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Alma S Merians, PHD, PT

Department : Rehabilitation And Movement Sciences
Program/Division : Physical Therapy - D.P.T. (North Jersey)
Academic Title: Professor


Office Address:

Email: merians@rutgers.edu


Education
Degree Degree Source Year Awarded
BS Columbia University 1960
PHD, PT New York University 1989
Publications
Title Authors Where and When
Autonomous use of the Home Virtual Rehabilitation System (HoVRS): a feasibility and pilot study Fluet GG, Qiu Q, Cronce, A, Patel J, Adamovich S, Merians A. Games for Health, 2019
Intensive virtual reality and robotic based upper limb training compared to usual care, and associated cortical reorganization, in the acute and early sub-acute periods post-stroke: a feasibility study Patel J, Fluet G, Qiu Q, Yarossi M, Merians A, Tunik E, Adamovich S JNER, 2019
The Association Between Reorganization of Bilateral M1 Topography and Function in Response to Early and Intensive Hand Focused Upper Limb Rehabilitation on Ipsilesional Corticospinal Tract Integrity Yarossi, M and Patel, J, Qiu, Q, Massood, S, Fluet, G, Merians, A, Adamovich, S and Tunik, E. Front Neurol, 10:258, Mar 2019
Neural Patterns of Reorganization after Intensive Robot-Assisted Virtual Reality Therapy and Repetitive Task Practice in Patients with Chronic Stroke. Saleh S, Fluet GG, Qiu Q, Merians A, Adamovich SV, Tunik E. Front.Neuro, 04 2017
Motor skill changes and neurophysiologic adaptation to recovery-oriented virtual rehabilitation of hand function in a person with subacute stroke: a case study Fluet G, Patel J, Merians A, Qiu Q, Yarossi M, Adamovich S, Tunik E, Massood S. Disability and Rehabilitation. 2017; 39 (15):1524-1531
Virtual reality-augmented rehabilitation in the acute phase post-stroke for individuals with flaccid upper extremities: A feasibility study Patel J, , Merians A, Qiu Q, Yarossi M, Adamovich S, Tunik E, Massood S, Fluet G. Disability and Rehabilitation. 2017; 39(15):1515-1523
Does training with traditionally presented and virtually simulated tasks elicit differing changes in object interaction kinematics in persons with upper extremity hemiparesis? Fluet G, Merians A, Qiu Q; Rohafaza M, VanWingerden A, Adamovich S Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation; 2015, 22(3);176-84
Comparing integrated training of the hand and arm with isolated training of the same effectors in persons with stroke using haptically rendered virtual environments, a randomized clinical trial Fluet G, Merians AS, Qiu, Q, Davidow A, Adamovich SV J Neuroeng Rehab, 2014, 11(1):126
Virtual reality-augmented rehabilitation for patient in sub-acute phase post-stroke: a feasibility study G G Fluet, A Merians, J Patel, A Van Wingerden, Q Qiu, M Yarossi, E Tunik, S Adamovich, S Massood In Sharkey, P., Pareto, L., Broeren, J. and Rydmark, M., eds. (2014) Proceedings 10th International Conference on Disability, Virtual Reality and Associated Technologies (ICDVRAT) 2014. University of Reading, Reading, UK, pp480. ISBN 0704915467
Customized motor training for a person with upper extremity hemiparesis, using robots integrated with virtual reality simulations; a case report Fluet G.G., Qiu, Q., Merians A.S., Saleh S., Lafond I., Ruano V, Delmonico A.R., Adamovich S.V. JNPT 2012;36:79-86
Customized motor training for a person with upper extremity hemiparesis, using robots integrated with virtual reality simulations; a case report Fluet G.G., Qiu, Q., Merians A.S., Saleh S., Lafond I., Ruano V, Delmonico A.R., Adamovich S.V. Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy 13:335-345, 2012
Rehabilitation Applications using Virtual Reality for Persons with Residual Impairments following Stroke. In Virtual Reality Technologies for Health and Clinical Applications Merians AS & Fluet G (Series editor: P. Sharkey): Vol. 1: Applying Virtual Reality Technologies to Motor Rehabilitation, P.L. Weiss, E.A. Keshner, M.F. Levin (Eds), Springer, 2013
Customized motor training for a person with upper extremity hemiparesis, using robots integrated with virtual reality simulations; a case report Fluet G.G., Qiu, Q., Merians A.S., Saleh S., Lafond I., Ruano V, Delmonico A.R., Adamovich S.V. Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy 13:335-345, 2012
Robotically Facilitated Virtual Rehabilitation of Arm Transport Integrated With Finger Movement in Persons with Hemiparesis Merians AS, Fluet GG, Qiu Q, Saleh S, Lafond I, Davidowm A, Adamovich SV Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation 2011, 8:27 (16 May 2011)
Learning in a virtual Eevironment using haptic systems for movement re-education: can this medium be used for remodeling other behaviors and actions Merians AS, Fluet GG, Qui Q, Saleh S, LaFond I. Davidow A, Adamovich SV J Diabetes and Science Technology, 2011, 5(2)
