Ksenia Ustinova

  • Position: Professor
  • Department: Physical Therapy Department
  • Campus Address: Health Professions Building 1235
  • Office Hours: By appointment
  • Phone: 989-774-2699
  • Email: ustin1k@cmich.edu
Primary Instructor:
  • PTH 623: Clinical Pathophysiology & Pharmacology III
  • PTH 626: Neuroanatomy in Physical Therapy
  • PTH 690: Motor Learning in Neurorehabilitation
  • PTH 672: Clinical Anatomy & Kinesiology of Joints
  • PTH 765: Physical Therapy Seminar III
  • PTH 766: Physical Therapy Seminar VI
  • NSC 690: Directed Research in Neuroscience

Degrees and Training:

  • B.S. in Physical Education/Physical Therapy; Russian State University of Physical Education and Sport (Moscow, Russia)
  • Ph.D. Theory and Methods of Physical Therapy; Russian State University of Physical Education and Sport (Moscow, Russia)
  • Post-doctoral Fellowships; School of Rehabilitation, University of Montreal (Montreal, Canada)

Grants and Contracts:

Co-PI: SheFit Corporation: Test of effectiveness of the SheFit sport brassiere (2017).

PI: National Science Foundation, Major Research Instrumentation: Acquisition of a Vicon system for multi-disciplinary research and education in rehabilitation engineering (2013-2016).

PI: Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation of Michigan, Research Grant: Virtual reality game-based telerehabilitation in patients with traumatic brain injury (2012-2013).

PI: The Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions, Interdisciplinary Research Award: Virtual reality game-based telerehabilitation in patients with traumatic brain injury (2012-2013).

PI: The US Department of Defense, Concept Award: Design of virtual reality-based therapy to restore the whole body coordination deficits following deployment-acquired traumatic brain injury (2010-2012).


Areas of interest: 
Mechanisms of motor control/learning and their disruption in patients with different neurological diseases; recovery and compensation of 
sensorimotor functions after neurological injury; development and validation of new rehabilitation techniques including virtual reality and 


Ustinova KI, Chernikova LA, Khizhnikova AE, Poydasheva AG, Suponeva NA, Piradov MA (2018). Theoretical basis for classical methods of motor rehabilitation in neurology. Annals of Clinical and Experimental Neurology, 12:54-60.

Kulikov AG, Voronina DD, Morozov AE, Zajceva TN, Ustinova KI (2018). New approach for evaluating the effectiveness of whole-body magnetic field therapy in the rehabilitation of patients with lumbar discectomy. J Back Musculoskelet Rehabil, 31:1065-1073.

Austin HM, Balendra N, Langenderfer JE, Ustinova KI (2018). Decomposition of leg movements during overground walking in individuals with 
traumatic brain injury. Brain Inj, 32:739-746.

Chervyakov AV, Poydasheva AG, Lyukmanov RH, Suponeva NA, Chernikova LA, Piradov MA, Ustinova KI (2018). Effects of navigated repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation after stroke. J Clin Neurophysiol, 35:166-172.

Ustinova KI (2017). Decomposition of postural movements in individuals with TBI while reaching to intercept a moving virtual target. Physiother 
Theory Pract, 33:527-534.

Ustinova KI, Langenderfer JE, Balendra N (2017). Enhanced arm swing alters interlimb coordination during overground walking in individuals with 
traumatic brain injury. Hum Mov Sci, 52:45-54.

Bobick JM, Fabera A, Perkins J, Ustinova KI (2016). Effect of Viewing Angle and Object Position on Accuracy of Arm Reaching in a 3D Virtual 
Environment. Frontiers in Psychological and Behavioral Science, 5:28-34.

Song SJ, Beard CA, Ustinova KI (2016). The effects of wearing a compression top on trunk and golf club motions during golf swing. Clothing and 
Textiles Research Journal, 34:48-60.

Ustinova KI, Chernikova LA, Dull A, Perkins J (2015) Physical therapy for correcting postural and coordination deficits in patients with mild-to-moderate traumatic brain injury. Physiother Theory Pract 31:1-7.

VanderHill MS, Wolf EE, Langenderfer JE, Ustinova KI (2014)The effect of actual and imaginary handgrip on postural stability during different balance conditions Gait Posture 40:652-657.

