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Teresa Jacobson Kimberley, PhD, PT

Dr. Teresa Jacobson Kimberly

Teresa Jacobson Kimberley, PhD, PT
Program in Physical Therapy
Phone:  612-626-4096
Email:  tjk@umn.edu

Mail Address:
MMC 388, 420 Church St. SE
Minneapolis, MN, 55455

Campus Location:
376 Children's Rehabilitation Center

Lab Website:

Lab Opening:
Dr. Kimberley has an opening to fund a post-doctoral research
fellow and graduate research assistant.

Associate Professor
Admissions Chair
Graduate Faculty in Rehabilitation Sciences, Neuroscience, Biomedical Engineering

University of Minnesota, B.S. in Physical Therapy; University of Minnesota, Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Science, minor in Neuroscience

Teaching Responsibilities:
Scientific Foundations of Neuromotor Control of Movement

Research Interests:
Understanding the neurological mechanisms associated with neuroplasticity and neuromotor control.  Specifically related to rehabilitation mechanisms associated with focal dystonia and the recovery from stroke.  Experimental techniques used include:  functional MRI, EMG, kinematic analysis, and transcranial magnetic stimulation.


  • National Institute of Communication Disorders and Deafness, National Institutes of Health (NIH)
    "The Pathophysiology in Spasmodic Dysphonia"
    PI: Teresa J. Kimberley

  • Office of Rare Diseases Clinical Research Network, Dystonia Coalition Career Development Award. Funding provided by National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
    of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) #NS067501
    "Determining the Efficacy of Synergistic Intervention with rTMS and
    Rehabilitation in Focal Hand Dystonia"
    PI: Teresa J. Kimberley

  • Dystonia Medical Research Foundation
    "rTMS as a Treatment for Focal Hand Dystonia"
    PI: Teresa J. Kimberley

  • Minnesota Medical Foundation
    "Optimizing Neuromodulation to Increase Inhibition"
    PI: Teresa J. Kimberley

Honors and Awards:

  • American Heart Association, Stroke Association Division, Young Investigator Award, 2000
  • Named Scientist-in-training member of Stroke Council of American Heart Association, Stroke Association Division, 2000
  • Foundation for Physical Therapy, Promotion of Doctoral Studies I Fellowship, 2000
  • Minnesota Medical Foundation Thorne Award for Outstanding Achievement in the area of Stroke, 2001
  • Post-Professional Student Research Award, Neurology Section, American Physical Therapy Association, 2003
  • Golden Synapes Award.  Best article published in Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy, 2009
  • Named the University of Minnesota, Graduate and Professional Student Assembly (GAPSA) Outstanding Academic Adviser, 2012
  • Outstanding Leadership and Service to the Neurology Section, American Physical Therapy Association, 2013
  • University of Minnesota representative to Mid-career Women in Medicine Faculty Professional Development Seminar, Austin TX, 2013
  • Training in Grantsmanship for Rehabilitation Research (TIGRR) fellowship, 2014

Other Professional Experience and Memberships:

  • APTA membership, section member: Neurology, Education, and Research, 1993-present
  • Society for Neuroscience, 2003-present
  • Director of Research, Neurology section, APTA, 2009-2012
  • Step IV:Prevention, Prediction, Plasticity, and Participation, Panelary speaker. Columbus Ohio, 2016 (planned), 2014-present
  • Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy, Editorial board member, 2014-present
  • Foundation for Physical Therapy Scientific Review Committee member, 2014-2017

Recent Publications:

Borich M, Arora S, Kimberley TJ.  Lasting effects of repeated rTMS application in focal hand dystonia. Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience, 2009: 27:55-65.

Samargia SA, Kimberley TJ.  Motor and cognitive outcomes in children after functional hemispherectomy. Journal of Pediatric Physical Therapy, 2009:21(4):356-361.

Kimberley TJ, Borich MR, Prochaska KD, Perkins AE, Poepping JM.  Establishing the definition and reliability of cortical silent period calculation in subjects with focal hand dystonia and healthy subjects. Neuroscience Letters, 2009:464:84-87.

Lang CE, MacDonald RJ, Reisman DS, Boyd L, Kimberley TJ, Schindler-Ivens SM, Hornby TG, Ross SA, Scheets PL.  Observation of amounts of movement practice provided during stroke rehabilitation.  Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2009:90(10):1692-1698.

Kimberley TJ, Samargia SA, Moore LG, Shakya JK, Lang CE.  Comparison of amounts of practice during rehabilitation for traumatic brain injury and stroke.  Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development, 2010; 47(9):851-862.

Kimberley TJ, DiFabio RP.  Visualizing the effects of rTMS in a patient sample: small N vs. group level analysis.  PLOS ONE, 2010;5 (12):e15155.

Borich MR, Furlong M, Holsman D, Kimberley TJ.  Goal-directed visuomotor skill learning: off-line enhancement and the importance of the primary motor cortex.  Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience, 2011; 29(2):105-113. DOI:10.3233/RNN-2011-0584

Olman CA, Pickett KA, Schallmo MP, Kimberley TJ.  Selective BOLD responses to individual finger movements measured with fMRI at 3T.  Human Brain Mapping, 2012; 33(7):1594-1606. DOI:10.1002/hbm.21310

Borich MR, Kimberley TJ.  Both sleep and wakefulness support consolidation of continuous, goal-directed, visuomotor skill.  Experimental Brain Research, 2011; 214(4):619-630. DOI:10.1007/s00221-011-2863-0

Borich MR, Kimberley TJ.  Using actigraphy and transcranial magnetic stimulation to assess the relationship between sleep and visuomotor skill learning.  Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience. 2012; 30:81-90. DOI: 10.3233/RNN-2011-0622

Kimberley TJ, Pickett KA. Differential activation in the primary motor cortex during individual digit movement in focal hand dystonia vs. healthy. Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience, 2012; 30:247-254. DOI: 10.3233/RNN-2012-110183

Kimberley TJ, Borich MR, Arora S, Siebner HR. Multiple sessions of low-frequency repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation in focal hand dystonia: clinical and physiological effects. Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience, 2013; 31(5):533-542. DOI: 10.3233/RNN-120259

Deng H, Kimberley TJ, Durfee WK, Dressler BL, Steil C, Carey JR. Combined Statistical Analysis Method Assessing Fast vs. Slow Movement Training in a Single-Case with Cerebellar Stroke. Physical Therapy, 2013 May; 93(5): 649-660. DOI: 10.2522.ptj.20120121

Samargia S, Schmidt R, Kimberley TJ. Shortened cortical silent period in adductor spasmodic dysphonia: Evidence for widespread cortical excitability. Neuroscience Letters, 2014; 560C:12-15. DOI: 10.1016/j.neulet.2013.12.007

Bradnam L, Frasca J, Kimberley TJ. Direct current stimulation of primary motor cortex and cerebellum and botulinum toxin A injections in a person with cervical dystonia. Brain Stimulation, in press. DOI: 10.1016/j.brs.2014.09.008

Gillick B, Krach LE, Feyma T, Rich TR, Moberg K, Menk J, Cassidy J, Kimberley TJ, Carey JR. Safety of primed repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation and modified constraint-induced movement therapy in a randomized controlled trial in pediatric hemiparesis. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, (in press)

Kimberley TJ, Borich MR, Schmidt RS, Carey JR, Gillick B. Focal hand dystonia: individualized intervention with repeated application of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, (in press)



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