Paula L. Silva , PT, MS, PhD
4150H Edwards 1 Bldg.
P.O. Box 21376
Cincinanti, Ohio 45221
I received a Bachelor's degree in Physical Therapy from Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais - UFMG (Brazil) in 2000, a Master's degree in Rehabilitation Science also from UFMG in 2002, and a PhD degree in Experimental Psychology from the University of Connecticut in 2009. I also received formal training and a Certificate in Quantitative Methods from the University of Connecticut. I am currently an Assistant Professor and Co-director of graduate training in the Psychology Department of the University of Cincinnati. I am also one of the primary faculty of the Center for Cognition, Action & Perception at the University of Cincinnati.
I study human performance, both functional and dysfunctional, from the perspectives of complexity science and ecological psychology. My research primarily focuses on (a) the action strategies that individuals of different ages, with and without pathological conditions, employ when performing a variety of tasks, and (b) the perceptual capabilities that supports adaptability of action strategies to particular circumstances. I have three complimentary aims. The first is to examine and advance general theoretical principles to explain the coordination and perceptual regulation of biological movement that support successful performance in diverse circumstances. The second is to reveal and explain changes in action coordination and perceptual capabilities associated with pathological conditions. The third is to apply these principles in the design of methods to assess and enhance resilience of individuals with movement-related disability and those at risk for sports injury. My overarching goal is to promote effective cross-fertilization between theory and clinical practice in the fields of rehabilitation and sports medicine.
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B.A.: Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais Belo Horizonte, Brazil, 2000 (Physical Therapy)
M.S.: Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais Brazil, 2004 (Rehabilitation Science)
Certificate : University Connecticut Storrs, USA, 2009 (Quantitative methods)
PhD: University Connecticut Storrs, USA, 2009 (Experimental Psychology)
2010 -2015 Professor of Physical Therapy, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
2016 - Assistant Professor, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, USA
Grant: #48165/2011-6 Investigators:Paula L. Silva, Marisa C. Mancini 2011 -2013 CNPq (Brazil) Dynamics of motor strategies supporting performance of manual tasks Role:PI 7,257.00 Completed Type:Grant Level:National
Grant: #CDS-APQ-04527-10 Investigators:Paula L. Silva, Marisa C. Mancini 2012 -2014 FAPEMIG (Brazil) Dynamics of motor strategies and perceptual factors supporting performance of manual tasks in children with and without disabilities Role:PI 15,263.00 Completed Type:Grant Level:National
Grant: #474720/2010-1 Investigators:Sergio Fonseca, Paula Silva 2010 -2012 CNPq (Brazil) Gait biomechanics and pathological development Role:Co-PI 15,000.00 Completed Type:Grant Level:National
Grant: #Cincinnati Children’s Research Innovation Funding Investigators:Adam Kiefer, Paula L. Silva, Kelly Cohen 2017 -2018 Cincinnati Children's Hospital Genetic fuzzy artificial intelligence (AI) virtual reality training for collision-based injury prevention in sport Role:Co-I 74,052 Completed Type:Grant Level:University
Grant: #Cincinnati Children’s GAP funding Investigators:Adam Kiefer, Paula L. Silva, Kelly Cohen 2017 -2018 Cincinnati Children's Hospital Biofeedback-enhanced phenotypic plasticity to alter collision injury mechanisms Role:Co-I 42,697.00 Completed Type:Grant
Grant: #R40531 Investigators:Davis, Tehran; Lanna P da Silva, Paula; Myer, Gregory; Riley, Michael 10-01-2019 -03-31-2020 UC's Urban Futures Digital Futures Anchor Development Program Advanced Human Performance Role:Collaborator $10,000.00 Active Level:Internal UC
Grant: #R40536 Investigators:Cohen, Kelly; Lanna P da Silva, Paula; Ma, Jiaqi 10-01-2019 -03-31-2020 UC's Urban Futures Digital Futures Anchor Development Program "Bio-Inspired Computational Intelligence (BIComIn) for Personalization: Genetic fuzzy based AI for effective real-time decision making in military/commercial applications and for personalizing treat Role:Collaborator $10,000.00 Active Level:Internal UC
Grant: #UNC 5115125 sub R21EB027865 Investigators:Cohen, Kelly; Lanna P da Silva, Paula 08-06-2019 -05-31-2021 National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering Leveraging Artificial-Intelligence to Profile and Enhance Phenotypic Plasticity for Second Injury Prevention: An Innovative Precision Medicine Platform to Revolutionize Injury Care Role:Collaborator $60,008.00 Awarded Level:Federal
Academic - Psychology Department
4150H Edwards 1 Bldg.
Cincinanti Ohio, 45221