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Brooke A. Slavens, PhD

Associate Professor, PhD Health Sciences Director

Education

NIDRR ARRT Postdoctoral Training Pediatric Mobility Marquette University 2010
Ph D Biomedical Engineering Marquette University 2007
MS Biomedical Engineering Marquette University 2004
BS Biomedical Engineering University of Iowa 2001

Speaker Topics

  • Motion Analysis
  • Rehabilitation Engineering
  • Orthopaedic Biomechanics
  • Biomedical Engineering

Interests & Expertise

Brooke Slavens’ research interests include upper extremity motion analysis, inverse dynamics modeling, rehabilitation engineering and orthopaedic biomechanics. She is currently investigating upper extremity dynamics during crutch, walker and wheelchair mobility in children and adults with orthopaedic disabilities.

New interests in human motion analysis have directed research to the area of upper extremity. To quantify the upper extremity, the Movement Analysis for Biomedical Innovation & Technology (Mobility) Lab has developed a validated 3D inverse dynamics model for assessment of pediatric mobility. The model can be used to characterize shoulder, elbow and wrist joint forces and moments. It is being applied to subjects with myelomeningocele, cerebral palsy, spinal cord injury and osteogenesis imperfecta to characterize crutch, walker and wheelchair mobility to better understand joint load demands. Due to long-term assistive device usage, these mobility device users may be at an increased risk for developing upper extremity pain or pathologies.

Further research interests include musculoskeletal and finite element modeling to investigate the tissue level effects of long-term joint loading from assistive device usage. Research may improve clinical intervention strategies, therapeutic gait planning and offer insight to long-term joint loading effects.

Selected Publications

Slavens, B. A., Bhagchandani, N., Wang, M., Smith, P. A., & Harris, G. F. (In Press). Upper extremity inverse dynamics model for lofstrand crutch-assisted gait in children with osteogenesis imperfecta. Harris, G. F., Rauch, F., & Smith, P. (Eds.). Tampa, FL/Shriners Press: Transitional Care in Osteogenesis Imperfecta: Advances in Biology, Technology, and Clinical Practice.
Fritz, J. M., Inawat, R. R., Slavens, B. A., McGuire, J. R., Ziegler, D. W., Tarima, S. S., Grindel, S. I., & Harris, G. F. (2017, May). Assessment of Kinematics and Electromyography Following Arthroscopic Single-Tendon Rotator Cuff Repair. PM&R, 9(5), 464-476.
Fiedler, G., Slavens, B. A., O’Connor, K. M., Smith, R. O., & Hafner, B. J. (2016, February). Effects of physical exertion on trans-tibial prosthesis users’ ability to accommodate alignment perturbations. Prosthetics and Orthotics International, 40(1), 75-82.
Slavens, B. A., Schnorenberg, A. J., Aurit, C. M., Tarima, S., Vogel, L. C., & Harris, G. F. (2016). Biomechanics of Pediatric Manual Wheelchair Mobility. Lausanne: Frontiers Media: Wheeled Mobility Biomechanics.
Slavens, B. A., Schnorenberg, A. J., Aurit, C. M., Tarima, S., Vogel, L. C., & Harris, G. F. (2015). Biomechanics of Pediatric Manual Wheelchair Mobility. Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology, 3(137).
Slavens, B. A., Schnorenberg, A. J., Aurit, C. M., Graf, A., Krzak, J., Reiners, K., Vogel, L. C., & Harris, G. F. (2015). Evaluation of pediatric manual wheelchair mobility using advanced biomechanical methods. BioMed Research International: Special Issue on Wheeled Mobility, 2015, 11 pages.
Fiedler, G., Slavens, B. A., Smith, R. O., Briggs, D., & Hafner, B. J. (2014, June). Criterion and construct validity of prosthesis-integrated measurement of joint moment data in persons with trans-tibial amputation. Journal of Applied Biomechanics, 30(3), 431-438.
Schnorenberg, A. J., Slavens, B. A., Wang, M., Vogel, L., Smith, P., & Harris, G. F. (2014). Biomechanical model for evaluation of pediatric upper extremity joint dynamics during wheelchair mobility. Journal of Biomechanics, 47(1), 269-276.
Slavens, B. A., Graf, A., Krzak, J., Vogel, L., & Harris, G. F. (2013). Wheelchair Kinematics for Children with Spinal Cord Injury. Topics in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation, 19(2), 152-190.
Paul, A. J., Slavens, B. A., Graf, A., Krzak, J., Vogel, L., & Harris, G. F. (2013). Upper Extremity Biomechanical Model for Evaluation of Pediatrics with SCI during Wheelchair Activities. Topics in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation, 19(2), 152-190.
Fiedler, G., Slavens, B. A., Hafner, B., Briggs, D., & Smith, R. O. (2013). Leg laterality in persons with bilateral transtibial amputation: A pilot study using prosthesis-integrated sensors. Journal of Prosthetics and Orthotics, 25(4), 168-176.
Slavens, B. A., & Harris, G. F. (2012, February). Biomedical engineering education and advanced bioengineering learning: Interdisciplinary concepts, Chapter 7: Biomechanics. Abu-Faraj, Z. O. (Ed.). 1, 284-338. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
Slavens, B. A., Bhagchandani, N., Wang, M., Smith, P. A., & Harris, G. F. (2011). An upper extremity inverse dynamics model for pediatric lofstrand crutch-assisted gait. Journal of Biomechanics, 44(11), 2162-2167.
Slavens, B. A., Bhagchandani, N., Wang, M., Smith, P. A., & Harris, G. F. (2011, October (4th Quarter/Autumn)). Motion Analysis of the Upper Extremities During Lofstrand Crutch-Assisted Gait in Children with Orthopaedic Disabilities. Journal of Experimental and Clinical Medicine, 3(4), 218-227.
Slavens, B. A., Sturm, P. F., & Harris, G. F. (2010). Upper extremity inverse dynamics model for crutch-assisted gait assessment. Journal of Biomechanics, 43(10), 2026-2031.

