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Vicki L. Gray, MPT, PhD

Academic Title:

Research Associate

Primary Appointment:

Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science

Location:

AHB, Rm 100

Education and Training

  • 1992 B.P.A. Public Administration, University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario
  • 2004 B.H.K. Human Kinetics (Movement Science), University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario
  • 2009 M.P.T. Physical Therapy, Western University, London, Ontario
  • 2012 to 2013 Ph.D. Health and Rehabilitation Science (Physical Therapy), Western University, London, Ontario
  • 2016 Post-Doctoral Fellow UMANRRT (University of Maryland Advanced Neuromotor Rehabilitation Research Training), Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science, University of Maryland Baltimore

Biosketch

Dr. Gray is a Research Associate in the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science of University of Maryland, Baltimore. She graduated from a combined MPT/PhD at Western University. Her doctoral work focused on motor control strategies during fast voluntary movements in stroke; and, whether practicing the movements in a single session would generate changes in muscle activity patterns and two postural control tasks. After graduating in 2012, she joined the department as a UMANRRT (University of Maryland Advanced Neuromotor Rehabilitation Research Training) Post-Doctoral Fellow. During that time, she received funding from the American Heart Association, National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research and pilot project funding from the Claude D Pepper Older American Independence Center (UM-OIAC) to compare the effectiveness of voluntary step training and reactive step training on protective stepping, balance and falls in stroke, as well as how cognition and functional connectivity plays a part in these improvements. After three and a half successful years in the department, Dr. Gray was appointed to Research Associate in 2016.

Dr. Gray has over ten years of research experience in stroke. She is also a regular contributor to improving medical science through rehabilitation journal reviews, NIDILRR grant reviews and a book chapter on Recovery and Rehabilitation of Standing Balance after stroke. The long term goal of her research is to develop targeted and novel methods of rehabilitation that will improve balance with a holistic goal of reducing the number of falls after stroke. Dr. Gray examines muscle activity patterns and the control of movement during fast self-initiated and externally induced movements in stroke. The purpose is to understand the deficits that contribute to an inability to recover balance and develop interventions which will prove an effective means of improving balance and reducing the number of falls after stroke.

Research/Clinical Keywords

Stroke, balance, falls, Physical Therapy

Highlighted Publications

  1. Garland SJ, Gray VL, Knorr S. Muscle activation patterns and postural control following stroke. Motor Control. 2009:13(4): 387-411.
  2. Gray VL, Ivanova TD, Garland SJ. Retraining postural responses with exercises emphasizing speed post-stroke. Physical Therapy. 2012: 92(7): 924-34.
  3. Gray VL, Ivanova TD, Garland SJ. Effects of fast functional exercise on muscle activity after stroke. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair. 2012: 26(8): 968-75.
  4. Gray VL, Pollock CL, Wakeling JM, Ivanova TD, Garland. Patterns of muscle coordination during stepping responses post-stroke. Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology. 2015: 25(6): 959-965.
  5. Gray VL, Ivanova TD, Garland SJ. A single session of open kinetic chain movements emphasizing speed improves speed of movement and modifies postural control in stroke. Physiotherapy Therapy and Practice. 2016: 32(2):113-123.