Soha Saleh, PhD

Sohah Saleh, PhD is a Research Scientist in the Center for Mobility and Rehabilitation Engineering at Kessler Foundation and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) at Rutgers – New Jersey Medical School. Dr. Saleh leads the Advanced Rehabilitation Neuroimaging Lab and is a principal investigator on several funded research studies, which investigates the underlying mechanisms of neuromuscular function, specifically neural networks involved in motor learning and control, and neuroplasticity after injury and in response to rehabilitation interventions.

Expertise
Neuroimaging
Signal Processing
Image Processing
Brain Connectivity
Electrophsiology
Neurorehabilitation
Education
PhD - Biomedical Engineering, New Jersey Institute of Technology and University of Medicine and Dentistry (Joint Program)
MS - Biomedical Engineering, Graduate and Professional, New Jersey Institute of Technology
BS - Computer and Communication Engineering, Undergraduate Graduate and Professional, American University of Science and Technology
Minor Degree - Biomedical Engineering, American University of Science and Technology
Honors
Outstanding Research Scholar Awarded By: Lebanese International University, 2015
Best Conference Paper Award Awarded By: 2015 Global Health Annual Meeting, 2015
Best paper Award Awarded By: Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, 2014
Best paper award Awarded By: VIII International Conference on Disability, Virtual Reality and Associated Technologies, 2010
Outstanding Performance Award Awarded By: Dana Know Showcase Committee, NJIT, 2009
Best student capstone design project, Annual Engineering Exhibition, 2006
Research Interests

Dr. Saleh research focuses on understanding the neural mechanisms of motor learning, and on neuromodulation methods to re-normalize brain connectivity in individuals with motor deficits. Her long-term goal is to improve the outcomes of rehabilitation interventions. 

Combining Physical and Mental Practice for the Rehabilitation of Upper Extremity Movement Impairments Secondary to Traumatic Brain Injury: This study investigates the therapeutic benefit of combining mental practice with physical training for the recovery of hand function and its related effect on brain connectivity in TBI survivors.

Why is the dual-task cost of walking important in MS? An examination of ecological validity and cortical activations: A pilot study that uses functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) to measure differences in cortical activation between persons with MS and healthy controls during walking, and performing only cognitive versus dual cognitive and walking tasks.

Role of Parietal Cortex in Walking, Cognitive Function, and Fatigue in Healthy and MS Participants: This study uses fNIRS and EEG to study fatigue during an active task in MS, and it will answer key questions about the role played by parietal cortex in fatigue and motor impairments in MS patients and in movement intention.

Publications

View comprehensive listings of Dr. Saleh’s publications on PubMed, Google Scholar, and ResearchGate

  • Cortical control of walking; brain plasticity following exoskeleton training in Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury: This study investigates the cortical modulation of muscle activation during walking, within-brain activation during, walking, and the re-organization of cortical control of walking after spinal cord injury and after intensive exoskeleton-assisted training. Funded by New Jersey Commission on Spinal Cord Injury Research.
  • Combining Physical and Mental Practice for the Rehabilitation of Upper Extremity Movement Impairments Secondary to Traumatic Brain Injury: This study investigates the therapeutic benefit of combining mental practice with physical training for the recovery of hand function and its related effect on brain connectivity in TBI survivors. Funded by New Jersey Commission on Brain Injury Research.
  • Role of Parietal Cortex in Walking, Cognitive Function, and Fatigue in Healthy and MS Participants: This study uses fNIRS and EEG to study fatigue during an active task in MS, and it will answer key questions about the role played by parietal cortex in fatigue and motor impairments in MS patients and in movement intention.Funded by Multiple Sclerosis Collaborative Network of NJ - National Multiple Sclerosis Society.