Prosthetics Research Residency Program
Posted By Sheila Burt

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All prosthetics residencies offered through the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Prosthetics and Orthotics Clinical Center are now 18-month combined Clinical & Research residencies. The research component occurs at the Center for Bionic Medicine through funding from The National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (TEAMM-RERC). 

For those interested in applying to the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Prosthetic Research Residency Program, applications are expected to be open from October 1 to December 15. Please keep updated on application due dates by searching employment listings for the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab.

Completed Research Projects

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Research projects completed by residents are listed below, along with a downloadable compilation of the research papers:

  • Development and Evaluation of a Novel Connector, the Magnetic Locking Interface (MLI), to attach a Lower Limb prosthesis to the User—Michael Socie, CPO (Orthotic and Prosthetic Education and Research Foundation/American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics Resident Travel Award, 2016)
  • Design and Evaluation of a Cable-Driven, Body-Powered Orthosis for Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury—Theresa Field, MSPO, CPO, LPO
  • Outcome Testing of Two Commercially Available Myoelectric Hands with Wrist Rotation Units Using Pattern Recognition on Transradial Amputees—Ramen Landon, MPO, CP
  • Clinical Comparison of a Generic Electrode Grid with Targeted Electrodes in Lower Limb Prostheses: A Preliminary InvestigationIan Burford, MPO, CP
  • Localization of Residual Limb Muscles in Individuals with a Transfemoral Amputation and in Intact Limbs—Sara Hutchinson, CO, MPO (Orthotic and Prosthetic Education and Research Foundation/American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics Resident Travel Award, 2017)
  • The Influence of Knee and Ankle Power on Sagittal Alignment and Loading of Transfemoral Prostheses—Rachel Siegal, MPO
  • Effect of Virtual Reality Immersion on Phantom Limb Pain and Phantom Limb Sensation—Diana Pressney, MPO (Orthotic and Prosthetic Education and Research Foundation/American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics Resident Travel Award, 2019)
  • Initial development and testing of a novel low-cost prosthetic socket to be used in low-income areas with limited resources—Landon Davis, MPO (Orthotic and Prosthetic Education and Research Foundation/American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics Resident Travel Award, 2020)
  • Effect of prosthetic ankle-foot repositioning on transtibial socket pressures during ramp walking—Joey Zisk, CO, MPO (Orthotic and Prosthetic Education and Research Foundation/American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics Resident Travel Award, 2020)
  • Effects of Internal and External Focus on the Control of a Myoelectric Lower Limb Prosthesis—Benjamin Welter, MPO
  • Clinical Evaluation of a Novel Low-cost Voluntary Closing Prosthetic Hand—Emily Pach, MPO

Publications & Presentations

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Jayaraman C, Hoppe-Ludwig S, Deems-Dluhy S, McGuire M, Mummidisetty C, Siegal R, Naef A, Lawson BE, Goldfarb M, Gordon KE, Jayaraman A. Impact of powered knee-ankle prosthesis on low back muscle mechanics in transfemoral amputees: A case series. Frontiers in neuroscience. 2018 Mar 22;12:134.

Pressney D, Miller LA, Woodward R, Hargrove LJ. Effect of Virtual Reality Immersion on Phantom Limb Pain and Phantom Limb Sensation. American Academy of Orthotists & Prosthetists Academy Annual Meeting and Scientific Symposium, March 6-9 2019, Orlando, FL.

Pressney DM, Miller LA, Woodward RB, Hargrove LJ. EMG control in a virtual reality environment and the effect on phantom limb pain. Trent International Prosthetics Symposium (TIPS), March 20-22 2019, Manchester, UK.

Zisk J, Simon AM, Shepherd M, Miller LA, and Hargrove LJ. Effect of prosthetic ankle-foot repositioning on transtibial socket pressures during incline walking. American Academy of Orthotists & Prosthetists 46th Academy Annual Meeting & Scientific Symposium March 4-7, 2020.

Pach S, Miller LA, Turner KL. Clinical Evaluation of a Novel Low-cost Voluntary Closing Prosthetic Hand. American Academy of Orthotists & Prosthetists 47th Academy Annual Meeting& Scientific Symposium May 4-7, 2021 (scheduled).

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The contents of this webpage were developed under grants from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR grant numbers 90RE5014 (2013-2018) and 90REGE0003 (2018-2023). NIDILRR is a Center within the Administration for Community Living (ACL), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The contents of this webpage do not necessarily represent the policy of NIDILRR, ACL, or HHS, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.

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