The Catholic University of America
Peter Lum, Ph.D.

Director, CABRR

National Rehabilitation Hospital
Room 1091
102 Irving Street NW
Washington DC 20010
(202) 877-1091

Associate Professor and Chair
Biomedical Engineering
The Catholic University of America


Research Interests

Understanding the principles that underlie human movement control; applying these concepts to the development of novel rehabilitation treatments for restoration of motor function following neurologic injury; use of robotics and technology for neuro-rehabilitation after stroke.


  • Ph.D. Bioengineering, University of California at Berkley and San Francisco, 1993
  • M.S. Applied Mechanics, California Institute of Technology, 1988
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering, George Washington University, 1987

Appointments and Professional Memberships

  • Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering, Catholic University
  • Research Health Scientist, Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center
  • IEEE member

Representative Publications

  • Brokaw EB,  Nichols D, Holley RJ, Lum PS.  Robotic therapy provides a stimulus for upper limb motor recovery after stroke that is complimentary and distinct from conventional therapy.  Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair 2013 Dec 2. [Epub ahead of print].
  • Godfrey SB, Holley RJ, Lum PS.  Clinical Effects of Using HEXORR (Hand Exoskeleton Rehabilitation Robot) for Movement Therapy in Stroke Rehabilitation.  Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2013;92(11):947-58.
  • Brokaw EB, Holley RJ, Lum PS. Comparison of joint space and end point space robotic training modalities for rehabilitation of interjoint coordination in individuals with moderate to severe impairment from chronic stroke. IEEE Trans Neural Syst Rehabil Eng. 2013 Sep;21(5):787-95.
  • Nguyen HB, Lum PS. Compensation for the intrinsic dynamics of the InMotion2 robot. J Neurosci Methods 2013 Mar 30;214(1):15-20. Epub 2013 Jan 11


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