Recent Funded Grants

Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (NICHD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II.  IntelliWheels: The Automatic Transmission for Manually Propelled Wheelchairs.    8/1/2014-7/31/2016.

UWM CHS Stimulus Program to Accelerate Research Clusters (SPARC).  Development of a Clinical Toolkit for Real-time Visualization of Lower Limb Amputee Gait.  7/2014-12/2015.

National Science Foundation (NSF) Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP).  Soft Pneumatic Actuator for Arm Orthosis. UWM sub-award total funding 6/1/2014-5/31/2016.

Department of Education, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on Technologies for Children with Orthopaedic Disabilities, R4: Advanced Mobility Modeling to Improve Function and Longer Term Transitional Care of Children with Orthopedic Disabilities, Award Number H133E100007, 10/2010-9/2015.

Interdisciplinary Rehabilitation Engineering Career Development Program (IREK12) in Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences. Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute Of Child Health & Human Development (NICHD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Award Number K12HD073945, 5/2013-5/2015

Honors & Awards

Travel Award for the Advanced User’s Group Meeting. Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA (2014) NIH National Center for Simulation in Rehabilitation Research (NCSRR).
Nominated for the UWM Office of Research/UWM Foundation Research Award (2014, March) .
Best Video Presentation (2013, August) OpenSim Advanced User’s Workshop.
NCSRR Travel Award (2013, August) NIH National Center for Simulation in Rehabilitation Research (NCSRR).
Best of Howard H. Steel Paper (2013, May 6) American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA).
Training In Grantsmanship for Rehabilitation Research (TIGRR) Workshop (2013, January 15) TIGRR.
Training In Grantsmanship for Rehabilitation Research (TIGRR) Participant (2012, November 5) National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Young Investigator’s Initiative Grant Writing Workshop Participant (2012, November 2) United States Bone and Joint Decade (USBJD).
Dean’s Research Award (2012, May 11) College of Health Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Marquis Who’s Who in America (2011, March) .
Young Investigator’s Initiative Grant Writing Workshop Participant (2009, November 6) United States Bone and Joint Decade (USBJD).
Best Professional Paper Award (2009, April 18) Rocky Mountain Bioengineering Symposium (RMBS).
Enhancing Rehabilitation Research in the South (ERRIS) Intensive Workshop on Grant Writing, Preparation, and Submission in Rehabilitation Research (2009, January 13) University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA with funding from the National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research (NCMRR).
Best Student Presentation Award (2008, April 1) Gait and Clinical Movement Analysis (GCMAS) Society.
Marquis Who’s Who in America (2008, February 6) .
Student Scientific Paper Award (2007, June 15) Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA).
Travel Award (2006, November 29) Howard H. Steel, Shriners Hospitals for Children and Saladin Shrine Center.
Rev. John P. Raynor, S.J. Fellowship (2005, February 15) Marquette University.
Student Conference Award (2004, April 21) Gait and Clinical Movement Analysis Society (GCMAS) and the Whitaker Foundation.
Research Assistantship (2002, January) Marquette University, Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Engineering Center (OREC).
Dean’s List (2001) University of Iowa.
Dean’s List (2000) University of Iowa.
Dean’s List (1999) University of Iowa.
Dean’s List (1998) University of Iowa.
Dean’s List (1997) University of Iowa.
National Freshman Honor Society (1997) Phi Eta Sigma.
Opportunity at Iowa Scholar (1997, August) University of Iowa.
Undergraduate Scholar Assistantship (1997, August) University of Iowa.

Research Partners

Professional Memberships

  • American Society of Biomechanics (ASB)
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)-Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS)
  • Gait and Clinical Motion Analysis Society (GCMAS)
  • Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA)

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