Randall Beer, PhD - Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

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Randall Beer

Randall Beer, PhD

  • Research Scientist, RIC
  • Assistant Professor, Feinberg School of Medicine, NU



Education, Residency and Internship


Northwestern University, PhD, Biomedical Engineering
Iowa State University, BS, Civil Engineering
Iowa State University, MS, Structural Engineering


Northwestern University, Postdoctoral Fellow, PM&R

Additional Information

Research Lab

Honors & Awards

  • 1992-1994 National Research Service Award, Northwestern University
  • 1993 University Scholar Graduate Tuition Scholarship, Northwestern University
  • 1988 Murphy Fellowship, Northwestern University
  • 1997-1998 Premium for Academic Excellence Award, Iowa State University
  • 1976 Graduation with Distinction, Iowa State University
  • 1976 Catt, Lane and Wells Scholarship, Iowa State University


Beer RF, Ellis MD, Holubar BG, Dewald JPA. The impact of gravity loading on post-stroke reaching and its relationship to weakness. Muscle & Nerve,36: 242-250; 2007.

Beer RF, Mayhew D, Bachrach B. Performance characteristics of the MACARM cable robot (In preparation).

Mayhew D, Bachrach B, Rymer WZ, Beer RF. Development of the MACARM – a novel cable robot for upper limb neurorehabilitation.
Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics; 299-302, 2005.

Ellis MD, Holubar BG, Acosta AM, Beer RF, Dewald JPA. Modifiability of abnormal isometric elbow and shoulder joint torque coupling after stroke. Muscle & Nerve 32:170-178, 2005.

Beer RF, Dawson M, Dewald JPA, Rymer WZ. Target-dependent differences between free and constrained arm movements in chronic hemiparesis. Experimental Brain Research 156:458-470, 2004.

Dewald JPA and Beer RF. Evidence for abnormal joint torque patterns in the paretic limb of subjects with hemiparesis. Muscle & Nerve
24: 273-283, 2001.

Dewald JPA, Sheshadri V, Dawson ML, Beer RF. Upper limb discoordination in hemiparetic stroke: Implications for neurorehabilitation. Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation 1: 1-12, 2001.

Research Interests

Biomechanics and neurophysiology as related to the control of normal and pathological human movement; rehabilitation of musculoskeletal and neurological disorders; rehabilitation robotics

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