Spinal Cord Injury Research

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Our Focus 

Shepherd Center supports translational and clinical research efforts that are scientifically sound, keep research participants safe and have the potential to advance the field of spinal cord injury rehabilitation.

We partner with academic institutions and industry leaders to develop solutions and therapies for paralysis, spasticity, pain and autonomic dysfunction, as well as a variety of other consequences of spinal cord injury.

Shepherd Center focuses on preserving neurological function through injury prevention, increasing function through intervention and setting the standard for independence and quality of life among individuals with spinal cord and brain injuries. 

Our Future

The Spinal Cord Injury Research Program at Shepherd Center is especially interested in the idea of restorative neurology. We use the latest neuroscience evidence to develop interventions that promote beneficial reorganization of neural circuits and restoration of function.

Through their work in the Hulse Spinal Cord Injury Lab, the Spinal Cord Injury Research Program at Shepherd Center aims to expand its capacity to translate discoveries made in basic science research to promotion of recovery in humans with spinal cord injury.

Our Hope

The Spinal Cord Injury Research Team at Shepherd Center is dedicated to understanding how changes in the nervous system brought about by physical rehabilitation can be enhanced to restore hand function and walking function and to reduce spasticity.

For any questions regarding SCI research at Shepherd Center, please contact us by email at sciresearch@shepherd.org.

SCI Research Team

  • Edelle Field-Fote, PT, Ph.D., FAPTA

    Director, Spinal Cord Injury Research & The Hulse Spinal Cord Injury Laboratory

    As director of spinal cord injury (SCI) research and the Hulse Spinal Injury Laboratory at Shepherd Center, Dr. Field-Fote leads a team dedicated to improving motor function in persons with SCI... Read More

  • Jennifer Iddings, Ph.D.

    Postdoctoral Fellow, Hulse Spinal Cord Injury Laboratory

    Dr. Iddings joined the Hulse Spinal Cord Injury Lab in the fall of 2015. A basic scientist by training, she is excited to apply her expertise in vascular and neural physiology to the field of... Read More

  • Stephen Estes, Ph.D.

    Post-Doctorate Fellow, SCI Clinical Research Scientist

    Dr. Estes joined the Spinal Cord Injury Lab as a post-doctoral research fellow in the Fall of 2015. A cellular neuroscientist by training, he is interested in applying his knowledge of neuromodulation... Read More

  • Nicholas Evans, MHS, CEP

    Clinical Exercise Physiologist, SCI Clinical Research Scientist

    Nick currently holds dual positions at Shepherd Center in the Beyond Therapy® program and in the Spinal Cord Injury Laboratory as a clinical exercise physiologist and research assistant in which he... Read More

  • Sarah Callahan, MOT, OTR/L

    Occupational Therapist, SCI Clinical Research Scientist

    Sarah started at the Shepherd Center in early 2013 as a spinal cord injury research fellow, where her time was divided between treating patients across the continuum of care and assisting with... Read More

  • Brandon Poe, MPA

    Research Program and Data Manager, Hulse Spinal Cord Injury Lab

    Brandon serves as Shepherd Center’s project manager for the Southeastern Regional Spinal Cord Injury Model System (SR-SCIMS). He oversees the collection and management activities for the SCIMS Form... Read More

  • Allison McIntyre, MOT, OTR/L

    Occupational Therapist, SCI Clinical Research Scientist

    Allison is an occupational therapist and research scientist in the Spinal Cord Injury Research Lab. She coordinates the research study titled Conditioning Neural Circuits in Upper Extremity Function... Read More

  • Janice Tilley

    Senior Data Collector

    Janice has served as the Spinal Cord Injury Model Systems (SCIMS) data collector for the long-term data (Form 2) since 2001. She has contributed to data entry for National Spinal Cord Injury... Read More

  • Tori Galatas, MOT, OTR/L

    Occupational Therapist, SCI Research Fellow

    After graduating with her master's degree in occupational therapy, Tori joined the Shepherd Center as a spinal cord injury research fellow in 2017. Her time is split between collaborating with the... Read More

  • Cathy Furbish, PT, DPT, CLT

    Physical Therapist, SCI Clinical Research Scientist

    In her role as a research scientist physical therapist in spinal cord injury research, Cathy coordinates Spinal Cord Injury Model Systems collaborative projects. For this SCIMS cycle, the projects... Read More