Edelle Field-Fote, PT, PhD, FAPTA


Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine


Georgia Institute of Technology School of Applied Physiology

Graduate Program Director

Emory/GIT Joint DPT/PhD in Applied Physiology


  • BS, University of Miami, 1984
  • MS, University of Miami, 1990
  • PhD, Washington University, 1995
  • Post-Doc in Motor Control Physiology, University of Miami, 1997


Edelle Field-Fote, PT, PhD, FAPTA is the Director of Spinal Cord Injury Research at the Shepherd Center, Professor of Applied Physiology at Georgia Institute of Technology.  For over 20 years, her studies have focused on the development of interventions to promote neuroplasticity, and the use of adjuvant strategies to maximize the benefits of rehabilitation for improved function in persons with spinal cord injury.  Dr. Field-Fote is a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association and a Trustee of the Foundation for Physical Therapy.  Her work has been funded by National Institutes of Health (NIH) since 1997.  She is the editor/author of the textbook Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation(FA Davis Publishers), and her studies have been published in an array of peer-reviewed journals ranging from Physical Therapy, to the Journal of Neuroscience, and the Journal of Applied Biomechanics.  She currently serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy and as Executive Editor of the Journal of Motor Behavior.


  • Neurology Section APTA Award for Excellence in Neurologic Research, 2015
  • Research Section APTA Maley Award for Outstanding Leadership in Research, 2015
  • Emory University Division of Physical Therapy White Coat Ceremony Speaker, 2014
  • American Physical Therapy Association Catherine Worthingham Fellow (FAPTA), 2013 
  • Washington University in St. Louis, Physical Therapy Program Commencement Speaker, 2013         
  • Northwestern University Department of Physical Therapy Commencement Speaker, 2013
  • Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center 11th G. Maureen Rodgers Visions For Physical Therapy Lecture, 2012 
  • American Physical Therapy Association John H.P. Maley 17th Lecture Award, 2012 
  • American Physical Therapy Association Chattanooga Research Award, 2012
  • Rick Hansen Foundation Difference Maker Award, 2011
  • Washington University Program in Physical Therapy 20th Annual Steven J Rose Lecturer, 2009 
  • Washington University, Program in Physical Therapy Distinguished Alumnus Award, 2008  
  • American Society of Neurophysiologic Monitoring Digitimer Distinguished Lecture Award, 2008
  • American Physical Therapy Association Dorothy Briggs Memorial Scientific Inquiry Award, 2008 
  • New South Wales Ministry for Science & Medical Research International Spinal Cord Exchange Fellow, 2007
  • University of Miami Department of Physical Therapy Commencement Speaker, 2005
  • University of Miami Department of Physical Therapy Commencement Speaker, 2002
  • American Physical Therapy Association Eugene Michels New Investigator Award, 2001
  • Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society, 1995
  • Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Honor Society, 1990
  • American Physical Therapy Association Mary McMillan Scholar (entry level), 1984
  • Florida Physical Therapy Association Outstanding Student Award, 1984        
  • University of Miami Graduated Cum Laude with General Honors, 1984
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, 1982
  • Golden Key National Honor Society, 1982
  • Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, 1980


  • American Association of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals
  • American Physical Therapy Association 
  • American Physical Therapy Association Neurology Section
  • American Physical Therapy Association Research Section
  • American Spinal Injury Association
  • Florida Physical Therapy Association
  • Society for Neuroscience


Dr. Field-Fote's research aims to increase our understanding of the neural control of movement, motor learning, and the influence of adjuvant strategies to promote neuroplasticity.  This information is applied to the development of novel rehabilitation interventions to improve hand function and to improve walking function in individuals with neuropathology, with an emphasis on persons with spinal cord injury.


