Associate Professor, School of Physical Therapy
Sondra received her physical therapy education at Washington University in St. Louis, MO. and her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Emory University in Atlanta, GA. Sondra's clinical experience has focused on neurological physical therapy, with an emphasis on treatment of patients with spinal cord injury. Her research interests include nervous system plasticity and spinal cord physiology. Her areas of teaching include treatment of the adult neurologically impaired patient and rehabilitation for other chronic conditions.
Sondra's research interests are focused on the examination of treatment techniques for the patients with neurological lesions including the efficacy of body weight support in improving gait in patients with spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries.
* Siegel, S., Nichols, T., & Cope, T. (1999). Reflex Activation Patterns in Relation to Multidirectional Ankle Torque in Decerebrate Cats. Motor Control, 3, 135-150
* Sokoloff, A., Siegel, S., & Cope T. (1999). Recruitment order among motoneurons from different motor nuclei. Journal of Neurophysiology, 81:2485-92
* Siegel, S., Patton, B., & English, A. (2000). Ciliary Neurotrophic Factor is required for motoneuron sprouting. Experimental Neurology, 166: 205-212
* Siegel, S., Camire, A., Couture, K., & Knower, K. Body weight supported gait training in a person with chronic incomplete spinal cord injury: Over ground vs. treadmill training. Presented at the Maine Chapter APTA spring meeting, educational program, Bangor, ME, May, 2006
* Lumbra, K., Werner, R., Wysocki, T., & Siegel, S. An investigation of the effects of body weight supported treadmill training on gait in a person with chronic traumatic brain injury. Presented at the Maine Chapter APTA spring meeting, educational program, Bangor, ME, May, 2005
* Reed, S., & Siegel, S. Complex regional pain syndrome: An attempt to link treatment rationale with etiology. Presented at the Maine Chapter APTA spring meeting, educational program, Bangor, ME, May, 2003
* Siegel, S., Fregault R., & Stepney C. Improvements in gait following strengthening and stretching of the triceps surae muscles in a child with cerebral palsy. Presented at the APTA's Combined Sections Meeting, Tampa, FL, February, 2003.