Positions

Overview

  • Dr. Uswatte’s research has been funded by the US Department of Veterans Affairs, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, National Institutes of Health, James S. McDonnell Foundation, American Heart Association, and Positive Psychology Network. He received the Mitchell Rosenthal Early Career Research Award from the Division of Rehabilitation Psychology of the American Psychological Association (APA) in 2008 and was elected President of that division in 2013. He was made an APA Fellow in 2011.

    His area of clinical specialization is rehabilitation psychology.

    Dr. Uswatte’s teaching interests include research methods, statistics, the psychology of strengths and virtues (positive psychology), and the psychology of social inequality.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title Altmetric
    2018 Comparison of reproducibility of single voxel spectroscopy and whole-brain magnetic resonance spectroscopy imaging at 3TNMR in Biomedicine.  31. 2018
    2018 Phase II Randomized Controlled Trial of Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy in Multiple Sclerosis. Part 1: Effects on Real-World FunctionNeurorehabilitation and Neural Repair.  32:223-232. 2018
    2018 Phase II Randomized Controlled Trial of Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy in Multiple Sclerosis. Part 2: Effect on White Matter IntegrityNeurorehabilitation and Neural Repair.  32:233-241. 2018
    2018 The Pediatric SmartShoe: Wearable Sensor System for Ambulatory Monitoring of Physical Activity and GaitIEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering.  26:477-486. 2018
    2018 Rehabilitation of stroke patients with plegic hands: Randomized controlled trial of expanded Constraint-Induced Movement therapyRestorative Neurology and Neuroscience.  36:225-244. 2018
    2018 Relation of white matter hyperintensities and motor deficits in chronic strokeRestorative Neurology and Neuroscience.  36:349-357. 2018
    2017 Relation of depressive symptoms to outcome of CI movement therapy after strokeRehabilitation Psychology.  62:509-515. 2017
    2017 Video Game Rehabilitation for Outpatient Stroke (VIGoROUS): Protocol for a multi-center comparative effectiveness trial of in-home gamified constraint-induced movement therapy for rehabilitation of chronic upper extremity hemiparesisBMC Neurology.  17. 2017
    2017 Assessing the amount of spontaneous real-world spoken language in aphasia: Validation of two methodsAmerican Journal of Speech-Language Pathology.  26:316-326. 2017
    2017 Upper extremity motor training of a subject with initially motor complete chronic high tetraplegia using constraint-induced biofeedback therapy.Spinal Cord Series and Cases.  3:17093. 2017
    2016 Translation and cross cultural adaptation of the pediatric motor activity log-revised scaleArquivos de Neuro-Psiquiatria.  74:555-560. 2016
    2015 Everyday movement and use of the arms: Relationship in children with hemiparesis differs from adultsJournal of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine.  8:197-206. 2015
    2014 Implications of CI therapy for visual deficit trainingFrontiers in Integrative Neuroscience.  8. 2014
    2014 The functional significance of cortical reorganization and the parallel development of CI therapyFrontiers in Human Neuroscience.  8. 2014
    2014 Network of movement and proximity sensors for monitoring upper-extremity motor activity after stroke: Proof of principleArchives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.  95:499-505. 2014
    2014 An enhanced protocol for constraint-induced aphasia therapy II: A case seriesAmerican Journal of Speech-Language Pathology.  23:60-72. 2014
    2014 Diffusion tensor imaging study of the response to constraint-induced movement therapy of children with hemiparetic cerebral palsy and adults with chronic strokeArchives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.  95:506-514.e1. 2014
    2014 Importance for CP rehabilitation of transfer of motor improvement to everyday lifePediatrics.  133. 2014
    2014 Motor recovery from constraint induced movement therapy is not constrained by extent of tissue damage following strokeRestorative Neurology and Neuroscience.  32:755-765. 2014
    2013 Constraint-induced movement therapy: A family of neurorehabilitation treatments that harnesses the plasticity of the central nervous systemNeurologie und Rehabilitation.  19:161-175. 2013
    2013 Promoting physical activity: Fertile ground for rehabilitation psychologyRehabilitation Psychology.  58:87-88. 2013
    2013 Method for enhancing real-world use of a more affected arm in chronic stroke: Transfer package of constraint-induced movement therapyStroke.  44:1383-1388. 2013
    2013 Structural neuroplastic change after constraint-induced movement therapy in children with cerebral palsyPediatrics.  131. 2013
    2013 Constraint-induced movement therapy for the lower extremities in multiple sclerosis: Case series with 4-year follow-upArchives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.  94:753-760. 2013
    2013 Constraint-induced movement therapy combined with conventional neurorehabilitation techniques in chronic stroke patients with plegic hands: A case seriesArchives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.  94:86-94. 2013
    2013 Constraint-induced movement therapy: A method for harnessing neuroplasticity to treat motor disordersProgress in Brain Research.  207:379-401. 2013
