Danielle Levac

Affiliated Faculty,  Bioengineering
Assistant Professor,  Physical Therapy, Movement & Rehabilitation Science



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Research Focus

virtual reality; video games; motor learning; rehabilitation; physical therapy; cerebral palsy; stroke; knowledge translation

Honors & Awards

  • Early Career Investigator Award, International Society for Virtual Rehabilitation

Research Overview

virtual reality; video games; motor learning; rehabilitation; physical therapy; cerebral palsy; stroke; knowledge translation

Selected Research Projects

  • Enhancing Transfer of Motor Skill Learning from Virtual to Physical Environments in Children with Cerebral Palsy
    • – Principal Investigator, National Institutes of Health K01
  • Influence of Virtual Environment Complexity on Motor Learning in Children with Cerebral Palsy: Implications for Virtual Reality Use in Rehabilitation
    • – Principal Investigator, Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute Pilot Grant

Selected Publications

  • R. Proffitt, S. Glegg, D.E. Levac, B. Lange, End-User Involvement in Rehabilitation Virtual Reality Implementation Research: Benefits, Challenges and Lessons Learned, Journal of Enabling Technologies, 2019
  • N. Rohrbach, E. Chicklis, D.E. Levac, What is the Impact of User Affect on Motor Learning in Virtual Environments After Stroke? A scoping review, Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation, 16(79), 2019
  • D.E. Levac, H. Dumas, W. Meleis, Development and Preliminary Usability Evaluation of a Tablet-Based Interactive Movement Tool for Pediatric Rehabilitation, JMIR: Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology, 5(2), 2018, e10307
  • R. Mills, D. Levac, H. Sveistrup, Kinematics and Postural Muscular Activity During Continuous Oscillating Platform Movement in Children and Adolescents with Cerebral Palsy, Gait & Posture, 66, 2018, 13-20
  • R. Mills, D.E. Levac, H. Sveistrup, The Effects of a 5-Day Intensive Virtual-Reality Based Exercise Programme on Kinematics and Postural Muscle Activity in Children and Adolescents with Cerebral Palsy – Preliminary Findings, Physical & Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics, 39(4), 2018, 1-16


Apr 11, 2020

FY21 TIER 1 Award Recipients

Congratulations to the 19 COE faculty and affiliates who were recipients of FY21 TIER 1 Interdisciplinary Research Seed Grants for 13 different projects.


Jan 30, 2020

Translating the ‘Mastermind’ Concept from Business to Academia

Assistant Professors Danielle Levac (Bouvé), Emily Zimmerman (Bouvé), Kristen Allison (Bouvé), Abigail Koppes (ChE), Sarah Ostadabbas (ECE), Jessica Oakes (BioE), and Associate Professor Eno Ebong (ChE) were awarded a 2020 ADVANCE Mutual Mentoring Advancement Program (M2AP) Grant for “Translating the ‘Mastermind’ Concept from Business to Academia: Facilitating Peer mentorship among female PIs leading active research labs”.

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