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

Phone: 614-292-5490

Primary Professional Areas of Interest

  • Neurorehabilitation
  • Stroke
  • Instrument development and testing
  • Clinical trials
  • Noninvasive brain stimulation

Research Focus

Dr. Page’s team develops and tests approaches that increase function and independence after stroke and other neurologic diseases. He has held uninterrupted extramural funding to support his rehabilitative trials for over 15 years, and has produced many "firsts" in neurorehabilitation, developing and showing efficacy of mental practice, portable robotics, modified constraint-induced therapy, functional electrical stimulation, brain stimulation in moderately impaired individuals, and several other innovative strategies in people with acquired brain injuries. This includes 8 NIH grants and 5 grants from the American Heart Association, as well as funding from multiple private organizations and subcontracts. He has also published well over 120 peer reviewed articles, and has served as guest issue editor for 14 special issues of rehabilitative and neurological journals since 2001, including The Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, The American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and The Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation. He was named a "fellow" by the Research Consortium of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, the American Heart Association, The American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, and The American Occupational Therapy Association, and a standing panel member on NIH's Function, Integration, and Rehabilitation Sciences Panel. Previously, he was named Outstanding Graduate Student at both Ball State University and the University of Tennessee, and was named “Outstanding Occupational Therapy Student” in the State of Ohio by the Ohio Occupational Therapy Association. As a result of his high level of research activity, Dr. Page was recently ranked as the field’s most impactful researcher in terms of publication intensity (Y-index) during the period 1991-2014.
While "translation" is a common buzzword in academic circles, very few clinician scientists make efforts to actually speak regularly with nonscientist audiences (such as clinicians and patients) about their findings. To accomplish such translation, Dr. Page has organized and chaired 8 regional, national, and international neurorehabilitation conferences, co-chaired the 2003 and 2004 international, joint meetings of the American Society of Neurorehabilitation/the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine as well as serving on the Board of Directors for these organizations. Locally, he created and co-direct the Ohio Neurorehabilitation Academy, which brings in national speakers to provide all day, "hands on" neurorehabilitation education to rehabilitation clinicians from across his region.

Finally, he has mentored well over 60 students, with almost all of them at least publishing a paper and/or presenting the results of their work at a professional meeting. His mentees have won multiple awards for their work, including 4 "Outstanding Poster" Awards in the past 2 years alone at the annual, international, meeting of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, and 4 capstone awards, won by mentees in engineering over the past 4 consecutive years. In 2008 Dr. Page was co-awarded the "Outstanding Mentor" Award from Xavier University.

Recent Research

G Fulk, R Martin, SJ Page. Clinically Important Difference of the Arm Motor Ability Test in Stroke Survivors. Neurorehabilitation and neural repair 31 (3), 272-279. 

Peters HT, Dunning K, Belagaje S, Kissela BM, Ying J, Laine J, Page SJ. Navigated Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation: A Biologically Based Assay of Lower Extremity Impairment and Gait Velocity. Neural Plast. 2017;2017:6971206.

Peters HT, Page SJ, Persch A. Giving Them a Hand: Wearing a Myoelectric Elbow-Wrist-Hand Orthosis Reduces Upper Extremity Impairment in Chronic Stroke. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2017 Jan 25. pii: S0003-9993(17)30026-6. 

Page SJ, Levine P, Blazak B. "Reps" Aren't Enough: Augmenting Functional Electrical Stimulation With Behavioral Supports Significantly Reduces Impairment in Moderately Impaired Stroke. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2016; 97(5):747-52. 5. 

Peters HT, White SE, Page SJ. The NIH Stroke Scale Lacks Validity in Chronic Hemiparetic Stroke. J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis 2015; 24 (10): 2207-2212.

Page SJ, Hade E, Persch A. Psychometrics of the Wrist Stability and Hand Mobility Subscales of the Fugl-Meyer Assessment in Moderately Impaired Stroke. Phys Ther 2015; 91 (1): 103-8

Recent Presentations

Peters HT, Hade EM, Pang J, Page SJ. Retention of the Spacing Effect With Mental Practice in Hemiparetic Stroke. Presented at annual meeting of the American Occupational Therapy Association. Chicago, IL; April, 2016

Page SJ. Smaller-Faster-Stronger-Easier: An Overview of Clinically-Practical PostStroke Motor Interventions. Invited presentation at Braintree Neurorehabilitation Conference, Boston, MA; November, 2015

Tanksley H, Bockbrader M, Worthen-Chaudhari L, Page SJ. Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation in Stroke for Imaging and Function. Symposium presented at annual, international, meeting of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, Dallas, TX; October, 2015

Courses Taught

  • OCCTHER 6150 Neuroscience/Neuroanatomy
  • OCCTHER 7780 Advanced Neurological Practice
  • HRS 7900 Evidence Based Practice
  • OCCTHER 6251 Physical Agent Modalities
  • OCCTHER 6210 Neuromuscular and Sensory Function
  • HRS 7883 Responsible Conduct of Research


  • Bachelor of Arts, The College of Wooster
  • Internship, The National Institute for Fitness and Sport
  • Master’s of Science, Ball State University
  • Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy, The University of Findlay
  • Ph.D., The University of Tennessee
  • Post Doctoral Fellowship, The Kessler Institute of Rehabilitation
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