Dr. Savin is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science. He graduated from Towson University with bachelor’s degrees in Mass Communication and Music. He then earned a Masters in Physical Therapy from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. After working in the clinic as a physical therapist for several years, his interests in motor control, particularly in persons with stroke, led him to return to the University of Maryland, Baltimore and subsequently earn a PhD in Physical Rehabilitation Science. His doctoral work focused on motor adaptation (a change in an established movement pattern driven by error based learning mechanisms) during walking in people with stroke and hemiparesis. His research currently focuses on exercise interventions to improve balance control and decrease fall risk in older adult clinical populations. Dr. Savin's primary teaching responsibilities within the curriculum are in the areas of anatomy, neuromotor control and neuroscience.
Dr. Savin's research interests focus on finding ways to improve balance and mobility in older adult clinical populations. He is specifically interested in the ability of different exercise interventions to improve balance and mobility and decrease fall risk in older adults who are at high risk of falls and older adults with diabetic peripheral neuropathy.
Lab Techniques and Equipment:
- Kinematic analysis of movement and posture
- Electromyographic analysis
- Optotrak motion capture system (Northern Digital Inc.)
- GAITRite System gait mat (CIR Systems Inc.)
- Vicon motion capture system (Vicon Motion Systems Ltd., Oxford, UK)
Whitall J, Savin DN, Harris-Love M, McCombe Waller S. Psychometric properties of a modified Wolf Motor Function Test for persons with mild and moderate upper extremity hemiparesis. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2006;87:656-660
Savin DN, Morton SM. Asymmetric generalization between the arm and leg of prism-induced visuomotor adaptation. Exp Brain Res. 2008;186:175-182.
Savin DN, Tseng SC, Morton SM. A bilateral adaptation during locomotion following a unilaterally-applied resistance to swing in non-disabled adults. J Neurophysiol. 2010;104:3600-3611.
Savin DN, Tseng SC, Whitall J, Morton SM. Poststroke hemiparesis impairs the rate but not magnitude of adaptation of spatial and temporal locomotor features. Neurorehabil Neural Repair. 2013; 27:24-34.
Savin DN, Morton SM, Whitall J. Generalization of Improved Step Length Symmetry from Treadmill to Overground Walking in Persons with Stroke and Hemiparesis. Clinical Neurophysiol. 2014; 125:1012-1020.
Links of Interest:Publications
Research in the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science
University of Maryland Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center
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