Beth Smith, PT, DPT, PhD

Title(s)Assistant Professor of Research
SchoolHerman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC
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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    Neural correlates of the development of reaching in infants at risk for developmental delay
    NIH/NICHD R03HD096137Jul 15, 2018 - Jun 30, 2020
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Cortical Preparation for Postural Responses in Parkinson's Disease
    NIH/NICHD F32HD070796May 1, 2011 - Sep 30, 2011
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Smith BA, Lang CE. Sensor measures of symmetry quantify upper limb movement in the natural environment across the lifespan. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2019 Jan 28. PMID: 30703350.
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    2. Hooyman A, Kayekjian D, Xiao R, Jiang C, Vanderbilt DL, Smith BA. Relationships between variance in electroencephalography relative power and developmental status in infants with typical development and at risk for developmental disability: An observational study. Gates Open Res. 2018 Nov 15; 2:47. PMID: 30569037.
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    3. Shida-Tokeshi J, Lane CJ, Trujillo-Priego IA, Deng W, Vanderbilt DL, Loeb GE, Smith BA. Relationships between full-day arm movement characteristics and developmental status in infants with typical development as they learn to reach: An observational study. Gates Open Res. 2018 Apr 05; 2:17. PMID: 29708221.
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    4. Xiao R, Shida-Tokeshi J, Vanderbilt DL, Smith BA. Electroencephalography power and coherence changes with age and motor skill development across the first half year of life. PLoS One. 2018; 13(1):e0190276. PMID: 29329316.
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    5. Smith BA, Vanderbilt DL, Applequist B, Kyvelidou A. Sample Entropy Identifies Differences in Spontaneous Leg Movement Behavior between Infants with Typical Development and Infants at Risk of Developmental Delay. Technologies (Basel). 2017 Sep; 5(3). PMID: 29114479.
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    6. Trujillo-Priego IA, Smith BA. 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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    7. Trujillo-Priego IA, Lane CJ, Vanderbilt DL, Deng W, Loeb GE, Shida J, Smith BA. 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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    8. Jiang C, Lane CJ, Perkins E, Schiesel D, Smith BA. Determining if wearable sensors affect infant leg movement frequency. Dev Neurorehabil. 2018 Feb; 21(2):133-136. PMID: 28613085.
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    9. Jiang C, de Armendi JT, Smith BA. 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].
    10. Smith BA, 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.
    11. Fields C, Trotsky A, Fernandez N, Smith BA. 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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    12. Smith BA, 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.
    13. Smith BA, 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.
    14. Premysler CR, Smith BA. 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.
    15. Smith BA, 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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    16. Paleg GS, Smith BA, 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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    17. Sansom JK, Teulier C, Smith BA, 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.
    18. Papegaaij S, de Lima-Pardini AC, Smith BA, 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.
    19. Smith BA, 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.
    20. de Lima-Pardini AC, Papegaaij S, Cohen RG, Teixeira LA, Smith BA, 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.
    21. Smith BA, 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.
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    22. Smith BA, 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.
    23. Smith BA, 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.
    24. Smith BA, 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.
    25. Pantall A, Teulier C, Smith BA, 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.
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    26. Smith BA, 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.
    27. Smith BA, 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.
    28. Smith BA, 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.
    29. Teulier C, Smith BA, 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.
    30. Black DP, Smith BA, 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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