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Susan V. Duff, PT, OT, EdD, CHT

Contact Dr. Duff

130 South Ninth Street
Edison, Suite 830
Philadelphia, PA 19107

(215) 503-1644
(215) 503-3499 fax

Education

Postdoctoral Fellowship, Motor Control - Motor Lateralization,
      Kinesiology
Department, Pennsylvania State University
EdD, Movement Science, Teachers College, Columbia University
Predoctoral Research Fellowship, Shriner's Hospital for Children
M.A., Motor Learning, Teachers College, Columbia University
MPT, Physical Therapy, Hahnemann (Drexel) University
B.S., Occupational Therapy, Eastern Michigan University

Certifications/Specialization

Certification in Hand Therapy

University Appointment

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
Rehabilitation Strategies

Grants/Contracts

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
Key Personnel
Delaware Health Science Alliance, 2010-12, $74,968.00
Relationships between cortical motor organization and response to exercise interventions in children with cerebral palsy
Co-Investigator

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
Principle Investigator

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
Principle Investigator

Presentations (peer reviewed)

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 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

Courses Taught

PT506 Biomechanics and Kinesiology - Laboratory Assistant
PT 741 Comprehensive Physical Therapy Clinical Decision Making

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. • Nomination for The Richmond Cerebral Palsy Award. Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine, Co-author Andrew M. Gordon, PhD.