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Carolee Winstein directs the Motor Behavior and Neurorehabilitation Laboratory.

Dr. Winstein runs an interdisciplinary research program focused on understanding control, rehabilitation, and recovery of goal-directed movements that emerge from a dynamic brain-behavior system in brain-damaged conditions. Her research program from its inception in the early 1990s until now has concentrated on the development of non-pharmacologic rehabilitation interventions motivated and informed by brain and behavioral science to enhance or even accelerate recovery in persons who have damage to the CNS. Dr. Winstein has conceived and led small-scale mechanistic-based research projects, medium size phase I and II clinical trials, and large-scale, Phase III pragmatic trials, all in rehabilitation medicine.

Dr. Winstein’s research team (faculty, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows) have contributed to science in three major areas:

  1. Neuroimaging and rehabilitation
  2. Clinical trials and basic mechanisms of action in rehabilitation
  3. Rehabilitation engineering research

To learn more about our current research, read more.


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