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

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    2018 Comparison of reproducibility of single voxel spectroscopy and whole-brain magnetic resonance spectroscopy imaging at 3T 2018
    2018 Phase II Randomized Controlled Trial of Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy in Multiple Sclerosis. Part 1: Effects on Real-World Function 2018
    2018 Phase II Randomized Controlled Trial of Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy in Multiple Sclerosis. Part 2: Effect on White Matter Integrity 2018
    2018 The Pediatric SmartShoe: Wearable Sensor System for Ambulatory Monitoring of Physical Activity and Gait 2018
    2018 Rehabilitation of stroke patients with plegic hands: Randomized controlled trial of expanded Constraint-Induced Movement therapy 2018
    2018 Relation of white matter hyperintensities and motor deficits in chronic stroke 2018
    2017 Relation of depressive symptoms to outcome of CI movement therapy after stroke 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 hemiparesis 2017
    2017 Assessing the amount of spontaneous real-world spoken language in aphasia: Validation of two methods 2017
    2017 Upper extremity motor training of a subject with initially motor complete chronic high tetraplegia using constraint-induced biofeedback therapy. 2017
    2016 Translation and cross cultural adaptation of the pediatric motor activity log-revised scale 2016
    2015 Everyday movement and use of the arms: Relationship in children with hemiparesis differs from adults 2015
    2014 Implications of CI therapy for visual deficit training 2014
    2014 The functional significance of cortical reorganization and the parallel development of CI therapy 2014
    2014 Network of movement and proximity sensors for monitoring upper-extremity motor activity after stroke: Proof of principle 2014
    2014 An enhanced protocol for constraint-induced aphasia therapy II: A case series 2014
    2014 Diffusion tensor imaging study of the response to constraint-induced movement therapy of children with hemiparetic cerebral palsy and adults with chronic stroke 2014
    2014 Importance for CP rehabilitation of transfer of motor improvement to everyday life 2014
    2014 Motor recovery from constraint induced movement therapy is not constrained by extent of tissue damage following stroke 2014
    2013 Constraint-induced movement therapy: A family of neurorehabilitation treatments that harnesses the plasticity of the central nervous system 2013
    2013 Promoting physical activity: Fertile ground for rehabilitation psychology 2013
    2013 Method for enhancing real-world use of a more affected arm in chronic stroke: Transfer package of constraint-induced movement therapy 2013
    2013 Structural neuroplastic change after constraint-induced movement therapy in children with cerebral palsy 2013
    2013 Constraint-induced movement therapy for the lower extremities in multiple sclerosis: Case series with 4-year follow-up 2013
    2013 Constraint-induced movement therapy combined with conventional neurorehabilitation techniques in chronic stroke patients with plegic hands: A case series 2013
    2013 Constraint-induced movement therapy: A method for harnessing neuroplasticity to treat motor disorders 2013
    2012 Pediatric arm function test: Reliability and validity for assessing more-affected arm motor capacity in children with cerebral palsy 2012
    2012 The pediatric motor activity log-Revised: Assessing real-world arm use in children with cerebral palsy 2012
    2012 Sensor-enabled RFID system for monitoring arm activity: Reliability and validity 2012
    2012 Brain parenchymal fraction predicts motor improvement following intensive task-oriented motor rehabilitation for chronic stroke 2012
    2012 Atrophy of spared gray matter tissue predicts poorer motor recovery and rehabilitation response in chronic stroke 2012
    2011 A telerehabilitation platform for home-based automated therapy of arm function 2011
    2011 Sensor-enabled RFID system for monitoring arm activity in daily life 2011
    2011 A telerehabilitation platform for home-based automated therapy of arm function. 2011
    2011 Family caregivers' attributions about care-recipient behaviour: Does caregiver relationship satisfaction mediate the attribution-distress relationship? 2011
    2011 Treatment of congenital hemiparesis with pediatric constraint-induced movement therapy 2011
    2011 Sensor-enabled RFID system for monitoring arm activity in daily life. 2011
    2010 Measurement structure of the wolf motor function test: Implications for motor control theory 2010
    2010 The EXCITE stroke trial: Comparing early and delayed constraint-induced movement therapy 2010
    2010 The measurement of upper extremity learned nonuse in progressive multiple sclerosis 2010
    2009 Caregiver characteristics predict stroke survivor quality of life at 4 months and 1 year 2009
    2009 A Behavioral Observation System for Quantifying Arm Activity in Daily Life After Stroke 2009
    2009 Minimal detectable change scores for the wolf motor function test 2009
    2009 Improvement after constraint-induced movement therapy is independent of infarct location in chronic stroke patients 2009
    2008 Constraint-Induced Movement therapy can improve hemiparetic progressive multiple sclerosis. Preliminary findings 2008
    2008 MRI infarction load and CI therapy outcomes for chronic post-stroke hemiparesis 2008
    2008 Poststroke cerebral peduncular atrophy correlates with a measure of corticospinal tract injury in the cerebral hemisphere 2008
    2008 Remodeling the brain: plastic structural brain changes produced by different motor therapies after stroke. 2008
    2008 Retention of upper limb function in stroke survivors who have received constraint-induced movement therapy: the EXCITE randomised trial 2008
    2007 Pediatric CI therapy for stroke-induced hemiparesis in young children 2007
    2006 Autonomously adapting robotic assistance for rehabilitation therapy 2006
    2006 Effect of constraint-induced movement therapy on upper extremity function 3 to 9 months after stroke: The EXCITE randomized clinical trial 2006
    2006 Fragile self-esteem and affective instability in posttraumatic stress disorder 2006
    2006 The Motor Activity Log-28: Assessing daily use of the hemiparetic arm after stroke 2006
    2006 Validity of Accelerometry for Monitoring Real-World Arm Activity in Patients With Subacute Stroke: Evidence From the Extremity Constraint-Induced Therapy Evaluation Trial 2006
    2006 The learned nonuse phenomenon: Implications for rehabilitation 2006
    2006 A telerehabilitation approach to delivery of constraint-induced movement therapy 2006
    2006 A treatment for a chronic stroke patient with a plegic hand combining CI therapy with conventional rehabilitation procedures: Case report 2006
    2006 Constraint-Induced Movement therapy: Answers and questions after two decades of research 2006
    2006 Contribution of the shaping and restraint components of Constraint-Induced Movement therapy to Treatment Outcome 2006
    2006 Employment in households with stroke after Constraint-Induced Movement therapy 2006
    2006 The influence of neuropsychological characteristics on the use of CI therapy with persons with traumatic brain injury 2006
    2006 A placebo-controlled trial of constraint-induced movement therapy for upper extremity after stroke 2006
    2006 Social anxiety and posttraumatic stress in combat veterans: Relations to well-being and character strengths 2006
    2006 Gratitude and hedonic and eudaimonic well-being in Vietnam war veterans 2006
    2005 Use of CI therapy for improving motor ability after chronic cns damage: A development prefigured by Paul Bach-y-Rita 2005
    2005 Constraint-induced movement therapy for recovery of upper-limb function following traumatic brain injury 2005
    2005 Reliability and validity of the upper-extremity motor activity log-14 for measuring real-world arm use 2005
    2005 Ambulatory monitoring of arm movement using accelerometry: An objective measure of upper-extremity rehabilitation in persons with chronic stroke 2005
    2005 AutoCITE: Automated delivery of CI therapy with reduced effort by therapists 2005
    2005 Unilateral cerebral peduncular atrophy progresses for decades after stroke 2005
    2005 Implications of the learned nonuse formulation for measuring rehabilitation outcomes: Lessons from constraint-induced movement therapy 2005
    2005 Distributed form of constraint-induced movement therapy improves functional outcome and quality of life after stroke 2005
    2004 Automated Constraint-Induced Therapy Extension (AutoCITE) for movement deficits after stroke. 2004
    2004 Automated constraint-induced therapy extension (AutoCITE) for movement deficits after stroke 2004
    2003 Constraint-Induced Movement therapy: Bridging from the primate laboratory to the stroke rehabilitation laboratory 2003
    2003 Constraint-induced movement therapy: Bridging from the primate laboratory to the stroke rehabilitation laboratory 2003
    2003 Improved motor recovery after stroke and massive cortical reorganization following Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy 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 Stroke 2003
    2002 New treatments in neurorehabiliation founded on basic research 2002
    2001 The reliability of the wolf motor function test for assessing upper extremity function after stroke 2001
    2000 Goal instability and adjustment to physical disability 2000
    2000 Goal instability and adjustment to physical disability 2000
    2000 Objective measurement of functional upper-extremity movement using accelerometer recordings transformed with a threshold filter 2000
    1999 Constraint-induced Movement Therapy: A new family of techniques with broad application to physical rehabilitation - A clinical review 1999
    1998 Constraint-induced movement therapy: A new approach to treatment in physical rehabilitation 1998
    1997 Ethnic and minority issues in rehabilitation psychology 1997
    1997 Accelerometers in rehabilitation: Objective measurement of extremity use at home. 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
  • Teaching Activities

