Faculty Director
  Patrick Sparto
Faculty Co-Directors
Faculty Researchers

Patrick J. Sparto, PhD, PT
Director, MVRC
Associate Professor, Departments of Physical Therapy, Otolaryngology and Bioengineering.

Dr. Sparto received his BS from the University of Dayton in Mechanical Engineering in 1992. In 1998 he received his PhD from The Ohio State University in Biomedical Engineering. And in 1999, he earned his Master's in Physical Therapy from the University of Pittsburgh.

Aging and Vestibular Disorders
Visual Influences in Postural Control
Quantification of Trunk Muscle Control Strategies in Chronic Low Back Pain

  O'Connor KW, Loughlin PJ, Redfern MS, Sparto PJ: Postural adaptations to repeated optic flow stimulation in older adults. Gait and Posture. 2008 Mar 7.
  Casselbrant ML, Mandel EM, Sparto PJ, Redfern MS, Furman JM: Contribution of vision to balance in children four to eight years of age. Annals of Otology, Rhinology & Laryngology. 116(9):653-7, 2007 Sep.
  Sparto PJ, Furman JM, Redfern MS: Head sway response to optic flow: effect of age is more important than the presence of unilateral vestibular hypofunction. Journal of Vestibular Research. 16(3):137-45, 2006.
  Whitney SL, Sparto PJ, Hodges LF, Babu SV, Furman JM, Redfern MS: Responses to a Virtual Reality Grocery Store in Persons with and without Vestibular Dysfunction. Cyberpsychology & Behavior, 9(2):152-156, 2006.
  Sparto PJ, Redfern MS, Jasko JG, Casselbrant ML, Mandel EM, Furman JM: The influence of dynamic visual cues for postural control in children aged 7-12 years. Experimental Brain Research, 168:505-516 2006.
  Furman JM, Sparto PJ, Soso M, Marcus D: Vestibular Function in Migraine-Related Dizziness: A Pilot Study. Journal of Vestibular Research, 15:327-332, 2005.
  Mahboobin A, Loughlin PJ, Redfern MS, Sparto PJ: Sensory re-weighting in human postural control. Experimental Brain Research, 167:260-267 2005 .
  Musolino MC, Loughlin PJ, Sparto PJ, Redfern MS (2005) Spectrally similar periodic and non-periodic optic flows evoke different postural sway responses. Gait and Posture, (in press).
  Whitney SL, Jacob RG, Sparto PJ, Olshansky E, Detweiler-Shostak G, Brown EL, Furman JM (2005) Acrophobia and pathological height vertigo: indications for vestibular physical therapy? Physical Therapy, (in press).
  Sparto PJ, Whitney SL, Hodges LF, Furman JM, Redfern MS (2004) Simulator sickness when performing gaze shifts within a wide field of view optic flow environment: Preliminary evidence for using virtual reality in vestibular rehabilitation. Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation, 2004:1:14, doi:10.1186/1743-0003-1-14.
  Sparto PJ, Jasko JG, Loughlin PJ (2004) Detecting postural responses to sinusoidal sensory inputs: a statistical approach. IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, 12:360-366.
  Latt LD, Sparto PJ, Furman JM, Redfern MS (2003) The steady state postural response to continuous sinusoidal galvanic vestibular stimulation. Gait and Posture, 18:64-72.
  Whitney SL, Sparto PJ, Brown KE, Furman JM, Jacobson JL, Redfern MS (2002) The potential use of virtual reality in vestibular rehabilitation: Preliminary findings with the BNAVE. Neurology Report, 26:72-78.
  Sparto PJ, Brown KE, Redfern MS, Furman JM, Casselbrant ML. The Contribution of Central and Peripheral Vision to the Postural Sway Response Elicited by Moving Visual Environments in Healthy Children aged 8-12. Abstracts of the twenty-fifth Midwinter Research meeting Association for Research in Otolaryngology: 129, 2002.
  Sparto PJ, Redfern MS (2001) Quantification of direction and magnitude of cyclical postural sway using ellipses. Biomedical Engineering: Applications, Basis, and Communications, 13:213-217.
  Wrisley DM, Sparto PJ, Whitney SL, Furman JM (2000) Cervicogenic dizziness. Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy, 30(12):755-766.


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