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INSPIRE

/ɪnˈspaɪər/

verb: To stimulate to action; motivate

Our Team

We are an interdisciplinary team of engineers, physicians, physical therapists, neuroscientists, and physiologists that share a common vision: to create meaningful technologies that promote recovery in persons with catastrophic injury to their brain or spinal cord.

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Randy Trumbower, PT, PhD

Lab Director

Randy is the Director of the INSPIRE Laboratory. He has an MS in Physical Therapy from Duke University, MS and PhD degrees in Biomedical Engineering from University of Connecticut, and postdoc training with Drs. Rymer and Perreault at RIC/Northwestern University. Randy is an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School and an Adj Associate Professor at MGH-Institute for Health Professions.

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Christopher Tuthill, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Chris is a postdoctoral fellow within the INSPIRE Lab at Harvard Medical School and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. He completed his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology/Emory University in 2019. Dr. Tuthill is interested in developing technologies to improve the treatment and measurement of neurological injuries.

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Emily Evans, PT, PhD

Research Associate

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Chloe Slocum, MD, MPH

Physician Scientist

Dr. Slocum is a Physician Scientist and Director of Health Policy at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. Shecompleted her Spinal Cord Injury Medicine fellowship training at Harvard Medical School Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, and VA Boston Healthcare System. Clinically, she specializes in neurological rehabilitation and management of complications that arise from spinal cord injury and neurological disorders. She is especially interested in urological health and health promotion for people with spinal cord injury and neurological conditions. 

Emily is a physical therapist and Research Associate. She received a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Ithaca College, a PhD in Rehabilitation Science from the MGH Institute of Health Professions, and recently completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Gerontology and Healthcare Research at the Brown University School of Public Health. She is a Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy with research interests on improving the efficiency and effectiveness of post-acute rehabilitative care for individuals with complex neurologic diagnoses. 

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Angela Link, PT, DPT, NCS

Physical Therapist

Angela is a Physical Therapist who works jointly treating patients at the Spaulding Charlestown acute rehabilitation setting and progressing research as part of Inspire Lab. Angela has her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Drexel University and is a board certified specialist in neurology upon completing a residency program with Brooks Rehabilitation. Angela is involved locally in the Boston area with PT student mentoring as well as involved nationally with wheelchair rugby sport.

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Alexandra Leifer, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist

Allie is one of the physical therapists working with participants to assess their impairments, gait mechanics, and conduct outcome measures to track individual progress. She received her Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from Ithaca College and works full-time as an inpatient physical therapist at Spaulding Hospital in Cambridge. Her interests include brain injury and spinal cord injury neurorehabilitation.

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Sarah Foushee, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Sarah is an occupational therapist and Research Associate. She received her BA degree in Exercise Science from Elon University, her MS in Neuroscience at Tulane University and her MOT in Occupational Therapy at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center. She has extensive experience in neurological rehabilitation, and her research interests include neurorehabilitation and increasing independence and quality of life for individuals with neurological disorders.

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Briana Rothman, OTR/L, CBIS

Occupational Therapist

Briana is an occupational therapist working with the INSPIRE Lab on the Onward/GTX Upper Extremity Study at Spaulding Hospital Cambridge. She received her MS degree in Occupational Therapy from Boston University's Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. She has been an Occupational Therapist for 5 years, with experience in long-term acute care and inpatient rehabilitation. 

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Will Muter, BS

Research Coordinator

Will is the clinical research coordinator and phlebotomist at the INSPIRE Lab at Harvard Medical School and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. He received his BS degree in Movement Science and Design Engineering from The University of Michigan. His research interests include electrophysiology and neurorehabilitation.

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Sarah Adamo

Research Assistant

Sarah is a fourth year electrical engineering undergraduate student at Northeastern University. She plans to attend PT school and combine her engineering background to innovate novel rehab technologies in the clinic. Her research interests include deep learning and neurorehabilitation.

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Stella Barth, BA

Medical Student

Stella is a medical student at the University of Massachusetts School of Medicine in the Population-based Urban and Rural Community Health (PURCH) track. She received her BA degree in Neurobiology from Harvard College and has experience as a secondary school science educator. Her clinical research interests include neurorehabilitation and neuroplasticity.

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