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 through the development of rehabilitation approaches informed by the latest neuroscience research. Her contributions to SCI literature include the largest study to date of locomotor training for persons with chronic, motor-incomplete SCI, as well as 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 Ph.D. training in an animal model of SCI, Dr. Field-Fote's 20+ years of SCI research have 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 (NILDRR) 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 co-Director of the NIH-funded Training in Grantsmanship in Rehabilitation Research (TIGRR), and as project director of the Southeastern Regional Spinal Cord Injury Model System at Shepherd Center. Dr. Field-Fote is also a professor at the Emory University School of Medicine in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine and a professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology in the School of Biological Sciences.