Edelle Field-Fote, PT, PhD, FAPTA

Director of Spinal Cord Injury Research


Director, Spinal Cord Injury Research & The Hulse Spinal Cord Injury Laboratory
Professor, Emory University School of Medicine, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine
Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology, School of Biological Sciences

As Director of SCI Research and Director of the Hulse Spinal Injury Laboratory at Shepherd Center, Dr. Field-Fote leads a team dedicated to improving motor function in persons with SCI through the development of rehabilitation approaches informed by the latest neuroscience research. Her contributions to the SCI literature include the largest study to date of locomotor training for persons with chronic, motor-incomplete SCI, and the first-ever study of a rehabilitation intervention to promote neuroplasticity for improved hand function in persons with tetraplegia.  

With a clinical background as a physical therapist and PhD training in an animal model of SCI, her 20+ years of SCI research has spanned the breadth of basic and clinical research related to SCI.  Dr. Field-Fote’s research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) since 1997, and also by the National Institute on Independent Living, Disability and Rehabilitation Research and the Department of Defense (DoD).  Dr. Field-Fote is the editor/author of the textbook Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation (FA Davis Publishers). She currently serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy, and as Project Director of the Southeastern Regional Spinal Cord Injury Model System at Shepherd Center.