Stephanie DeLuca


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Stephanie DeLuca, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC

Director, Neuromotor Research Clinic

Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

Stephanie DeLuca, PhD, is a developmental psychologist who works to advance both adult and pediatric innovative neurorehabilitation treatment techniques. Rehabilitation science is an expanding field, and DeLuca’s research interests include the relative efficacy of differing therapies that have been scientifically evaluated and validated, the effects of therapeutic dosages on patient outcomes, the combination of rehabilitation with various medical treatments, and the documentation of therapy-induced neuroplasticity in response to therapeutic efforts, especially in children.

DeLuca develops new rehabilitation treatments and tests them through randomized clinical trials. In collaboration with Sharon Ramey, she developed a pediatric constraint-induced movement therapy protocol that initially proved to be efficacious in a crossover randomized clinical trial and later in a three-site randomized clinical trial. She has since served as lead author on a manual for ACQUIREc therapy, a systematic approach to pediatric constraint-induced movement therapy. Since joining the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, DeLuca codirects the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute Neuromotor Research Clinic, which is dedicated to delivering on the promise of evidence-based neurorehabilitation. She carries out National Institutes of Health–funded research for developing, expanding, and validating enhanced and effective neurorehabilitation protocols for treating such conditions as cerebral palsy.

A brochure for the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute Neuromotor Research Clinic is available here.

For a more complete listing of Stephanie DeLuca's publications, visit PubMed.

Education and Training

  • University of Alabama Birmingham: PhD , Developmental Psychology

Previous Positions

  • University of Alabama at Birmingham
    Director, Pediatric Neuromotor Research Clinic, Civitan International Research Center
    Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, School of Health Related Professions
    Associate Scientist, University of Alabama at Birmingham's Center for Exercise Medicine

Awards and Honors

  • Outstanding Graduate Student, Developmental Psychology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2002

Selected Publications

DeLuca SC, Trucks MR, Wallace DA, Ramey SL. (2017). Practice-based evidence from a clinical cohort that received pediatric constraint- induced movement therapy. Journal of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine 10: 37-46.

Coker-Bolt P, Ramey SL, DeLuca SC. (2016). Promoting evidence-based practices abroad: Developing a Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy program in Ethiopia. OT Practice 21(2): 21-23.

Coker-Bolt P, DeLuca SC, Ramey SL. (2015). Training pediatric therapists to deliver constraint-induced movement therapy (CIMT) in Sub-Saharan Africa. Occupational Therapy International .