Susan V. Duff, PT, OT, EdD, CHT
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 503-3499 fax
Most Recent Peer-reviewed Publications
- Defining the role of sensation, strength, and prehension for upper limb function in cervical spinal cord injury
- Innovation in neurological upper extremity rehabilitation
- Applying principles of motor learning and control to upper extremity rehabilitation
- The graded redefined assessment of strength sensibility and prehension: Reliability and validity
- Enhancing prehension in infants and children: Fostering neuromotor strategies
Fellowship: Training in Rehabilitation Efficacy and
Effectiveness Trials, Division of Occupational Science
& Occupational Therapy and Division of Biokinesiology &
Physical Therapy, University of Southern California.
Postdoctoral Fellowship, Motor Control - Motor
Department, Pennsylvania State University
EdD, Movement Science, Teachers College,
Predoctoral Research Fellowship, Shriner's Hospital
MA, Motor Learning, Teachers College,
MPT, Physical Therapy, Hahnemann (Drexel) University
BS, Occupational Therapy, Eastern Michigan University
Certification in Hand Therapy
Candidate for Certificate in Clinical, Biomedical, and
Translational Investigations - USC
Certificate to Administer the Assisting Hand Assessment
Associate Professor, Department of Physical Therapy
Associate Professor, Secondary Appointment,
Department of Occupational Therapy
Associated Faculty, Department of Neuroscience
Research and Clinical Interests
Prehension Development and Upper Extremity Rehabilitation Neural Regeneration/Reorganization, Motor Learning and Motor Control, Efficacy of
US Department of Education, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, 2011-2016, $ 2,446,326.00
Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects (DRRPs) and Special Projects and Demonstrations for Spinal Cord Injury Program Spinal Cord Injury Model Systems (SCIMS) Centers Program CFDA Number 84.133N-1
Delaware Health Science Alliance, 2010-12, $74,968.00
Relationships between cortical motor organization and response to exercise interventions in children with cerebral palsy
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Center for Pediatric Clinical Effectiveness, 2009-12, $9,269.00
Identification of Asymmetry in Infants at Risk for Upper Limb Dysfunction
NIH R24-SubAward from Center for Neurorehabilitation Training. University of Pennsylvania/Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, 2009-11, $51,442.00
Natural and Augmented Neural Recovery in Infants with Brachial Plexus Birth Palsy
American Physical Therapy Association – Section on Pediatrics. 2013-15, $24,500
Co-investigators: Linda Fetters, PT, PhD, FAPTA, Barbara Sargent, PT, PhD, Jason Kutch, PhD.
Augmenting Muscle Activation and Function Following Perinatal Brachial Plexus Injury
NIH T32 fellowship award, co-sponsored by the NICHD and NINDS, Training in Efficacy and Effectiveness Trials. 2012-14, $228,228 per year / 5 year grant
PI-Florence Clark, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA and Co-Investigator – James Gordon, PT, EdD. Occupational Therapy and Biokinesiology & Physical Therapy Departments. University of Southern California.
Presentations (peer reviewed)
Sargent B, Duff SV. Optimizing therapeutic interventions for young infants. Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association. 2-hour Workshop. 2015, Feb.
Duff SV. Invited talks and workshops: 1) Exploiting neuroplasticity to foster prehensile skill; 2) Strengthening the efficacy of neurorehabilitation intervention; and 3) Methods to augment prehensile skill for congenital & acquired hemiplegia. Wisconsin Hand Experience Conference. Milwaukee, WI. 2014, May
Duff SV, Thielman G, Westlake K. Invited workshop. The Neurologic Upper Extremity: Neural Plasticity & Implications for Hand Rehab. Philadelphia Hand Symposium, Philadelphia, PA. 2014, March
Stegink Jansen CW, Duff SV, Field-Fote E, Gibbs K, Sinnott M, Sullivan JE. Measures of Arm and Hand Function Across Practice Patterns: An EDGE Approach. Combined Section Meeting (CSM) of the American Physical Therapy Association. Panel. 2014, Feb
Hentz V, Lee SK, Wolfe SW, Duff SV, Spinner R. IC 202: What Works, What Doesn’t in Brachial Plexus Surgery & Rehabilitation. Invited. American Association for Hand Surgery (AAHS). Honolulu, HI. 2014, Jan
Elhassan B, Kozin SH, Duff SV, de Pawlikowski W, Clarke HM. IC 115 Pediatric Brachial Plexus: Managing The Shoulder. Invited session – AAHS Annual Conference. Honolulu, HI. 2014, Jan
Duff SV, Heuer G, Berggren J. Infant brachial plexopathy: non-surgical & surgical management. CSM of the American Physical Therapy Association, San Diego, CA. 2013, Jan.
Duff SV. Workshop on “Pediatric Brachial Plexus Injury”. Annual Meeting of the American Society of Hand Therapists, San Diego, CA 2012, Oct.
