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Daniel Peterson

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Asst Professor
Faculty, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 9020
Asst Professor
Faculty, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 9020
Biography

The Gait and Balance Disorders Laboratory focuses on understanding causes and treatments for mobility impairments in neurological populations including (but not limited to) people with Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis. Our overall goal is to improve gait, reduce falls, and increase quality of life in these groups. To understand gait and balance disorders and improve quality of life, we apply biomechanical (i.e. motion capture), neuropsychological (cognitive assessments), and imaging techniques (fMRI).

Current projects include: 1) characterizing biomechanics prior to and during slips (i.e. loss of balance) with and without divided attention; 2) measuring people's ability to improve responses to slips, and 3) identification of responders and non-responders to physical therapy, and 4) understanding cognitive factors related to falls. 

Education

Research Scientist:  Department of Veterans Affairs (Portland; Salt Lake City; 2014-2016)

Postdoc : Oregon Health & Science University (Neurology; 2013-2016)

PhD : Washington University in St. Louis (Movement Science; 2009-2013)

MSCI   (Master's in Clinical Investigation): Washington University in St. Louis (2011-2013)

MS : Pennsylvania State University (Kinesiology; 2006-2008)

BS:   University of Florida (Exercise Science; 2002-2006)

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Research Interests

My current work focuses on understanding the interaction between balance, postural control, and cognitive deficits in neurological populations such as people with Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis. In particular, I am interested in how gait and postural control can be improved by rehabilitation using principles of motor learning. I am also engaged in work to better understand reactive, or protective postural responses after a slip or trip in neurological populations. 

Publications

PubMed_Bibliography:https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/myncbi/daniel.peterson.6/bibliography/52615292/public/?sort=date&direction=descending

Schlenstedt C*, Mancini M, Horak FB, Peterson DS. Anticipatory postural adjustment during self-initiated, cued and compensatory stepping in healthy elderly and patients with Parkinson's disease. Accepted & In Press- Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation.

El-Gohary, M, Peterson DS, Gera G, Horak FB, & Huisinga J. Instrumented Push and Release Test (IPUSH) for Postural Stability Using Wearable Inertial Sensors. Accepted & In Press- Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation.

Peterson DS, Gera G, Horak FB, Fling BW. Corpus Callosum Structural Connectivity Predicts Postural Control Improvement in Persons with MS. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 27932696; DOI: 10.1177/1545968316680487

Peterson DS & Horak FB. (2016) Effects of levodopa on improvement in protective stepping in people with Parkinson’s disease. Neurorehabil Neural Repair. 2016 Nov;30(10):931-940. PMID: 27162165

Peterson DS, & Horak FB. (2016) Effects of Freezing of gait on improvement of protective stepping in people with Parkinson’s disease. Neuroscience 2016 Oct 15;334:283-289. PMID: 27530701

Peterson DS, Dijkstra BW*, & Horak FB. (2016) Postural motor learning in People with Parkinson's disease.  Journal of Neurology. 2016 Aug;263(8):1518-29. PMID: 27193311

Peterson DS & Horak FB. (2016) Effects of levodopa on improvement in protective stepping in people with Parkinson’s disease. Accepted & in Press: Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair

Peterson DS, Gera G, Horak FB, & Fling BW. (2016) Supraspinal control of postural responses in people with multiple sclerosis. Accepted & in Press: Gait & Posture

Peterson DS & Horak FB. (2016) Neural Control of Walking in People with Parkinson’s disease Physiology (Bethesda). 2016 Mar;31(2):95-107. doi: 10.1152/physiol.00034.2015.

Peterson DS, Huisinga J, Spain B, & Horak F. (2016) Compensatory Stepping in People with Multiple Sclerosis. Accepted & In Press: Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. [Epub ahead of print]. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2015.10.103. PMID: 26603657. EDITORS SELECTION, APRIL 2016

Peterson DS, King LA, Cohen RG, & Horak FB. (2016) Cognitive Contributions to Freezing of Gait in Parkinson Disease- Implications for Physical Rehabilitation. Physical Therapy Journal. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 26381808

Peterson DS & Smulders K. (2015) Cues and attention in Parkinsonian gait: Potential mechanisms and future directions. Front. Neurol., 08 Dec 2015. http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fneur.2015.00255

Peterson DS, Fling B, Mancini M, Cohen RG, Nutt J, & Horak FB. (2015) Dual Task Interference and Pedunculopontine Nucleus Connectivity in people with Parkinson’s Disease who Experience Freezing. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry; 86:786-792. doi:10.1136/jnnp-2014-308840.

Dijkstra BW*, Horak F, Kamsma Y, & Peterson DS. (2015) The Effects of Age on Postural Motor Learning in Compensatory Stepping. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience. Vol 7. ISSN: 1663-4365. DOI. 10.3389/fnagi.2015.00201

King LA, Peterson DS, Mancini M, Carlson-Kuhta P, Fling BW, Nutt J, Carter J, Winters-Stone KM, & Horak FB. (2015) Do cognitive measures and brain circuitry predict outcomes of exercise in Parkinson Disease: a randomized clinical trial. BMC Neurol. 2015 Oct 24;15(1):218. PubMed PMID: 26499867.

Peterson DS, Pickett KA, Perlmutter J, & Earhart GE. (2014) Gait Related Brain Activity in People with Parkinson Disease Who Experience Freezing of Gait. PLoS ONE; Mar;9(3):e90634.

Peterson DS, Pickett KA, Perlmutter J, & Earhart GE. (2013) Brain Activity during Complex Imagined Gait Tasks in Parkinson Disease. Clinical Neurophysiology. [Epub ahead of print] doi: 10.1016/j.clinph.2013.10.008.

