Valerie Hill

Valerie Ann Hill

Assistant Professor

Professional Summary

Valerie A. Hill, PhD, OTR/L is an Assistant Professor in the RENS new Occupational Therapy program. She is a rehabilitation scientist with experience in physical and neurological rehabilitation, primarily stroke rehabilitation, and spinal cord injury community programming. She has also worked in a variety of clinical settings including, rehab, acute care, and skilled nursing, worked in research here at UC CAHS, and has even taught at Xavier University for many years. Valerie recently completed her postdoctoral fellowship at University of Southern California Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy where she concurrently worked with the University of California, Los Angeles in the Stroke Prevention and Intervention Research Program. There, she also served as a Project Manager for the "Outpatient Transformation Through Community-Based Care Delivery and Utilization of Peer Mentors" program for patients with spinal cord injury. In February 2016, she was the first occupational therapist to ever be awarded a NIH K99/R00 grant, entitled “Live Well after Stroke: A Community-based Intervention for Individuals with Stroke” from NIMHD. Now at UC, she will continue her research (R00) and develop other research interests in community-based life management interventions, mitigating disease risk factors, and improving quality of life for individuals from multiple populations. 

Education

Ph.D. of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, Indiana, 2013 (Health and Rehabilitation Sciences)

M.S. of Health Sciences Education, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, Indiana, 2005 (Health Sciences Education)

B.S. of Occupational Therapy, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, Indiana, 2004 (Occupational Therapy)

Research and Practice Interests

Community-based intervention for stroke rehabilitation

Research Support

Grant: #AHA 09CRP2400022 Investigators:Hermann, Valerie Ann 07-01-2009 -06-30-2011 American Heart Association - National Chapter Robotically Aided Affected Arm Training in Moderately Impaired Stroke Role:PI $120,612.00 Closed Level:Private Non-Profit

Grant: #R00MD010471 Investigators:Hill, Valerie; Wheeler, Steven 01-01-2018 -12-31-2020 National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities Live Well after Stroke Role:PI $223,884.00 Active Level:Federal

Grant: #K99MD010471-02 2016 -2017 National Institutes for Minority Health and Health Disparities Life Management after Stroke: A Pilot Study of the Feasibility and Efficacy of the Live Well after Stroke Intervention Role:PI

2009 -2011 American Heart Association Great Rivers Affiliates Grant Robotic Arm (MYOMO) study

Publications

Peer Reviewed Publications

Page, Stephen J; Levin, Linda; Hermann, Valerie; Dunning, Kari; Levine, Peter (2012. )Longer versus shorter daily durations of electrical stimulation during task-specific practice in moderately impaired stroke.Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation, ,93 (2 ),200-6

Page, Stephen J; Murray, Colleen; Hermann, Valerie; Levine, Peter (2011. )Retention of motor changes in chronic stroke survivors who were administered mental practice.Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation, ,92 (11 ),1741-5

Page, Stephen J; Murray, Colleen; Hermann, Valerie Affected upper-extremity movement ability is retained 3 months after modified constraint-induced therapy. The American journal of occupational therapy : official publication of the American Occupational Therapy Association, ,65 (5 ),589-93

Page, Stephen J; Dunning, Kari; Hermann, Valerie; Leonard, Anthony; Levine, Peter (2011. )Longer versus shorter mental practice sessions for affected upper extremity movement after stroke: a randomized controlled trial.Clinical rehabilitation, ,25 (7 ),627-37

Beckelhimer, Sarah C; Dalton, Ann E; Richter, Charissa A; Hermann, Valerie; Page, Stephen J Computer-based rhythm and timing training in severe, stroke-induced arm hemiparesis. The American journal of occupational therapy : official publication of the American Occupational Therapy Association, ,65 (1 ),96-100

Wu, Andy J; Hermann, Valerie; Ying, Jun; Page, Stephen J Chronometry of mentally versus physically practiced tasks in people with stroke. The American journal of occupational therapy : official publication of the American Occupational Therapy Association, ,64 (6 ),929-34

Hardy, Kathleen; Suever, Kacia; Sprague, Amie; Hermann, Valerie; Levine, Peter; Page, Stephen J Combined bracing, electrical stimulation, and functional practice for chronic, upper-extremity spasticity. The American journal of occupational therapy : official publication of the American Occupational Therapy Association, ,64 (5 ),720-6

Sleight, Alix G; Cogan, Alison M; Hill, Valerie A; Pyatak, Elizabeth A; Díaz, Jesus; Floríndez, Lucía I; Blanchard, Jeanine; Vigen, Cheryl; Garber, Susan L; Clark, Florence A (2019. )Factors Protecting Against Pressure Injuries in Medically Underserved Adults With Spinal Cord Injury: A Qualitative Study.Topics in spinal cord injury rehabilitation, ,25 (1 ),31-40

