Stephanie Rigot Graduate Student

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Biography

Stephanie Rigot, DPT, is a Physical Therapist and PhD candidate at the University of Pittsburgh. Stephanie graduated in 2015 from the University of Rochester with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering and minor in Psychology as a Social Science. Stephanie then became a member of the inaugural class of the dual Doctor of Physical Therapy- PhD in Bioengineering program at the University of Pittsburgh and graduated with her DPT in 2018. As a graduate student Stephanie has won multiple funding awards including a Clinical and Translational Science Post-doctoral Fellowship, an NIH Individual Fellowship for Students in Pre-doctoral Dual Degree Training Programs (F30), and an NIH Loan Repayment Program Award. Stephanie currently works as a Physical Therapist primarily at the UPMC Rehabilitation Institute on the Spinal Cord Injury Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit. Her research is broadly focused on improving the quality of life for people with spinal cord injuries, with emphasis on mobility prognosis, wearable sensors, developing movement biomarkers for neurological impairment, the relationship between pain and mobility, and wheelchair transfers. More specifically, her dissertation work is aimed at developing a clinical prediction model using machine learning and limb accelerations from wearable sensors to predict long-term ambulatory ability for individuals with a new spinal cord injury.