Derek Kamper, PhD - Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

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Derek Kamper

Derek Kamper, PhD

  • Associate Director, Research, SMPP, RIC
  • Adjunct Professor, PM&R, NU


Education, Residency and Internship


Dartmouth College, AB, BE, Electrical Engineering
Ohio State University, MS, Biomedical Engineering


Ohio State University, PhD, Biomedical Engineering

Additional Information

Research Lab

Honors & Awards

  • 1998-2000 - Individual NRSA Award for Postdoctoral Fellows, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.
  • 1997-1998 - Institutional NRSA Award for Postdoctoral Fellows, Northwestern University.
  • 1996-1997 - Ohio State University Presidential Fellowship.
  • 1990-1991 - Ohio State University Alumni Fellowship.



Qiu D, Kamper DG. Orthopaedic applications of a validated force-based biomechanical model of the index finger. Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2014;2014:4013-6. doi: 10.1109/EMBC.2014.6944504.

Thielbar KO, Lord TJ, Fischer HC, Lazzaro EC, Barth KC, Stoykov ME, Triandafilou KM, Kamper DG. Training finger individuation with a mechatronic-virtual reality system leads to improved fine motor control post-stroke. J Neuroeng Rehabil. 2014 Dec 26;11(1):171. doi: 10.1186/1743-0003-11-171.

Triandafilou KM, Kamper DG. Carryover effects of cyclical stretching of the digits on hand function in stroke survivors. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2014 Aug;95(8):1571-6. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2014.04.008. Epub 2014 May 2.

Kamper DG, Fischer HC, Conrad MO, Towles JD, Rymer WZ, Triandafilou KM. Finger-thumb coupling contributes to exaggerated thumb flexion in stroke survivors. J Neurophysiol. 2014 Jun 15;111(12):2665-74. doi: 10.1152/jn.00413.2013. Epub 2014 Mar 26.


Lee, SW Triandafilou, K Lock, BA Kamper, DG. Impairment in Task-Specific Modulation of Muscle Coordination Correlates with the Severity of Hand Impairment following Stroke, PLoS One. 2013 Jul 16;8(7).

Tsoupikova, D Stoykov, N Vick, R Li, Y Kamper, DG Listenberger, M. Use of virtual reality to promote hand therapy post-stroke, Proc. SPIE 8649, The Engineering Reality of Virtual Reality 2013, 86490K (March 4, 2013)

Jones CL, Wang F, Morrison R, Sarkar N, Kamper DG. Design and Development of a Cable Actuated Finger Exoskeleton for Hand Rehabilitation Following Stroke, IEEE Transactions on Mechatronics, Mechatronics, IEEE/ASME Transactions on (Vol:19 , Issue: 1 ), Page(s):131 - 140


Conrad MO, Kamper DG. 2012. Isokinetic strength and power deficits in the hand following stroke, Clin Neurophysiol, Jun;123(6):1200-6. Epub 2011 Nov 3.

Triandafilou KM, Kamper DG. 2012. Investigation of hand muscle atrophy in stroke survivors , Clin Biomech (Bristol, Avon)., Mar;27(3):268-72. Epub 2011 Oct 26. 

Jones CL, Wang F, Morrison R, Sarkar N, Kamper DG. 2012. Design and Development of a Cable Actuated Finger Exoskeleton for Hand Rehabilitation Following Stroke , IEEE Transactions on Mechatronics, Accepted for Publication, Oct 9.


Hoffmann G, Schmit BD, Kahn JH, Kamper DG. 2011. Effect of sensory feedback from the proximal upper limb on voluntary isometric finger flexion and extension in hemiparetic stroke subjects , J Neurophysiol, Nov;106(5):2546-56. Epub 2011 Aug 10.

Lee SW, Wilson KM, Lock BA, Kamper DG. 2011. Subject-specific myoelectric pattern classification of functional hand movements for stroke survivors, IEEE Trans Neural Syst Rehabil Eng., Oct;19(5):558-66. Epub 2010 Sep 27. 

Triandafilou KM, Fischer HC, Towles JD, Kamper DG, Rymer WZ. 2011. Diminished capacity to modulate motor activation patterns according to task contributes to thumb deficits following stroke, J Neurophysiol, Oct;106(4):1644-51. Epub 2011 Jul 13. 

Iwamuro BT, Fischer HC, Kamper DG. 2011. A pilot study to assess use of passive extension bias to facilitate finger movement for repetitive task practice after stroke, Top Stroke Rehabil, Jul-Aug;18(4):308-15. 

Triandafilou KM, Ochoa J, Kang X, Fischer HC, Stoykov ME, Kamper DG. 2011. Transient impact of prolonged versus repetitive stretch on hand motor control in chronic stroke, Top Stroke Rehabil, Jul-Aug;18(4):316-24. 

Seo NJ, Fischer HW, Bogey RA, Rymer WZ, Kamper DG. 2011. Effect of a serotonin antagonist on delay in grip muscle relaxation for persons with chronic hemiparetic stroke, Clin Neurophysiol., Apr;122(4):796-802. Epub 2010 Nov 13. 

Seo NJ, Fischer HW, Bogey RA, Rymer WZ, Kamper DG. 2011. Use of visual force feedback to improve digit force direction during pinch grip in persons with stroke: a pilot study, Arch Phys Med Rehabil, Jan;92(1):24-30. Epub 2010 Nov 18. 

Ochoa JM, Listenberger M, Kamper DG, Lee SW. 2011. Use of an electromyographically driven hand orthosis for training after stroke, IEEE Int Conf Rehabil Robot., 2011:5975382. 

Research Interests

Motor control and rehabilitation of the hand; neuromechanics; modeling of biological systems; robotics

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