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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: 

Daniel Peterson's 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. His group's 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, Peterson's team applies biomechanical (i.e. motion capture), neuropsychological (cognitive assessments) and imaging techniques (fMRI).

Current projects in the Peterson lab 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. 

Prior to his appointment at ASU, Peterson was a research scientist with the Department of Veterans Affairs in Portland and Salt Lake City (2014-2016).

Education: 
  • Postdoctoral Fellow. Neurology, Oregon Health & Science University 2013-2016
  • Ph.D. Movement Science, Washington University in St. Louis 2013
  • M.S.C.I. Clinical Investigation, Washington University in St. Louis 2013
  • M.S. Kinesiology, Pennsylvania State University 2008
  • B.S. Exercise Science, University of Florida 2006
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We seek to understand behaviors linked to falls (balance, gait, cognition) and leverage this information to improve rehabilitati

Our Approach in the Gait and Balance Dysfunction Laboratory

We seek to understand behaviors linked to falls (balance, gait, cognition) and leverage this information to improve rehabilitative care. We also utilize imaging approaches to understand the underlying causes of poor mobility
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/myncbi/daniel.peterson.6/bibliography/public/

Selected, recent citations:

  1. Peterson DSC, Van Liew, Stuart S, Horak FB, Mancini M. (2020) Relating Parkinson freezing and balance domains: A structural equation modeling approach. Parkinsonism Relat Disord. 2020 Aug 25;79:73-78. doi: 10.1016/j.parkreldis.2020.08.027. PMID: 32889503
  2. Peterson DSC, Barajas J, Denney L, Mehta S. (2020) Backward Protective Stepping During Dual-Task Scenarios in People With Parkinson’s Disease: A Pilot Study. Neurorehabilitation & Neural Repair. Aug;34(8):702-710. doi: 10.1177/1545968320935814. Epub 2020 Jul 7. PMID: 32633614
  3. Van Liew C, Monaghan A, Foreman B, Dibble LE, Peterson DS (2021) Perturbation Practice in Multiple Sclerosis: Assessing Generalization from Surface Support Translations to Tether-Release Tasks. Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders. Aug 16;56:103218. doi: 10.1016/j.msard.2021.103218. PMID: 34454306
  4. Monaghan A, Huisinga J, Peterson DS. (2021) The Application of Principal Component Analysis to Characterize Gait and its Association with Falls in Multiple Sclerosis. Sci Rep. 2021 Jun 17;11(1):12811. doi: 10.1038/s41598-021-92353-2. PMID: 34140612
  5. Ehgoetz Martens KA, Peterson DS, Almeida QJ, Lewis SJG, Hausdorff JM, Nieuwboer A. (2020) Behavioural Manifestations and Associated Non-Motor Features of Freezing of Gait. Neurosci Biobehav Rev. 2020 Sep;116:350-364. doi: 10.1016/j.neubiorev.2020.06.026. Epub 2020 Jun 27. PMID: 32603716
Research Activity: 

 

CURRENT AND RECENT RESEARCH SUPPORT

 

1) Funding Source: Michael J Fox Foundation 

Role: PI

Title: Protective Step Training in People with PD and Postural Disturbances

Purpose: Understand the impact of perturbation training on people with PD who are at risk for falls.

Dates of Award:     1/2019 – 1/2021

 

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

Role: PI

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.

Dates of Award: 10/2018 – 10/2023

 

3) Funding Source: Center for Innovation in Healthy & Resilient Aging

Role: Co-I (PI: Krishnamurthi; ASU [CONHI] faculty)

Title: Developing a real-time fall risk assessment in Parkinson’s disease by continuous monitoring of free-living activities

Purpose: To evaluate the predictive capacity of real-time, free-living activities for fall prediction in people with Parkinson’s disease.

Dates of Award: 1/2019 – 1/2021

 

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

Role: Co-I (PI: Dibble; University of Utah)    

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.

Dates of Award: 10/2017-10/2020

 

5) Funding Source: Lundbeck LLtC / Investigator Initiated Research Project

Role: Co-I (PI: Lieberman; Barrow Neurological Institute, AZ)

Subaward Costs to ASU / DSP: $65,000 / $16,250

Title: Effect of L-DOPS on falls among Parkinson’s disease patients with orthostatic hypotension

Purpose: Understand the effect of anti-hypotension medication on balance in people with PD

Dates of Award:     2018-2020

 

6) Funding Source: Northern Arizona University Seed Grant Program

Role: Co-PI (PI: Denney, Ivy)

Title: Assessing the use of laser shoes for freezing of gait in people with Parkinson’s disease

Purpose: Characterize the impact of a new technology to improve walking in people with PD

Dates of Award:     2019-2020

Fall 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
KIN 424Neural Aspects Move & Rehab
CHS 492Honors Directed Study
EXW 592Research
SHS 592Research
EXW 593Applied Project
KIN 598Special Topics
NTR 692Research
EXW 692Research
NTR 792Research
EXW 799Dissertation
NTR 799Dissertation
Summer 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
NTR 692Research
NTR 792Research
NTR 799Dissertation
Spring 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
KIN 345Motor & Developmental Learning
CHS 494Special Topics
EXW 590Reading and Conference
EXW 592Research
NTR 792Research
NTR 799Dissertation
EXW 799Dissertation
Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
KIN 424Neural Aspects Move & Rehab
CHS 492Honors Directed Study
KIN 598Special Topics
EXW 692Research
NTR 692Research
NTR 792Research
NTR 799Dissertation
EXW 799Dissertation
Summer 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
NTR 692Research
NTR 792Research
NTR 799Dissertation
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
KIN 424Neural Aspects Move & Rehab
CHS 494Special Topics
KIN 590Reading and Conference
KIN 598Special Topics
EXW 692Research
NTR 792Research
NTR 799Dissertation
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
KIN 424Neural Aspects Move & Rehab
EXW 590Reading and Conference
KIN 598Special Topics
EXW 599Thesis
EXW 692Research
NTR 692Research
EXW 780Practicum
NTR 792Research
EXW 792Research
NTR 799Dissertation
EXW 799Dissertation
Summer 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
NTR 692Research
NTR 792Research
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
KIN 492Honors Directed Study
KIN 493Honors Thesis
KIN 494Special Topics
CHS 494Special Topics
KIN 499Individualized Instruction
KIN 590Reading and Conference
EXW 592Research
KIN 598Special Topics
EXW 599Thesis
EXW 692Research
EXW 792Research
EXW 799Dissertation
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