University of Louisville
Louisville, Kentucky – United States
Andrea L. Behrman is Professor at the University of Louisville, Kosair Charities Endowed Chair in Pediatric Neurorecovery, Department of Neurosurgery, Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center, Louisville, KY. Dr. Behrman is the Director of the Kosair Charities Center for Pediatric NeuroRecovery providing activity-based therapies to promote recovery from neurologic injury in children and conducting research to inform clinical practice. She also is a Co-Director of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation NeuroRecovery Network that provides standardized activity-based therapies for individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI) at six adult rehabilitation centers in the United States and two pediatric sites. As a physical therapist, her research focuses on developing therapeutic interventions promoting recovery after SCI in children and adults using principles of activity-dependent plasticity and an understanding of the neurobiology of motor control and walking. She partners with basic scientists as a collaborative team conducting bi-directional translational research from bench to bedside to playground/park bench and back. Her research has been funded by NIH, Foundation for Physical Therapy, Dept of Defense, VA Rehab Research and Development, Craig H. Neilsen Foundation, Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Foundation, Coulter Translational Award, and Kosair Charities. She is a Fellow of the APTA (2009) and recipient of the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy Research Award (2006), the Maley Lectureship APTA (2014), and the Anne-Shumway Cook Lectureship (2017). Behrman received a B.S. in Biology from Furman University, an M.S. in Physical Therapy from Duke University and a Ph.D. in Motor Control and Learning from the University of Florida.
Sunday, November 3
8:30 AM – 5:30 PM