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Overview

Director, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Associate Dean, College of Medicine
Associate Vice President for Health Sciences
Professor

106B Atwell Hall
453 W. 10th Ave
Columbus, OH 43210

Phone: 614-247-4217
Email: deborah.larsen@osumc.edu

Primary Professional Areas of Interest

  • Pediatrics/neurology
  • Private practice for 14 years

Research Focus

Dr. Larsen’s lab scholarship focus addresses the impact of CNS injury, rehabilitation methods, and natural recovery on neural networks and reorganization.   More specifically, her recent work is addressing the impact of sensory and cognitive dysfunction and secondary neural reorganization on functional and quality of life outcomes in patients post-stroke.   To analyze the neural mechanisms of recovery and reorganization, we are using advanced imaging techniques, including functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), diffusion tensor imaging and tractography (DTI/DTT), and brain volume measures.

She has a secondary educational scholarship and training focus on preparing professional students to work as interdisciplinary teams to provide healthcare services to at risk populations, living in poverty.  This work is currently funded through the Medicaid Technical Assistance and Policy Program (MEDTAPP), for which she is the PI for The Ohio State University, and is supporting training opportunities for professional students across the health sciences to facilitate team-based care for underserved populations.

Education

  • Psychobiology (PhD), The Ohio State University, 1987
  • Education Psychology/Child Development (MEd), University of Toledo, 1982
  • Physical Therapy (BS), The Ohio State University, 1978
     

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