USCâs Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy invites applicants for a part-time faculty position as Clinical Instructor of Research. We seek a physical therapist with neurological clinical specialist training to join our team for an ongoing NIH Funded Phase I/II RCT, Predicting Ipsilesional Motor Deficits in Stroke with Dynamic Dominance Model (IPSI Study).
The study involves a 5-week training program of movement-based exercises of the arm and hand, specialized for the side of stroke. Eligible participants will be randomly assigned to one of two training groups. Training involves a combination of computer-based virtual and physical movements of either the affected or less affected arm/hand. As a member of the research team, the neurological clinical specialist will have the opportunity to experience the inner workings of a multi-site Phase I/II RCT in neurological rehabilitation including but not limited to aspects of project coordination, regulatory requirements, standardization and data quality, adverse event reporting, consenting process, screening, scholarship, and administration of the therapy protocol.
The therapy protocol is specified according to group assignment. Both the IPSI (less impaired) and Contra (more impaired) protocols are evidence-based with sound scientific and practical rationale. Therapy sessions are ~90 minutes in duration and will take place in the CHP building on the Health Sciences Campus of USC.
Qualifications: Graduate of an accredited DPT education program and a credentialed Neurological Physical Therapy Residency Program; interested in clinical research; part-time faculty (75% time or 30 hours per week), includes benefits. Opportunities for scholarship, and collaboration with a dynamic team of clinician-scientists. This funded, fixed-term position is for one year, beginning September 1, 2021-August 31, 2022. Eligibility for reappointment is on a year-to-year basis. In addition, if the external funding which supports this position is no longer available, your appointment will be terminated.
Public Health Relevance Stroke survivors with severe chronic paresis who are not able to use their paretic hand for manipulations, often have substantial motor control deficits in the non-paretic arm that can substantially limit functional independence. This proposal will test remediation focused on improving functional independence by training control and coordination of the non-paretic arm. It will also test the effects of this intervention on paretic arm motor impairment. If successful, this study will provide rigorous evidence for a therapy that remediates persistent functional performance deficits in chronic stroke patients with severe paresis, whose non-paretic arm impairments are generally ignored in most current rehabilitation protocols.
For more information, contact the USC site Principle Investigator: Professor Carolee Winstein, PhD, PT, FAPTA firstname.lastname@example.org.
This trial is registered on ClinTrials.gov and is approved by the USC HSC IRB.
Salary and rank will be based on qualifications and experience. USC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes applications from women, members of underrepresented communities and person with disabilities.
Application Procedure: Please submit: (1) a letter of interest outlining experience in research, leadership, management, innovation, classroom instruction, curriculum development, student advisement, (2) a curriculum vitae, and (3) three letters of reference. Please direct inquiries to: Lydia Vazquez, Division Administrator; Tel: (323) 442-1883; e-mail: email@example.com.
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