Faculty Research Interests

Our faculty members’ diverse research interests share the common goals of better understanding the manifestations of disease, injury and disability, and identifying optimal, theoretically-driven intervention strategies.

  • Robert F. Burkard.

    626 Kimball Tower

    Phone: (716) 829-6720

    Fax: (716) 829-3217

    rfb@buffalo.edu

    Professor
    Department of Rehabilitation Science
    School of Public Health and Health Professions

    Research Topics: Acoustic calibration (in particular, of transient stimuli), auditory electrophysiology (with a focus on auditory evoked potentials, including the effects of high stimulus rates and masking noise on the auditory brainstem response, and animal studies of the auditory steady-state response), vestibular/balance function/dysfunction, functional imaging and aging

  • Nadine M. Fisher.

    30 Kimball

    Phone: (716) 829-6724

    Fax: (716) 829-3217

    nfisher@buffalo.edu

    Clinical Associate Professor
    Director, Rehabilitation Physiology Laboratory
    Director, Rehabilitation Science PhD Program
    Department of Rehabilitation Science
    School of Public Health and Health Professions
    Clinical Associate Professor
    Department of Physiology and Biophysics
    Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

    Research Topics: Assessing physiological and functional limitations and developing exercise and rehabilitation programs for various disability groups, including osteoarthritis, juvenile arthritis, MS, post-polio syndrome, hemophilia and frail to well elderly.

  • Douglas J. Frye.

    525 Kimball Tower

    Phone: (716) 829-6725

    Fax: (716) 829-3217

    frye@buffalo.edu

    Associate Director of Clinical Education, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
    Clinical Instructor
    Department of Rehabilitation Science
    School of Public Health and Health Professions

    Research Topics: Distance education and technology in health care

    525 Kimball Tower

    Phone: (716) 829-6725

    Fax: (716) 829-3217

    frye@buffalo.edu

  • Deanna C. Hostler.

    512 Kimball Tower

    Phone: (716) 829-6723

    Fax: (716) 829-3217

    dchostle@buffalo.edu

    Clinical Assistant Professor
    Department of Rehabilitation Science
    School of Public Health and Health Professions

    Research Topics: Firefighter health and safety, cardiac disease, activity in heart failure patients and acute care physical therapy.

  • Jeanne Langan.

    522 Kimball

    Phone: (716) 829-2905

    Fax: (716) 829-3217

    jlangan@buffalo.edu

    Associate Professor
    Department of Rehabilitation Science
    School of Public Health and Health Professions

    Research Topics: Integrating neuroscience concepts into rehabilitation in chronic stages of stroke and cerebral palsy.

  • James A. Lenker.

    621 Kimball Tower

    Phone: (716) 829-6726

    Fax: (716) 829-3217

    lenker@buffalo.edu

    Associate Professor
    Program Director, Advanced Graduate Certificate in Assistive and Rehabilitation Technology
    Department of Rehabilitation Science
    School of Public Health and Health Professions

    Research Topics: Community-based outcomes research in the areas of: computer-based assistive technology; wheeled mobility and seating; office ergonomics interventions; work conditioning programs; home modifications; complete streets. Evaluation of accessible public transportation systems. Usability testing to support development of new assistive technology device products.

    621 Kimball Tower

    Phone: (716) 829-6726

    Fax: (716) 829-3217

    lenker@buffalo.edu

  • Vijaya Prakash Krishnan Muthaiah, PT, PhD.

    633 Kimball

    Phone: (716) 829-6290

    Fax: (716) 829-3217

    vijayapr@buffalo.edu

    Assistant Professor
    Department of Rehabilitation Science
    School of Public Health and Health Professions

    Research Interests: Auditory/vestibular neurodegeneration in occupational hazards and neurotrauma such as blast induced traumatic brain injury and cerebrovascular accidents.

  • Patricia J. Ohtake.

    630 Kimball Tower

    Phone: (716) 829-6732

    Fax: (716) 829-3217

    ohtake@buffalo.edu

    Associate Professor
    Department of Rehabilitation Science
    School of Public Health and Health Professions
    Assistant Vice President for Interprofessional Education
    Office of the Vice President for Health Sciences
    Academic Health Center

    Research Topics: Effective use of simulation-based learning experiences for the education of health professions students; interprofessional education and collaborative practice; acute and critical care physical therapist clinical practice.

  • Kirk Personius.

    530 Kimball

    Phone: (716) 829-6940

    Fax: (716) 829-3217

    kep7@buffalo.edu

    Director, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
    Clinical Associate Professor
    Department of Rehabilitation Science
    School of Public Health and Health Professions

    Research Topics: Neuromuscular development and regeneration, animal models of neuromuscular disorders, and sarcopenia.

  • Ghazala Saleem.

    504 Kimball

    Phone: (716) 829-2589

    Fax: (716) 829-3217

    ghazalas@buffalo.edu

    Assistant Professor
    Department of Rehabilitation Science
    School of Public Health and Health Professions

    Research Interests: Neuromotor and physiological mechanisms in medically/socially vulnerable populations with brain injury; Neuromotor, physiological, neuroimaging, and blood-based biomarkers in special populations with brain injury; Motor control/learning and targeted neuromodulatory interventions to facilitate function and recovery; Clinical trials

  • sue ann sisto.

    510 Kimball

    Fax: (716) 829-2609

    suesisto@buffalo.edu

    Chair
    Professor
    Department of Rehabilitation Science
    School of Public Health and Health Professions

    Research Topics: Rehabilitation research related to gait biomechanics across the lifespan, neuromodulation in spinal cord injury on sensory motor outcomes, recovery of locomotion in spinal cord injury, caregiver/care recipient relationships in the families that include individuals with in spinal cord injury, and effects of community camps on empowering people with spinal cord injury and impacting their physical/psychosocial functioning and quality of life.

  • Machiko R. Tomita.

    623 Kimball Tower

    Phone: (716) 829-6740

    Fax: (716) 829-3217

    machikot@buffalo.edu

    Clinical Professor
    Department of Rehabilitation Science
    School of Public Health and Health Professions

    Research Topics: Fall and frailty prevention in older adults with a chronic illness, a past fall, Alzheimer's disease and/or cancer, often using technology. Caregivers of older adults are also her research interest.

  • Janice Tona.

    526 Kimball Tower

    Phone: (716) 829-6741

    Fax: (716) 829-3217

    tona@buffalo.edu

    Occupational Therapy Program Director
    Clinical Associate Professor
    Department of Rehabilitation Science
    School of Public Health and Health Professions

    Research Topics: Understanding the functional implications of neuropsychiatric disorders including Tourette Syndrome and Pediatric Acute-Onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome (PANS), and application of sensory tools to reduce disruptive behaviors in adolescence with psychosocial needs. Optimizing oral health for individuals with disabilities at home and in the dental office using sensory, motor, and behavioral interventions.

    526 Kimball Tower

    Phone: (716) 829-6741

    Fax: (716) 829-3217

    tona@buffalo.edu

  • Juli Wylegala.

    622 Kimball Tower

    Phone: (716) 829-6745

    Fax: (716) 829-3217

    wylegala@buffalo.edu

    Director, Physical Therapy Clinical Education
    Clinical Associate Professor
    Department of Rehabilitation Science
    School of Public Health and Health Professions

    Research Topics: Soft tissue injury/overuse, assessment and treatment.