Kanika Bansal, PT, MT

Brooks/UF-PHHP Research Collaboration Scholar

Kanika is pursuing her Rehabilitation Science PhD at the University of Florida, under the mentorship of Dr. Dorian Rose. Kanika’s PhD is funded by the Brooks-PHHP Collaboration’s competitive clinician-graduate assistant scholarship award. Before coming to USA, Kanika received her Master’s in Physical Therapy from one of the most prestigious institutions in India – Manipal University. As a clinician, an educator and an aspiring researcher, Kanika’s overall career goal is to develop low-cost interventions to improve gait-related outcomes, community participation and quality of life post-stroke, that could be applied globally. Kanika’s motivation lies in bringing about ‘real-world’ changes in patients’ quality of life and not simply improved clinical outcomes.

During her graduate training, Kanika has utilized the data from Dr. Rose’s American Heart Association-funded study, “A Novel Strategy to Improve Gait and Increase Fall-Related Efficacy Post-Stoke” (also known as the FBW study), to present posters at national conferences and to prepare three separate manuscripts for publication. Kanika’s dedication and passion for research has earned her the American Physical Therapy Association’s Post-professional Student Research Award, thereby promoting Brooks Rehabilitation on a national platform.

Focus Areas

The primary areas of Kanika’s current research interests are 1) to objectively quantify community walking post-stroke using the latest, low-cost wearable technology, 2) to assess the role of various physical, personal and biopsychosocial factors in community walking and participation after stroke, 3) to assess the contribution of gait speed, spatiotemporal asymmetry and forward propulsive forces in various gait dysfunctions post-stroke. Kanika’s dissertation study (The STEP Study) aims to objectively quantify community walking in everyday life of people post-stroke through an accelerometer and Global Positioning System (GPS) device package. This study will be fundamental for physical therapists around the world to come one step closer to finding a solution for improving community walking post-stroke.

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