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Melike Kahya, P.T., Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research
Research Fellow in Medicine, Department of Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School

Dr. Kahya is a licensed physical therapist and T32 postdoctoral fellow working with Drs. Manor and Lipsitz. She completed her PhD training in Rehabilitation Science at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Dr. Kahya’s research interests involve the development of a comprehensive understanding of the neurophysiology of mobility and falls in aging and neurodegenerative diseases. Her postdoctoral research plan has been designed to investigate the neural correlates of sensory deficits, measured by electroencephalogram, during dual-task balance and whether usage of sensory neuroprosthesis can lead to improved brain efficiency during complex balance activities in older adults. In the long-term, she is interested to implement ecologically valid neurophysiological tools to improve rehabilitation outcomes by detecting mobility impairments and falls risk before they emerge in older adults and people with neurodegenerative diseases.