A board certified physiatrist with subspecialty certification in brain injury medicine, Dr. Bockbrader applies cognitive neuroscience principles from her PhD training to clinical problems in neurorehabilitation. Her expertise extends to EEG analysis, visual psychophysics, brain-computer interfaces, functional imaging, and noninvasive brain stimulation. She currently collaborates with the Battelle Memorial Institute and Dr. Ali Rezai of the OSU Neurological Institute on a clinical trial of a brain-computer interface (BCI) – neuromuscular stimulator system that enables patients with spinal cord injury to regain motor control of their paralyzed limbs. Ian Burkhart has famously used this system to regain the ability to grasp and manipulate objects, establishing proof of concept for this novel neurotechnology. Along with partners at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, she is working to understand how the brain interacts with neuroprosthetics, investigating the neural correlates of agency that allow for BCI control by motor cortex implants. She is working to integrate technology with neurorehabilitation in other ways as well, integrating virtual reality into patient training to prepare newly disabled patients to return to community living and using noninvasive neurostimulation to treat refractory symptoms of stroke and brain injury.
Dr. Bockbrader has published on neurorehabilitation technology and cognitive neuroscience techniques translated for use in clinical populations. She has been a PI or co-PI for clinical trials of navigated rTMS, tDCS, vagus nerve stimulation, and brain-computer interface technologies in clinical populations. Her research has been featured in publications such as the The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Scientific American Mind, Popular Mechanics, Wired, NPR, CNN, BBC News, Mashable, HBO Vice, Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s blog on Everyday Health and at SXSW Interactive 2016.