Robotically facilitated virtual rehabilitation of arm transport integrated with finger movement in persons with hemiplegia Merians AS, Fluet GG, Qui Q, Saleh S, LaFond I. Davidow A, Adamovich SV Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation 2011, 8:27 (16 May 2011)
A Virtual Reality-Based System Integrated with fMRI to Study Neural Mechanisms Underlying Rehabilitation: A Proof of Concept Study Adamovich S, August K, Merians A and Tunik E Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience 2009;27(3):209-23
Sensorimotor training in virtual reality: a review Adamovich SV, Fluet GG, Tunik E, Merians AS NeuroRehabilitation. 2009;25(1):29-44.PMCID:PMC2819065
Virtual Reality to maximize function for hand and arm rehabilitation: Exploration of neural mechanisms Merians A, Tunik E, Sergei V. Adamovich Studies in Health Technology and Informatics 145, 2009
Innovative Approaches to Rehabilitation of Upper Extremity Hemiparesis Using Virtual Environments Merians AS, Tunik E, Fluet G, Qui Q, Adamovich S Eur J Phys Rehabil Med. 2009;45;123-33
Semsorimotor Training in a Virtual Reality Environment: Does it Improve Functional Recovery Post-Stroke? Merians AS, Poizner HP, Boian R, Burdea G, Adamovich SV. Neural Rehabilitation Neural Repair. Vol. 20 (2): (2006 )
Incorporating Haptic Effects Into Three-Dimensional Virtual Environments To Train The Hemiparetic Upper Extremity Adamovich, S, Fluet G, Merians AS, Mathai A, Qinyin Q IEEE Trans Neural Syst Rehabil Eng. 2009 Oct;17(5):512-20. Epub 2009 Aug 7. PMC
Coordination changes demonstrated by subjects with hemiparesis performing hand-arm training using the NJIT-RAVR robotically assisted virtual rehabilitation system Qiu Q, Fluet GG, Lafond I, Merians AS, Adamovich SV Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2009;1:11436. PMCID:PMC2819135
“Recovery of Hand Function in Virtual Reality: Training Hemiparetic Hand and Arm Together or Separately,” S. Adamovich, G. G. Fluet, A. S. Merians, A. Mathai, and Q. Qiu in Proc. 28th EMBC Annu. Int. Conf. Eng. Medicine Biol. Soc., Vancouver, Canada, August 2008, 3475-3478
Strategies for Incorporating Bilateral Training into a Virtual Environment Merians AS, Lewis J, Qinyin Q, Fluet, G, Talati B and Adamovich S IEEE/ICME Proceedings International Conference on Complex Medical Engineering, May, 2007, Beijing, China
Design of a Virtual Reality-Based System For Hand and Arm Rehabilitation Adamovich S., Qinyin Q, Talati B. Fluet G and Merians AS Proceedings IEEE International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics, Netherlands 2007
fMRI Analysis of Neural Mechanisms Underlying Rehabilitation in Virtual Reality: Activating Secondary Motor Areas August K, Lewis JA, Chandar G, Merians A, Biswal B, Adamovich S. Proceedings, IEEE EMBS, August 2006, p. 285.
Design of an fMRI Compatible System to Explore Neural Mechanisms Subserving VR Therapies Jeffrey A. Lewis, K. August, Alma Merians, Bharat Biswal, Sergei Adamovich Proceedings of IWVR 2006, August 2006
A virtual reality (VR)-based exercise system for hand rehabilitation after stroke Presence Adamovich S. V., Merians AS., Boian R., Tremaine M., Burdea G. C., Recce M. and Poizner H 2005;14;161-174
An Innovative Approach to the Rehabilitation of Hand Function Post-Stroke Adamovich S.V., Merians A.S., Boian R, Burdea G.S., Poizner H Proceedings of the 17th Annual International Conference on Technological Innovations in Disability, Garches Institute, B. Bussel, editor, Paris, France, 2004, pp. 252-262
(2004) Development and Application of Virtual Reality Technology to Improve Hand Use and Gait of Individuals Post-Stroke Deutsch, JE. Merians, AS. Adamovich, H. Poizner, and G. Burdea Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience, Special issue on motor system plasticity, recovery and rehabilitation, Vol. 22(3-5), pp. 341-386
A Virtual Reality (VR)-based exercise system for hand rehabilitation after stroke Adamovich S. V., Merians AS., Boian R., Tremaine M., Burdea G. C., Recce M. and Poizner H Proc. 2nd Int. Workshop on Virtual Rehabilitation, Piscataway, NJ, 2003
Virtual Reality-Augmented Rehabilitation for Patients Post Stroke: Three Case Studies Merians AS, Jack D., Boian R., Tremaine M., Burdea G.C Adamovich S., Recce M., and Poizner, H Physical Therapy 2002, 82:898-915
2002 Haptics and Virtual Reality Used to Increase Strength and Improve Function in Chronic Patients Post-stroke: Two Case Reports Deutsch JE, Merians AS, Burdea G, Boian R, Adamovich S. Poinzer H Neurology Report 2002;26:2:78-85
Virtual Reality-Based Post Stroke Rehabilitation Boian R., Sharma A., Han C., Merians A., Burdea G., Adamovich S., Recce M., Tremaine M., and Poizner H. Proceedings of Medicine Meets Virtual Reality Conference 2002 Conference, Newport Beach, CA. January 23-26 2002 IOS Press, 64-70