Ustinova KI, Perkins J, Leonard WA, Hausbeck C (2014). Virtual reality game–based therapy for treatment of postural and coordination abnormalities secondary to TBI: an efficacy study. Brain Inj 28: 486-95.

Ustinova KI, Silkwood-Sherer D (2014). Gripping an External Object Stabilizes Upright Posture Perturbed by a Moving Virtual Environment in Patients with Traumatic Brain Injury J Neurol Phys Ther 38:125-33.

Perkins J, Ustinova KI, Hausbeck C (2013). Case Series Illustrating the Use of Consistent Rehabilitation Outcome Measures in Traumatic Brain. Journal of Novel Physiotherapies 3 (177): 1-4.

O'Neil R, Skeel RL, Ustinova KI (2013) Cognitive Ability Predicts Motor Learning on a Virtual Reality Game in Patients with TBI. NeuroRehabilitation 33:667-80.

Paavola JM, Oliver KE, Ustinova KI (2013) Use of Xbox Kinect gaming console for rehabilitation of an individual with traumatic brain injury: a case report. Journal of Novel Physiotherapies 3: 129.

Ustinova KI, Feldman AG, Levin MF (2013). Bilateral coupling facilitates restoration of rhythmical movement in the paretic arm after stroke. Exp Brain Res 227: 263-274.

Schafer AY, Ustinova KI (2013). Does Use of a Virtual Environment Facilitate Reaching while Standing in Patients with Traumatic Brain Injury? J Neuroeng Rehabil, 10:76.

Spreitzer L, Perkins J, Ustinova KI (2013). Challenging Stability Limits in Old and Young Individuals with a Functional Reaching Task. Am J Rehab Medicine 92: 36-44.

Koptelova PO, Perkins J, Ustinova KI (2013). Effect of optic flow speed on step initiation in older and younger individuals. Review of Psychology Frontier 2: 7-12.

Ustinova KI, Langenderfer JE (2013). Postural Stabilization by Gripping a Stick with Different Force Levels. Gait & Posture 38: 97-103.

Ustinova KI, Leonard WA, Cassavaugh ND, Ingersoll CD (2011). Development of 3D immersive video game to improve arm-postural coordination in patients with TBI. J Neuroeng Rehabil 31:8:61.

Chernikova LA, Ioffe ME, Kurganskaya ME, Mokienko OA, Katsuba NA, Ustinova KI, Prokopenko RA, Frolov AA (2011). The use of the virtual reality technology for the restoration of movements of the paretic hand after stroke. Physiotherapy, Balneology and Rehabilitation 3:3-7.

Ustinova KI, Perkins, J (2011). Gaze and viewing angle influence visual stabilization of upright posture. Brain and Behavior 1:19-25.

Engler SA, Lilly KA, Perkins J, Ustinova KI (2011). A pointing task to improve the performance of the functional reach test in older adults. Am J Rehab Medicin, 90:217-225.

Ustinova K, Chernikova L, Bilimenko A, Telenkov A, Epstein N (2011). Effect of robotic locomotor training in an individual with Parkinson's Disease: a case report. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology 6:77-85.

Ustinova KI, Perkins J, Szostakowski L, Tamkei LS, Leonard WA (2010). Effect of viewing angle on arm reaching while standing in a virtual environment: potential for virtual rehabilitation. Acta Psychologica 133:180–190.

Additional publications.

Book Chapters:

Ustinova KI, Chernikova LA. Motor control and neurorehabilitation approaches. In: Restorative neurology: innovative technologies in 
neurorehabilitation. Eds: Chernikova LA, Medical Information Agency (ООО МИА), Moscow, Russia, 2016, pp: 61-79.

Ustinova KI, Chernikova LA. Motor learning in neurorehabilitation. In: Restorative neurology: innovative technologies in neurorehabilitation. Eds
Chernikova LA, Medical Information Agency (ООО МИА), Moscow, Russia, 2016, pp: 80-101.

Ustinova KI, Klochkov AS, Chernikova LA. Virtual reality in neurorehabilitation. In: Restorative neurology: innovative technologies in 
neurorehabilitation. Eds: Chernikova LA, Medical Information Agency (ООО МИА), Moscow, Russia, 2016, pp: 158-182.