Hill, Valerie A; Vickrey, Barbara G; Cheng, Eric M; Valle, Natalie P; Ayala-Rivera, Monica; Moreno, Lilian; Munoz, Cynthia; Dombish, Heidi; Espinosa, Annaliese; Wang, Debbie; Ochoa, Dina; Chu, Allison; Heymann, Rebecca; Towfighi, Amytis (2017. )A Pilot Trial of a Lifestyle Intervention for Stroke Survivors: Design of Healthy Eating and Lifestyle after Stroke (HEALS).Journal of stroke and cerebrovascular diseases : the official journal of National Stroke Association, ,26 (12 ),2806-2813

Hill, Valerie A; Towfighi, Amytis (2017. )Modifiable Risk Factors for Stroke and Strategies for Stroke Prevention.Seminars in neurology, ,37 (3 ),237-258

Towfighi, Amytis; Cheng, Eric M; Ayala-Rivera, Monica; McCreath, Heather; Sanossian, Nerses; Dutta, Tara; Mehta, Bijal; Bryg, Robert; Rao, Neal; Song, Shlee; Razmara, Ali; Ramirez, Magaly; Sivers-Teixeira, Theresa; Tran, Jamie; Mojarro-Huang, Elizabeth; Montoya, Ana; Corrales, Marilyn; Martinez, Beatrice; Willis, Phyllis; Macias, Mireya; Ibrahim, Nancy; Wu, Shinyi; Wacksman, Jeremy; Haber, Hilary; Richards, Adam; Barry, Frances; Hill, Valerie; Mittman, Brian; Cunningham, William; Liu, Honghu; Ganz, David A; Factor, Diane; Vickrey, Barbara G (2017. )Randomized controlled trial of a coordinated care intervention to improve risk factor control after stroke or transient ischemic attack in the safety net: Secondary stroke prevention by Uniting Community and Chronic care model teams Early to End Disparities (SUCCEED).BMC neurology, ,17 (1 ),24

Floríndez, Floríndez, Clark, Carlson, Pyatak, Blanche, Sleight, Cogan, Diaz, Hill. Clark, Carlson, Pyatak, Blanche, Sleight, Cogan, Diaz, Hill. (2019. )A qualitative analysis of pressure ulcer development among medically underserved adults with spinal cord injury.Disability and Rehabilitation, ,40 (26 ),

Hill VA, Vickrey BG, Cheng EM, Valle NP, Ayala-Rivera M, Moreno L, Munoz C, Dombish H, Charlton A, Wang D, Ochoa D, Heymann R, Clark F, Towfighi A. (2017. )A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial of a Lifestyle Intervention for Stroke Survivors: Design of Healthy Eating And Lifestyle after Stroke (HEALS).Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases, ,

Page SJ, Levine P, & Hill V (2015. )Mental Practice-Triggered Electrical Stimulation in Chronic, Moderate, Upper Extremity Hemiparesis Following Stroke.American Journal of Occupational Therapy, ,69 (1 ),

Hill, V. A., Fisher, T., Schmid, A. A., Crabtree, J., & Page, S. J (2014. )Relationship Between Touch Sensation of the Affected Hand and Performance of Valued Activities in Individuals with Chronic Stroke .Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation, ,21 (4 ),339 -346

Hooker, E., Zucchero, R., & Hill, V. (2013. )Longitudinal Outcomes of a Brief Interprofessional Educational Experience among Health Services Administration and Occupational Therapy Graduates .The Journal of Health Administration Education, ,30 (3 ),181 -195

Page, SJ, Hill, V, & White, S (2012. ) Portable Upper Extremity Robotics is as Efficacious as Upper Extremity Rehabilitative Therapy: A Randomized Controlled Pilot Trial. Clinical Rehabilitation, ,27 (6 ),

Hill, V., Dunn, L., Dunning, K., & Page, S. (2011. )A Pilot Study of Rhythm and Timing Training as a Supplement to Occupational Therapy in Stroke Rehabilitation.Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation, ,18 (6 ),728 -737

Schuck, S., Whetstone, A., Hill Hermann, V., Levine, P., & Page, S. (2011. )Game-Based, Portable, Upper Extremity Rehabilitation in Chronic Stroke. Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation, ,18 (6 ),720 -727

Page, S.J., [Hill] Hermann, V., Levine, P., Lewis, E., Stein, J., & Depeel, J. (2011. )Portable Neurorobotics for the Severely Affected Arm in Chronic Stroke: A Case Study .Journal of Neurological Physical Therapy, ,35 (13 ),41 -46

