Amy J. Bastian, Ph.D., P.T.

Amy J. Bastian, Ph.D., P.T.'s picture
Chief Science Officer, Kennedy Krieger Institute

Director, Motion Analysis Laboratory

Kennedy Krieger Institute
707 N. Broadway
Baltimore, MD 21205
Phone: (443) 923-2716

Dr. Amy Bastian is the chief science officer at Kennedy Krieger Institute, a role in which she identifies and promotes new directions for breakthrough research into the developing brain, spinal cord, and musculoskeletal system. She is also director of the Motion Analysis Laboratory that studies the neural control of human movement. Dr. Bastian is a professor of neuroscience and neurology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Biographical Sketch: 

After completing her undergraduate degree in physical therapy at the University of Oklahoma, Dr. Bastian completed her doctoral degree in movement science at Washington University in 1995, and a post-doctoral fellowship in neuroscience at Washington University under Dr. W.T. Thach. Dr. Bastian came to Kennedy Krieger Institute in Summer 2001. Prior to that, she was an assistant professor in physical therapy in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

Research Summary: 

Dr. Bastian’s research uses computerized movement tracking techniques, non-invasive brain stimulation, novel devices and robotics to control walking and reaching movements. She studies how people with and without neurological damage control movement and learn new patterns. Some of her recent accomplishments include a series of papers on learning new walking patterns using a novel ‘split-belt’ treadmill published in the Journal of Neuroscience, Brain, and Nature Neuroscience. She has coauthored over 100 scientific papers and numerous book chapters and served as chair of the Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation Study Section at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Dr. Bastian has given many named lectures, including a special lecture at the Society for Neuroscience meeting in 2014. She is currently the primary investigator on two R01 grants from the NIH, one of which recently received a prestigious Javits award from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). Dr. Bastian has served on many national neuroscience and rehabilitation committees.

Dr. Bastian’s work has been featured in the mass media, including:

The Wall Street Journal: After a Stroke, Therapy Gets Faster
National Public Radio (NPR): Does the Fight for a Cursive Comeback Miss the Point?
USA Today: Odd Treadmill May Help Stroke Survivors

She has also appeared on the Emmy Award-nominated series on National Geographic called "Brain Games". The show explores topics related to the human brain and uses experts in cognitive science, neuroscience and psychology to explain various concepts.

Research Publications:

Bar H, Mentch L (2016). R-CMap-An open-source software for concept mapping. Eval Program Plann. , . Abstract
Seitz J, Hueck M, Dahmen B, Schulte-Rüther M, Legenbauer T, Herpertz-Dahlmann B, Konrad K (2016). Attention Network Dysfunction in Bulimia Nervosa - An fMRI Study. PLoS One. 11(9), e0161329. Abstract
Roemmich RT, Bastian AJ (2015). Two ways to save a newly learned motor pattern. J Neurophysiol. 113(10), 3519-30. Abstract
Bhanpuri NH, Okamura AM, Bastian AJ (2014). Predicting and correcting ataxia using a model of cerebellar function. Brain. 137(Pt 7), 1931-44. Abstract
Musselman KE, Stoyanov CT, Marasigan R, Jenkins ME, Konczak J, Morton SM, Bastian AJ (2014). Prevalence of ataxia in children: a systematic review. Neurology. 82(1), 80-9. Abstract
Bhanpuri NH, Okamura AM, Bastian AJ (2013). Predictive modeling by the cerebellum improves proprioception. J Neurosci. 33(36), 14301-6. Abstract
Gibo TL, Criscimagna-Hemminger SE, Okamura AM, Bastian AJ (2013). Cerebellar motor learning: are environment dynamics more important than error size? J Neurophysiol. 110(2), 322-33. Abstract
Reisman DS, McLean H, Keller J, Danks KA, Bastian AJ (2013). Repeated split-belt treadmill training improves poststroke step length asymmetry. Neurorehabil Neural Repair. 27(5), 460-8. Abstract
Hoyer EH, Bastian AJ (2013). The effects of task demands on bimanual skill acquisition. Exp Brain Res. 226(2), 193-208. Abstract
Kurtzer I, Trautman P, Rasquinha RJ, Bhanpuri NH, Scott SH, Bastian AJ (2013). Cerebellar damage diminishes long-latency responses to multijoint perturbations. J Neurophysiol. 109(8), 2228-41. Abstract
Finley JM, Bastian AJ, Gottschall JS (2013). Learning to be economical: the energy cost of walking tracks motor adaptation. J Physiol. 591(4), 1081-95. Abstract
Charles SK, Okamura AM, Bastian AJ (2013). Does a basic deficit in force control underlie cerebellar ataxia? J Neurophysiol. 109(4), 1107-16. Abstract
Vasudevan EV, Torres-Oviedo G, Morton SM, Yang JF, Bastian AJ (2011). Younger is not always better: development of locomotor adaptation from childhood to adulthood. J Neurosci. 31(8), 3055-65. Abstract
Criscimagna-Hemminger SE, Bastian AJ, Shadmehr R (2010). Size of error affects cerebellar contributions to motor learning. J Neurophysiol. 103(4), 2275-84. Abstract
Zackowski KM, Smith SA, Reich DS, Gordon-Lipkin E, Chodkowski BA, Sambandan DR, Shteyman M, Bastian AJ, van Zijl PC, Calabresi PA (2009). Sensorimotor dysfunction in multiple sclerosis and column-specific magnetization transfer-imaging abnormalities in the spinal cord. Brain. 132(Pt 5), 1200-9. Abstract
Bo J, Block HJ, Clark JE, Bastian AJ (2008). A cerebellar deficit in sensorimotor prediction explains movement timing variability. J Neurophysiol. 100(5), 2825-32. Abstract
Gidley Larson JC, Bastian AJ, Donchin O, Shadmehr R, Mostofsky SH (2008). Acquisition of internal models of motor tasks in children with autism. Brain. 131(Pt 11), 2894-903. Abstract
Tseng YW, Diedrichsen J, Krakauer JW, Shadmehr R, Bastian AJ (2007). Sensory prediction errors drive cerebellum-dependent adaptation of reaching. J Neurophysiol. 98(1), 54-62. Abstract
Gordon LM, Keller JL, Stashinko EE, Hoon AH, Bastian AJ (2006). Can spasticity and dystonia be independently measured in cerebral palsy? Pediatr Neurol. 35(6), 375-81. Abstract

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