2023 Awardees

Congratulations to Our 2023 Pilot Projects Awardees!


Each year  projects are selected to receive funding as part of the Center for Smart Use of Technologies to Assess Real-World Outcomes (C-STAR) Pilot Project Program. Projects are chosen based on the quality of their research design and innovation, potential impact on patient care, alignment with C-STAR’s mission to advance technology in rehabilitation, and ability of the research team to lead efforts toward securing extramural funding. The awardees have the opportunity to take advantage of all the resources C-STAR offers, including collaborations, mentorship and expertise from C-STAR leadership and core directors in the design and conceptualization of their projects.

Congratulations to all of the awardees!

Jeremy Brown, PhD

Jeremy D Brown, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University
Project: Assessing Haptic Sensory Impairment and its Impact on Motor Control Post-Stroke

Brooke Dexheimer, PhD, OTD, OTR/L

Brooke Dexheimer, PhD, OTD, OTR/L

Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy Department of Occupational Therapy, Virginia Commonwealth University, College of Health Professions
Project: A novel method of quantifying lateralized fine motor impairment in Parkinson’s Disease

Peter C. Fino, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Health & Kinesiology, University of Utah 
Project: Quantifying head turns during daily living: establishing normative reference values and preliminary recovery trajectories after vestibular schwannoma resection using wearable sensors

Kari Kretch PT, DPT, PhD

Assistant Professor of Research Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy, University of Southern California 
Project: Wearable technology for measuring everyday experience in infants with cerebral palsy

Reza Sharif Razavian, PhD

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Northern Arizona University
Project: HAMSTER: A low-cost assessment and rehabilitation device for neuromuscular disorders

Hakan Töreyin, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, San Diego State University 
Project: Wearable diaphragmatic efficiency monitoring technologies towards in-home respiratory monitoring of people with cervical spinal cord injury


2022 Awardees

Mark Albert

Mark V. Albert, PhD

Assistant Professor, Computer Science and Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, University of North Texas
Project: Pilot development and assessment of a precision gesture-to-speech system for speech-impaired individuals with limited mobility

Sameer Ashaie, PhD

Sameer Ashaie, PhD

Research Scientist- Shirley Ryan AbilityLab          
Shirley Ryan Affective and Emotion Rehabilitation Lab (SAfER)          
Research Assistant Professor, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University
Project: Real-world assessment of mood in stroke aphasia

Vasileios N. Christopoulos, PhD

Vasileios N. Christopoulos, PhD

Assistant Professor of Bioengineering, University of California, Riverside https://www.christopouloslab.com/
Project: Detection and characterization of motor activity in behaving infants through the use of novel ultrasonic brain imaging technology

Brittany N Krekeler, PhD, CCC-SLP

Brittany N Krekeler, PhD, CCC-SLP

Assistant Professor, Clinician-Scientist, University of Cincinnati
Project: Feasibility and Efficacy Study of Device-Facilitated Lingual Endurance Exercise in treating Post-Stroke Dysphagia

Erin Meier

Erin Meier, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Assistant Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Bouvé College of Health Sciences, Northeastern University
Project: Word Retrieval in the Wild: Ecological Momentary Assessment of Naming in People with Post-Stroke Aphasia and Age-Matched Controls

Jinsook Roh

Jinsook Roh, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Houston          
Director, Rehabilitation Engineering for Improving Neuromotor Control (REIGN) Laboratory
Project: Automated quantification of movement quality during standard clinical assessment using upper-extremity exoskeleton for stroke rehabilitation



Past Awardees: 2021


Gabriel Cler

Elizabeth Coker

Diego Guarin

Yeonsik Noh

Past Awardees: 2020


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The C-STAR Pilot Project Program will fund at least four projects per year. Visit our Pilot Projects Funding page to learn more about future opportunities for funding.

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