Pediatric Research

Deborah Kartin focuses primarily on infants and children who have or are at risk for having an array of developmental disabilities. She’s studied infants who have or are at risk for developing neuromotor delays; the development of postural control in infants and children; and the developmental outcomes of infants with plagiocephaly and those who were prenatally exposed to drugs and/or alcohol.

Cheryl Kerfeld focuses on how to improve the physical activity, fitness and participation of children with disabilities, particularly children who use assistive mobility devices. She’s worked to improve pediatric self-reported outcome measures and is currently using instrumented outcome measures to identify the environmental facilitators and barriers to community participation. Using child- and family-centered outcomes research, Cheryl is also collaborating with community clinical research centers and schools to evaluate the feasibility of a physical activity and fitness toolkit for children with disabilities.

Sally Westcott McCoy has developed measures for postural and motor control dysfunction and has evaluated the effectiveness of using gaming and other devices to improve selected muscle activation for children with cerebral palsy and to improve sensory attention for postural control in children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder and developmental coordination disorder.

Sally is currently involved in two multi-site national and international studies. One study is focused on evaluating targeted physical therapy intervention in infants with neuromotor disorders. The second is focused on developing growth curves (similar to height-weight graphs) that mark the trajectory of impairments, health and community participation of children with cerebral palsy over time.