Trisha M. Kesar, PhD

    Assistant Professor

    Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine

    Principal Investigator

    Motion Analysis Laboratory


    • BS, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research , 2002
    • MS, University of Delaware, 2006
    • PhD, University of Delaware, 2009



    • Training in Grantsmanship for Rehabilitation Research (TIGRR) Workshop Selection, 2013
    • Neural Control of Movement Society Travel Award, 2011
    • Delware Health Science Alliance Research Conference Post Session First Place, 2010
    • Center for Biomedical Engineering Research Symposium Best Poster, 2010
    • American Physical Therapy Association Post-Professional Student Award, 2008
    • University of Delaware Dissertation Fellows Award, 2007
    • Center for Biomedical Engineering and Research Symposium Best Graduate Student Poster Award, 2005
    • Center for Biomedical Engineering and Research Symposium Best Graduate Student Poster Award, 2004


    • American Physical Therapy Association 
    • International Society of Biomechanics
    • Society for Neuroscience


    Our goal is to develop novel gait rehabilitation interventions and strategies based on an in-depth understanding of the neuroplasticity, biomechanical, and motor learning mechanisms underlying gait and gait training. We investigate the time courses, mechanisms, and dose-response characteristics underlying post-stroke gait rehabilitation programs comprising treadmill training and functional electrical stimulation. 


    • Kesar TM, Reisman DS, Higginson JS, Awad LA, Binder-Macleod SA. Changes in Post-Stroke Gait Biomechanics Induced by One Session of Gait Training. Phys Med Rehabil International. 2 (10): 1072, 2015.
    • Ting LH, Chiel HJ, Trumbower RD, Allen JL, McKay JL, Hackney ME, Kesar TM. Neuromechanical principles underlying movement modularity and their implications for rehabilitation. Neuron. Apr 8;86(1):38-54. 2015
    • Kesar TM, Sauer MJ, Binder-Macleod SA, Reisman DS. Motor learning during post-stroke gait rehabilitation: a case study. J Neurol Phys Ther. Jul; 38(3):183-9; 2014.
    • Awad L, Reisman DS,  Kesar T, Binder-Macleod SA. Targeting Paretic Propulsion To Improve Post-Stroke Walking Function: A Preliminary Study. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; 2013.
    • Reisman D, Kesar TM, Perumal R, Roos M, Rudolph K, Higginson J, Helm E, Binder-Macleod S. Time course of functional and biomechanical improvements during a gait training intervention in persons with chronic stroke. J Neurol Phys Ther.; 2013
    • Knarr BA, Kesar TM, Reisman DS, Binder-Macleod SA, Higginson JS. Changes in the activation and function of the ankle plantar flexor muscles due to gait retraining in chronic stroke survivors. J Neuroeng Rehabil; 2013.
    • Awad L, Kesar TM, Reisman DS, Binder-Macleod SA Effects of Repeated Treadmill Testing and Electrical Stimulation on Post-Stroke Gait Kinematics. Gait and Posture; 2012.
    • Flynn S, Knarr BA, Perumal R, Kesar TM, Binder-Macleod SA. Using submaximal contractions to predict the maximum force-generating ability of muscles. Muscle Nerve; Jun, 45(6):849-58, 2012
    • Kesar TM, Sawaki L, Cabrera N, Kolaski K, Smith BP, O’Shea M, Koman LA, Wittenberg GF.  Motor Cortical Functional Geometry in Cerebral Palsy and its Relationship to Disability. Clinical Neurophysiology; Dec 6, 2011.
    • Hakansson NA, Kesar T, Reisman D, Binder-Macleod S, Higginson JS. Effects of fast functional electrical stimulation gait training on mechanical recovery in poststroke gait. Artif Organs. 35; 217-220, 2011.

    Review Articles

    • Kesar TM, Santamore WP, Perumal R, Binder-Macleod SA. Functional electrical stimulation of skeletal muscle –implications for cardiovascular support. Basic & Applied Myology. 19(1):31-34, 2009. 
    • Binder-Macleod SA, and Kesar T. Catchlike property of skeletal muscle: Recent findings and clinical implications. Muscle Nerve. 31(6):681-93, 2005.