Physical Therapy Department

Connie Chau

P.T., M.S., Ph.D.


Dr. Connie Chau's main research interest is motor control with an emphasis on neurophysiology and neuropharmacology. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy, an MS in rehabilitation science from McGill University and a Ph.D. in neuroscience. She pursued her doctoral training in the Physiology Department, Center for Neurological Science, University of Montreal, Canada. Dr. Chau also undertook further training as a postdoctoral fellow to better understand the changes of receptors in the spinal cord after injury using autoradiographical techniques.

Dr. Chau has published articles in the Journal of Neurophysiology, Progress in Brain Research, and the Journal in Physiology.  She has co-authored book chapters on recovery of locomotion and spinal cord plasticity.  She has a keen interest in fundamental scientific research and the application of this research to humans. Her research goals are to conduct human studies based on findings from animal research and to develop potential treatment strategies in the rehabilitation of patients with neurological deficits. Dr. Chau is actively conducting studies of locomotion in children and adults.