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.
J Cardiopulm Rehabil Prev. 2019 Sep;39(5):E14-E19
Wshah A, Butler S, Patterson K, Goldstein R, Brooks D
Physiother Can. 2018;70(4):365-372
Bramley A, Rodriguez AA, Chen J, Desta W, Weir V, DePaul VG, Patterson KK
Motor Control. 2019 Jan 29;:1-21
Vaughan-Graham J, Patterson K, Zabjek K, Cott CA
Disabil Rehabil. 2019 Jan 07;:1-7
Rozanski GM, Wong JS, Inness EL, Patterson KK, Mansfield A
Ochsner J. 2018;18(4):345-350
Ritwik P, Patterson KK
Brain Inj. 2018 Dec 12;:1-16
Wilson T, Martins O, Efrosman M, DiSabatino V, Benbrahim BM, Patterson KK
Clin Biomech (Bristol, Avon). 2018 Nov 10;61:22-30
Vaughan-Graham J, Patterson K, Brooks D, Zabjek K, Cott C
J Eval Clin Pract. 2017 Dec;23(6):1153-1163
Vaughan-Graham J, Patterson K, Zabjek K, Cott CA
Int J Neurosci. 2018 Sep 01;:1-23
Bonetti LV, Hassan SA, Lau ST, Melo LT, Tanaka T, Patterson K, Reid WD


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