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.
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
Top Stroke Rehabil. 2018 May 10;:1-7
Patterson KK, Wong JS, Nguyen TU, Brooks D
Top Stroke Rehabil. 2018 Mar 20;:1-10
Campos C, DePaul VG, Knorr S, Wong JS, Mansfield A, Patterson KK
Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2018 Feb 07;:
Patterson KK, Wong JS, Knorr S, Grahn JA
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


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