Emma Baillargeon, PT, DPT, MS

PhD Candidate
Graduate Student Researcher

About Me

Emma Baillargeon is enrolled in a dual degree graduate program at Northwestern University. She completed her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in April 2016 and is currently working toward her PhD in Biomedical Engineering. Her primary research and clinical interests are in the interaction between altered neural control and orthopaedic injury. She hopes to use her research to guide injury prevention and optimize mobility for all patients.


Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

Arms and Hands Lab, floor 21

355 East Erie

Chicago, IL 60611

Education & Training



    2005 - 2009
    Bioengineering BS, University of Pittsburgh
    2009 - 2011
    Bioengineering MS, University of Pittsburgh
    2013 - 2016
    Doctor of Physical Therapy, Northwestern University
    Certificates + Licenses


    Physical Therapist, Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation

Honors & Awards

  • Graduate Research Fellowship Program
    National Science Foundation, 2010 - 2013

Professional Affiliations

  • Member
    American Physical Therapy Association, 2013 - Present
  • Member
    Illinois Physical Therapy Association, 2013 - Present
  • Student member
    International Society for Electromyography and Kinesiology, 2016 - Present

Research Interests

  • Influence of aging on muscle coordination
  • Influence of neural control on orthopaedic injury
  • Muscle coordination at the shoulder
  • Neural control of movement

Neuromuscular Control Lab

Our lab is focused on the mechanisms underlying the multijoint control of movement and posture in able-bodied individuals and in individuals with neuromotor pathologies. Specifically, we are interested in understanding the relative contributions of intrinsic muscle properties, limb geometry and neural activation in the control of whole limb function.

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