Catherine is an engineering research technician who works in the lab on a part-time basis (the rest of her time is spent in a lab in Mechanical engineering).
Her primary focus is the development of devices and techniques to aid in balance and gait rehabilitation for individuals with sensory or physical deficits due to aging or after an injury. In specific, Catherine is interested in lower-cost devices that can be easily implemented and used in a patients' home or in a clinical setting. She is also interested in the neural mechanisms of how older adults and individuals with sensory or physical deficits acquire new skills.
Having worked in rehabilitation research for over 8 years, Catherine is most interested in the potential of the outcomes of this type of research to have a positive affect on peoples' lives.
Catherine received her BSc in Biological Engineering from the University of Guelph and her MSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of British Columbia. She worked for more than 4 years in the Human Neuromechanics Laboratory with Prof. Dan Ferris at the University of Michigan before joining the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago as a research engineer, where she studied walking rehabilitation after stroke or spinal cord injury with Prof. T. George Hornby.
On a personal note, she enjoys spending time with her husband and young daughter, reading, swimming, and learning to cook.
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