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Ryan Thomas Roemmich, Ph.D.

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Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Research Interests: Human locomotion; Motor learning; Motor control; Movement disorders; Neurologic damage and disease.

Contact for Research Inquiries

Kennedy Krieger Institute
707 N Broadway St.
Room G-04
Baltimore, MD 21205 map

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Background

Dr. Ryan Roemmich is a human movement scientist at the Center for Movement Studies at the Kennedy Krieger Institute. He is interested in walking and rehabilitation of people with neurologic damage or disorders. His background spans engineering, clinical gait analysis and neuroscience. His research focuses on combining these disciplines to understand how the nervous system controls locomotion and how we can improve walking in persons with gait dysfunction. 

Dr. Roemmich uses many techniques to study human movement, including three-dimensional motion capture, electromyography, interactive feedback, non-invasive brain stimulation, cognitive testing and clinical examination. Interdisciplinary collaboration is a strong emphasis of his work, as he has published with academic and clinical faculty in engineering, kinesiology, physiology, psychology, neurology, neuroscience, neurosurgery, physical therapy and language sciences. His long-term research goals are to develop innovative, effective walking treatments for people with neurologic damage or disease.

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Titles

  • Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Centers & Institutes

Education

Degrees

  • Ph.D., University of Florida (Florida) (2013)

Research & Publications

Lab

Dr. Roemmich leads a laboratory aimed at 1) understanding how humans control locomotion and 2) improving gait rehabilitation for persons with neurologic damage or disease.

Selected Publications

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Roper JA, Roemmich RT, Tillman MD, Terza MJ, and Hass CJ. Split-belt treadmill walking alters lower extremity frontal plane mechanics. Journal of Applied Biomechanics. Jan;13:1-16, 2017.

Roemmich RT, Long AW, and Bastian AJ. Seeing the errors you feel enhances locomotor performance but not learning. Current Biology. Oct;26(20):2707-2716, 2016.

Day KA, Roemmich RT, Taylor JA, and Bastian AJ. Visuomotor learning generalizes around the intended movement. eNeuro. Apr;3(2), 2016.

Long AW, Roemmich RT, and Bastian AJ. Blocking trial-by-trial error correction does not interfere with motor learning in human walking. Journal of Neurophysiology. May;115(5):2341-8, 2016.

Musselman KE, Roemmich RT, Garrett B, and Bastian AJ. Motor learning in childhood reveals distinct mechanisms for memory retention and re-learning. Learning and Memory. Apr;23(5):229-27, 2016.

Academic Affiliations & Courses

Courses and Syllabi

  • Biomechanical Basis of Movement (APK 3220C)
    undergraduate course
    University of Florida
    2010 - 2011
  • Biomechanics of Resistance Training (APK 3113 | Principles of Strength and Conditioning)
    undergraduate course
    University of Florida
    2010 - 2010
  • Using Biomechanical Instrumentation to Assess Lower Extremity Injury (APK 4213C | Athletic Injury Assessment (Lower Extremity))
    undergraduate course
    University of Florida
    2011 - 2012
  • Collecting and Analyzing EMG Data (APK 6225 | Biomechanical Instrumentation)
    graduate course
    University of Florida
    2013 - 2013
  • Kinesiology and Biomechanics: Analysis of Human Movement (580.456 | Introduction to Rehabilitation Engineering)
    undergraduate course
    Johns Hopkins University
    2017 - 2017

Activities & Honors

Honors

  • Biomechanics Interest Group Student Travel Award, American College of Sports Medicine, 2013 - 2013
  • Graduate Student Council Travel Award, University of Florida, 2011 - 2012
  • David and Linda McCaughey Graduate Fellowship, University of Florida, 2011 - 2011

Memberships

  • American Society of Biomechanics, 2010
  • American College of Sports Medicine, 2010
  • Society for Neuroscience, 2013
  • American Society of Neurorehabilitation, 2016

Professional Activities

  • Organizer, Sensorimotor Journal Club, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, 2015
    The weekly journal club allows students and fellows to present journal articles or original research on sensorimotor control. This is a collaborative journal club that consists of nine different lab groups.

Videos & Media

Recent News Articles and Media Coverage

Feedback Versus Feel: The Learning Process of Athletes | World Rowing (April 2017)

Is trial and error or watch and learn better for picking up new movements? | The Globe and Mail (December 2016)

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