Shashwati Geed

Shashwati Geed, PT, PhD, is a translational neuroscientist and physical therapist. Currently, she is a research fellow at the Neuroscience Research Center at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital. Dr. Geed also is affiliated with the Georgetown-Howard Universities Center for Clinical and Translational Science as the NIH-TL1 postdoctoral fellow in the Translation Biomedical Sciences program.

In her research, Dr. Geed uses transcranial magnetic stimulation and neuroimaging tools to identify what distinguishes the neurophysiology of successful arm recovery after stroke from disabling arm impairment. Her goal is to better understand what differentiates the brain circuitry of people with almost completely recovered arms after stroke from the circuitry of people with persistent disability, and thereby develop more mechanism-based interventions for stroke recovery. She also works with healthy adults and the aging population to determine how hand function and manual dexterity change with the aging brain. Dr. Geed has expertise in neurophysiology, statistical and computational modeling, electromyography, 3-D motion capture, software development for data acquisition and analysis, and behavioral training.   

Her doctoral degree in Kinesiology (with a concentration in motor control and neuroscience) is from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. She received an Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training postdoctoral fellowship from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research and a National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke StrokeNet fellowship.

Research Interests

Dr. Geed’s research interests include the following:

  • Arm recovery post stroke
  • Manual dexterity
  • Coordination of reach-to-grasp movements
  • Neurophysiology of arm movements

Selected Research

Shoulder and hand function improvement post stroke (SHIPS)

Neural control of visually guided movements

Corticomotor excitability of hand muscles after severe stroke

View Dr. Geed’s publications on PubMed.

Research Areas

  • Neuroscience
    Physical Medicine And Rehabilitation