Carolynn Patten, Ph.D., P.T., F.A.P.T.A.
- Director and Professor, Biomechanics, Rehabilitation, and Integrative Neuroscience (BRaIN) Lab
Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center
4860 Y St., Suite 3850
Sacramento, CA 95817
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Dr. Patten is a neuroscientist and physical therapist who specializes in assessment and treatment of motor dysfunction associated with aging and adult neuropathologies, such as stroke. She directs the UC Davis Biomechanics, Rehabilitation, and Integrative Neuroscience (BRaIN) Lab and Co-Leads the UC Davis Center for Neuro Engineering and Medicine.
Dr. Patten’s research focuses on understanding the neural basis of human movement, investigating human motor control and learning from a perspective of neuromechanics. Using concurrent behavioral and neurophysiological methods, her laboratory has developed techniques sensitive to motor impairment. An emphasis of the lab’s current work is identi?cation of biomarkers to predict motor recovery following stroke and the critical factors that contribute to rehabilitation ef?cacy. To achieve these goals, projects in the BRaIN lab investigate: neural mechanisms and biomechanical consequences of CNS pathologies causing motor dysfunction; novel means to induce neuroplasticity and motor recovery; and individual differences in both the natural history of motor recovery and response to rehabilitation interventions.
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
M.S.P.T., Boston University, Boston MA 1992
Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Amherst MA 1998
B.A., University of Washington, Seattle WA 1980
Post-doctoral Fellowship, Stanford University, VA Rehab Research Center, Stanford/Palo Alto CA 1998-2001
Physical Therapist, California (#22929),
Physical Therapist, Massachusetts (#9246),
American Physical Therapy Association
American Stroke Association
International Motoneuron Society
Society for Neuroscience
Society for the Neural Control of Movement
Honors and Awards
Research Career Scientist, VA Rehab R&D Service, 2015-2019, 2020
University of Florida Research Foundation Professor, University Florida, 2015-2017, 2018
Research Career Scientist, VA Rehab R&D Service, 2010-2014, 2015
Catherine Worthingham Fellow, American Physical Therapy Assn, 2016
Deans Citation Paper Award | Coll Public Health & Health Prof, University Florida, 2014
Linda Crane Research Award | Florida Physical Therapy Assn, 2012, 2014
Visiting Scientist, Neural Control of Movement Lab, The Pannum Institute, University of Copenhagen, DENMARK, 2011
Greene Memorial Lecturer, Dept Physical Therapy, Spring?eld College, MA, 2011
Publication Award, CA Chapter American Physical Therapy Association, 2007
Visiting Scientist, Fac Biomedical Kinesiology, Katholike University, BELGIUM, 2006
Select Recent Publications
Little VL, McGuirk TE, Patten C. Slower Than Normal Walking Speeds Involve a Pattern Shift in Joint and Temporal Coordination Contributions. Exp Brain Res. 2019 Sep 11. doi: 10.1007/s00221-019-05648-2. PMID: 31511954.
Banks CL, Little VL, Walker ER, Patten C. Lower Extremity Long Latency Re?exes Di?erentiate Walking Function After Stroke. Exp Brain Res, 2019 August 1. doi: 10.1007/s00221-019-05614-y. PMID: 31372688.
Ding Q, Triggs WJ, Kamath S, Patten C. Short Intra-cortical Inhibition During Voluntary Movement Reveals Persistent Impairment in Cortical Stroke. Fron Neurology - Stroke. 2019 Jan 4. https://doi.org/10.3389/fneur.2018.01105, PMID: 30662425.
Banks CL, Huang H, Little VL, Patten C. EMG Exposes Heterogeneity in Muscle Co-contraction Following Stroke. Front Neurol. 2017 Dec 22;8:699. doi: 10.3389/fneur.2017.00699. PMID: 29312124.
Banks CL, Pai M, McGuirk TE, Fregly BJ, Patten C. Methodological Choices in EMG Synergy Analysis Impact Di?erentiation of Physiological Characteristics Following Stroke. Front. Comput. Neurosci. 2017. doi: 10.3389/fncom.2017.00078. PMID: 28700708.
Little VL, McGuirk TE, Patten C. Impaired limb shortening in gait post-stroke: What’s in a name? PLoS One. 2014 Oct 16. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0110140. PMID: 25329317.
Phadke CP, Robertson CT, Patten C. Upper-extremity re?ex inhibition is reproducible and strongly related to grip force post-stroke. Int’l J Neuroscience, 2015;125(6):441-448. doi:10.3109/00207454.2014.946990, PMID: 24703887.
Clark DJ, Manini TM, Fielding RA, Patten C. Neuromuscular determinants of fast walking speed in healthy, well functioning older adults. Exp Geront. 2013;48(3): 358-63. PMID: 23376102.
Patten C, Condli?e EG, Dairaghi CA & Lum PS. Concurrent neuromechanical and functional gains following upper-extremity power training post-stroke. J NeuroEng & Rehab. 2013;10:1. PMID: 23336711.
Clark DJ, Patten C. Eccentric versus concentric resistance training to enhance neuromuscular activation and walking speed following stroke. Neurorehab Neur Rep. 2013;27(4): 225-44. PMID: 23292848 for a complete list: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/myncbi/carolynn.patten.1/bibliography/public/