2013 Assistant Professor at Walsh Univ., Physical Therapy Program
University Service:
2016-Present  Physical Therapy Department Curriculum Committee
2016-Present  Physical Therapy Department Admissions Committee
2016-Present  Member of Cleveland State University Student Grievance Committee
2015-Present  Member of Cleveland State University Health Disparities Group
2015-Present  McNair Trio Mentor
2016-Present  Honors Undergraduate Students Mentor in Health Sciences
2016-Present  Assisted with School for Nursing Mobility Labs
2016-Present  Facilitator at Summa/ Cleveland State University Interdisciplinary Student  
                        Sim Training
2015-Present  College of Sciences and Health Professions Strategic Planning Committee
2015-Present  Co-chair of Strategic Planning Subcommittee on Leadership
2014-Present  Academic Advisor for Doctor of Physical Therapy Students
Professional Service:
January 2016  Presentation on Neuroplasticity at Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Geriatric      
                        Research Education & Clinical Center
2015-2018       APTA Academy of Neurology Stroke SIG Secretary
2014-2017       APTA Academy of Neurology Awards Committee Member; Currently Chair
2014-2017       APTA Education Section AFSIG Nominating Committee Member
May 2013        Presentation at Walsh University May Days Faculty Development Workshops
2012-Present  Neurology Section Regional Program Committee Development Member (and        
                        speaker) for the Acute Stroke Management course:  Expanding Neurologic      
                        Expertise: Advancing Clinical Practice in Acute Stroke Rehabilitation

2013-Present   Physical Therapy Theory and Practice
2013-Present   Topics in Stroke Rehab
2012-Present   Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology
2012-Present   Physical Therapy Journal
2012-Present   Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy
2012-Present   Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair
Community Service:
2016-Present   City of Cleveland Department of Aging Advisory Council Member at Large
2014-2016        Volunteer at Love a Nurse Run, one time per year
2012-2015        Pro bono Physical Therapy
2013                 Volunteer for 6th Annual DSSMC Buddy Walk 2013
January 2013   Presentation at North Canton YMCA Senior Citizens Social Group
Research Grants:
June 2017        Cleveland State University Summer Research Award
2016-2017        Cleveland State University Faculty Scholarship Initiative (PI)
2015-2016        OPTA Research Grant (PI & Eric Schearer PhD Co-Investigator)
2015-2016        OPTA Research Award (Co-Investigator Eric Schearer PhD)
Aug. 2015         CSU Civic Engagement Grant (co-PI with Glenn Goodman, OT, PhD)
June 2015         CSU Undergraduate Summer Research Award (co-PI with Eric Schearer, PhD)