Barbe MF; Elliott ME; Clark BD; Kietrys DM; Wade CK; Duff S; Harris MY; Amin, M; Barr AE. Reflexive pain behaviors (mechanical hypersensitivity and decreased reflexive grip strength) can persist even after conservative secondary interventions due to presence of spinal cord sensitization changes. Poster presentation at: The National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) Manufacturing Sector Conference: Partnerships to Improve Occupational Safety and Health; Sept. 2011; Cincinnati, OH.
Shah K, Duff SV. Evaluation, intervention, and outcomes for infants with hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy who undergo selective head cooling. Presented at: AOTA 91st Annual Conference & Expo; April, 2011; Philadelphia, PA.
Duff SV, Besser MP, DeLiso M, Kimbel A, Humpl D, Finkel R. Biceps recovery and reach-to-grasp control after Brachial Plexus Injury. Presented at: International Society of Elecrophysiology and Kinesiology; June, 2010; Aalborg, Denmark.
Duff SV. Assessment of muscle function and prehensile skill in atypical infants. (June 24-25, 2010); Platform presentation at: International Federation of Hand Therapists (IFSHT) 8th Triennial Congress; June, 2010; Orlando, Florida.
Duff SV, Gringlas M, Shah K, Aldridge H, Desai S, Adeniyi-Jones S. Neural recovery in neonates treated with head cooling: early motor skills and developmental assessment at 12 months. Poster presentation at: Pediatric Academic Societies; May, 2010; Vancouver, CA.
Gringlas M, Duff SV, Aldridge H, Adeniyi-Jones S, Desai S. Neurodevelopmental outcome in neonates treated with head cooling: early post natal variables and developmental outcome at 12-36 months. Poster presentation at: Pediatric Academic Societies; May, 2010; Vancouver, CA.
Duff SV, Besser MP, DeLiso, M, Humpl D, Finkel R. Reach to grasp control in infants with brachial plexus birth palsy. Platform presentation at: Annual Conference of the American Occupational Therapy Association; April, 2010; Orlando, FL.
Duff SV, Gringlas M, Shah K, Aldridge H, Adeniyi-Jones S, Desai S. Neural recovery in neonates treated with head cooling: early motor skills and developmental assessment at 12 months. Platform presentation at: Eastern Society of Pediatric Research; March, 2010; Philadelphia, PA.
Duff SV, Besser MP, DeLiso, M, Igbinison O, Freshman D, Humpl D, Finkel R. Recovery of biceps function and reach-to-grasp control after brachial plexus injury. Poster presentation at: Biannual Conference of the International Society of Infant Studies; March, 2010; Baltimore, MD.
Duff SV, Besser MP, DeLiso, M, Cooper L, Rawool N, Humpl D, Finkel R. (Oct. 2009). Emergence of reach to grasp control following neonatal brachial plexus injury. Poster presentation at: Annual Conference of the Society for Neuroscience; October, 2009; Chicago, IL.
Duff SV, DeLiso M, Besser MP, Cooper L, Rawool N, Humpl D, Finkel R. (Aug. 2009). Reach-to-grasp control in infants with neonatal brachial plexus injury. Presented at: Section on Research, APTA, Seminar on force generation; Asilomar Conference Center; August, 2009; Pacific Grove, CA.
Professional and Community Service
Editorial Board Member for the Journal of Hand Therapy
Research Chair of the Section on Hand Rehabilitation, APTA.
Member Research Committee, Section on Pediatrics, APTA
Member of International Task Force. Group designed the "Graded Redefined
Assessment of Strength, Sensibility and Prehension (GRASSP)". (The tool is designed to assess upper limb/hand neural recovery and function following spinal cord injury.)
Member of International Task Force. Group designed the "Graded Redefined
Assessment of Strength, Sensibility and Prehension (GRASSP)". The tool is designed to
assess upper limb/hand neural recovery and function following spinal cord injury.)
Developmental Evaluations. Special Babies Clinic, Thomas Jefferson University
Hospital, Philadelphia, PA.
Ad Hoc Reviewer: American Journal of Occupational Therapy Developmental Medicine and
Child Neurology; Journal of Hand Therapy; Journal of Motor Behavior; Pediatric Physical
Therapy, Physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics
PT517 – Neuroscience-Motor Development Section
PT527 – Critical Inquiry I
PT624 – Critical Inquiry II
Awards and Honors
Research Summit III attendee, "Dosing of Interventions for Children with an Injured Brain" - Pediatric Section of the American Physical Therapy Association, Fall 2011.
Patricia Leahy Lectureship for 2007. Lecture entitled "Exploration of methods to enhance reach, grasp, and manipulation across the lifespan"
ERRIS Workshop attendee. Charlottesville, VA. â€¢ Nomination for The Richmond Cerebral Palsy Award. Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine, Co-author Andrew M. Gordon, PhD.