The Catholic University of America

Joe Hidler, Ph.D.

Senior Research Scientist

Aretech, LLC
21730 Red Rum Drive, Suite 112
Ashburn Technology Park
Ashburn, VA 20147

National Rehabilitation Hospital
Room 1060
102 Irving Street NW
Washington DC 20010
(202) 877-1892


Research Interests

Development of rehabilitation robotic devices; studying motor impairment in stroke and spinal cord injury; developing new rehabilitation strategies for improving functional outcomes in individuals with lower extremity impairments.


  • Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University, 2001
  • M.S. Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University, 1996
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 1994

Honors and Awards

  • Provost Award for Excellence in Research and Scholarship, Catholic University, 2006
  • Charles H. Kamen Award for Excellence in Teaching (2003) and Research (2005), Catholic University
  • Best Poster Presentation, American Spinal Injury Association Annual Meeting, 2003.

Representative Publications

  • J. Ramella-Roman and J. Hidler, "The impact of autonomic dysreflexia on blood flow and skin response in individuals with spinal cord injury." Journal on Advanced Optical Technologies. In Press.
  • J. Hidler, L. Hamm, A. Lichy and S. Groah, "Automating activity-based interventions: the role of robotics", Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development Special Issue, 45(2): 337-344, 2008.
  • S. J. Lee and J. Hidler, "Biomechanics of treadmill versus over-ground walking in healthy individuals", J Appl Physiol, 104(3):747-755, 2008.


Tennis, spending time with family, and drinking coffee and relaxing at Einstein Bagels