Researchers

 

Dr. Blanton
Sara Blanton, PhD

Dr. Sarah Blanton is Assistant Professor, Rehabilitation Medicine and Associate Director of Research Projects. Dr. Blanton currently is a project coordinator for the EXCITE national clinical trial and assistant project coordinator for the Northstar Neuroscience Everest clinical trail. She graduated from the University of Virginia in 1987 with a BA degree in biology, from Emory University in 1992 with her master's in physical therapy and received her clinical doctorate in physical therapy in 2003. She has a specialty certification in Neurology through the American Board of Physical Therapy. She spent nine years working as a staff physical therapist at the Emory Center for Rehabilitation Medicine, primarily in the inpatient neurology unit. She has also served as assistant project coordinator for the FICIT (Functional imagery and constraint induced therapy) and MICIT (Mental imagery and constraint induced therapy) studies, and a co-investigator of the Feasibility of a Web-based Depression Program for Caregivers of Stroke study. She is author of several peer-reviewed articles and co-author of two book chapters.

Dr. Hall
Courtney Hall, PhD

I have focused my academic preparation and research concentration toward better understanding age-related (both normal and pathological) changes in balance control and how best to intervene therapeutically. I have been studying various risk factors for falls for a number of years. My research to this point has focused on motor and sensory contributions to balance control in older adults and how best to intervene therapeutically. I am currently involved in a randomized controlled trial to develop effective exercise intervention to reduce dizziness and fall risk in older adults with non-specific dizziness (i.e., without vestibular pathology). In addition, we are starting a new project designed to examine dual-task ability in older adults and to determine whether targeted intervention can improve this ability in older adults.

Sarah K. Lageman, PhD

Dr. Lageman joined the Emory faculty in Rehabilitation Medicine as an Assistant Professor in 2008. After completing her undergraduate education in Psychology at Winthrop University, Dr. Lageman received her master's and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Florida. Dr. Lageman then completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Neuropsychology at the Mayo Clinic. Her research is focused on neuropsychological function and cognitive rehabilitation in neurologic conditions, especially brain neoplasms and other cancers. Dr. Lageman is a member of the American Psychological Association, International Neuropsychological Society, Midwest Neuropsychology Group, and the Brain Tumor Network.