Daniel Peterson

Asst Professor
Faculty
DTPHX Campus
Mailcode
9020
Asst Professor
Faculty
DTPHX Campus
Mailcode
9020
Asst Professor
Faculty
DTPHX Campus
Mailcode
9020

Biography

Daniel Peterson's Gait and Balance Disorders Laboratory focuses on understanding causes and treatments for mobility impairments in neurological populations including (but not limited to) people with Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis. His group's overall goal is to improve gait, reduce falls and increase quality of life in these groups. To understand gait and balance disorders and improve quality of life, Peterson's team applies biomechanical (i.e. motion capture), neuropsychological (cognitive assessments) and imaging techniques (fMRI).

Current projects in the Peterson lab include: 1) characterizing biomechanics prior to and during slips (i.e. loss of balance) with and without divided attention; 2) measuring people's ability to improve responses to slips, and 3) identification of responders and non-responders to physical therapy, and 4) understanding cognitive factors related to falls. 

Prior to his appointment at ASU, Peterson was a research scientist with the Department of Veterans Affairs in Portland and Salt Lake City (2014-2016).

Education

  • Postdoctoral Fellow. Neurology, Oregon Health & Science University 2013-2016
  • Ph.D. Movement Science, Washington University in St. Louis 2013
  • M.S.C.I. Clinical Investigation, Washington University in St. Louis 2013
  • M.S. Kinesiology, Pennsylvania State University 2008
  • B.S. Exercise Science, University of Florida 2006

Google Scholar

Research Interests

My current work focuses on understanding the interaction between balance, postural control, and cognitive deficits in neurological populations such as people with Parkinsons disease and multiple sclerosis. In particular, I am interested in how gait and postural control can be improved by rehabilitation using principles of motor learning. I am also engaged in work to better understand reactive, or protective postural responses after a slip or trip in neurological populations. 

Publications

PubMed_Bibliography:https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/myncbi/daniel.peterson.6/bibliography/public/

Selected, recent citations (chosen from 63 peer reviewed manuscripts):

  1. Peterson DSC, Van Liew, Stuart S, Horak FB, Mancini M. (2020) Relating Parkinson freezing and balance domains: A structural equation modeling approach. Parkinsonism Relat Disord. 2020 Aug 25;79:73-78. doi: 10.1016/j.parkreldis.2020.08.027. PMID: 32889503
  2. Peterson DSC, Barajas J, Denney L, Mehta S. (2020) Backward Protective Stepping During Dual-Task Scenarios in People With Parkinson’s Disease: A Pilot Study. Neurorehabilitation & Neural Repair. Aug;34(8):702-710. doi: 10.1177/1545968320935814. Epub 2020 Jul 7. PMID: 32633614
  3. Van Liew C, Monaghan A, Foreman B, Dibble LE, Peterson DS (2021) Perturbation Practice in Multiple Sclerosis: Assessing Generalization from Surface Support Translations to Tether-Release Tasks. Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders. Aug 16;56:103218. doi: 10.1016/j.msard.2021.103218. PMID: 34454306
  4. Monaghan A, Huisinga J, Peterson DS. (2021) The Application of Principal Component Analysis to Characterize Gait and its Association with Falls in Multiple Sclerosis. Sci Rep. 2021 Jun 17;11(1):12811. doi: 10.1038/s41598-021-92353-2. PMID: 34140612
  5. Ehgoetz Martens KA, Peterson DS, Almeida QJ, Lewis SJG, Hausdorff JM, Nieuwboer A. (2020) Behavioural Manifestations and Associated Non-Motor Features of Freezing of Gait. Neurosci Biobehav Rev. 2020 Sep;116:350-364. doi: 10.1016/j.neubiorev.2020.06.026. Epub 2020 Jun 27. PMID: 32603716

Research Activity

 

CURRENT AND RECENT RESEARCH SUPPORT

 

1) Michael J Fox Foundation 

  • Role: PI
  • Title: Protective Step Training in People with PD and Postural Disturbances
  • Purpose: Understand the impact of perturbation training on people with PD who are at risk for falls.
  • Dates of Award:     1/2019 – 3/2022

 

2) U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs / Career Development Award (CDA-2; RX002341)

  • Role: PI
  • Title: “Protective Step Training in People with Multiple Sclerosis”
  • Purpose: Understand the whether long-term protective step training can improve protective stepping in people with MS; identify predictors of responsiveness to perturbation training.
  • Dates of Award: 10/2018 – 10/2023

 

