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Andrew John Butler

Professor and Associate Dean for Research    ,

2009, M.B.A., Goizueta Business School, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia

1998, M.S.P.T., School of Physical Therapy, Texas Woman's University, Houston, Texas,

1995, Ph.D., Motor Control, Department of Integrative Physiology, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa

1987, B.S., Honors in Biology with a minor in Chemistry, Loras College, Dubuque, Iowa

Postgraduate Training

1999-2001 Heinrich-Heine University, Duesseldorf, Germany, Post-Doctoral
Fellow, Department of Neurology
1996-1998 Texas Woman’s University, Houston, Texas, Post-Doctoral Fellow,
School of Physical Therapy
1995-1996 University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, Post-Doctoral Fellow,
Department of Exercise Science


Clinical Expertise

Dr. Butler a neuroscientist and physical therapist with a special interest in motor control, neuro-rehabilitation, functional neuroimaging, and transcranial magnetic stimulation. He is director of the clinical neuroplasticty lab at Georgia State University. He is currently the PI on a project investigating the use of rehabilitation robots in the home of veterans (Field test of stroke telerehabiliaton VA118-10-RP-0418). He is also investigating the change in connectivity of brain regions in stroke patients (Brain Activation in Humans 1I01RX) and how specific genetic profiles may predict the capacity for neural plasticity (Cramer R01 NS058755).

Research Interests

My research focuses primarily on how volitional movement, motor  learning, and organized motor behavior are represented in the human brain. We are interested in evaluating the effect of constraint-induced movement therapy (CIMT) and accelerated skill acquisition protocols (ASAP) on cortical motor reorganization following stroke using transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), Near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI).This approach may provide some insight into mechanisms responsible for restitution of functional capability in using an impaired limb that had previously not been used to manipulate the environment following a stroke.

Selected Research Funding

(2012-2015) Expanding stroke telerehabilitation services to rural veterans. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Rehabilitation Research & Development Service, $1,502,466

(2012-2014) Brain Activation in Humans, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Rehabilitation Research & Development Service, $200,000.

(2013-2015) Accelerating Upper Limb Rehabilitation in Stroke Patients by Engaging Synchronous Tongue and Wrist Motion. National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences. Health Innovation Program. $49,000

(2012-2017) Effects of physical fitness on neurological markers of aging, Rehabilitation Research and Development, U.S. Department of Veteran’s Administration, [Co-Investigator], $950,000

(2014-2019)  Walking back to the mechanisms – cortical and spinal correlates of post-stroke gait retraining. National Institute of Health. [Co-Investigator]. $500,000


American Heart/Stroke Association. Stroke, Nutrition and Quality of Care and Outcomes Research Council. 2007-present
American Physical Therapy Association. Neurology and Research Section. 2001-present
Society for Neuroscience. 1996- present
Society of International lBusiness Fellows 2012-present

Editorships and Editorial Boards

Special issue on neuroimaging and rehabilitation. Journal of Physical
Therapy, guest editor, 2007 Volume 87.
Journal Patient Preference and Adherence, editorial board member, 2007-
Journal of Patient Intelligence, editorial board member, 2009-
Physiotherapy Research International Journal, editorial board member, 2010-
Experimental Aging Research, consulting editor, 2008-

Manuscript reviewer

American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2012- 
Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2003- 
BiomedCentral (BMC) Neurology, 2009- 
Brain and Cognition, 2011- 
Cerebral Cortex, 2009- 
Clinical Neurophysiology, 2004- 
Experimental Aging Research, 2008- 
Experimental Brain Research, 2008- 
Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics, 2006- 
Journal of Imagery Research in Sport and Physical Activity, 2010- 
Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation, 2009- 
Journal of Neuroscience Methods, 2012- 
Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine, 2002- 
Imaging in Medicine, 2011- 
Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 2011- 
Motor Control, 2008- 
NeuroImage, 2005- 
Neurology, 2005- 
Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, 2005- 
Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 2007- 
Physical Therapy, 2005- 
Physiotherapy Research International Journal. 2010- 
Physiotherapy Theory and Practice. 1998- 
Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience, 2006- 
Stroke, 2004- 
Stroke Research and Treatment, 2011- 
Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation, 2009-

Awards and Honors

Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions (ASAHP) Leadership Development Program. 2013.
Woodruff Leadership Academy Fellow, Emory University School of Medicine
and Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center, 2010-2011
Invited participant, Physical Therapy and Society Summit (PASS), 2009
Fellow to the Council American Heart and Stroke Association, 2007
Outstanding Research Proposal University of Virginia, NIH-NCMRR, 2003
Young Investigator Award, International Stroke Symposium Center on Aging,
University of Kansas Medical Center, 2002


Fry D, Demo D, Devine N, Butler AJ and Saladin L. (2015) Advocacy Priorities and Strategies for ASAHP. Journal of Allied Health. Summer, 44 (2): 123-7. PMID: 26046122

Crosson B, McGregor KM , Nocera J, Drucker and AJ Butler. (2015) The Relevance of Aging-Related Changes in Brain Function to Rehabilitation in Aging-Related Disease, Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 27, 9:307. May. PMID: 26074807

Bajaj S, Butler AJ, Drake D, and Dhamala M. (2015) Brain effective connectivity during motor-imagery and execution following stroke and rehabilitation. Neuroimage Clinical 572-582.

Ietswaart M, Butler AJ, Jackson PL, Edwards MG. (2015) Editorial: “Mental practice: Clinical and experimental research in imagery and action observation”. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 2015;9

Butler AJ, Kallos J, Housley S, Laplaca  MC, Traynelis SF and SL Wolf. (2015) Randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind pilot study of D-cycloserine in chronic stroke. Rehabilitation Research and Practice. October issue. Vol. 2015. Article ID 534239.

Ostadabbas S, Housley N, Sebkhi N, Richards K, Wu D, Zhang Z, Rodriguez M, Warthen L, Yarbrough C Belagaje S, Butler AJ, M Ghovanloo. A Tongue-Controlled Robotic Rehabilitation: Preliminary Evidence for Function and Quality of Life Improvement in Stroke Survivors. JRRD (accepted Jan. 2016).