Jennifer Sansom, PT, MPT, MS, PhD
  • Sansom_Jennifer_headshotPosition: Assistant Professor
  • Department: School of Rehabilitation and Medical Sciences, Doctoral Program in Physical Therapy
  • Campus Address: 1242 Health Professions Building
  • ​Office Hours: By appointment
  • Phone: 989-774-4366
  • Email: sanso1jk@c​mich.edu
  • Courses: 
​          PTH 735 Examination & Diagnosis III
          PTH 666 PT Seminar II

Degrees and Universities
PhD, Kinesiology, University of Michigan
MPT, Physical Therapy, The College of St. Catherine
MS, Exercise Science, Northern Michigan University
BS, Sport Science, Northern Michigan University
 
Research Areas
Human movements are naturally unique to the individual and the environment in which they are performed. Both internal and external variables provide valuable sensory and motor input to the biological system that helps shape the way in which movement is executed. My research focuses on understanding the development of adaptive underlying motor control strategies used by individuals during functional movement in response to internal and external environmental constraints.
 
Research Publications and Activities
Sansom, J.K., Teulier, C., Smith, B.A., Moerchen, V., Muraszko, K., & Ulrich, B.D. (2012). Muscle activation patterns in infants with myelomeningocele stepping on a treadmill, without practice. Ped Phys Ther. Published online before print, doi: 10.1097/PEP.0b013e31828dc3b6.

Teulier, C., Sansom, J. K., Muraszko, K., & Ulrich, B. (2012) Longitudinal Changes in Muscle Activity during Infants’ Treadmill Stepping. JN Physiol, 108(3), 853-862.

Smith, B.A., Teulier, C., Sansom, J., Stergiou, N., & Ulrich, B.D. (2011). Approximate entropy values demonstrate impaired neuromotor control of spontaneous leg activity in infants with myelomeningocele. Ped Phys Ther, 23, 241-247.

Watts, P.B., Gannon, R.L., Jensen, R., Kobeinia, J., Maynard, J. & Sansom, J. (2008). Forearm EMG during rock climbing differs from EMG during handgrip dynamometry. Int J Ex Sci, 1(1), article 2 online.

Sansom, J.K. (2013). Effects of external physical assistive devices on gait. Dissertation.

Sansom, J.K. (2002). Reliability and validity of the shoulder pain and disability index (SPADI) for women with shoulder problems. Master of Physical Therapy Thesis.

Sansom, J.K. (2001). Biomechanical work performed and energy expenditure during a rock climbing   movement sequence in men and women. Master of Science Degree Thesis.

Professional Presentations
Sansom, J.K., and Ulrich, B.D. (2012, June). Energy Consumption during Walking with Assistive Devices for Children with Myelomeningocele. Poster presented at the semi-annual meeting of ISPGR, Trondheim, Norway. (presenter).

Sansom, J.K., Teulier, C., and Ulrich, B.D. (2012, June). EMG Activity During Treadmill Stepping: Young Children with Myelomeningocele. Poster presented at the semi-annual meeting of ISPGR, Trondheim, Norway. (presenter).

Sansom, J.K. and Ulrich, B.D. (2012, June). Acute Effects of Assistive Device Use on Muscle Activation Patterns in Children with Myelomeningocele. Poster presented at the annual meeting of NASPSPA, Honolulu, HI. (presenter).

Sansom, J.K., Teulier, C., and Ulrich, B.D. (2012, June). Muscle Activity in Infants with Myelomeningocele: A Retrospective Examination based on Age at Walk Onset. Poster presented at the annual meeting of NASPSPA, Honolulu, HI. (presenter).

Sansom, J.K., Teulier, C., and Ulrich, B.D. (July, 2011). EMG activity during treadmill stepping: young children with typical development and myelomeningocele. Poster presented at the biannual meeting for Progress in Motor Control, Cincinnati, OH. (presenter).

Sansom, J.K. and Ulrich, B.D. (July, 2011). Energy cost during walking with assistive devices for children with myelomeningocele. Poster presented at the biannual meeting for Progress in Motor Control, Cincinnati, OH. (presenter).

Sansom, J.K. and Ulrich, B.D. (2011, June). Effect of walking with various assistive devices on energy consumption in children with myelomeningocele. Poster presented at the annual meeting of NASPSPA, Burlington, VT. (presenter).

Sansom, J.K., Teulier, C., and Ulrich, B.D. (June, 2011). Effect of treadmill stepping on muscle activity across the first year of life in infants with myelomeningocele. Verbal presentation at the annual meeting of NASPSPA, Burlington, VT. (presenter).

Sansom, J.K. and Ulrich, B.D. (June, 2011). Adaptations in gait by children with myelomeningocele when walking with different assistive devices. Poster presented at the annual meeting of NASPSPA, Burlington, VT. (presenter).

Sansom, J.K., Teulier, C., & Ulrich, B.D. (2010, March). Adaptations to speed: Treadmill stepping in infants with myelomeningocele, without training. Poster session presented at the biannual meeting of ISIS, Baltimore, MD. (presenter).

Teulier, C., Martin, B.J., Sansom, J.K., & Ulrich, B.D. (2010, March). Functioning of Peripheral Ia-Pathways in Infants With Typical Development: Responses in the Agonist- Antagonist Muscle Pairs. Poster session presented at the biannual meeting of ISIS, Baltimore, MD. (author).

Certifications
American Heart Association Basic Life Support (2002-present)

Professional Organizations and Development
American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
Michigan Chapter American Physical Therapy Association (MAPTA)
 
Professional Awards
Shapiro/Malik Award 2009, 2010
Rackham Graduate Student Research Award 2011
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation Student Award 2011
Rackham Travel Award Summer 2011, 2012