The dedicated doctors and therapists that are committed to changing what’s possible for children with cerebral palsy.

 
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Dr. Nathalie Maitre

Director of NICU Follow Up Program at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

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Stephanie Burkhardt
Maitre Lab Team Project Lead
 

Dr. Nathalie Maitre

Dr. Maitre is a board-certified neonatologist and research investigator with a focus on neurodevelopment in high-risk newborns and rehabilitation of long-term disabilities. She is the Director of the NICU Follow-up Program and the Medical Director of NICU Developmental Therapies at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Her research emphasizes the development of quantitative measures of neural function in infants to allow the rational design and testing of parent-based and technology-assisted strategies. A career development award from the NICHD allowed her to elucidate mechanisms through which the NICU environment contributes to cortical sensory processing differences in hospitalized neonates and their neurobehavioral outcomes.

For the past 8 years Dr. Maitre has conducted multidisciplinary research with neuroscientists, engineers and therapists in neurophysiology of NICU infants and rehabilitation. She now leads NIH- and foundation-funded studies (AACPDM Pedal-With-Pete, American Heart Association and Cerebral Palsy Alliance) of parent-driven sensory-motor interventions such as constraint and bimanual movement therapy, and pacifier-activated music players. She also continues to work with engineering and mathematical modeling teams in the US, Switzerland and India to develop new methodologies for brain-based assessment and therapy in infants and young children. She is a member of the international IMPACT for Cerebral Palsy workgroup.

Dr. Maitre mentors undergraduate, graduate, postdoctoral trainees in rehabilitative therapies, developmental medicine, neonatology and engineering, who are interested in developing a career in the neuroscience of infant rehabilitation.

 
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Rachel Byrne

VP of Programs at the Cerebral Palsy Foundation

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Rebecca Lam
Project Manager, CPF

Tracy Pickar
Director of Community Engagement, CPF

Jill Rosamilia
Director of Digital Content, CPF

VP of Programs, Rachel Byrne

Rachel Byrne is the Vice President of Programs at the Cerebral Palsy Foundation. She has been working in the field of pediatric rehabilitation and cerebral palsy research for the past 12 years. Rachel has a background in physical therapy, with a particular interest in neuroplasticity and motor learning. Her early career as a clinician delivering physical therapy services in schools, hospitals and private practice is underpinned by her research interests focused on knowledge translation and the impact on a person’s ability to participate in the community across the lifespan.

 

In her current role at the Foundation, she has continued her research interest in evidence-based practice, knowledge translation, adult healthcare and population studies for cerebral palsy. Rachel was instrumental in developing the Just Say Hi inclusion curriculum which is now being taught nationally.  In the last 10 years she has given multiple presentations at international conferences and managed large multisite research projects.