Acosta, Ana Maria, PhD



Acosta, Ana Maria, PhD


Assistant Professor


Office Phone



Physical Therapy and Human Movement Sciences


645 N Michigan Ave., Suite 1100

Areas of Research

Motor Control, Movement & Rehabilitation, Neurobiology of Disease

Training Grants

Training in the Neurobiology of Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences

NU Scholar Profile

Current Research

Current Research

I am interested in investigating the role of musculoskeletal biomechanics on the upper extremity movement deficits following stroke based on experimental methods and computer modeling. I am also interested in the design of robotic devices for therapeutic applications in stroke.

Selected Publications

Selected Publications

Position-dependent torque coupling and associated muscle activation in the hemiparetic upper extremity.
Ellis MD, Acosta AM, Yao J, Dewald JP
Experimental brain research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation cérébrale 2007 Feb; 176(4):594-602
PMID: 16924488
A biomechanics-based method for the quantification of muscle selectivity in a musculoskeletal system.
Yao J, Acosta AM, Dewald JP
Journal of biomechanics 2006; 39(8):1527-30
PMID: 15963518
Modifiability of abnormal isometric elbow and shoulder joint torque coupling after stroke.
Ellis MD, Holubar BG, Acosta AM, Beer RF, Dewald JP
Muscle & nerve 2005 Aug; 32(2):170-8
PMID: 15880629
Muscle focus: a new biomechanical-based index on the selectivity of EMG activity and its application in quantifying the muscle coactivation patterns during isometric torque generation at the elbow and shoulder.
Yao J, Acosta AM, Dewald J
Conference proceedings : … Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. Conference 2004; 7:4677-9
PMID: 17271351