Personal History:Dr. Westlake received her B.Sc. in Physical Therapy from McGill University and her M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Rehabilitation Sciences from Queen's University in Canada. Her doctoral work was focused on the role of proprioception in postural control and the ability to train proprioceptive integration with visual and vestibular inputs to improve postural stability in older adults. Further questions about the neural control of movement were probed during her postdoctoral work in a individuals with stroke. She completed one year of postdoctoral research at the VA Rehabilitation Research and Development Center/Stanford University and three years in the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Westlake has over eight years of clinical experience as a physical therapist treating stroke and other neurological disorders. Her teaching roles have been in the areas of clinical neurology, neurorehabilitation, motor control and learning, neuroradiology, and as a research mentor. She joined the faculty at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in January 2011.
Research Interests:Dr. Westlake's research interests are focused on the unpredictable timing and capacity for functional recovery after stroke. Using a multi-modal neuroimaging approach combined with clinical outcomes and motion analysis, she seeks to identify brain adaptations in connectivity that underlie improvements in motor control. Overall goals of this research are to better characterize the stroke population, predict recovery potential, and develop targeted and novel methods of rehabilitation that will optimize and individualize motor learning.
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Graduate Program in Life Sciences
Research in the Department of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Science
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