Lynn Worobey, PhD, DPT, ATP
Research Assistant Professor

Lynn Worobey, PhD, DPT, ATP is a research assistant professor in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and a Research Scientist at the Human Engineering Research Laboratories. She received her doctorate in bioengineering from the University of Pittsburgh. She has extensive experience in biomechanics and is a certified Assistive Technology Professional (ATP). In order to achieve a more direct interaction with patients she went on to complete a clinical doctorate in physical therapy. Her interests include maximizing function for individuals who utilize assistive technology in both a research and clinical setting

Specialized Areas of Interest
Assistive technology, spinal cord injury, biomechanics, quantitative ultrasound, functional mobility, wheelchair quality, disparities, mobile health technology

Education & Training
BS, Biomedical Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 2008
Graduate Research Fellowship, National Science Foundation, 2010 PhD, Bioengineering, University of Pittsburgh, 2013
DPT, University of Pittsburgh, 2016


Honors and Awards
SCI-ISIG Best Poster, American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, 2015

Research Activities
Dr. Worobey’s research interests focus on enhancing independence and participation of individuals who use assistive technology as well as minimizing secondary injury. She has led studies involving quantitative ultrasound, upper limb mechanics, training in functional mobility, wheelchair quality, and the ergonomics of transfers and wheelchair propulsion.

Professional Organization Membership
American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine
American Physical Therapy Association

Selected Publications
Effectiveness of Group Wheelchair Skills Training for People with Spinal Cord Injury: A Randomized Control Trial. Worobey LA, Kirby RL, Heinemann AW, Krobot EA, Dyson-Hudson TA, Cowan R, Pedersen J, Shea M, Boninger ML. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 2016 May 3. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2016.04.006

Dynamic Three-Dimensional Ultrasound to Evaluate Scapular Movement Among Manual Wheelchair Users and Healthy Controls. Worobey LA, Lin YS, Koontz AM, Boninger ML. Topics in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation 21.4 (2015): 303-312. doi: 10.1310/sci2104-303. PubMed PMID: 26689695

Transfer technique is associated with shoulder pain and pathology in people with spinal cord injury: A cross-sectional investigation. Hogaboom NS, Worobey L, Boninger M. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2016 Apr 23. pii: S0003-9993(16)30077-6. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2016.03.026.

Increases in wheelchair breakdowns, repairs, and adverse consequences for people with traumatic spinal cord injury.Worobey L, Oyster M, Nemunaitis G, Cooper R, Boninger ML. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2012 Jun;91(6):463-9. doi: 10.1097/PHM.0b013e31825ab5ec. PubMed PMID: 22549473.