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 25 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. 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. In addition to these research interests, she has a passion for physical therapy and for teaching our future physical therapists.
Honors and Awards:
2011       NIDDR Research Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training Postdoc 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: upper extremity motor recovery, neuroplastic changes, motor control and learning and bimanual coordination post-stroke. She currently studies these questions in humans (healthy controls and people post-stroke), primarily using the upper extremity as a model.
She uses this model to explore motor control and learning to better inform rehabilitative techniques for individuals who have experienced a stroke. Motor behavioral measures are collected to answer these questions, including the use of standardized outcome measures, 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 (Neurology, Research Education)
2014-Present       Ohio Physical Therapy Association (Research Committee member)
2012-Present       National Stroke Association
Professional Experience:
2014-Present Assistant Professor, Cleveland State University, DPT Program
2015-Present prn Physical Therapist, Cleveland Clinic Foundation
2013-2014 Assistant Professor, University of Alabama, Dept of Physical Therapy
2014 prn Physical Therapist, Infirmary Medical Center
2012-2013 Assistant Professor, Walsh University, DPT Program
2012-2013 prn Physical Therapist, Aultman Medical Center
University Service:
Spring 2018        Member Graduate Council
2017-Present      Member Student Life Committee
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/CSU IPE Student Sim Training
2015-Present      School of Health Sciences 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:
2016                   Presentation at Louis Stokes Cleveland VA GRECC
2015-2018          APTA Academy of Neurology Stroke SIG Secretary
2014-2017          APTA Academy of Neurology Awards Committee Member; Chair
2014-2017          APTA Education Section AFSIG Nominating Committee Member
May 2013           Walsh University May Days Faculty Development Workshops
2012-2015          APTA Academy of Neurology Stroke Course Developer & Instructor

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:
2016-2019           Cleveland Department of Aging Advisory Council Member at Large
Fall 2018             Presentation to Reset Stroke Support Group
Fall 2018             Presentation to Cleveland Stroke Club
2015-2018           City of Cleveland Senior Walk volunteer
2015                    Northeastern Ohio Science and Engineering Fair judge
2014-2018           Volunteer at Love a Nurse Run, one time per year
2013                    Volunteer for 6th Annual DSSMC Buddy Walk 2013
2013                    Presentation at North Canton YMCA Senior Citizens Social Group
Research Grants:
2017                Cleveland State University Summer Research Award (PI)
2016-2017       Cleveland State University Faculty Scholarship Initiative (PI)
2015-2016       OPTA Research Grant (PI)
2015                CSU Civic Engagement Grant (co-PI)
2015                CSU Undergraduate Summer Research Award (co-PI)