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Providence VA Medical Center, Rhode Island


Susan D'Andrea, PhD

Susan D'andrea, PhD  Susan E. D’Andrea, PhD
Director of Gait and Motion Analysis Laboratory, PVAMC
Assistant Professor (Research) in the Department of Orthopaedics, Brown University
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Dr. D’Andrea is Director of Gait and Motion Analysis Laboratory at the Providence VA Medical Center and Assistant Professor (Research) in the Department of Orthopaedics at Brown University. She is responsible for the research efforts in the lab which are focused on use of motion capture technology to drive the decision making process for design of devices and treatment of patients. She is currently running several studies in the lab to (1) evaluate rehabilitation using virtual reality technologies for individuals with lower limb amputation; (2) use biplanar videoradiography to evaluate the fit and function of prosthetic sockets; (3) develop augmented reality tools for gait dysfunction, (4) develop new algorithms for wearable sensors (5) evaluate foot function both with and without shoes and (6) is working towards understanding the interactions of virtual reality, transcranial direct current stimulation and rehabilitation in stroke patients. She has worked on projects funded from NASA, National Institute of Health (NIH), the Department of Defense (DoD), Department of Veterans Affairs as well as industry sponsored projects. Previously, Dr. D’Andrea was a researcher at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Ohio and has held faculty positions at Barry University, Florida International University and Cleveland State University. She held the position of Director of Clinical Research at Afferent Corporation, a small startup company in Rhode Island. Dr. D’Andrea has worked in the field of musculoskeletal biomechanics for the past 20 years has experience in pediatric gait, amputee gait, running biomechanics, balance and posture and neuromotor control. Dr. D’Andrea received her bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Connecticut, a masters degree in bioengineering from Clemson University and a doctorate in biomedical engineering from the Ohio State University.

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