Current Research

We are currently recruiting volunteers for several studies.
To learn more about how to get involved please click on the study title.

Synchrony of Movement in Latin Dance

We are searching for experienced salsa instructors to help analyze the movement of dancers from a video-recorded salsa class. If this describes you or somebody you know, click the link!

Rhythm and Gait After Stroke

In this research study, we set out to better understand how the ability to recognize a regular beat relates to people’s ability to walk symmetrically in for individuals who have had a stroke. For more information, follow the link above!

Survey of Pain and Joint Problems After Stroke

Survey of pain and joint problems after stroke

Have you had a stroke more than one year ago? We are interested in understanding other muscle and bone issues that you may be experiencing. Follow the link above to participate in our online survey!

Many people with stroke spend more time with their unaffected leg on the ground when walking (called temporal gait asymmetry or TGA). We think that TGA may cause musculoskeletal (MSK) problems in the legs. This study will characterize MSK issues and describe the relationship between MSK issues and TGA in people who have had a stroke at least 1 year ago.

Adapted dance classes for people with stroke: Randomized Controlled Trial

We think that participation in a dance program will improve gait and balance in people with stroke. This study will compare the effectiveness of a Dance Class and an Exercise and Relaxation Class by examining improvements in balance, gait, social connectedness and quality of life in people with chronic stroke.

Rhythm training in people with stroke

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We are looking to evaluate the effects of a music training program on walking patterns and rhythm in participants with chronic stroke. Click the link above for more details!

Recent Research

  1. Patterson KK, Wong SJ, Nguyen T, Brooks D. A dance program to improve gait and balance in individuals with chronic stroke: a feasibility study Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation. 2018 Article DOI: 10.1080/10749357.2018.1469714
  2. Campos C, DePaul VG, Knorr S, Wong JS, Mansfield A, Patterson KK. Validity of the ActiGraph activity monitor for individuals who walk slowly post-stroke Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation. 2018 Article DOI: 1080/10749357.2018.1446487
  3. Patterson KK, Wong SJ, Prout EC, Brooks D. Dance for the rehabilitation of balance and gait in adults with neurological conditions other than Parkinson’s disease: A systematic review Heliyon. 2018 Article DOI: 1016/j.heliyon.2018.e00584
  4. Patterson KK, Wong SJ, Knorr S, Grahn, JA. Rhythm perception and production abilities and their relationship to gait after stroke Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 2018 Article DOI: 10.1016/j.apmr.2018.01.009
  5. Vaughan-Graham J, Patterson KK, Zabjek K, Cott CA. Conceptualizing movement by expert Bobath instructors in neurological rehabilitation. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice. 2017. Article DOI: 10.1111/jep.12742
  6. Crosby LD, Marrocco S, Brown J, Patterson KK. A novel bilateral lower extremity mirror therapy intervention for individuals with stroke: a case series. Heliyon. 2016 Article DOI: 10.1016/j.heliyon.2016.e00208
  7. Dolatabadi E, Mansfield A, Patterson KK, Taati B, Mihailidis A. Mixture-model Clustering of Pathological Gait Patterson. IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics. Status – accepted on 2016 Nov 1. Article DOI: 10.1109/JBHI.2016.2633000
  8. Mansfield A, Aqui A, Fraser JE, Rajachandrakumar R, Lakhani B, Patterson KK. Can augmented feedback facilitate learning a reactive balance task among older adults? Experimental Brain Research. 2017 Jan;235(1):293-304. Article DOI: 10.1007/s00221-016-4790-6
  9. Patterson KK, Sibley KM. Arthritis and associated limitations in community-dwelling Canadians living with stroke. BMC Neurology. 2016 Jul 26; 16:114. Article DOI: 1186/s12883-016-0636-x
  10. Patterson KK, Inness EL, McIlroy WE, Mansfield A. A Retrospective Analysis of Post-Stroke Berg Balance Scale Scores: How Should Normal and At-Risk Scores Be Interpreted? Physiotherapy Canada. Status – accepted 2016 Jul 5. Article DOI: 10.3138/ptc.2015-73