  • PY216 - Elementary Statistical Methods (Fall Term 2019) 2019
  • PY216 - Elementary Statistical Methods (Fall Term 2019) 2019
  • PY216 - Elementary Statistical Methods (Spring Term 2019) 2019
  • PY718 - Advanced Research Design (Spring Term 2019) 2019
  • PY216L - Statistical Methods Laboratory (Fall Term 2018) 2018
  • PY216L - Statistical Methods Laboratory (Fall Term 2018) 2018
  • PY700 - Foundations of Research Design (Fall Term 2018) 2018
  • PY718 - Research Design (Spring Term 2018) 2018
  • PY420 - Special Topics (Fall Term 2017) 2017
  • PY420 - Special Topics (Fall Term 2016) 2016
  • PY718 - Research Design (Spring Term 2016) 2016
  • PY420 - Special Topics (Fall Term 2015) 2015
  • PY718 - Research Design (Spring Term 2015) 2015
  • PY420 - Special Topics (Fall Term 2014) 2014
  • PY420 - Special Topics (Spring Term 2014) 2014
  • PY718 - Research Design (Spring Term 2014) 2014
  • PY420 - Special Topics (Fall Term 2013) 2013
  • PY718 - Research Design (Spring Term 2013) 2013
  • BME799 - Dissertation Research (Spring Term 2012) 2012
  • PY718 - Research Design (Spring Term 2012) 2012
  • BME799 - Dissertation Research (Fall Term 2011) 2011
  • PY214 - Elem Stats Methods and Design (Fall Term 2011) 2011
  • BME799 - Dissertation Research (Spring Term 2011) 2011
  • LCS107 - FS: Sci & Phil of a Good Life (Fall Term 2010) 2010
  • BME799 - Dissertation Research (Summer Term 2010) 2010
  • PY718 - Research Design (Summer Term 2010) 2010
  • BME799 - Dissertation Research (Spring Term 2010) 2010
  • LCS107 - Fr Sem: What is a Good Life? (Fall Term 2009) 2009
  • PY420 - Contemporary Issues in Psych (Spring Term 2009) 2009
  • PY718 - Research Design (Summer Term 2008) 2008
  • PY214 - Elem Stats Methods and Design (Spring Term 2008) 2008
  • PY420 - Contemporary Issues in Psych (Fall Term 2007) 2007
  • Full Name

  • Gitendra Uswatte