Williams AJ, Peterson DS, Ionno M, & Earhart GE. (2013) Upper Extremity Freezing and Dyscoordination in Parkinson Disease: Effects of Amplitude and Cadence Manipulations. Parkinson Disease doi: 10.1155/2013/595378

Williams AJ, Peterson DS, & Earhart GE. (2013) Gait Coordination in Parkinson Disease: Effects of Step Length and Cadence Manipulations. Gait and Posture. Jun;38(2):340-4

Torry MR, Shelburne KB, Myers C, Giphart JE, Pennington W, Krong JP, Peterson DS, Steadman JR, & Woo SLY. (2013) High Knee Valgus in Female Subjects Does Not Yield Higher Anterior and Lateral Tibial Translations During Drop Landings: A Biplane Fluoroscopy Study. Journal of Orthopaedic Research Feb;31(2):257-67

Peterson DS, Plotnik M, Hausdorff J, & Earhart GM. (2012) Evidence for a relationship between bilateral coordination during complex gait tasks and freezing of gait in Parkinson’s disease, Parkinsonism and Related Disorders; 2012 Nov;18(9):1022-6. doi: 10.1016/j.parkreldis.2012.05.019.

Peterson DS, Pickett KA, & Earhart GM. (2012) Effects of Levodopa on Vividness of Motor Imagery in Parkinson Disease. Journal of Parkinson’s Disease; 2(2)127-133; doi: 10.3233/PJD-1012-12077

Pickett KA, Peterson DS, & Earhart GM. (2012) Motor imagery of gait tasks in individuals with Parkinson disease. Journal of Parkinson’s Disease, 2(1):19-22. doi: 10.3233/JPD-2012-11045

Torry MR, Shelburne KB, Peterson DS, Giphart JE, Krong JP, Myers C, Steadman JR, & Woo SLY. (2011) Knee Kinematic Profiles During Drop Landings: A Biplane Fluoroscopy Study, Medicine Science in Sports & Exercise. Mar;43(3):533-41. PMID: 20689456; doi: 10.1249/MSS.0b013e3181f1e491                                   

Myers CA, Torry MR, Peterson DS, Shelburne KB, Giphart JE, Krong J, Woo SLY, & Steadman JR. (2011) Measurements of Tibiofemoral Kinematics During Soft and Stiff Drop Landings Using Biplane Fluoroscopy. American Journal of Sports Medicine Aug;39(8):1714-22. PMID: 21602566

Torry MR, Myers C, Shelburne, KB, Peterson DS, Giphart JE, Pennington WW, Krong JP, Woo SLY, & Steadman, JR. (2011) Relationship of Knee Shear Force and Quadriceps Extensor Moment on Knee Translations in Females Performing Drop Landings: A Biplane Fluoroscopy Study. Clinical Biomechanics (26);1019-1024; doi:10.1016/j.clinbiomech.2011.06.010.

Peterson DS, Martin PE (2010) Effects of Age and Walking Speed on Coactivation and Cost of Walking in Healthy Adults. Gait and Posture. Mar; 31(3):355-9. PMID: 2010666

Research Activity

 

CURRENT RESEARCH SUPPORT

 

 

1) Funding Source: U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs / Career Development Award (CDA-2; RX002341)

Role: PI Total

Direct Costs: $721,117 Title: “Protective Step Training in People with Multiple Sclerosis”

Purpose: Understand the whether long-term protective step training can improve protective stepping in people with MS; identify predictors of responsiveness to perturbation training.

Effort: 7.5 calendar

Dates of Award: 10/2018 – 10/2023

 

2) Funding Source: Arizona State University & Mayo Medical Center / Pilot Seed Grant

Role: PI

Total Direct Costs: $50,000

Title: Dual-task Perturbation Training: A novel intervention for fall prevention in people with PD

Purpose: Determine whether people with Parkinson’s disease can improve protective stepping over 1-day of practice while attention is divided (i.e. under dual tasking scenario).

Effort: 0%

Dates of Award: 1/2018 – 1/2019

 

3) Funding Source: National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS) / Research Grant (RG-1701-26763)

Role: Co-I (PI: Dibble)

Total Direct Costs: $458,000 Subaward Costs to ASU / DSP: $32,880 / $32,880

Title: Gaze and postural stability in persons with MS at risk for falls: Characterizing deficits and response to treatment.

Purpose: The purpose of this RCT is to characterize the impact of task specific gaze and postural stability training on balance, dizziness, and vestibular function in people with MS.

Effort: 1 Cal month / year (for 3 years)

Dates of Award: 10/2017-10/2020

 

4) Funding Source: National Multiple Sclerosis Society / Pilot Grant

Role: Co-PI (Co-PI: Fling)

Total Direct Costs: $40,000 Subaward Costs to ASU / DSP: $13,607 / $13,607

Title: Interhemispheric communication in people with MS: Implications for balance and mobility

Purpose: Investigate how interhemispheric communication is altered in people with MS, and how this may impact motor performance and learning.

Effort: 1 calendar months

Dates of Award: 03/2018 – 02/2019

 

Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
KIN 492Honors Directed Study
KIN 493Honors Thesis
KIN 494Special Topics
KIN 499Individualized Instruction
EXW 584Internship
EXW 590Reading and Conference
KIN 598Special Topics
EXW 692Research
EXW 792Research
EXW 799Dissertation
Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
EXW 599Thesis
NTR 692Research
NTR 792Research
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
KIN 492Honors Directed Study
KIN 493Honors Thesis
KIN 494Special Topics
KIN 499Individualized Instruction
KIN 590Reading and Conference
EXW 592Research
EXW 692Research
EXW 792Research
EXW 799Dissertation
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
KIN 492Honors Directed Study
KIN 494Special Topics
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
KIN 494Special Topics
KIN 499Individualized Instruction
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
KIN 494Special Topics