University of Delaware - College of Engineering


Dr. Jill Higginson

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of Delaware
201B Spencer Lab/STAR
Newark, DE 19716

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Executive Summary

Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, 2005

M.S., Bioengineering, Penn State University, 1998

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Cornell University, 1996

Key Publications

Srivastava, S., Kao, P-C., Kim, S.H., Agrawal, S.K., Higginson, J.S., Scholz, J.P. "Assist-as-needed robot-aided gait training improves walking function in individuals following stroke." IEEE Trans Neural Systems Rehab Engr. (Accepted)

Knarr, B.A., Kesar, T.M., Reisman, D.S., Binder-Macleod, S.A. and J.S. Higginson. "Changes in the activation and function of the ankle plantarflexor muscles due to gait retraining in chronic stroke survivors." Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation 2013. 31: 10-12.

Ramsay, J.W., Barrance, P.J., Buchanan, T.S., and J.S. Higginson. "Paretic muscle atrophy and non-contractile tissue content in individual muscles of the post-stroke lower extremity." Journal of Biomechanics 44 pp. 2741-2746, 2011.

Kesar, T.M., Perumal, R., Reisman, D.S., Rudolph, K.S., Higginson, J.S. and Binder-Macleod, S.A. "Combined effects of fast treadmill walking and functional electrical stimulation on post-stroke gait." Gait and Posture 33 (2), pp. 309-313, 2011. PMID: 21183351. PMC3042540.

Zeni, Jr., J.A. and Higginson, J.S. "Differences in gait parameters between healthy subjects and persons with moderate and severe knee osteoarthritis: a result of altered walking speed?" Clinical Biomechanics 24: 372-378, 2009.

Research Areas

Biomedical Engineering
muscle coordination; normal and pathological movement; experimental and simulation studies; musculoskeletal modeling

Muscle coordination of normal and pathological movements; upper and lower extremity function; musculoskeletal modeling and simulation

Life & Health Sciences
osteoarthritis; stroke; rehabilitation science

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