Ellis, Michael D., PT, DPT



Ellis, Michael D., PT, DPT


Associate Professor



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Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences


645 N. Michigan Ave. Suite 1100 Chicago, IL 60611


Laboratory Website: http://www.feinberg.northwestern.edu/sites/pthms/research/faculty-research/ellis.html

Feinberg Faculty Profile: http://fsmweb.northwestern.edu/faculty/FacultyProfile.cfm?xid=16894

Areas of Research

Motor Control, Movement & Rehabilitation

Training Grants

Training in the Neurobiology of Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences

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Current Research

Current Research

The Investigational Technologies in Stroke Recovery Laboratory employs quantitative technologies such as robotics, electromyography, and ultrasound imaging to systematically investigate mechanism of motor recovery in individuals with stroke. Efforts culminate in the development of novel therapeutic interventions designed to more effectively target specific upper extremity movement impairments.

Selected Publications

Selected Publications

1. Ellis M, Carmona C, Drogos J, Dewald J. Progressive Abduction Loading Therapy with Horizontal-Plane Viscous Resistance Targeting Weakness and Flexion Synergy to Treat Upper Limb Function in Chronic Hemiparetic Stroke: A Randomized Clinical Trial. Frontiers in Neurology. 2018 Feb;9(71). PMCID: PMC5825888.

2. Ellis, M., Schut, I., Dewald, J. Flexion Synergy Overshadows Flexor Spasticity During Reaching in Chronic Moderate to Severe Hemiparetic Stroke. Clin Neurophysiol. 2017 Jul;128(7):1308-1314. PMCID: PMC5507628.

3. Ellis, M., Lan, Y., Yao, J., & Dewald, J.P.A. Robotic Quantification of Upper Extremity Loss of Independent Joint Control or Flexion Synergy in Individuals with Hemiparetic Stroke: A Review of Paradigms Addressing the Effects of Shoulder Abduction Loading. J Neuroeng Rehabil. 2016 Oct 29;13(1):95. Review. PubMed PMID: 27794362; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5086410.

4. McPherson JG, Chen A, Ellis M, Yao J, Heckman CJ, Dewald JPA. Progressive recruitment of contralesional cortico-reticulospinal pathways drives motor impairment post stroke. J Physiol. 2018. Apr;596(7):1211-1225. PMID: 29457651. PMCID: PMC5878212. doi: 10.1113/JP274968.

5. McPherson, JG, McPherson, LM, Thompson, CK, Ellis, MD, Heckman, CJ, Dewald, JPA. Altered Neuromodulatory Drive May Contribute to Exaggerated Tonic Vibration Reflexes in Chronic Hemiparetic Stroke. Font Hum Neurosci. 2018. Apr 9. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2018.00131. [Epub ahead of print]