Assistant Professor

Dr. Peters’ primary area of expertise concerns neural correlates of motor impairment and recovery, with an emphasis on walking function, after neurologic injury such as stroke and spinal cord injury. Her research focuses on brain-behavior relationships by utilizing MRI (diffusion tensor imaging), quantitative measures of motor function (EMG, kinetics), and clinical measures of impairment and activity. Dr. Peters has additional interests in neurologic rehabilitation strategies and outcome measure assessment.

Publications

  • Peters DM, Thibaudier Y, Deffeyes JE, Hayes HB, Baer G, Trumbower RD. Constraints on stance-phase force production during overground walking in persons with chronic incomplete spinal cord injury. Journal of Neurotrauma. (2017, in press).
  • Trumbower RD, Peters DM, Wolf SL. Interfacing Engineering Technology and Rehabilitation: A New Frontier for Physical Therapy. Independent Study Course 27.4, Frontiers in Orthopaedic Science. June 2017.
  • Middleton A, Merlo AM, Peters DM, Greene JV, Blanck EL, Moran R, Fritz SL. Body weight supported treadmill training is no better than overground training for individuals with chronic stroke, a randomized control trial. Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation. 2014; 21(6): 462-476.
  • Peters DM, Jain S, Liuzzo DM, Middleton A, Greene J, Blanck E, Sun S, Raman R, Fritz SL. Individuals with chronic traumatic brain injury improve walking speed and mobility with Intensive Mobility Training. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 2014; 95(8): 1454-1460.
  • Reynolds AM, Peters DM, Vendemia JMC, Smith LP, Sweet RC, Baylis G, Krotish D, Fritz SL, Rorden C. Voxel-based lesion symptom mapping and motor impairment after stroke. Neural Regeneration Research. 2014; 9(7): 766-772.
  • Peters DM, McPherson AK, Fletcher B, McClenaghan BA, Fritz SL. Counting repetitions: an observational study of video game play in people with chronic poststroke hemiparesis. Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy. 2013; 37(3): 105-111.
  • Peters DM, Fritz SL, Krotish DE. Assessing the reliability and validity of a shorter walk test compared with the 10-Meter Walk Test for measurements of gait speed in healthy, older adults. Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy. 2013; 36(1): 24-30.

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

  • Neural correlates of motor impairment and recovery post-stroke
  • Gait rehabilitation and neuromechanics
  • Structural neuroimaging

Education

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Neurophysiology and Neurorehabilitation, Emory University
  • Ph.D., Exercise Science/Rehabilitation Sciences, University of South Carolina
  • D.P.T., University of South Carolina
  • B.S., Psychology, University of Alabama-Birmingham

Contact

Courses Taught

  • PT 345 - Neurological Patient Management I
  • PT 319 - Movement Science II – Lifespan Motor Development