Mary Ellen Stoykov

Rush University, USA


Dr. Stoykov graduated from Thomas Jefferson University in 1993 and subsequently became a full time clinical therapist in inpatient and outpatient services at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC). Her areas of clinical expertise are in stroke, complex regional pain syndrome, and other chronic pain diagnoses. After 8 years of clinical practice, she transferred to the Sensorimotor Performance Program (SMPP) at RIC where she worked part time as a research occupational therapist while attending the University of Illinois to complete a post-professional Master’s with Dr. Joy Hammel. She then pursued a PhD in the Department of Movement Sciences at UIC with Dr. Daniel Corcos. She won the Warren K. Palmer, PhD Student Award for outstanding scholarship in 2007. While studying for her PhD, she worked at RIC as the Lead Therapist Trainer for the Baker and Everest trials run by Northstar Neuroscience. She also created the therapy protocol and was responsible for training therapists at 18 sites in the U.S. She was awarded a pre-doctoral fellowship from the American Heart Association and finished her PhD in 2008. She has worked on numerous research studies at RIC including mirror therapy and upper extremity robotics. She was awarded the RIC Baskins Award for Excellence in Research several times. In 2009, she was the recipient of an NIH funded K12 specifically designed to train physical therapists and occupational therapists in independent research (CORRT, K12 HD055931). She is now an Assistant Professor at Rush University and is continuing research on bilateral priming and bilateral therapy for upper extremity hemiparesis.

Biography Updated on 15 April 2013

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