3) Center for Innovation in Healthy & Resilient Aging

  • Role: Co-I (PI: Krishnamurthi; ASU [CONHI] faculty)
  • Title: Developing a real-time fall risk assessment in Parkinson’s disease by continuous monitoring of free-living activities
  • Purpose: To evaluate the predictive capacity of real-time, free-living activities for fall prediction in people with Parkinson’s disease.
  • Dates of Award: 1/2019 – 1/2021

 

4) National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS) / Research Grant (RG-1701-26763)

  • Role: Co-I (PI: Dibble; University of Utah)    
  • Subaward Costs to ASU / DSP: $32,880 / $32,880
  • Title: Gaze and postural stability in persons with MS at risk for falls: Characterizing deficits and
  • response to treatment.
  • Purpose: The purpose of this RCT is to characterize the impact of task specific gaze and postural
  • stability training on balance, dizziness, and vestibular function in people with MS.
  • Dates of Award: 10/2017-10/2020

 

5) Lundbeck LLtC / Investigator Initiated Research Project

  • Role: Co-I (PI: Lieberman; Barrow Neurological Institute, AZ)
  • Subaward Costs to ASU / DSP: $65,000 / $16,250
  • Title: Effect of L-DOPS on falls among Parkinson’s disease patients with orthostatic hypotension
  • Purpose: Understand the effect of anti-hypotension medication on balance in people with PD
  • Dates of Award:     2018-2020

 

6) Northern Arizona University Seed Grant Program

  • Role: Co-PI (PI: Denney, Ivy)
  • Title: Assessing the use of laser shoes for freezing of gait in people with Parkinson’s disease
  • Purpose: Characterize the impact of a new technology to improve walking in people with PD
  • Dates of Award:     2019-2021

Courses

Fall 2021
Course Number Course Title
KIN 424 Neural Aspects Move & Rehab
CHS 492 Honors Directed Study
EXW 592 Research
SHS 592 Research
EXW 593 Applied Project
KIN 598 Special Topics
NTR 692 Research
EXW 692 Research
NTR 792 Research
EXW 799 Dissertation
NTR 799 Dissertation
Summer 2021
Course Number Course Title
NTR 692 Research
NTR 792 Research
NTR 799 Dissertation
Spring 2021
Course Number Course Title
KIN 345 Motor & Developmental Learning
CHS 494 Special Topics
EXW 590 Reading and Conference
EXW 592 Research
NTR 792 Research
NTR 799 Dissertation
EXW 799 Dissertation
Fall 2020
Course Number Course Title
KIN 424 Neural Aspects Move & Rehab
CHS 492 Honors Directed Study
KIN 598 Special Topics
EXW 692 Research
NTR 692 Research
NTR 792 Research
NTR 799 Dissertation
EXW 799 Dissertation
Summer 2020
Course Number Course Title
NTR 692 Research
NTR 792 Research
NTR 799 Dissertation
Spring 2020
Course Number Course Title
KIN 424 Neural Aspects Move & Rehab
CHS 494 Special Topics
KIN 590 Reading and Conference
KIN 598 Special Topics
EXW 692 Research
NTR 792 Research
NTR 799 Dissertation
Fall 2019
Course Number Course Title
KIN 424 Neural Aspects Move & Rehab
EXW 590 Reading and Conference
KIN 598 Special Topics
EXW 599 Thesis
EXW 692 Research
NTR 692 Research
EXW 780 Practicum
NTR 792 Research
EXW 792 Research
NTR 799 Dissertation
EXW 799 Dissertation
Summer 2019
Course Number Course Title
NTR 692 Research
NTR 792 Research
Spring 2019
Course Number Course Title
KIN 492 Honors Directed Study
KIN 493 Honors Thesis
KIN 494 Special Topics
CHS 494 Special Topics
KIN 499 Individualized Instruction
KIN 590 Reading and Conference
EXW 592 Research
KIN 598 Special Topics
EXW 599 Thesis
EXW 692 Research
EXW 792 Research
EXW 799 Dissertation
Fall 2018
Course Number Course Title
KIN 492 Honors Directed Study
KIN 493 Honors Thesis
KIN 494 Special Topics
KIN 499 Individualized Instruction
EXW 584 Internship
EXW 590 Reading and Conference
KIN 598 Special Topics
EXW 692 Research
EXW 792 Research
EXW 799 Dissertation
Summer 2018
Course Number Course Title
EXW 599 Thesis
NTR 692 Research
NTR 792 Research
Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
KIN 492 Honors Directed Study
KIN 493 Honors Thesis
KIN 494 Special Topics
KIN 499 Individualized Instruction
KIN 590 Reading and Conference
EXW 592 Research
EXW 692 Research
EXW 792 Research
EXW 799 Dissertation
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
KIN 492 Honors Directed Study
KIN 494 Special Topics
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
KIN 494 Special Topics
KIN 499 Individualized Instruction