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Ryan Thomas Roemmich, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Research Interests: Human locomotion; Motor learning; Motor control; Movement disorders; Neurologic damage and disease.
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.
- Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
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Centers & Institutes
- Ph.D., University of Florida (Florida) (2013)
Research & Publications
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 PublicationsView all on Pubmed
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
2010 - 2011
Biomechanics of Resistance Training
(APK 3113 | Principles of Strength and Conditioning)
2010 - 2010
Using Biomechanical Instrumentation to Assess Lower Extremity Injury
(APK 4213C | Athletic Injury Assessment (Lower Extremity))
2011 - 2012
Collecting and Analyzing EMG Data
(APK 6225 | Biomechanical Instrumentation)
2013 - 2013
Kinesiology and Biomechanics: Analysis of Human Movement
(580.456 | Introduction to Rehabilitation Engineering)
2017 - 2017
Activities & 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
- American Society of Biomechanics, 2010
- American College of Sports Medicine, 2010
- Society for Neuroscience, 2013
- American Society of Neurorehabilitation, 2016
- Organizer, Sensorimotor Journal Club, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, 2015
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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)