Mary Ellen Stoykov

Name and Contact

  • Mary Ellen Stoykov


Training and Advanced Certifications

  • PhD in Movement Science

Area(s) of Expertise

  • Neurorehabilitation treatment and research

  • Upper extremity hemiparesis

  • Clinical trials

Awards and Honors


  • AHA (2006-2007)

    • Predoctoral fellow

  • Society for Neuroscience

    • Abstract selected for SFN Lay Press Conference (2007)

  • Fellow, NIH-sponsored Intensive Grant Writing Seminar (2011)

    • Enhancing Rehabilitation Research in the South

  • International Stroke Conference, Honolulu, HI

    • One of ten Abstracts selected for Junior Investigator Symposium (2013)

  • Graduate Fellow in Randomized Behavioral Clinical Trials, NIH (2014)

    • Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR)

  • Travel Award, APTA Combined Sections Annual Conference (2018)

  • Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy


  • Baskin's Award for Research Excellence, RIC (1999 and 2005)

  • Warren Palmer Award for Outstanding PhD Student, UIC at Chicago (2007)

  • Cohen Foundation Research Stipend (2012)

Leadership Accomplishments and Passions (List up to 10)

  • Facilitated three Master’s level OT students from a small OT department (not known for research) to get PhDs in neuroscience or therapeutic science. One of my mentees, Erin King, is the first OT to be accepted to the Northwestern University Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Program.

  • Active member of the Translational Neuroscience group in occupational therapy – a group started by Robert Sainburg, PhD, OTR/L, a well established NIH researcher, in response to dwindling emphasis on neuroscience in OT curriculums and research initiatives.

  • Received an AOTF Intervention Grant and had 3 cohort groups of students work on the project at Rush.

  • Mentor and help to develop research skills of three occupational therapists who work in my NIH funded study at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab. All are inpatient clinicians with a part time research FTE.

  • Twenty percent of my FTE is working as an Upper limb High Intensity Lab Specialist at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab.

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