• Certified Stroke Rehabilitation Specialist, American Stroke Association
  • Neurologic Clinical Specialist, ABPTS
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Neurology
  • Associate Professor (Clinical), Physical Therapy & Athletic Training

Research Statement

Heather's research has focused on improving function and quality of life in individuals with neurologic disabilities. She has worked with individuals with Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinsonism in novel research and clinical designs focusing on improving strength, function and quality of life with varying strength and task-specific paradigms.

Research Keywords

  • Stroke
  • Parkinsonism
  • Motor learning
  • Intensive practice
  • Function


  • Hayes HA. APTA CSM Neurology Section. "The Effects of Age and Parkinson's Disease on Temporal and Spatial Learning During a Posturally Demanding Implicit Motor Sequence Task". Presentation, Presented, 02/15/2014.
  • Hayes HA. Society for Neuroscience. "The effects of age and Parkinson disease on performance and learning of an standing implicit motor sequence task". Presentation, Presented, 11/15/2013.
  • Stephens, M. Hayes, HA. APTA CSM Neurology Section, February 2010. “Determining improvements of gait characteristics in individuals with chronic stroke based on two intensive training programs." Poster presentation. Other, Other, 02/2010.
  • Hayes, HA. Stephens, M. APTA CSM Neurology Section, February 2010. “Functional improvements for individuals with chronic stroke using two intensive training programs”. Poster presentation. Other, Other, 02/2010.
  • Hayes, HA, Dibble LE. APTA CSM Neurology Section, February 2009. "Asymmetrical contribution of sarcopenia to functional mobility in persons with chronic stroke". Poster presentation. Other, Other, 02/2009.
  • Hayes HA. APTA Annual Conference, June 2006. “Activity and participation gains following a unique intensive rehabilitation program for a person with chronic stroke.” Platform presentation. Other, Other, 06/2006.
  • Hayes HA. APTA CSM Neurology Section, February 2004. “Resistance Training via Lengthening Contractions for Individuals with MS: A Preliminary Report.” Platform presentation. Other, Other, 02/2004.

Research/Scholarship Projects

  • A Longitudinal Study of Disease Progression in Congenital Myotonic Dystrophy. PI: Johnson, N. 12/15/2013 - present.
  • Optimization and Validation of a Computerized Orthotic Prescription System. PI: Bamberg, S. 01/01/2013 - present.
  • Effect of Dopamine on acquisition performance and retention learning of an implicit motor sequence task in individuals with early Parkinson's Disease during a postural task. PI: Hayes, HA, Dibble, LE. 10/15/2011 - 05/15/2014.
  • Determining improvements of functional ambulation; gait speed, quality and community ambulation for individuals with chronic stroke by providing two intensive training programs. PI: Hayes, HA. Co-PI(s): Dibble, LE. 05/01/2010 - 05/01/2013.
  • afety and Efficacy of Aquatic Treadmill Therapy for Improving Economy of Gait, Gait Speed, Balance, Cardiovascular Fitness, and Quality of Life in Ambulatory Adult Stroke Patients: A Pilot Study. PI: Edgley, S. 05/15/2008 - 05/15/2012.
  • Tracking of measures of physical performance and physiological measures in persons with focal neurological injury participating in the University of Utah Rehabilitation and Wellness Clinic. 2. PI: Hayes, HA. 05/01/2005 - present.
  • Impact of Eccentric Resistance Exercise on Muscle Size and Performance in Patients with Multiple Sclerosis 2. PI: LaStayo, P. 01/01/2004 - 12/15/2007.


  • English, fluent.


  • Hayes, H. A., Gappmaier, E., & LaStayo, P. C. (2011). Effects of high-intensity resistance training on strength, mobility, balance, and fatigue in individuals with multiple sclerosis: a randomized controlled trial. J Neurol Phys Ther, 35(1), 2-10. Accepted, 12/10/2010.