Rehabilitation Sciences Research Laboratory


Rehabilitation Science Research Laboratory

The Rehabilitation Science Research Lab is a state-of-the-art facility committed to improvement of rehabilitation, health and wellness of people, education of rehabilitation scientists and service to the community.

Our scientific team has active research programs, funded by national agencies and foundations including the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and the American Physical Therapy Association. Our research focuses on the theoretical underpinnings of movement dysfunction and development of rehabilitation techniques. An array of biomedical assessments and consultation is available for both the research and clinical community. The lab serves as a training ground for future scientists and clinicians, allowing our colleagues and students to innovate and advance the science of rehabilitation.

Research Mission

Investigate the mechanisms of injury or dysfunction and the efficacy of therapeutic interventions on movement dysfunction with a primary focus on individuals with neurological impairments, musculoskeletal conditions, recovery from cancer and the effects of aging.

Teaching Mission

Provide educational experiences in movement science for health care professionals, biomechanists and biomedical engineers.

Service Mission

Provide clinically relevant gait and movement evaluation for the community.

Participate in a Study

Do you experience severe fatigue or have Parkinson’s Disease? Do you have a joint injury such as osteoarthritis, knee meniscus injury or ACL tear? Are you currently pregnant? Have you been treated for breast cancer? Participate in a research study. Learn more about open studies and compensation.

Lab Resources

The Rehabilitation Science Research Laboratory contains the following state-of-the-art resources to capture and analyze a wide array of data relevant to rehabilitation science:

  • Seven-camera infrared motion capture system (Qualisys)
  • Visual 3D motion analysis software (C-motion)
  • Force platform array embedded in 15-meter walkway (Kistler, Bertec)
  • Portable force plate (60x90cm; Bertec)
  • Body Weight Support Device (Vigor)
  • Treadmills (Biodex, SciFit)
  • Isokinetic Dynamometers (Biodex)
  • Multichannel Surface and Fine Wire Electromyography Systems (Motion Lab Systems, Biopac, Delsys)
  • Electrical Muscle Stimulators (Digitimer)
  • Reflex Electrophysiology (M-response, H Reflex)
  • Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation and Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (Magstim, Fisher Wallace)
  • Ultrasound Imaging (Esaote)
  • 3D Virtual Reality Projection
  • Accelerometers and Footswitch Systems


Core Scientists


We are affiliated with investigative researchers from leading institutions across the country. Our research collaborators include:

Creighton University Faculty


Creighton University Staff


Regional, National and International Faculty

  • John Bertoni, MD, PhD, University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • Carol A. Courtney, PT, PhD, ATC, FAAOMPT, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Bill Craelius, PhD, Rutgers University
  • Joseph Friedman, MD, Brown University
  • Debby Givens, PT, DPT, PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Tibor Hortobagyi, PhD, University of Groningen
  • Jason Johanning, MD, University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • Melanie McGrath, PhD, ATC, University of Montana
  • Brian Pietrosimone, PhD, ATC, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Iraklis Pipinos, MD, University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • Christopher Powers, PT, PhD, University of Southern California
  • W. Zev Rymer, MD, PhD, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
  • Joanne Armour Smith, PT, PhD, Chapman University
  • Nicholas Stergiou, PhD, University of Nebraska Omaha
  • Junfeng (Jeff) Sun, PhD, National Institutes of Health
  • Daniel Young, PT, DPT, PhD, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Jorge Zuniga, PhD, University of Nebraska Omaha