Stephanie DeLuca elected Director-at-Large of the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine

Stephanie DeLuca, Ph.D.

Stephanie DeLuca, Ph.D.

Stephanie DeLuca, PhD, the co-director of the Neuromotor Research Clinic at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, was recently elected as a Director-at-Large of the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine.

DeLuca will serve with other leading researchers and clinicians on the board. The American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine is dedicated to providing multidisciplinary evidence-based education for health professionals and to promoting excellence in research for the benefit of people with and at risk for cerebral palsy and other childhood-onset disabilities.

“Dr. Deluca’s research on the development of scientifically grounded, innovative therapeutic approaches to treat cerebral palsy is revolutionizing care,” said Michael J. Friedlander, PhD, Virginia Tech’s vice president for health sciences and technology.

Friedlander, who is also the executive director of the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, also noted that DeLuca’s work is a great example of how research can interface with healthcare to produce improved patient outcomes.

DeLuca is currently a co-principal investigator on two multi-site comparative effectiveness trials, both funded by the National Institutes of Health. Throughout her career, DeLuca has focused on interdisciplinary research efforts, the engagement of families, international training, and innovative teaching to prepare the next generation of clinicians and scientists.

“As evidenced-based practices become more widespread, the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine can provide critical leadership to inform and guide professionals and families in selecting individualized treatment plans based on sound scientific findings,” DeLuca said. “I also believe precision rehabilitation is within our reach as diverse disciplines increasingly work together towards providing individuals with more informed services.”