LEE DIBBLE

Curriculum Vitae

LEE DIBBLE portrait
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Occupational & Recreational Therapies
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Kinesiology
  • Professor, Physical Therapy & Athletic Training

Research

Research Summary

My research is centered around 3 long-term objectives: Objective 1: Characterize the benefits of exercise in neurodegenerative diseases in terms of CNS effect and alteration of the trajectory of disability. Objective 2: Understand anticipatory and reactive postural control deficits in persons with neurodegenerative diseases. Objective 3: Explore treatments targeted at augmenting sensory input, normalizing sensory integration, and improving motor output during postural reactions.

Research Statement

Over the past decade, my research has focused on the effect of Parkinson disease on postural control and falls as well as the effect of exercise countermeasures as a means of minimizing these deficits. Through my participation as PI or co-investigator on previous and current grants, I have developed the expertise in the cross sectional studies, implementation of  clinical trials of rehabilitative interventions, and longitudinal studies of the progression of disability. 

Research Keywords

  • Postural Control, Interest Level: 5
  • Parkinson Disease, Interest Level: 5
  • Mobility, Interest Level: 4
  • Falls, Interest Level: 4
  • Eccentric Exercise, Interest Level: 4
  • Disability and Participation , Interest Level: 4

Grants, Contracts & Research Gifts

  • Vestibulo-spinal and Vestibular-ocular Performance and Adaptability in Persons with MS at Risk for Falls. PI: Lee Dibble. Co-PI(s): Michael Schubert (Johns Hopkins University). National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 11/01/2012 - 10/31/2014. Total project budget to date: $0.00
  • Fighting the Law of Gravity: International Symposium on Postural Instability and Falls in PD . PI: Lee Dibble. Co-PI(s): Colleen Canning (University of Sydney); Terry Ellis (Boston University); Gammon Earhart (Washington University in St Louis). Parkinson Disease Foundation, 10/01/2012 - 09/30/2013. Total project budget to date: $0.00
  • Sensory Integration and Motor Planning Exercise in Parkinson Disease. PI: Lee Dibble. 07/01/2011 - 07/01/2012. Total project budget to date: $0.00
  • Parkinson Disease Foundation Summer Research Fellowship. PI: Lee Dibble. 05/01/2011 - 08/30/2011. Total project budget to date: $0.00
  • Sensory Re-weighting in Persons with Parkinson Disease. PI: Lee Dibble. 02/01/2011 - present. Total project budget to date: $0.00
  • Tandem Instrumented Treadmill for Assessment of In-vivo Joint Biomechanics . PI: Andrew Anderson (Orthopedic Biomechanics). Co-PI(s): Lee Dibble, Bo Foreman, Bruce MacWilliams. 06/01/2010 - 06/01/2011. Total project budget to date: $0.00
  • Unveiling the Natural History of Mobility and Quality of Life Decline in Parkinson Disease. PI: Lee Dibble. 05/01/2009 - 05/31/2012. Total project budget to date: $0.00
  • The moderating effects of muscle conditioning on falls and mobility in frail elderly . PI: Lee Dibble. 01/01/2008 - 02/28/2013. Total project budget to date: $0.00
  • High Force Resistance Training and Dopamine Replacement Effects on Hypokinesia in (R15HD056478). PI: Dibble, Leland Eric. National Institutes of Health, 2007 - 07/31/2010. Total project budget to date: $225,292.00
  • Utah Regional Leadership and Education in Neurodevelopmental Treatment (URLEND). PI: Lee Dibble. 01/01/2006 - 01/01/2011. Total project budget to date: $0.00
  • Physical Therapy Exercise Program For Persons With PD. PI: Lee Dibble. 06/01/2002 - 06/30/2016. Total project budget to date: $0.00

Research Equipment and Testing Expertise

  • Kinematics and Kinetics of Human Movement. Contact: Lee Dibble , 801-581-4637 , 520 Wakara Way.
  • Video Head Impulse Testing Equipment (GN Otometrics). For measurement of angular vestibular ocular reflex function and gaze stability. Contact: Lee Dibble , 801-581-4637 , 520 Wakara Way.
  • Wearable Inertial Sensors (Opal Monitors, APDM Corp). For measurement of movement kinematics during free movement in the clinic or community. Contact: Lee Dibble , 801-581-4637 , 520 Wakara Way.