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    Beth Smith, PT, DPT, PhD

    TitleAssistant Professor of Research
    SchoolHerman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC
    DepartmentBiokinesiology and Physical Therapy
    AddressCHP 155
    Health Sciences Campus
    Los Angeles California 90089-9006
    Phone+1 323 442 4072
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      Dr. Smith focuses on the development of neural control of movement during infancy and evaluates interventions for neural and functional development in infants with or at risk for developmental delay. She directs the Infant Neuromotor Control Laboratory.

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      1. Trujillo-Priego IA, Smith B. Kinematic characteristics of infant leg movements produced across a full day. J Rehabil Assist Technol Eng. 2017 Jan-Dec; 4. PMID: 28845239.
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      2. Trujillo-Priego IA, Lane CJ, Vanderbilt DL, Deng W, Loeb GE, Shida J, Smith B. Development of a Wearable Sensor Algorithm to Detect the Quantity and Kinematic Characteristics of Infant Arm Movement Bouts Produced across a Full Day in the Natural Environment. Technologies (Basel). 2017 Sep; 5(3). PMID: 28824853.
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      3. Jiang C, Lane CJ, Perkins E, Schiesel D, Smith B. Determining if wearable sensors affect infant leg movement frequency. Dev Neurorehabil. 2017 Jun 14; 1-4. PMID: 28613085.
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      4. Jiang C, de Armendi JT, Smith B. Immediate Effect of Positioning Devices on Infant Leg Movement Characteristics. Pediatr Phys Ther. 2016; 28(3):304-10. PMID: 27341579; PMCID: PMC4922547 [Available on 10/01/17].
      5. Smith B, Trujillo-Priego IA, Lane CJ, Finley JM, Horak FB. Daily Quantity of Infant Leg Movement: Wearable Sensor Algorithm and Relationship to Walking Onset. Sensors (Basel). 2015 Aug 04; 15(8):19006-20. PMID: 26247951; PMCID: PMC4570357.
      6. Fields C, Trotsky A, Fernandez N, Smith B. Mobility and Ambulation for Patients with Pulmonary Artery Catheters: A Retrospective Descriptive Study. J Acute Care Phys Ther. 2015 Aug; 6(2):64-70. PMID: 27347435.
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      7. Bishop N, Smith B, Prieto N. Commentary on: "Standing Programs to Promote Hip Flexibility in Children With Spastic Diplegic Cerebral Palsy". Pediatr Phys Ther. 2015; 27(3):249. PMID: 26020595.
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      8. Smith B, Carlson-Kuhta P, Horak FB. Consistency in Administration and Response for the Backward Push and Release Test: A Clinical Assessment of Postural Responses. Physiother Res Int. 2016 Mar; 21(1):36-46. PMID: 25431128; PMCID: PMC4447599.
      9. Smith B, Jacobs JV, Horak FB. Effects of amplitude cueing on postural responses and preparatory cortical activity of people with Parkinson disease. J Neurol Phys Ther. 2014 Oct; 38(4):207-15. PMID: 25198870; PMCID: PMC4322905.
      10. Premysler CR, Smith B. Commentary on "measuring postural stability in young children with cerebral palsy: a comparison of 2 instruments". Pediatr Phys Ther. 2014; 26(3):338. PMID: 24979090; PMCID: PMC4106012.
      11. Smith B, Bompiani E. Using a treadmill intervention to promote the onset of independent walking in infants with or at risk for neuromotor delay. Phys Ther. 2013 Nov; 93(11):1441-6. PMID: 23813089.
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      12. Sansom JK, Teulier C, Smith B, Moerchen V, Muraszko K, Ulrich BD. Muscle activation patterns in infants with myelomeningocele stepping on a treadmill. Pediatr Phys Ther. 2013; 25(3):278-89. PMID: 23685739; PMCID: PMC3706031.
