Professor, Physical Therapy
Professor, Rehabilitation Sciences
Assistant Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Physical Therapy
1919 W. Taylor St., 726 AHSB
Dr. Madhavan PT, PhD is a Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, and Director of the Brain Plasticity Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research goals include developing individualized therapeutic approaches to advance existing neurorehabilitation practices using state-of-art technologies like transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) and gamification. Specifically, she is investigating the effects of cortical priming on walking outcomes in stroke survivors. She is also examining the feasibility of remotely supervised non-invasive brain stimulation to slow disease progression in persons with ALS. Her research has been continually supported by NIH, AHA, NIDRR and others. Her role as an educator spans teaching, mentoring, and advising across the DPT, the MS, the PhD and undergraduate programs in Rehabilitation Science, Neuroscience and Honors College. Dr. Madhavan considers service to be an integral part of her role as a faculty member and actively contributes to activities at the community, university, national and international levels.