Kevin received his bachelor’s degree in bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh. He is currently enrolled in the biomedical engineering PhD program at Johns Hopkins University and works under the direction of Dr. Amy Bastian at the Kennedy Krieger Institute/Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.
His research is centered around motor learning and how behavior can be altered when exposed to novel environments. His goal is to better understand how humans move and to extend these principles to improve rehabilitation techniques for those with neurological disease. His studies explore how the nervous system adapts to a novel reaching environment. He aims to elucidate how the brain balances cognitive/strategic mechanisms with implicit adaptive mechanisms when faced with a new problem.
Kevin uses a well-established visual motor adaptation paradigm in which participants perform center-out reaches on a touchpad without visual feedback of their limb. By changing the relationship between the limb movement and cursor position, he can begin to understand how the brain tackles this particular environment.