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10-25-2012

Bhavana Raja Appointed Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy at Clarkson University

Bhavana Raja has been appointed assistant professor of physical therapy at Clarkson University.

Bhavana RajaShe received her bachelor in physical therapy degree from Nanak Dev University, India, and her doctoral degree from the University of Florida.

Before coming to Clarkson, she was staff physiotherapist at Civil Hospital, Rajpura, India. She also was an adjunct assistant professor at Holy Names University in Oakland, Calif., and has been a teaching assistant in neuroscience.

Her teaching interests include biomechanics, neuroscience, neuro-rehabilitation, statistics and research methods.

As a research fellow, Raja worked on a project on the interlimb coordination of hemiparetic walking. She also worked as a research assistant at the Human Motor Performance Laboratory at the Veterans Administration in Gainesville, Fla., for more than four years. There, she investigated the role of non-paretic leg and interlimb coordination as it relates to recovery of walking post-stroke.

She has had a manuscript, “Magnitude and Rate of Limb Loading and Unloading During Hemiparetic Gait Is Asymmetric and Related To Leg Kinematics,” accepted in the Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development, and “Coordination of the Non-paretic Leg during Hemiparetic Gait: Expected and Novel Compensatory Patterns” accepted for the Journal of Clinical Biomechanics.

Raja is licensed to practice physical therapy in India and in the state of New York.

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