Catherine E. Lang, P.T., Ph.D.

Physical Therapy

Neurosciences Program

Research Abstract:

The long-term goal of our research program is to harness knowledge of movement and motor control to produce effective and efficient, individualized neurorehabilitation. We study people with stroke and other neurological conditions, with new work venturing into children with autism.  Research efforts include characterizing neurobehavioral changes over the course of stroke recovery, developing new and optimizing current motor interventions, and improving clinical practice. Our interdisciplinary, interactive laboratory environment promotes collaborations within and outside the lab with scientists and clinicians, resulting in a productive, successful research program.

Mentorship and Commitment to Diversity Statement:


My guiding philosophy for mentorship is that if you succeed, I succeed.  I recognize that each person comes to the table with a different set of scientific and life experiences.  My role is to tailor the mentored experience to help you determine and then achieve your own goals.  Early on in a mentoring relationship, my preference is for a structured, hands-on approach that facilitates a safe environment for honesty, feedback, and learning.  As the relationship progresses, it morphs to foster strong scientific, communication, and career development skills.  A good mentoring relationship is a mutually-beneficial partnership that keeps both individuals engaged and excited about science and science careers.  Over the past decades, it has become clear that mentoring is the best part of my job here in academia.   

Commitment to Diversity

I grew up in a small town in Vermont in the 1970s and 1980s.  At the time, there were more cows than people in the state.  Despite limited financial resources, I was privileged to be part of a family that valued hard work and education.  As an adult, my eyes have been opened to the persistent, individual and systemic racism that lives across society in general and specifically in science.  I am committed to being an advocate for and actively working to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion.  We work to make our lab, department and university a safe and exciting place to learn and grow for people of all colors, faiths, gender identities, disabilities, educational backgrounds, and nationalities.  I recognize that to be excellent, we must be diverse

Selected Publications:

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Last Updated: 4/8/2021 9:09:44 AM

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