Dr. Kristin DayDr. Kristin Day

Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy (CV)

Kristin Vamvas Day, PT, Ph.D., NCS, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy, earned both a Bachelor of Science in biological sciences and a Master of Physical Therapy degree from Ohio University and a Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Science from the University of Florida. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in electrophysiology and disorders of consciousness (DoC: vegetative and minimally conscious states) from Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute.

Dr. Day has published in peer-reviewed journals and presented at both national and international scientific meetings. She is co-Principal Investigator with John Whyte, MD, Ph.D. at MossRehab on a Pennsylvania Department of Health-funded study, “Electrophysiologic and behavioral evidence of consciousness: a longitudinal analysis.” Kristin is also part of an interdisciplinary team authoring an ACRM position statement on minimal competency guidelines for rehabilitation of persons with DoC. In addition to her work in brain injury, Kristin conducted research on rehabilitation and motion analysis of walking dysfunction after spinal cord injury and is skilled in both manual- and robotic-assisted locomotor training.

As a board certified specialist in neurologic physical therapy, Kristin practiced in neurotrauma acute care and inpatient rehab and developed/directed an inpatient DoC program. She is a member of APTA’s Section on Research and Neurology Section as well as ACRM’s Brain Injury-Interdisciplinary SIG (DoC Task Force) and Early Career Networking Group (Communications Task Force).

Recent Publications and Presentations

  • Day, K.V. Electrophysiologic and behavioral evidence of consciousness: Introducing a new research study at Drucker Brain Injury Center. Academic Rounds, MossRehab Hospital. Philadelphia, PA, April 2013.
  • Day, K.V, Sawaki, L. Recovery after severe brain injury: Theories of common neural mechanisms underlying consciousness, posture, locomotion, and breathing. Poster. American Physical Therapy Association Annual Combined Sections Meeting, San Diego, CA, January 2013.
  • Day, K.V, Kautz, S.A., Wu, S.S., Suter, S.P., Behrman, A.L. Foot placement variability as a walking balance mechanism post-spinal cord injury. Clinical Biomechanics 2012 Feb; 27(2): 145-50. PMID: 22000699.
  • Day K.V. Recovery of walking balance after SCI: revealing hidden potential. Keynote speaker. Annual Meeting of the Commonwealth Chapter of Rehabilitation Nurses. Lexington, KY, December 2011.
  • Tester, N.J., Howland D.R., Day, K.V., Suter, S.P., Cantrell A., Behrman, A.L.. Device use, locomotor training, and the presence of arm swing during treadmill walking post-spinal cord injury. Spinal Cord 2011 Mar; 49(3):451-6, PMID: 20938449.
  • Day, K.V., Kautz,S.A., Suter, S.P., Wu, S.S., Behrman, A.L. Dynamic stability post-spinal cord injury: differential effects of manual-assisted versus robotic-assisted locomotor training. Poster. American Physical Therapy Association Annual Combined Sections Meeting, New Orleans, LA, February 2011.
  • Thigpen, M.T., Cauraugh, J., Creel, G., Day, K.V., Flynn, S., Fritz, S., Frost, S., Respess, R., Gardner-Smith, P., Brack, M., Behrman, A.. Adaptation of postural responses during different standing perturbation conditions in individuals with incomplete spinal cord injury. Gait & Posture 2009; 29:113–118. PMID: 18774296.

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