ksenia ustinova
  • Ksenia_thumbnailPosition: Associate Professor
  • Department: School of Rehabilitation and Medical Sciences, Doctoral Program in Physical Therapy
  • Campus Address: 1235 Health Professions Building
  • Office Hours: By appointment
  • Phone: 989-774-2699
  • Email: ustin1k@cmich.edu
  • Courses:
    PTH 690 - Motor Control and Learning in Rehabilitation
    PTH 745 - Patient Care III
    PTH 666 - PT Seminar II
    PTH 766 - PT Seminar IV

Other teaching:
NSC 496 - Directed Research in Neuroscience
Neuroscience Graduate Program ​ 

Degrees and Universities

B.S. Physical Education/Physical Therapy - State University of Physical Education and Sport, Moscow, Russia
Ph.D. Education - State University of Physical Education and Sport, Moscow, Russia ​

Research Support

PI: The US Department of Defense, Concept Award; 2010-2012; Design of Virtual Reality-Based Therapy to Restore the Whole Body Coordination Deficits following Deployment-Acquired Traumatic Brain Injury

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

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



1.    Spreitzer LM, Perkins J, Ustinova KI (2012). Challenging Stability Limits in Old and Young Individuals with a Functional Reaching Task. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. In press

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

3.    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

4.  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 Phys Med Rehabil., 90: 217-225

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

6.    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. 3:2-7

7.   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

8.   Hausbeck CJ, Strong MJ, Tamkei LS, Leonard WA, Ustinova KI. (2009). The effect of additional hand contact on postural stability perturbed by a moving environment. Gait & Posture 29: 509-513

9.    Ustinova KI, Chernikova LA (2008). Virtual reality in neurorehabilitation. Annals Neurology 4:34-39


0. Ioffe ME, Chernikova LA, Ustinova KI (2007). Role of the cerebellum in learning postural task. Cerebellum, 6: 87-94. Review


Ustinova KI, Levin MF, Feldman AG. (2006) Central resetting of neuromuscular steady states may underlie rhythmical arm movements. J Neurophysiol 96:1124-34


Ustinova KI, Fung J, Levin MF. (2005) Disruption of bilateral temporal coordination during arm swinging in patients with hemiparesis. Exp Brain Res, 6: 1-14

13. Ioffe ME, Ustinova KI, Chernikova LA, Kulikov MA. (2006) Learning postural tasks in patients with hemiparesis, Parkinson's disease and cerebellar ataxia. Exp Brain Res, 168:384-394

14. Ioffe ME, Ustinova KI, Chernikova LA, Luk'yanova YA, Ivanova-Smolenskaya IA, Kulikov MA. (2004) Characteristics of learning voluntary control of posture in lesions of the pyramidal and nigrostriatal systems. Neurosc Behav Physiol, 34:543-54



. Ustinova KI, Ioffe ME, Chernikova LA, Illarioshkin SN, Markova ED (2004) Learning of voluntary control of posture using biofeedback in the patients with spinocerebellar degenerations Zh Nevrol Psikhiatr Im S S Korsakova. 104:64-70

16. Ustinova KI, Goussev VM, Balasubramaniam R, Levin MF (2004) Disruption of co-ordination between arm, trunk and centre of pressure displacement in patients with hemiparesis. Motor Control, 8:13


17. Ustinova KI, Ioffe MI, Chernikova LA (2003) Age-related features of the voluntary control of the upright posture, Fiziol Cheloveka, 29


18. Ustinova KI, Ioffe ME, Chernikova LA (2003) Vertical posture disorder in patients with post-stroke hemiparesis. Fiziol Cheloveka, 29:1


19. Ustinova KI, Chernikova LA, Ioffe ME (2001) Impairment of learning the voluntary control of posture in patients with cortical lesions of different locations: the cortical mechanisms of pose regulation. Neurosc Behav Physiol, 31:


20. Ustinova KI, Chernikova LA, Matveev EV, Luk'ianova IuA, Aleshkin DV, Vasil'ev AA (2000) Use of a bilateral stabilographic platform in the diagnosis and rehabilitation of movement disorders at the clinic of nervous system diseases. Med Tekh, 6:35-40

21. Usti

nova KI, Chernikova LA, Ioffe ME, Sliva SS (2000). Deficit of learning of posture voluntary control in patients with cortical lesions of various locations: cortical mechanisms of posture regulation. Zh Vyssh Nerv Deiat Im I P Pavlova, 50:421-433.

Research Areas

The mechanisms of motor control and learning and their disruption in patients with different neurological disease; the recovery and compensation of sensorimotor functions after neurological injury with the use of new rehabilitation techniques including virtual reality and biofeedback.