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Derek G. Kamper, Ph.D.

Associate Professor


Wishnick Hall, Room 221 Wishnick Hall, Suite 314 3255 S Dearborn St







Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, Ohio State University, 1997
M.S., Biomedical Engineering, Ohio State University, 1992
A.B., B.E., Electrical Engineering, Dartmouth College, 1989


Sensorimotor control of the hand and its rehabilitation following neuromuscular injury, such as stroke


Sensorimotor control of the hand and its rehabilitation following neuromuscular injury, such as stroke

Current Projects

Multi-joint sensorimotor dysfunction of the stroke arm

Examination of finger motor control

Design and evaluation of a coordinated system for assisting reach-to-grasp movements following stroke

Rehabilitation of finger extension in chronic hemiplegia


Individual NRSA Award for Postdoctoral Fellows, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, 1998-2000

Institutional NRSA Award for Postdoctoral Fellows, Northwestern University, 1997-1998

Ohio State University Presidential Fellowship, 1996-1997

Ohio State University Alumni Fellowship, 1990-1991

Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, Member

Graduated Summa Cum Laude, Dartmouth College, 1989

Professional Society Memberships 


Fischer HC, Stubblefield K, Kline TL, Luo X, Kenyon RV, Kamper DG. Virtual reality and mechatronics for hand rehabilitation following stroke: a pilot study. Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation 2007; 14: 1-12.

Simone LK, Sundarrajan N, Luo X, Jia Y, Kamper DG. A low cost instrumented glove for extended monitoring and functional hand assessment. Journal of Neuroscience Methods 2007; 160: 335-348.

Kline TL, Schmit, BD, Kamper DG. Exaggerated interlimb neural coupling following stroke. Brain 2007; 130:159-169.

Kamper DG, Fischer HC, Cruz EG, Rymer WZ. Weakness is the primary contributor to finger impairment in chronic stroke. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2006; 87: 1262-1269.

Cruz EG, Kamper DG. Kinematics of point-to-point finger movements.Experimental Brain Research 2006; 174: 29-34.

Kamper DG, Waldinger HC, Cruz EG. Impact of finger posture on mapping from muscle activation to joint torque. Clinical Biomechanics 2006; 21:361-369.

Kamper DG, Yasukawa AM, Barrett KM, Gaebler-Spira DJ. Effects of neuromuscular electrical stimulation treatment of cerebral palsy on potential impairment mechanisms: a pilot study. Pediatric Physical Therapy 2006; 18:31-38.

Li S, Kamper DG,Rymer WZ. Effects of changing wrist positions on finger flexor hypertonia in stroke survivors. Muscle & Nerve 2006; 33: 183-190.

Simone LK, Kamper DG. Design considerations for a wearable monitor to measure finger posture. Journal of Neuroengineering Rehabilitation 2005; 2: 5-14.

Cruz EG, Waldinger HC, Kamper DG. Kinetic and kinematic workspaces of the index finger following stroke. Brain 2005; 128: 1112-1121.

Li S, Stevens JA, Kamper DG, Rymer, WZ. The movement-specific effect of motor imagery on the premotor time. Motor Control 2005; 9:119-128.

Li S, Kamper DG, Stevens JA, Rymer WZ. The effect of motor imagery on spinal segmental excitability. Journal of Neuroscience 2004; 24: 9674-9680.

Kamper DG, Cruz EG, Siegel MP. Stereotypical fingertip trajectories during grasp.Journal of Neurophysiology 2003; 90: 3702-3710.

ReinkensmeyerDJ, IobbiMG, KahnLE, KamperDG, TakahashiCD. Modeling reaching impairment after stroke using a population vector model of movement control that incorporates neural firing rate variability. Neural Computation 2003; 15: 2619-2642.

Kamper DG, Harvey RL, Suresh S, Rymer WZ. Relative contributions of neural mechanisms versus muscle mechanics in promoting finger extension deficits following stroke. Muscle & Nerve 2003; 28: 309-318.

Kamper DG, Hornby TG, Rymer WZ. Extrinsic flexor muscles generate concurrent flexion of all three finger joints.  Journal of Biomechanics 2002; 35:1581-1589.

Reinkensmeyer DJ, McKenna-Cole AN, Kahn LE, Kamper DG. Directional control of reaching is preserved following mild/moderate stroke and stochastically constrained following severe stroke. Experimental Brain Research 2002; 143:525-530, 2002.

Kamper DG, McKenna-Cole AN, Kahn LE, Reinkensmeyer DJ. Alterations in reaching after stroke and their relation to movement direction and impairment severity. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2002; 83:702-707.

Kamper DG, Schmit BS, Rymer WZ. Effect of muscle biomechanics on the quantification of spasticity. Annals of Biomedical Engineering 2001; 29: 1122-1134.

Kamper DG, Rymer WZ. Impairment of voluntary control of finger motion following stroke: role of inappropriate muscle coactivation. Muscle & Nerve 2001; 24: 673-681.

Kamper DG, Rymer WZ. Quantitative features of the stretch response of extrinsic finger muscles in hemiparetic stroke. Muscle & Nerve 2000; 23: 954-961.

Kamper DG, Rymer WZ. Effects of geometric joint constraints on the selection of final arm posture during reaching: a simulation study. Experimental Brain Research 1999; 126:134-138.

Kamper D, Barin K, Parnianpour M, Hemami H, Weed HR. Simulation of the seated postural stability of healthy and spinal cord-injured subjects using optimal feedback control methods. Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering 2000; 3: 79-93.

Kamper DG, Adams TC, Reger SI, Parnianpour M, Barin K, Linden MA. A technique for quantifying the response of seated individuals to dynamic perturbations.Journal of Rehabilitation Research & Development 2000; 37: 81-88.

Kamper DG, Adams TC, Reger SI, Parnianpour M, Barin K, Linden MA. A low-cost, portable system for the assessment of the postural response of wheelchair users to perturbations.  IEEE Transaction on Rehabilitation Engineering 1999; 7: 435-442.

Kamper DG, Parnianpour M, Barin K, Adams TC, Linden MA, Hemami H. Postural stability of wheelchair users exposed to sustained, external perturbations. Journal of Rehabilitation Research & Development 1999, 36: 121-132.

Kamper DG, Barin K, Parnianpour M, Reger SI, Weed HR. Preliminary investigation of the lateral postural stability of spinal cord-injured individuals subjected to dynamic perturbations.  Spinal Cord 1999; 37: 40-46.