Bondoc, S., Alexander, H., and Hill, V. (2011. )Using Outcome Measures to Improve Occupational Therapy Practice in Physical Rehabilitation .OT Practice, ,16 (1 ),CE1 -CE8

Hill Hermann, V., Herzog, A., Jordan, R., Hofherr, M., Levine, P., & Page, S. (2008. )Telerehabilitation and Electrical Stimulation: An Occupation-Based, Client-Centered, Stroke Intervention. American Occupational Therapy Journal, ,64 (1 ),73 -81

Bondoc, S., Powers, C., Henz, N., and [Hill] Hermann, V. (2010. )Virtual Reality Based Rehabilitation .OT Practice, ,15 (11 ),CE1 -CE8

Boyne, P., DunBoyne, P., Dunning, K., Levine, P., [Hill] Hermann, V., & Page, Sning, K., Levine, P., [Hill] Hermann, V., & Page, S (2010. )Orthotic Functional Electrical Stimulation Following Botulinum Toxin for a Young Adult with Severe Hand Impairment due to Childhood Stroke. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, ,26 (4 ),267 -274

Boyne, P., Dunning, K., Levine, P., [Hill] Hermann, V., & Page, S.J. (2009. )Orthotic Functional Electrical Stimulation Following Botulinum Toxin for a Young Adult with Severe Hand Impairment due to Childhood Stroke .Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, ,90 (10 ),E61

Page, S., Maslyn, S., [Hill] Hermann, V., Wu., A., Dunning, K., & Levine, P. (2009. )Activity Based Electrical Stimulation Training in a Stroke Patient with Minimal Movement in the Paretic Upper Extremity. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, ,23 (6 ),595 -599

Barth, E., [Hill] Hermann, V., Levine, P., Dunning, K., & Page, S. (2008. )Low-Dose, EMG-Triggered Electrical Stimulation for Balance and Gait in Chronic Stroke .Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation, ,15 (5 ),451 -455

Hill Hermann, V., Strasser, A., Albers, B., Schofield, K., Dunning, K., Levine, P., & Page, S. (2008. )Task Specific, Patient-Driven Neuroprosthesis Training in Chronic Stroke: Results of a Three-Week, Clinical Study .American Journal of Occupational Therapy, ,62 (4 ),466 -472

Dunning, K., Berberich, A., Albers, B., Mortellite, K., Levine, P., Hill Hermann, V., & Page S (2008. )A Four-Week, Task Specific Neurprosthesis Program for a Person with no Active Wrist or Finger Movement because of Chronic Stroke .Journal of Physical Therapy, ,88 (3 ),397 -405

Page S., Levine P., & Hill Hermann, V. (2007. )Mental Practice as a Gateway to Modified Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy: A Promising Combination to Improve Function .American Journal of Occupational Therapy, ,61 (3 ),321 -327

Page, S. & Hill Hermann, V. (2007. ) Modified Constraint Induced Therapy: An Efficacious Outpatient Therapy for Persons with Hemiparesis. Special Interest Section Quarterly: Physical Disabilities, ,30 (4 ),1 -4

Strasser, A., Albers, B., Schofield, K., Dunning, K., Levine, P., Hill, V., & Page, S. (2006. )Reaching Out: Improving Upper Extremity Function after Stroke using Electric Stimulation . Journal of NeuroPhysical Therapy, ,30 (4 ),208

Borkholder, C., Hill, V., & Fess, E. (2004. )The Efficacy of Splinting for Lateral Epicondylitis: A Systematic Review .Journal of Hand Therapy, ,17 (2 ),181 -199

Boustani, M., Beitman, C., Moyers, P., Chase, C., Bowman, W., Emel, H., Hill, V., Jolly, S., & Stansberry, J. (2003. )Curriculum Design for Systematic Evidence Review: Connecting Students to Geriatric Practice. The Gerontologist, ,111

Honors and Awards

2019 Scientific Scholarly Theater Award American Occupational Therapy Association

2014 Certificate of Appreciation Cedars Sinai Medical Center and Occupational Therapy Association of California

2013 Service Award Ohio Occupational Therapy Association

2012 Commendation Award American Occupational Therapy Association

2009 Distinguished Alumna Award IUPUI School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

2008 Model Practice Award: Rehabilitation Ohio Occupational Therapy Association

2008 Model Practice Award: Research Ohio Occupational Therapy Association

2008 Service Award Ohio Occupational Therapy Association

2008 Affiliated Faculty of the Year Award Xavier University Occupational Therapy Department

2008 Commendation Award: Acute Care Fact Sheet American Occupational Therapy Association

2003 Carol D. Nathan Leadership Award IUPUI Occupational Therapy Department

2003 Top 100 Student Award IUPUI

Contact Information

Academic - Health Sciences Building
3225 Eden Avenue
Cincinnati  Ohio, 45267