Wayne State University

Aim Higher


Gerry E. Conti, PhD

(313) 577-2188
EACPHS Room 2204


Assistant Professor and Director, Human Movement Laboratory
Occupational Therapy, Department of Health Care Sciences

Degrees and Certifications

Indiana University, Bloomington IN: BS Occupational Therapy (1973)
Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI: MS  Occupational Therapy (1995)
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MI: PhD  Kinesiology (Motor Control) (2007)

Positions and Employment

Positions and Employment
1973-1976 Occupational Therapist, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, San Jose CA
1977-1978 Senior Occupational Therapist, Ralph K. Davies Medical Center, San Francisco CA
1979-1995 Manager, Occupational Therapy, St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Ann Arbor MI
1995-2001 Instructor (1995) / Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy,Eastern Michigan, Ypsilanti MI
2002-  Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy, Wayne State University

Other Experiences and Professional Memberships
1971-  American Occupational Therapy Association
1979-  Michigan Occupational Therapy Association
1997-  Society of Neuroscience
2003-  Gerontological Society of America




Awards and Honors

FAOTA: Fellow, American Occupational Therapy Association

FMOTA: Fellow, Michigan Occupational Therapy Association

Recent Publications

1.    Hurvitz, E. A., Conti, G. E., & Brown, S. H. (2003). Changes in movement characteristics of the spastic upper extremity following botulinum toxin injection. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 84:444-454.

2.    Conti, G. E. & Schepens, S. L. (2009). Changes in hemiplegic grasp following distributed repetitive intervention: A pilot study. Occupational Therapy International, 16(3-4), 204-217.

3.    Conti, G. E.  (2009). Editorial, Special Edition on Neuromotor Interventions, Occupational Therapy International, 16(3-4), 171-174.

4.    Goldberg, A., Schepens, S.L., Feely, S. M. E., Garbern, J. Y., Miller, L. J., Siskind, C. E., Conti, G. E. (2010). Deficits in stepping response times are associated with impairments in balance and mobility in people with Huntington Disease.  Journal of Neurological Sciences, 298 (1-2), 91-95. 

5.    Conti, G. E. (2011).  Neurological Impairments. In R. Dizazzo-Miller and J. Pellerito, Preparing for the NBCOT Exam: 45 Days and Counting. Boston: Jones and Bartlett Publishers, 115-128.

6.    Conti, G. E. (2011). Musculoskeletal Impairments. In R. Dizazzo-Miller and J. Pellerito, Preparing for the NBCOT Exam: 45 Days and Counting. Boston: Jones and Bartlett Publishers, 129-148.

7.    Conti, G. E. (2011). Musculoskeletal Assessments and Interventions. In R. Dizazzo-Miller and J. Pellerito, Preparing for the NBCOT Exam: 45 Days and Counting. Boston: Jones and Bartlett Publishers, 149-182.

8.    Conti, G. E. (2011). Traumatic brain injury.  In B. Atchison & D. Dirette (Eds.).(4th ed.) Conditions in occupational therapy.  Effect on occupational performance.  Baltimore: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, pp. 179-198.


Primary Research Interest

Arm reach, grasp and manipulation in healthy and neurologically impaired people across the lifespan.

Supported Research
2007-2011. Motor Assessment in Neurological Disorders. Funding: Faculty Research Award, Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy    and Health Sciences.

2007-2010. Predicting Sustainable Well-Being and Performance among Wayne State University Athletes and Fine Arts Students - A Pilot Study. Funding: WSU Office of the Vice President for Research.

2003-2005. Bilateral Grasp Force Coordination following Stroke: Effects of Intervention. Funding: Del Harder Research Fund.

2002. Effects of malnutrition on motor coordination in preadolescence and adolescence in rural South Africa. A pilot study. Funding: WSU Development Grant.


Secondary Research Title

Enabling Systems and Technologies for People with Movement Limitations

Secondary Research Interest

Digital Human Modeling for People with Severe Movement Limitations

Rehabilitation upper limb robotics

Supported Research with Students
2006. Assessment of Sensitivity in the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF). Funding: WSU Office Undergraduate Research Fellowship.




Third Research Interest

Occupational Therapy Practice

Supported Research
2006-2007. Building OT Skills and Competencies to Advance Mental Health Practice in Older Adults. Funding: Retirement Research Foundation.

Unsupported Research with Students
2007. Effectiveness of Occupational Therapy Student Interventions in an Underserved Population.

Areas of Expertise

Research Expertise
Application to clinical populations

Clinical Expertise

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