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Assistant Professor

Division of Physical Therapy
Department of Health Sciences
3028 Bondurant Hall, CB# 7135
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7135
Office: (919)843-5774 Fax: (919)966-3678

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Jessica Cassidy CV


  • Postdoc, University of California, Irvine, Department of Neurology, 2015-2019
  • PhD, Rehabilitation Science (Neuroscience minor), University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, 2014
  • DPT, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, 2009
  • BS, Biology/Neuroscience, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 2005


  • K99/R00, NIH/NICHD, Brain Network Connectivity Measures In Early Stroke Rehabilitation, 2017-2022
  • UNC Center for Health Innovation Pilot Award, Stroke Management TRaining and Inpatient Rehabilitation Discharge Education: The STRIDE Study, 2021-2022
  • AACPDM Clinical Research Award, EEG in Children with Hemiplegia for Biomarker Development: The EMBARK Study, 2021-2022


  • University of California, Irvine Postdoctorate K Award Bonus, School of Medicine, 2017
  • American Physical Therapy Association Section on Research Traveling Fellows Award, 2019
  • Junior Faculty Development Award, 2021

Research Interests

  • Application of multimodal neuroimaging and neurostimulation in neurological disease, injury, and development
  • Development of neuroimaging-based biomarkers of motor recovery in adult and pediatric stroke
  • Influence of patient-specific factors (mood, cognition/attention, motivation, resilience) on rehabilitation outcomes


  • PHYT 724 – Research Experience
  • PHYT 727 – Motor Learning and Motor Control

Professional Societies:

  • American Heart Association
  • American Society of Neurorehabilitation
  • American Physical Therapy Association (Neurology, Pediatrics, & Research Section Member)
  • Society for Neuroscience


  • Please see this PubMed Link for a list of peer review publications.