Megan O'Brien, PhD

Megan O'Brien, PhD

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About Me

Megan O'Brien is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Max Näder Lab for Rehabilitation Technologies and Outcomes Research. Her research examines on the use of wearable technology to monitor or improve movement capabilities. She is currently investigating smartphones and machine learning techniques to assess the everyday movement behaviors and social interactions of stroke patients at home and in the community. The goal of her research is to better understand how patients recover independent mobility outside of the hospital environment.

Dr. O'Brien's previous work in motor control and neuroeconomics examined the influence of risk and emotional state on movement-based decisions.

Location

Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

355 E. Erie

Chicago, IL 60611

Education & Training

    Education

    Credential

    2010 - 2014
    PhD, Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
    2010 - 2012
    MS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
    2005 - 2009
    BS, Mechanical Engineering, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute, IN
    Fellowship

    Credential

    2016
    Northwestern University, Chicago, IL NIH T32 Postdoctoral Fellow using wearable sensors to monitor persons with stroke

Max Näder Lab for Rehabilitation Technologies and Outcomes Research

This lab is one of the few clinical labs that develops and executes industry-sponsored research in prosthetics, orthotics, rehabilitation robotics, and adaptive technologies.

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