Michele Lobo, Assistant Professor
Joint Appointment with Physical Therapy
University of Delaware-STAR Health Sciences Complex
540 S. College Ave, Suite 210K
Newark, DE 19713
PhD, The University of Delaware
MPT, Drexel University
BS, The College of New Jersey
Representative Publications (Recent)
- Babik, I., Galloway, J.C., & Lobo, M.A. (in
preparation). Development of spontaneous exploratory behaviors in the
first two years for infants with typical development and those born
preterm. Research in Developmental Disabilities.
- Hall, M.L. & Lobo, M.A. (in review). Design for
(dis)ability: Creating wearable technology to enhance arm mobility for
children with movement impairments. Assistive Technology.
- Babik, I., Kokkoni, E., Cunha, A.B., Galloway, J.C., Rahman, T., & Lobo, M.A. (in review). Effectiveness of a novel exoskeleton for an infant with impaired upper extremity function. Pediatric Physical Therapy.
- Lobo, M.A., Koshy, J., Hall, M.L., Erol, O., Cao, H., Buckley, Galloway, J.C., & Higginson, J. (in press). Playskin LiftTM: Development and initial testing of a do-it-yourself exoskeletal garment to assist upper extremity mobility and function. Physical Therapy.
- Cunha, A.B., Lobo, M.A., Kokkoni, E., Galloway,
J.C., & Tudella, E. (2015). Effect of short-term training on
reaching behavior in infants: A randomized controlled clinical trial. Journal of Motor Behavior.
- Logan, S.W., Schreiber, M., Lobo, M.A., Pritchard,
B., George, L., & Galloway, J.C. (2015). Real world behavioral
doses: Physical activity, play, and object-related behaviors of toddlers
with and without disabilities. Pediatric Physical Therapy.
- Lobo, M.A., Kokkoni, E., Cunha, A.B., &
Galloway, J.C. (2015). Infants born preterm demonstrate impaired
exploration behaviors throughout infancy and toddlerhood. Physical Therapy, 95(1), 51-64.
- Lobo, M.A., Kokkoni, E., de Campos, A.C., &
Galloway, J.C. (2014). Not just playing around: Infants’ behaviors with
objects reflect ability, constraints, and object properties. Infant Behavior & Development, 37(3), 334-351.
- Lobo, M.A., Paul, D.A., Mackley, A., Maher, J.,
& Galloway, J.C. (2014). Instability of delay classification and
determination of early intervention eligibility in the first two years
of life. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 35, 117-126.
- Harbourne, R.T., Lobo, M.A., Karst, G.M., & Galloway, J.C. (2013). Sit happens: Does sitting development perturb reaching development or vice versa? Infant Behavior & Development, 36, 438-450.
- Lobo, M.A., & Galloway, J.C. (2013). Assessment
and stability of early learning abilities in preterm and full-term
infants across the first two years of life. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 34 (5), 1721-30.
- Lobo, M.A., Harbourne, R.T., Dusing, S.C., &
Westcott McCoy, S. (2013). Grounding early intervention: Physical
therapy cannot just be about motor skills anymore. Physical Therapy, 93 (1), 94-103.
- Dusing, S.C., Lobo, M.A., Lee, H., & Galloway,
J.C. (2013). Intervention in the first weeks of life for infants born
late preterm: A case series report. Pediatric Physical Therapy, 25 (2), 194-203.
- Lobo, M.A. & Galloway, J.C. (2013). The onset of reaching significantly impacts how infants explore both objects and their bodies. Infant Behavior and Development, 36 (1), 14-24.
- Gadin, E., Lobo, M.A., Sem, K., Paul, D., Steiner,
K., Mackley, A., Anzillotti, K., & Galloway, J.C. (2012). Volumetric
MRI and MRS and early motor development of infants born preterm. The Journal of Pediatric Physical Therapy, 24 (1), 38-44.
- Lobo, M.A., & Galloway, J.C. (2012). Enhanced
handling and positioning in early infancy advances development
throughout the first year. Child Development, 83(4), 1290-1302
Honors and Awards
- Lolas E. Halverson National Young Investigator Award from The Motor
Development & Learning Academy Committee of the National Association
for Sport & Physical Education, 2008
- Dorothy Briggs Memorial Scientific Inquiry Award, American Physical Therapy Association, 2006
Dr. Lobo leads the Super Suits
FUNctional Fashion and Wearable Technology Program at the University of
Delaware. This program brings together students and experts across disciplines
including fashion, engineering, health care, psychology, and computer science
to work with end users to create low- and high-tech solutions to improve
quality of life and function for people with disabilities. Examples of Super
Suits designs include clothing that is aesthetically appealing while being
comfortable and easy to don and doff, exoskeletal garments that assist
movement, and sensors integrated within garments to track activity and allow
users to control their environment.
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