Michele A. Lobo, PT, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy
University of Delaware
Dr. Lobo received her Masters in Physical Therapy from the Medical College of Pennsylvania and Hahnemann University and her PhD in Biomechanics and Movement Science from the University of Delaware. She has been a visiting researcher at The Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam and the University of California in Berkeley. Dr. Lobo's clinical focus is in the area of pediatric physical therapy and she has experience working with children and families across in-patient, out-patient, early intervention, and school-based settings.
Dr. Lobo's teaching focuses on pediatrics, learning, and the impact of physical activity from the level of physiology through mood and cognition. Her research program focuses on: 1) understanding typical developmental processes, 2) identifying how these processes differ for those at risk, and 3) designing effective early assessments, interventions, and devices to maximize participation, play, and learning.
Dr. Lobo leads an interdisciplinary research group that includes team members from a variety of fields including rehabilitation, developmental psychology, engineering, and fashion. She is the Founder and Director of the Super Suits FUNctional Fashion & Wearable Technology Program that developed the first exoskeletal garment for rehabilitation. The Program is currently developing and testing a range of low- to high-tech clothing aimed at increasing function, independence, and quality of life for individuals with disabilities.