    2012 Pediatric arm function test: Reliability and validity for assessing more-affected arm motor capacity in children with cerebral palsyAmerican Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.  91:1060-1069. 2012
    2012 The pediatric motor activity log-Revised: Assessing real-world arm use in children with cerebral palsyRehabilitation Psychology.  57:149-158. 2012
    2012 Sensor-enabled RFID system for monitoring arm activity: Reliability and validityIEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering.  20:771-777. 2012
    2012 Brain parenchymal fraction predicts motor improvement following intensive task-oriented motor rehabilitation for chronic strokeRestorative Neurology and Neuroscience.  30:355-361. 2012
    2012 Atrophy of spared gray matter tissue predicts poorer motor recovery and rehabilitation response in chronic strokeStroke.  43:453-457. 2012
    2011 A telerehabilitation platform for home-based automated therapy of arm functionConference proceedings : ... Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. Annual Conference.  1819-1822. 2011
    2011 Sensor-enabled RFID system for monitoring arm activity in daily lifeConference proceedings : ... Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. Annual Conference.  5219-5223. 2011
    2011 Family caregivers' attributions about care-recipient behaviour: Does caregiver relationship satisfaction mediate the attribution-distress relationship?British Journal of Health Psychology.  16:642-659. 2011
    2011 Treatment of congenital hemiparesis with pediatric constraint-induced movement therapyJournal of Child Neurology.  26:1163-1173. 2011
    2011 A telerehabilitation platform for home-based automated therapy of arm function.Conference proceedings : ... Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. Annual Conference.  1819-1822. 2011
    2011 Sensor-enabled RFID system for monitoring arm activity in daily life.Conference proceedings : ... Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. Annual Conference.  5219-5223. 2011
    2010 Measurement structure of the wolf motor function test: Implications for motor control theoryNeurorehabilitation and Neural Repair.  24:791-801. 2010
    2010 The EXCITE stroke trial: Comparing early and delayed constraint-induced movement therapyStroke.  41:2309-2315. 2010
    2010 The measurement of upper extremity learned nonuse in progressive multiple sclerosisMultiple Sclerosis.  16:1018-1019. 2010
    2009 Caregiver characteristics predict stroke survivor quality of life at 4 months and 1 yearResearch in Nursing and Health.  32:592-605. 2009
    2009 A Behavioral Observation System for Quantifying Arm Activity in Daily Life After StrokeRehabilitation Psychology.  54:398-403. 2009
    2009 Minimal detectable change scores for the wolf motor function testNeurorehabilitation and Neural Repair.  23:662-667. 2009
    2009 Improvement after constraint-induced movement therapy is independent of infarct location in chronic stroke patientsStroke.  40:2468-2472. 2009
    2008 Constraint-Induced Movement therapy can improve hemiparetic progressive multiple sclerosis. Preliminary findingsMultiple Sclerosis.  14:992-994. 2008
    2008 MRI infarction load and CI therapy outcomes for chronic post-stroke hemiparesisRestorative Neurology and Neuroscience.  26:13-33. 2008
    2008 Poststroke cerebral peduncular atrophy correlates with a measure of corticospinal tract injury in the cerebral hemisphereAmerican Journal of Neuroradiology.  29:354-358. 2008
    2008 Remodeling the brain: plastic structural brain changes produced by different motor therapies after stroke.Stroke.  39:1520-1525. 2008
    2008 Retention of upper limb function in stroke survivors who have received constraint-induced movement therapy: the EXCITE randomised trialLancet Neurology.  7:33-40. 2008
    2007 Pediatric CI therapy for stroke-induced hemiparesis in young childrenPediatric Rehabilitation.  10:3-18. 2007
    2006 Autonomously adapting robotic assistance for rehabilitation therapyProceedings of the First IEEE/RAS-EMBS International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics, 2006, BioRob 2006.  2006:567-572. 2006
    2006 Effect of constraint-induced movement therapy on upper extremity function 3 to 9 months after stroke: The EXCITE randomized clinical trialJournal of the American Medical Association.  296:2095-2104. 2006
    2006 Fragile self-esteem and affective instability in posttraumatic stress disorderBehaviour Research and Therapy.  44:1609-1619. 2006
    2006 The Motor Activity Log-28: Assessing daily use of the hemiparetic arm after strokeNeurology.  67:1189-1194. 2006
    2006 Validity of Accelerometry for Monitoring Real-World Arm Activity in Patients With Subacute Stroke: Evidence From the Extremity Constraint-Induced Therapy Evaluation TrialArchives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.  87:1340-1345. 2006
    2006 The learned nonuse phenomenon: Implications for rehabilitationEuropa Medicophysica.  42:241-255. 2006
    2006 A telerehabilitation approach to delivery of constraint-induced movement therapyJournal of Rehabilitation Research and Development.  43:391-399. 2006
    2006 A treatment for a chronic stroke patient with a plegic hand combining CI therapy with conventional rehabilitation procedures: Case reportNeuroRehabilitation.  21:167-176. 2006
    2006 Constraint-Induced Movement therapy: Answers and questions after two decades of researchNeuroRehabilitation.  21:93-95. 2006
    2006 Contribution of the shaping and restraint components of Constraint-Induced Movement therapy to Treatment OutcomeNeuroRehabilitation.  21:147-156. 2006
