Monica Nelsen, DPT, PT

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Faculty Profile

Assistant Professor of Clinical Physical Therapy

Contact

(949) 701-2050
nelsen@pt.usc.edu

Mailing Address

1540 Alcazar St. CHP155, Los Angeles, CA 90033-9260

Professional Interests

Monica Nelsen is an adjunct assistant professor of clinical physical therapy. She is project director for the Interdisciplinary Comprehensive Arm Rehabilitation Evaluation (ICARE) project, a multisite, randomized clinical trial funded by the National Institutes of Health. She has clinical experience in a broad range of settings, with a focus on neurorehabilitation.

Education

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy, University of Southern California, 1998
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology and Physiology, San Francisco State University, 1995

Selected Publications

  • Winstein CJ, Wolf SL, Dromerick AD, Lane CJ, Nelsen MA, Lewthwaite R, Blanton S, Scott C, Reiss A, Cen SY, Holley R, Azen CP. “Interdisciplinary Comprehensive Arm Rehabilitation Evaluation (ICARE): a randomized controlled trial protocol.” BMC Neurology, 201313:5. DOI:10.1186/1471-2377-13-5
  • Duff SV, He J, Nelsen MA, Lane CJ, Rowe VT, Wolf SL, Dromerick AW, Winstein CJ. “Interrater Reliability ofthe Wolf Motor Function Test – Functional Ability Scale: Why It Matters.” Neurorehabil Neural Repair. 2015 Jun;29(5):436-43.doi:10.1177/1545968314553030. Epub 2014 Oct 16. Presentations
  • Winstein CJ, Wolf SL, Dromerick AD, Lane CJ, Nelsen MA, Lewthwaite R, Cen SY, Azen SP. “Interdisciplinary Comprehensive Rehabilitation Evaluation (ICARE) Primary Results: A Phase III Stroke Rehabilitation Trial,” International Stroke Conference (ISC) 2015, Nashville, TN.
  • Winstein CJ, Dromerick AD, Wolf SL, LaneCJ, Nelsen MA. “Interdisciplinary Comprehensive Arm Rehabilitation Evaluation (ICARE) Stroke Trial: Rationale, Challenges, and Opportunities for a Phase III RCT in Neurorehabilitation,” American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) & American Society of Neurorehabilitation (ASNR), 2010, Montreal, Canada. Posters (attended)
  • Nelsen MA, Lane CJ, Park C, Wolf SL, Dromerick AD, Winstein CJ. “Effective Pre-Planned Center Selection to Optimize Sample Heterogeneity in the Interdisciplinary Comprehensive Arm Rehabilitation Evaluation (ICARE) Multi-Site Trial.” International Stroke Conference (ISC) 2014, San Diego, CA.
  • Wolf SL, Dromerick AD, Nelsen MA, LaneCJ, HahnCJ, Park C, Azen S, Winstein CJ. “Interdisciplinary Comprehensive Arm Rehabilitation Evaluation (ICARE): A Randomized Control Trial.” ISC 2014, San Diego, CA.
  • Wagenheim BR, Nelsen MA, Blanton S,LewthwaiteR, Reiss A, Holley R, Burtman C, Hahn C, Cen Y, Lane C, Dromerick AD, Wolf SL, Winstein CJ. “Depression Management within an Arm Recovery Trial: The Interdisciplinary Comprehensive Arm Rehabilitation Evaluation (ICARE)Experience.” American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) & American Society of Neurorehabilitation (ASNR), 2012,Vancouver, Canada.
  • Wolf SL, Dromerick AD, Nelsen MA, LaneCJ, Winstein CJ. “Trials and Tribulations of Multi-Site Recruitment for the Interdisciplinary Comprehensive Arm Rehabilitation Evaluation (ICARE) Trial.” International Stroke Conference(ISC) 2011, Los Angeles, CA.
  • Nelsen MA, Xiang A, Azen S, Winstein CJ, Dromerick AD, Wolf SL. “Design and Methods of a Stroke Clinical Trial: ICARE Interdisciplinary Comprehensive Arm Rehabilitation Evaluation (ICARE) Stroke Initiative.” Society for Clinical Trials (SCT) 2010, Baltimore, MD. POSTERS(unattended)
  • Gallardo O, Nelsen MA, Lane CJ, Lewthwaite R, Wagenheim B, Winstein CJ. “‘Mi trial es sutrial’: A Comprehensive, Interdisciplinary Approach to Overcome a Spanish Language Barrier for Inclusion in a Multi-Site, Behavioral, Randomized Controlled Rehabilitation Trial.” APTA-CSM, 2013, San Diego, CA. This poster was recognized at the conference via a plaque from the Global Health Special Interest Group which’applauded’ this work in the area of Social Responsibility.
  • Winstein CJ, Wolf SL, Dromerick AD, Blanton S, Nelsen MA, Lane CJ, Lewthwaite R, Scott C, Reiss A, Cen Y, Holley R, Brady K, Janis S, Azen S. “Interdisciplinary Comprehensive Arm Rehabilitation Evaluation (ICARE): A randomized controlled trial,” International Stroke Conference (ISC) 2013, Oahu,HI.