Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University
Jefferson College of Health Professions
Department of Physical Therapy

Krisa, Laura


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Laura Krisa, PhD

Contact Dr. Krisa

901 Walnut Street
Room 514
Philadelphia, PA 19107

(215) 503-1645
(215) 503-3499 fax


Postdoctoral Fellow, Shriners Hospitals for Children, Philadelphia, PA
Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA Neuroscience, PhD

University Appointment

Assistant Professor
Department of Physical Therapy
Department of Occupational Therapy
Jefferson College of Health Professions

Research Interests

Spinal Cord Injury
Neural Regeneration and Reorganization

Professional Societies

American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA)Autonomic Standards Committee
   Member 2013-present
International Spinal Cord Society (ISCoS)
Society for Neuroscience (SFN)
Philadelphia Chapter of The Society For Neuroscience


Most Recent Peer-Reviewed Publications

  1. Considerations and recommendations for selection and utilization of upper extremity clinical outcome assessments in human spinal cord injury trials
  2. Identification of ghost artifact using texture analysis in pediatric spinal cord diffusion tensor images
  3. Reduced Field of View Diffusion Tensor Imaging and Fiber Tractography of the Pediatric Cervical and Thoracic Spinal Cord Injury
  4. Application of Color Transformation Techniques in Pediatric Spinal Cord MR Images: Typically Developing and Spinal Cord Injury Population
  5. Age related diffusion and tractography changes in typically developing pediatric cervical and thoracic spinal cord
  6. Diffusion tensor imaging of the normal cervical and thoracic pediatric spinal cord
  7. Locomotor training in the pediatric spinal cord injury population: A systematic review of the literature
  8. Spatially selective 2D RF inner field of view (iFOV) diffusion kurtosis imaging (DKI) of the pediatric spinal cord
  9. The implications of injury in the developing nervous system on upper extremity function
  10. Forelimb locomotor rating scale for behavioral assessment of recovery after unilateral cervical spinal cord injury in rats
  11. Using a limited number of dermatomes as a predictor of the 56-dermatome test of the international standards for neurological classification of spinal cord injury in the pediatric population
  12. Cerebral activation during the test of spinal cord injury severity in children: An fmri methodological study
  13. Response to Editorial note on: Agreement of repeated motor and sensory scores at individual myotomes and dermatomes in young persons with spinal cord injury
  14. Agreement of repeated motor and sensory scores at individual myotomes and dermatomes in young persons with spinal cord injury
  15. Diffusion tensor imaging in pediatric transverse myelitis: A case study
  16. Amphetamine-enhanced motor training after cervical contusion injury

Courses Taught

PT 516 Neuroscience
OT 751 Foundations of Neuroscience