Virtual Reality-Based Stroke Rehabilitation Jack D., Boian R., Merians A., Tremaine M., Burdea G.C., Senior Member,IEEE, Adamovich S., Recce M. and Poizner H IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, 9, (308-318) 2001
A Virtual Reality-Based Exercise Program For Stroke Rehabilitation Jack D., Boian R., Merians A., Adamovich S.,Tremaine M., Recce M., Burdea G.C. and Poizner H ASSETS 2000: Fourth ACM SIGCAPH Conference on Assistive Technologies, Arlington Virginia, November, 2000
Motor Learning after Unilateral Brain Damage Winstein C J, Merians A S, Sullivan K J Neuropsychologia (1999) 37, 975-987
Virtual reality to maximize function for hand and arm rehabilitation: exploration of neural mechanisms Merians A., Tunik E and. Adamovich S Innovations in Rehabilitation Technology; Israel
Technological Applications to the Study of Limb Apraxia in Apraxia Poizner H, Merians A, Clark M A, Rothi L, Heilman K Rothi L & Heilman K eds. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. (1997)
Awards
Award Year
Best Paper at ICDVRAT Conference in Vina del Mar, Chile 2010
Best Paper at IEEE/ICME Proceedings International Conference on Complex Medical Engineering, Beijing, China 2007
Outstanding Service Award -New Jersey American Physical Therapy Association 1995
Foundation of UMDNJ Excellence in Teaching Award 1987
Research
Research Interests
The main focus of my work is to study basic mechanisms underlying neuromuscular control of human movement and sensorimotor learning and to utilize technology-assisted rehabilitation to re-train people with neurological diseases like stroke or cerebral palsy. We were one of the pioneering groups to use interactive, adaptive robotics and virtual reality simulations for hand training in people with hemiplegia post-stroke. We have developed a library of 16 simulations that integrate adaptive, haptic robotics with complex, immersive three-dimensional externally paced gaming activities that use adaptive algorithms, activity scaling, haptic and visual effects to accommodat¬¬e to the wide range of impairments seen post-stroke and target specific skill re-acquisition. Description of Current Projects: We are currently recruiting subjects for two projects. 1. Hand and upper arm rehabilitation in the acute phase post-stroke using interactive virtual environments 2. Home-based therapy for the upper extremity post-stroke using interactive virtual reality simulations.
Current Projects: We are currently recruiting subjects for two projects. 1. Hand and upper arm rehabilitation in the acute phase post-stroke using interactive virtual environments 2. Home-based therapy for the upper extremity post-stroke using interactive virtual reality simulations.
Research Grants
Title Sponsor Effective Dates Role
Optimizing Hand Rehabilitation Post-Stroke Using Interactive Virtual Environments Rutgers University, NJIT, Kessler Rehabilitation, Northeastern University 09/01/2017-5/31/2022 PI
Optimizing Hand Rehabilitation Post-Stroke Using Interactive Virtual Environments NIH 03/05/2013 – 02/28/2014 Co-Investigator
Virtual reality rehabilitation of hand use after stroke. The major goal of this project was to investigate how post- stroke patients reach to and grasp real-world objects with their hemiplegic hand before and after virtual reality rehabilitation training. NIH 3/2009 - 2/2013 Co-Investigator
The Role of Feedback for Enhancing Motor Skill Learning in Geriatric Neurologically Impaired Populations University of Medicine and Dentistry Foundation 1992 PI
DDSA-N.J. Division of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Special Child Health Services Grant, N.J. Dept. of Health 1980 - 1981 & 1981 - 1982 PI
BioSketch
Title Details
Alma S. Merians, PhD, PT  2019 Alma Merians received her degree in Physical Therapy from Columbia University and did graduate studies at New York University, receiving a PhD in Pathokinesiology. She is Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Rehabilitation and Movement Sciences. Her areas of teaching include motor control, motor learning and scientific inquiry. Her research focus developed as a result of her clinical physical therapy practice with pediatric and adult clients with neurological deficits. She studies basic mechanisms underlying neuromuscular control of human movement and sensorimotor learning and utilizes technology-assisted rehabilitation to re-train people with neurological diseases like stroke or cerebral palsy. She and her collaborators at NJIT have developed robotics and virtual reality gaming simulations to be used in the rehabilitation of hand and arm function after stroke. They completed a 4 year RO1 grant from NIH to test this type of intervention in patients in the chronic phase post-stroke and have recently been funded to run a clinical study to further test the system in the acute phase post-stroke.


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