Kara Patterson

Kara Patterson, PhD

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The overall goal of Dr. Patterson's research program is to advance neurorehabilitation practice in order to improve gait and mobility outcomes for individuals living with neurological conditions and in particular stroke.

Dr. Patterson's research interests include: 1) neural control of gait and how it is affected post stroke; 2) the process of motor re-learning after post stroke and its relationship to rehabilitation; and 3) measurement and neurorehabilitation of gait.

Dr. Patterson examines walking and stroke-related impairments with a variety of clinical, behavioural and neurophysiological measures. Her ongoing work is exploring the relationship of rhythmicity of walking and the unique human ability to identify and synchronize movement to the beat in music. She is also investigating the potential for dance to improve mobility after stroke.
IEEE J Biomed Health Inform. 2017 Sep;21(5):1297-1305
Dolatabadi E, Mansfield A, Patterson KK, Taati B, Mihailidis A
Physiother Can. 2017;69(2):142-149
Patterson KK, Inness E, McIlroy WE, Mansfield A
Exp Brain Res. 2017 Feb 27;:
Mansfield A, Aqui A, Fraser JE, Rajachandrakumar R, Lakhani B, Patterson KK
Heliyon. 2016 Dec;2(12):e00208
Crosby LD, Marrocco S, Brown J, Patterson KK
Exp Brain Res. 2016 Oct 5;:
Mansfield A, Aqui A, Fraser JE, Rajachandrakumar R, Lakhani B, Patterson KK
Gait Posture. 2016 Jul 19;49:297-302
Marrocco S, Crosby LD, Jones IC, Moyer RF, Birmingham TB, Patterson KK
Top Stroke Rehabil. 2016 Mar 31;:1-7
Parsons SL, Mansfield A, Inness EL, Patterson KK
Physiother Can. 2015 Aug;67(3):240-4
Patterson KK, Gallant N, Ormiston T, Patience C, Whitechurch M, Mansfield A, Brown J


Scientist, Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery
Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, University of Toronto