Scholarly, Research, and/or Practice Interests
Dr. Claudio Ferre is interested in the development of manual skills in typically developing children and children with motor disabilities (e.g., cerebral palsy). His research focuses on understanding why children who experience brain injury during the same stage of life display vastly different functional outcomes later in childhood. By codifying the relationship between brain structure, nervous system integrity, and motor behavior, Dr. Ferre aims to develop targeted therapies for children with movement disorders. The studies in Dr. Ferre’s lab involve a variety of techniques, including brain imaging (e.g. diffusion tensor imaging, fNIRS), neurophysiology (e.g. transcranial magnetic stimulation), and observation of motor behaviors. His goal is to understand the roles of brain injury and activity in promoting plasticity in infants and children.
SAR OT526: Functional Movement: Analysis and Assessment
SAR RS750: Research Design