      13. Paleg GS, Smith B, Glickman LB. Systematic review and evidence-based clinical recommendations for dosing of pediatric supported standing programs. Pediatr Phys Ther. 2013; 25(3):232-47. PMID: 23797394.
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      14. Papegaaij S, de Lima-Pardini AC, Smith B, Otten E, Cohen RG, Horak FB. Keeping your balance while balancing a cylinder: interaction between postural and voluntary goals. Exp Brain Res. 2012 Nov; 223(1):79-87. PMID: 22965549; PMCID: PMC3474899.
      15. Smith B, Jacobs JV, Horak FB. Effects of magnitude and magnitude predictability of postural perturbations on preparatory cortical activity in older adults with and without Parkinson's disease. Exp Brain Res. 2012 Oct; 222(4):455-70. PMID: 22936099; PMCID: PMC3472959.
      16. de Lima-Pardini AC, Papegaaij S, Cohen RG, Teixeira LA, Smith B, Horak FB. The interaction of postural and voluntary strategies for stability in Parkinson's disease. J Neurophysiol. 2012 Sep; 108(5):1244-52. PMID: 22673326; PMCID: PMC3544957.
      17. Smith B, Kubo M, Ulrich BD. Gait parameter adjustments for walking on a treadmill at preferred, slower, and faster speeds in older adults with down syndrome. Curr Gerontol Geriatr Res. 2012; 2012:782671. PMID: 22693497; PMCID: PMC3369407.
      18. Smith B, Stergiou N, Ulrich BD. Patterns of gait variability across the lifespan in persons with and without down syndrome. J Neurol Phys Ther. 2011 Dec; 35(4):170-7. PMID: 22052133; PMCID: PMC3223537.
      19. Smith B, Goldberg NR, Meshul CK. Effects of treadmill exercise on behavioral recovery and neural changes in the substantia nigra and striatum of the 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine-lesioned mouse. Brain Res. 2011 Apr 22; 1386:70-80. PMID: 21315689; PMCID: PMC3073026.
      20. Pantall A, Teulier C, Smith B, Moerchen V, Ulrich BD. Impact of enhanced sensory input on treadmill step frequency: infants born with myelomeningocele. Pediatr Phys Ther. 2011; 23(1):42-52. PMID: 21266940; PMCID: PMC3461189.
      21. Smith B, Teulier C, Sansom J, Stergiou N, Ulrich BD. Approximate entropy values demonstrate impaired neuromotor control of spontaneous leg activity in infants with myelomeningocele. Pediatr Phys Ther. 2011; 23(3):241-7. PMID: 21829116; PMCID: PMC3436602.
      22. Smith B, Ashton-Miller JA, Ulrich BD. Gait adaptations in response to perturbations in adults with Down syndrome. Gait Posture. 2010 Jun; 32(2):149-54. PMID: 20452217; PMCID: PMC2906655.
      23. Smith B, Fields CJ, Fernandez N. Physical therapists make accurate and appropriate discharge recommendations for patients who are acutely ill. Phys Ther. 2010 May; 90(5):693-703. PMID: 20299410; PMCID: PMC2867215.
      24. Smith B, Stergiou N, Ulrich BD. Lyapunov exponent and surrogation analysis of patterns of variability: profiles in new walkers with and without down syndrome. Motor Control. 2010 Jan; 14(1):126-42. PMID: 20237407; PMCID: PMC2958097.
      25. Teulier C, Smith B, Kubo M, Chang CL, Moerchen V, Murazko K, Ulrich BD. Stepping responses of infants with myelomeningocele when supported on a motorized treadmill. Phys Ther. 2009 Jan; 89(1):60-72. PMID: 19056853; PMCID: PMC2614450.
      26. Black DP, Smith B, Wu J, Ulrich BD. Uncontrolled manifold analysis of segmental angle variability during walking: preadolescents with and without Down syndrome. Exp Brain Res. 2007 Dec; 183(4):511-21. PMID: 17717659.
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