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Sandra A McCombe Waller
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Sandra A McCombe Waller P.T., Ph.D., M.S., NCS

Academic Title: Associate Professor
Primary Appointment: Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science
Secondary Appointments: Neurology
Administrative Title: Co-Director For Educational Affairs, Dpt Program
Additional Title(s): Co-Director of SIMDAR Lab
smccombewaller@som.umaryland.edu
Location: AHB 240-I
Phone: 410.706.0787
Phone: 410.706.7308 (Rm 204)
Fax: 410.706.6387
Lab: AHB Rm 204

Personal History:

Sandy McCombe Waller PhD, PT, NCS is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences. She graduated with her BS in PT from the University of Maryland in 1985, received her Masters of Science in Education from Johns Hopkins University in 1991, and completed her Doctoral Training in Physical Rehabilitation Science at UMB in 2004 in the area of Neuromotor Control. She is also board certified as a Neurologic Clinical Specialist. Dr. McCombe Waller has over 20 years teaching the clinical neurology content in the physical therapy program and joined the faculty full time in 1994. From 2003 until 2007 she served as Director of the Entry-level Physical Therapy Program. Her current focus includes ongoing teaching in the entry-level program, mentoring of doctoral students and research in the area of neuromotor control.

Research Interests:

Dr. McCombe Waller is currently involved in research funded by the Claude D. Pepper Center (NIA) and NCMRR (NIH) to study an innovative combination of bilateral and unilateral training to improve arm and hand function in patients with moderate severity paresis after brain injury. She also studies the underlying neural mechanisms associated with recovery of function and unilateral, bilateral and combination therapies using transcranial magnetic stimulation and functional magnetic resonance imaging as well as the mechanisms underlying postural preparation, planning and control while reaching in the standing position. She has collaborated over the last several years with Dr. Jill Whitall in research involving bilateral arm training and rhythmic auditory cueing. Together they have a patent for a unique bilateral arm training device named the BATRAC.

Clinical Speciality:

Neurological Clinical Specialist Certified 1995, Re-certified 2005 through the American Physical Therapy Association.  Dr. McCombe Waller specializes in stroke and brain injury intervention and currently sees patients in the Department of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Science’s Service Learning Clinic (SLC).