Personal History:Dr. Savin is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science. He graduated from Towson University with bachelors 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 control during walking in persons with stroke and hemiparesis. Dr. Savin's primary teaching responsibilities within the curriculum are in the areas of anatomy, neuromotor control and neuroscience.
Research Interests:Dr. Savin's research interests focus on neuromotor control and motor learning in nondisabled individuals and persons with stroke and hemiparesis. He is specifically interested in the use of motor adaptation to improve the safety and function of persons whose mobility is compromised by disease and/or increased fall risk.
Lab Techniques and Equipment:* Kinematic analysis of gait
* Electromyographic analysis
* Optotrak motion capture system (Northern Digital Inc.) GAITRite System gait mat (CIR Systems Inc.)
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.
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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