The Catholic University of America


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Elizabeth Brokaw, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Assistant

University of Pittsburgh

School of Health and Rehabilitation Science


Research Interests

Devices for fuctional therapy for chronic stroke subjects.



  • PhD Biomedical Engineering, Catholic University of America, May 2012.
  • MS. Biomedical Engineering, Catholic University of America, May 2009.
  • BS. Biological Resources Engineering, University of Maryland. May 2008.

Representative Publications

  •  E.B. Brokaw, I. Black, R.J. Holley, and P.S. Lum. “Hand spring operated movement enhancer (HandSOME): a portable, passive hand exoskeleton for stroke rehabilitation,” Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, 19(4), 2011.
  • E.B. Brokaw, T. Murray, T. Nef, and P.S. Lum. “Retraining of inter-joint coordination after stroke using robot-assisted time-independent functional training,” Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development, 48(4), 2011.
  • E.B. Brokaw, “Hand spring operated movement enhancer (HandSOME) device design for hand rehabilitation after stroke,” M.B.E. thesis, Catholic University of America, United States, 2009.

Conference Publications

  • E.B. Brokaw, D. Nichols, T. Nef, T.M. Murray, and P.S. Lum. "Time independent functional task training: a case study of the effect of inter-joint coordination driven haptic guidance in stroke therapy," International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics, Zurich 2011.
  • E.B. Brokaw, R.J. Holley, and P.S. Lum, “Hand Spring Operated Movement Enhancer (HandSOME) device for hand rehabilitation after stroke.,” Conference proceedings : Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. Conference, vol. 1, Jan. 2010, pp. 5867-70.
  • E.B. Brokaw, T. Nef, TM Murray, and P.S. Lum. "Time independent functional training of inter-joint arm coordination using the ARMin III robot," Southern Biomedical Engineering Conference, 2010.