Preeti Raghavan

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Preeti Raghavan

Assistant Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine
Rehabilitation Medicine

Contact Info

Address
240 East 38th Street
New York, NY 10016

212/598-6206

Research Interests

About Dr. Raghavan; Dr. Raghavan wears two hats at the Rusk Institute: She is a practicing physiatrist specializing in neurorehabilitation, and is also a researcher investigating how brain injury affects motor skills in the upper extremities. ?The two areas complement each other,? she explains. ?Caring for patients helps me develop new research questions?and my research helps me design more effective treatment protocols for my patients.?; ; Dr. Raghavan is also exploring how music can help patients relearn motor skills. ?Our brains evolved for movement,? she observes. ?Our emotions plays a big part in that, and so does our ability to plan our movements. To move, you have to set yourself free. I?m interested in any approach that helps bring the body into that state.?; ; These insights also apply to Dr. Raghavan?s research work on how stroke affects hand and finger function. ?Stroke typically impairs one side of the body,? she says. ?Patients are often able to learn to walk with their affected leg, but they tend to have more difficulty regaining use of their hand on that side.? In her studies of hand function in stroke patients, subjects wear a ?cyberglove? that records the movement in every finger joint, as well as sensors that measure muscle activation in the arms and other body parts. ?A hallmark of hand function is being able to adapt your movements flexibly to the task at hand,? says Dr. Raghavan. ?Our research goal is to try to access this capability.?; ; In her clinical practice, Dr. Raghavan treats patients recovering from stroke, traumatic brain injuries and other neurologic conditions such as multiple sclerosis. She also specializes in rehabilitation of musculoskeletal problems in the upper extremities, such as in musicians or people who work at computer keyboards who develop hand or arm pain from overuse. ?Movement in the hands or arms is always influenced by the way other supporting body parts are activated,? she notes. ?For example, hand pain may be related to a person?s posture or how they hold their shoulders. A lot of my rehabilitation work involves helping patients relearn how to move.?

Effect of auditory constraints on motor performance depends on stage of recovery post-stroke
Aluru, Viswanath; Lu, Ying; Leung, Alan; Verghese, Joe; Raghavan, Preeti
2014-10-06; 1664-2295,Frontiers in neurology - id: 1283302, year: 2014 Journal Article

From Historic to Contemporary: Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy in Collaborative Interdisciplinary Rehabilitation
Guerrero, Nina; Turry, Aaln; Geller, Daneil; Raghavan, Preeti
2014-10-06; 0734-6875,Music therapy perspectives - id: 1283752, year: 2014

The effects of emotionally charged auditory stimulation on gait performance in the elderly: a preliminary study
Rizzo, John-Ross; Raghavan, Preeti; McCrery, J R; Oh-Park, Mooyeon; Verghese, Joe
2015-01-04; 0003-9993,Archives of physical medicine & rehabilitation - id: 1419712, year: 2014 JOURNAL ARTICLE

Motor dual-task effect on gait and task of upper limbs in older adults under specific task prioritization: pilot study
Oh-Park, Mooyeon; Holtzer, Roee; Mahoney, Jeannette; Wang, Cuiling; Raghavan, Preeti; Verghese, Joe
2013-12-10; 1594-0667,Aging clinical & experimental research - id: 668132, year: 2013 Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

Autonomic mechanisms of emotional reactivity and regulation
Uy, Catherine C; Jeffery, Iain A; Wilson, Matthew; Aluru, Viswanath; Madan, Anita; Lu, Ying; Raghavan, Preeti
2014-10-06; 2152-7180,Psychology - id: 1283732, year: 2013