Robert Scheidt, PhD - Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

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Robert A. Scheidt

Robert A. Scheidt, PhD

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Dept of PM R, Feinberg School of Medicine, NU
  • Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Marquette University


Education, Residency and Internship


Marquette University, BS, Electrical Engineering
Northwestern University, MS, Biomedical Engineering


Northwestern University, PhD, Biomedical Engineering

Honors & Awards

Recipient: Way-Klingler Science Fellowship, Marquette University

Visiting Scholar: The Weizmann Institute, Rehovot, Israel

Invited Participant: Academic Leadership Program, Whitaker Foundation

CAREER Award; National Science FoundationRecipient: Baskin Award for

Excellence in Research; Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

Walter P. Murphy Fellowship, Northwestern University
Member: IEEE (Senior Grade), ASEE, Soc. for Neuroscience, Soc. for the Neural Control of Movement, American Physiological Soc., ??? Engineering Honor Soc., ??? Electrical Engineering Honor Soc.


Zimbelman J, Suminski A, Rao S & Scheidt RA. Distributed neural mechanisms subserve prediction of future loads during adaptation of wrist flexion movements. Submitted: J. Neurophysiol.

Conrad M, Scheidt RA & Schmit BD. (2009) Effects of wrist tendon vibration on targeted upper arm movements in post-stroke hemiparesis. Submitted: Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair

Stoeckmann T, Sullivan K & Scheidt RA. (2009) Elastic, viscous, and mass load effects on post-stroke muscle recruitment and cocontraction during reaching: A pilot study.PT Journal.

Liu X & Scheidt RA. (2008) Contributions of online visual feedback to the learning and generalization of novel finger coordination patterns. J. Neurophysiol 99:2546-2557.

Ghez C Scheidt RA and Heijink H. (2007) Different learned coordinate frames for planning trajectories and final positions in reaching. J. Neurophysiol. 98: 3614-3626.

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