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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

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

Teaching Responsibilities:
Neural 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

  • Academic Health Center
    "Integration of Neuroimaging and Biomechanics of Low Back Pain"
    PI: David Nuckley

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

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-present

Selected Publications:

Carey JR, Kimberly TJ, Lewis SM, Dorsey L, Rundquist P, Ugerbil K. Analysis of fMRI and finger tracking training in subjects with chronic stroke. Brain, 2002;125:773-788.

Kimberley TJ, Carey JR. Neuromuscular electrical stimulation in stroke rehabilitation. Minnesota Medicine, 2002;85(4):34-37.

Carey JR, Anderson K, Kimberley TJ, Lewis SM, Auerbach EJ, Ugurbil K. fMRI analysis of ankle movement tracking training in single subject with stroke. Exp Brain Res, 2004;54:281-290.

Kimberley TJ, Carey JR, Lewis SM, Dorsey L, Lojovich J, Auerbach EW, Ugurbil K. Effect of EMG-triggered electrical stimulation on cortical reorganization and functional improvements in subjects with stroke. Exp Brain Res, 2004;154:450-460.

Kimberley TJ, Skraba L, Spencer J, VanGorp E, Walker S.  Neural substrates for motor-imagery in severe hemiparesis.  Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, 2006;20:268-277.

Kimberley TJ, Lewis, SL.  Understanding neuroimaging.  Physical Therapy, 2007;87:670-683.

Kimberley TJ, Birkholz DD, Hancock RA, VonBank SM, Werth TN.  Reliability of fMRI during a continuous motor task:  assessment of analysis techniques. J Neuroimaging, 2008: 18: 18-27.

Kimberley TJ, Kandekar G, Borich MR.  fMRI reliability in subjects with stroke.  Experimental Brain Research, 2008:186(1):183-190.

Kimberley TJ, Lewis SM, Strand C, Darst Rice B, Hall S, Slivnik P.  Neural substrate of cognitive load changes during a motor task in subjects with stroke.  Journal of Neurologic Rehabilitation, 2008:32:110-117.

Carey JR, Evans CD, Anderson DC, Bhatt E, Nagpal A, Kimberley TJ, Pascual-Leone A.  Safety of 6-Hz primed low frequency rTMS in stroke.  Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, 2008;22:185-192.

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 S, 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.  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 visumotor skill learning: off-line enhancement and the importance of the primary motor cortex.  Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience, 29(2):105-113, 2011.

Olman CA, Pickett KA, Schallmo MP, Kimberley TJ.  Selective BOLD responses to individual finger movements measured with fMRI at 3T.  Human Brain Mapping, doi: 10.1002/hbm.21310.

Borich MR, Kimberley TJ.  Both sleep and wakefulness support consolidation of continuous, goal-directed, visuomotor skill.  Experimental Brain Research, 214(4):619-30, 2011.

Borich MR, Kimberley TJ.  Using actigraphy and transcranial magnetic stimulation to assess the relationship between sleep and visuomotor skill learning.  Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience, in press.

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, in press.



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