Deborah D Espy (Debbie), PT, PhD
 Title: Assistant Professor
 Dept: Health Sciences
 Office: HS 106
 Phone: 216-687-3554
 Email: D.ESPY@csuohio.edu
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. HS 106, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Research Keywords:
balance, exercise dosage, exercise intensity, balance training, motor learning, real-time feedback, sensor technologies, virtual reality, interactive video games, knowledge translation
 
Education:
Ph.D., Movement Science, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2010
PT, Physical Therapy, Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University, 1992
B.A., Biology/Pre-Physical Therapy, College of Wooster, 1989
 
Brief Bio:
My clinical background includes acute care, inpatient and outpatient neuro-rehabilitation, assistive technology, and geriatrics.  My research interests are in the areas of motor learning, postural control, balance training, fall prevention, exercise dosage, therapeutic aspects of video gaming and virtual reality, and the use of sensor technologies to provide exercise and motor learning feedback.
 
Professional Affiliations:
American Physical Therapy Association (Section on Research, Neurology Section, Geriatrics Section, and Education Section)

International Society for Posture and Gait Research
 
Professional Experience:
Assistant Professor, Physical Therapy, College of Sciences and Health
Professions, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH (from 2010)

Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor, Physical Therapy, College of Applied Health Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL (2010)

Graduate Research Assistant, Physical Therapy, College of Applied Health Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL (2005-2009)

Graduate Assistant, Specialist in Physical Therapy; College of Applied Health Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL (2003-2009)

Assistive Technology Specialist, Department of Disability and Human and Development, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL (1995-96, 2000-01)

Clinical Senior Physical Therapist, University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center, Chicago, IL (1997-99, 2001-03)

Director of Rehab Services, Norton and Asc. Rehab Services, Boston, MA (1996-97)

Physical Therapist, University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center,Chicago, IL (1993-96)

Staff Physical Therapist, Grant Hospital, Chicago, IL (1992-93)
 
Professional Service:
Secretary, Balance and Falls SIG of The Neurology Section of the APTA, 2012-2015
Northeast Ohio Clinical Education Consortium (NEOCEC) Advisory Board Member (from 2012)
 
Research Grants:
CSU Faculty Research Development (FRD) Program, Espy (PI) 07/01/2012-12/31/2013
Development of the Technology for the Exercise Tutor: a System for Proxy Exercise Guidance.

CSU Undergraduate Research Engaged Learning Grant,  Reinthal (PI) 06/01/2014-09/01/2014
Utilization of feedback from inertial vs. Kinect sensors in improving exercise accuracy.  
Role: Co-PI

CSU Undergraduate Research Engaged Learning Grant, Espy(PI) 06/01/2013-09/01/2013
Design, build and testing of a surface translation balance training device.

CSU Undergraduate Research Engaged Learning Grant: Espy(PI) 06/01/2012-09/01/2012
Comparison of Responses in Proactive vs. Reactive Balance Control.

CSU Undergraduate Research Engaged Learning Grant:   Espy(PI) 06/01/2011-09/01/2011
Development and Validation of Methods to Rate Components of a  Balance Training Program