  • Bosveld R*, Field-Fote EC. Single-dose effects of whole body vibration on quadriceps strength in individuals with motor-incomplete spinal cord injury.  J Spinal Cord Med. 2015; 38(6):784-91. doi: 10.1179/2045772315Y.0000000002.  PMID: 25664489  PMCID: not available.
  • Gomes-Osman J* and Field-Fote EC. Improvements in hand function in adults with chronic tetraplegia following a multi-day 10Hz rTMS intervention combined with repetitive task practice. J Neurol Phys Ther, 2015; 39(1):23-30 doi: 10.1097/NPT.0000000000000062.  PMID: 25415549  PMCID: PMC4270905
  • Gomes-Osman J* and Field-Fote EC. Cortical vs. afferent stimulation as an adjunct to functional task practice training: a randomized, comparative pilot study in people with cervical spinal cord injury. Clin Rehabil. 2015; 29(8):771-82 doi: 10.1177/0269215514556087.  PMID: 25381344  PMCID: not available  
  • Kressler J, Thomas CK, Field-Fote EC, Sanchez JC, Widerström-Noga E, Cilien DC, Gant K, Ginnety K,  Gonzalez H, Martinez A, Anderson K, and Nash MS. Understanding therapeutic benefits of overground bionic ambulation: exploratory case series in persons with chronic, complete spinal cord injury.  Arch Phys  Med Rehabil.2014; 95(10):1878-1887. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2014.04.026.  PMID: 24845221  PMCID: not available
  • Hoffman LR*, Field-Fote EC.  Effects of practice combined with somatosensory or motor stimulation on hand function in persons with spinal cord injury.  Top Spinal Cord Inj Rehabil. 2013;19(4):288-99. doi: 10.1310/sci1904-288.  PMID: 24244094  PMCID: PMC3816723.
  • Gomes-Osman J* and Field-Fote EC. Bihemispheric anodal corticomotor stimulation using transcranial direct current stimulation improves bimanual typing task performance.  J Motor Behav.  2013;45(4):361-7. doi: 0.1080/00222895.2013.808604.  PMID: 23796102  PMCID: not available
  • Manella KJ*, Field-Fote EC.  Modulatory effects of locomotor training on extensor spasticity in individuals with motor-incomplete spinal cord injury.  Restor Neurol Neurosci. 2013;31(5):633-46. doi: 10.3233/RNN-120255.  PMID: 23735314  PMCID: not available
  • Manella KJ*, Roach KE, Field-Fote EC.  Operant conditioning to increase ankle control or decrease reflex excitability improves reflex modulation and walking function in chronic spinal cord injury.  J Neurophys.  2013;109(11):2666-79. doi: 10.1152/jn.01039.2011.  PMID: 23468393  PMCID: not available
  • Kressler J, Nash MS, Burns PA, Field-Fote EC.  Metabolic responses to four different body weight supported locomotor training approaches in persons with incomplete spinal cord injury.  Arch Phys Med Rehabil.  2013;94(8):1436-42. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2013.02.018.  PMID: 23473703  PMCID: not available
  • Field-Fote EC, Ness LL, Ionno M. Vibration elicits involuntary, step-like behavior in individuals with spinal cord injury. Neurorehabil Neural Repair. 2012;26(7):861-9. doi: 10.1177/1545968311433603.  PMID: 22328683  PMCID not available
Review Articles
  • Wu X, Liu J, Tanadini LG, Lammertse DP, Blight AR, Kramer JL, Scivoletto G, Jones L, Kirshblum S, Abel R, Fawcett J, Field-Fote E, Guest J, Levinson B, Maier D, Tansey K, Weidner N, Tetzlaff WG, Hothorn T, Curt A, Steeves JD.  Challenges for defining minimal clinically important difference (MCID) after spinal cord injury (Review). Spinal Cord. 2015; 53:84-91. doi: 10.1038/sc.2014.232. PMID: 25510192  PMCID: not available 
  • Field-Fote EC. Exciting recovery: augmenting practice with stimulation to optimize outcomes after spinal cord injury (Review). Prog Brain Res. 218:103-126. Epub Mar 2015.
  • Field-Fote EC. Quantification of functional behavior in humans and animals: time for a paradigm shift (Review).   J Rehabil Res Dev. 2003 (Suppl 1); 40(4):19 - 24. doi: 10.1682/JRRD.2003.08.0019  PMID:15077645  PMCID: not available
  • Field-Fote EC. Spinal cord control of movement: implications for locomotor rehabilitation following spinal cord injury (Review). Phys Ther. 2000; 80:477-484.    PMCID: not available.
Book Chapters
  • Contributor: Roy S, Wolf SL, Scalzitti DA.  The Rehabilitation Specialist's Handbook, 4th Ed Philadelphia: FA Davis Company, 2013.  ISBN-13: 978-0803639065
  • Field-Fote, EC. Promoting neuroplasticity for functional restoration after SCI, in Saunders, N. (ed.), Neurotrauma: The Biomedical & Life Sciences Collection, Henry Stewart Talks Ltd, London, 2011 (online at http://hstalks.com/?t=BL1312844-Field-Fote).
  • Hastings JD and Field-Fote EC. Maximizing Mobility after Spinal Cord Injury.  In Field-Fote EC. Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation.  Philadelphia: FA Davis Company, 2009. ISBN-13: 978-0803617179.
  • Thomas CK and Field-Fote EC. Spasticity after human spinal cord injury.  In Field-Fote EC. Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation.  Philadelphia: FA Davis Company, 2009. ISBN-13: 978-0803617179.
  • Hoffman LR, and Field-Fote EC.  Upper extremity training for individuals with cervical spinal cord injury: functional recovery and neuroplasticity. In Field-Fote EC. Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation.  Philadelphia: FA Davis Company, 2009. ISBN-13: 978-0803617179.
Books Edited & Written
  • Editor/Author: Field-Fote EC. Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation. Philadelphia: FA Davis    Company, 2009. ISBN-13: 978-0803617179
Book Reviews
  • Field EC.  J Ortho Sports Physical Therapy, 13; 6: 336. Review of Winter DA.  Biomechanics and Motor Control of Human Movement, ed 2. NY: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1990.