Assistant Professor

Dr. Mohapatra specializes in designing novel assessment tools for mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI) and Post Concussion Syndrome (PCS). Specifically, his assessments utilize both behavioral and neurophysiological based outcome measures.

Dr. Mohapatra also has the expertise is designing novel rehabilitation paradigms to improve recovery of motor functions post-stroke. He is trained in Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and has used this technique to correlate neurophysiology with specific motor outcomes.

Research and/or Creative Works

  • Mountain West Clinical Translation Research Infrastructure Network, 2017-2018. NIGMS-NIH. Role- PI, Amount: $66,000. Title: Rapid screening of TBI in student athletes and veterans of rural mountain west.
  • Clinical Translational Research Program- American Indian/Alaskan Native, 2017. NIGMS-NIH. Role- PI, Amount: $55,000. Title: Rapid screening of TBI in American Indians.
  • Mountain West Clinical Translation Research Infrastructure Network, 2016. Visiting Fellowship Award. Role-Mentor. PI: Hyunhwa Lee, Amount: $9,342 Title: Early detection of Neurodegeneration after Concussion with Peripheral Blood Markers and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation.
  • Montana University System Research Initiative, 2015-2017. Role- Co-I with 10% effort. PI: Matthew Byerly, Amount: $1,462,158. Title: Synergistic improvement in diagnosis and treatment of mental illness, Dementia and chronic illness.
  • Montana University System Research Initiative. 2015-2017. Role- Co-I with 25% effort. PI: Sarj Patel. Amount: $2,234,834 Title: Translational Science at the Neural Injury Center: Expanding Clinical Services, Establishing Diagnostic Testing, and Developing Novel Therapeutic Interventions for Traumatic Brain Injury Survivors.
  • University Grant Program, 2015-2016. Role- PI. University of Montana. Amount: $5000 Title: Mechanisms of fatigue in chronic stroke.
  • Postdoctoral fellowship. 2012-2014. Role- Fellow, PI: Barbara Bregmam. Amount: $150,000/year Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training, NIDDR. Title: Mechanisms of arm recovery in individuals with severe stroke.
  • Predoctoral fellowship. Role- PI. 2012-2013. Amount: $8000 Chancellors Graduate Research Fellowship, University of Illinois at Chicago. Title: Virtual reality and its role in rehabilitation.


  • Kunker K, Peters MD, Mohapatra S. Long-term impact of mild traumatic brain injury on postural stability and executive function. Neurological Sciences, 2020, Feb 24.
  • Lee H, Lee S, Salado L, Estrada J, White J, Muthukumar V, Lee S-P, and Mohapatra S. Proof-of-Concept Testing of a Real-Time mHealth Measure to Estimate Postural Control During Walking: A Potential Application for Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries. Asian/Pacific Island Nursing Journal, 2019, 3(4).
  • Danna-Dos-Santos A, Magalhães AT, Silva BA, Duarte BS, Barros GL, Silva MFC, Silva CS, Mohapatra S, Degani AM, Cardoso VS. Upright balance control strategies during pregnancy. Gait & Posture, 2018 Oct;66:7-12.
  • Danna-dos-Santos A, Mohapatra S, Santos MM, Degani AM. Long term effects of mild traumatic brain injuries to oculomotor tracking performances and reaction times to simple environmental stimuli. Scientific Reports, 2018 Mar DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-22825-5.
  • Ida Hirofumi, Mohapatra S, & Aruin A.S. Control of vertical posture while initiating a step over a real or virtual obstacle. Experimental Brain Research, 2017 Mar 7 235 (6): 1677-1687.
  • Degani AM, Santos MM, Leonard CT, Rau T, Patel S, Mohapatra S, Danna-dos-Santos A. The effects of mild traumatic brain injury on postural control. Brain Injury, 2016 Dec 12; 31(1):49-56.
  • Mohapatra S, Harrington R, Chan E, Dromerick A, Breceda E, Harris-Love M. Role of contralesional hemisphere in paretic arm reaching in patients with severe arm paresis due to stroke: A preliminary report. Neuroscience Letters, 2016 Mar 23; 617:52-8.
  • Winstein CJ, Wolf SL, Dromerick AW, Lane CJ, Nelsen MA, Lewthwaite R, Cen SY, Azen SP; Interdisciplinary Comprehensive Arm Rehabilitation Evaluation (ICARE) Investigative Team (Mohapatra S). Effect of a Task-Oriented Rehabilitation Program on Upper Extremity Recovery Following Motor Stroke: The ICARE Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA. 2016 Feb 9; 315(6):571-81.
  • Ida Hirofumi, Mohapatra S, & Aruin A.S. How does foot elevation height during upright standing affect the activity of leg muscles on the supporting and lifting side? International Journal of Psychophysiology, 2014; 94(2): 255.
  • Mohapatra S, Chan E, Harrington R, Dromerick A,Turkeltaub P and Harris-Love M. Role of Non-Lesioned Hemisphere in Affected Arm Reaching Movements After Severe Stroke: A Pilot Study. Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 2014 Oct; 95(10): e26.
  • Mohapatra S, Chan E, Breceda Tinoco E, Cohen L, Dromerick A and Harris-Love M. Behavioral and physiological effects of unilateral and bilateral reaching practice in individuals with severe stroke. Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 2013 Oct; 94(10): e35.
  • Mohapatra S, Kukkar K, Aruin A.S. Support surface related changes in feedforward and feedback control of standing posture. Journal of EMG & Kinesiology, 2014 Feb; 24(1): 144-52.
  • Mohapatra S, Aruin A.S. Static and dynamic visual cues and its effect on postural control during external perturbations. Experimental Brain Research, 2013 Jan; 224(1): 25-34.
  • Mohapatra S, Eviota A.C, Ringquist K.L, Muthukrishnan Sri R, Aruin A.S. Compelled body weight shift technique to facilitate rehabilitation of individuals with acute stroke, ISRN- Rehabilitation, 2012 May; 2012: 1-7.
  • Mohapatra S, Krishnan V, Aruin A.S. Postural control in response to an external perturbation: effect of altered proprioceptive information. Experimental Brain Research, 2012 Mar; 217(2): 197-208.
  • Mohapatra S, Krishnan V, Aruin A.S. The effect of decreased visual acuity on control of posture. Clinical Neurophysiology, 2012 Jan; 123(1):173-82.

Awards and Recognition

  • University of Montana Faculty Merit Award - 2017

Associations and Affiliations

  • American Physical Therapy Association
  • Vermont Physical Therapy Association
  • American Society of Neurorehabilitation
Sambit Mohapatra

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Noninvasive brain stimulation, assessment and interventions in mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Post-Concussion Syndrome, recovery of motor functions post-stroke


  • Postdoctoral Research Fellowship; Georgetown University, Washington D.C.
  • Ph.D., Rehabilitation Science (Neuroscience); University of Illinois - Chicago
  • M.S., Kinesiology (Motor Control); University of Illinois - Chicago
  • B.Sc. (Honors) Physical Therapy; University of Delhi, Delhi, India


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Office Location:

306C Rowell Building

Office Hours:

By Appointment

Courses Taught

  • DPT 405 - Clinical medicine
  • DPT 493/494/495 - Doctoral Research Project I / II / III
  • DPT 423/424/425 - Neurological Management I / II / III