    2006 Employment in households with stroke after Constraint-Induced Movement therapyNeuroRehabilitation.  21:157-165. 2006
    2006 The influence of neuropsychological characteristics on the use of CI therapy with persons with traumatic brain injuryNeuroRehabilitation.  21:131-137. 2006
    2006 A placebo-controlled trial of constraint-induced movement therapy for upper extremity after strokeStroke.  37:1045-1049. 2006
    2006 Social anxiety and posttraumatic stress in combat veterans: Relations to well-being and character strengthsBehaviour Research and Therapy.  44:561-583. 2006
    2006 Gratitude and hedonic and eudaimonic well-being in Vietnam war veteransBehaviour Research and Therapy.  44:177-199. 2006
    2005 Use of CI therapy for improving motor ability after chronic cns damage: A development prefigured by Paul Bach-y-RitaJournal of Integrative Neuroscience.  4:465-477. 2005
    2005 Constraint-induced movement therapy for recovery of upper-limb function following traumatic brain injuryJournal of Rehabilitation Research and Development.  42:769-778. 2005
    2005 Reliability and validity of the upper-extremity motor activity log-14 for measuring real-world arm useStroke.  36:2493-2496. 2005
    2005 Ambulatory monitoring of arm movement using accelerometry: An objective measure of upper-extremity rehabilitation in persons with chronic strokeArchives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.  86:1498-1501. 2005
    2005 AutoCITE: Automated delivery of CI therapy with reduced effort by therapistsStroke.  36:1301-1304. 2005
    2005 Unilateral cerebral peduncular atrophy progresses for decades after strokeNeurology.  64:A110-A110. 2005
    2005 Implications of the learned nonuse formulation for measuring rehabilitation outcomes: Lessons from constraint-induced movement therapyRehabilitation Psychology.  50:34-42. 2005
    2005 Distributed form of constraint-induced movement therapy improves functional outcome and quality of life after strokeArchives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.  86:204-209. 2005
    2004 Automated Constraint-Induced Therapy Extension (AutoCITE) for movement deficits after stroke.Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development.  41:249-258. 2004
    2004 Automated constraint-induced therapy extension (AutoCITE) for movement deficits after strokeJournal of Rehabilitation Research and Development.  41:249-257. 2004
    2003 Constraint-Induced Movement therapy: Bridging from the primate laboratory to the stroke rehabilitation laboratoryScandinavian Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine.  35:34-40. 2003
    2003 Constraint-induced movement therapy: Bridging from the primate laboratory to the stroke rehabilitation laboratoryJournal of Rehabilitation Medicine -Supplements-.  34-40. 2003
    2003 Improved motor recovery after stroke and massive cortical reorganization following Constraint-Induced Movement TherapyPhysical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America.  14. 2003
    2003 Methods for a Multisite Randomized Trial to Investigate the Effect of Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy in Improving Upper Extremity Function among Adults Recovering from a Cerebrovascular StrokeNeurorehabilitation and Neural Repair.  17:137-152. 2003
    2002 New treatments in neurorehabiliation founded on basic researchNature Reviews Neuroscience.  3:228-236. 2002
    2001 The reliability of the wolf motor function test for assessing upper extremity function after strokeArchives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.  82:750-755. 2001
    2000 Goal instability and adjustment to physical disabilityJournal of Counseling Psychology.  47:251-265. 2000
    2000 Goal instability and adjustment to physical disabilityJournal of Counseling Psychology.  47:251-265. 2000
    2000 Objective measurement of functional upper-extremity movement using accelerometer recordings transformed with a threshold filterStroke.  31:662-667. 2000
    1999 Constraint-induced Movement Therapy: A new family of techniques with broad application to physical rehabilitation - A clinical reviewJournal of Rehabilitation Research and Development.  36:237-251. 1999
    1998 Constraint-induced movement therapy: A new approach to treatment in physical rehabilitationRehabilitation Psychology.  43:152-170. 1998
    1997 Ethnic and minority issues in rehabilitation psychologyRehabilitation Psychology.  42:61-71. 1997
    1997 Accelerometers in rehabilitation: Objective measurement of extremity use at home.Rehabilitation Psychology.  42:139-139. 1997

    Chapter

    Year Title Altmetric
    2012 Happiness, Resilience, and Positive Growth Following Physical Disability: Issues for Understanding, Research, and Therapeutic Intervention 2012
    2010 You can teach an old dog new tricks: Harnessing neuroplasticity after brain injury in older adults.  104-129. 2010

    Research Overview

  • Dr. Uswatte has two main areas of research. The first is the role of behavioral factors in the development and treatment of physical disability after nervous system injury. The second is the study of human psychological strengths such as hope, kindness, and gratitude.

    Rehabilitation psychology, neurorehabilitation, neuroplasticity, health psychology, positive psychology
  • Education And Training

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Health/Medical Psychology, University of Alabama at Birmingham 2001
  • Master of Arts in Health / Medical Psychology, University of Alabama at Birmingham 1998
  • Bachelor of Arts in Economics, Princeton University 1991
  • Full Name

  • Gitendra Uswatte