Simone V. Gill, PhD, OTR/L
Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Medicine
Dept of Medicine
Clinical Epi Research & Training

PhD, New York University
MA, New York University
MS, Tufts University

Dr. Gill investigates how individuals’ bodies and environmental demands influence walking and motor functioning across the lifespan. She uses a variety of methods to examine how children and adults modify their walking patterns to navigate through the environment. She is particularly interested in understanding how childhood and adult obesity affect the ability to adapt to change. She is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association, the Obesity Society, the Society for Research in Child Development, the International Society of Developmental Psychobiology, and the American Diabetes Association.

Dr. Gill directs the Motor Development Laboratory where she investigates how people’s bodies and environmental demands influence walking and motor functioning across the lifespan. She uses a variety of methods to examine how children and adults modify their walking patterns to navigate through the environment: three-dimensional motion capture, computerized video coding, wearable motion sensor technology, portable spatio-temporal gait systems, and digital pressure mats. Her long-term goals are to: develop novel systems approaches to optimize health outcomes in early childhood, design innovative interventions that minimize fall risks associated with childhood and adult obesity, create new methods to detect fall risks linked with childhood and adult obesity

Associate Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Occupational Therapy

Massive Weight Loss and its Effects on Postural Stability and Fall Risks
09/12/2014 - 08/31/2019 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of Arthritis & Musculoskeletal & Skin Diseases

Use of Motor Learning Principles to Reduce Fall Risks After Surgical Weight Loss
07/01/2015 - 06/30/2016 (PI)
American Occupational Therapy Foundation

Multicenter Career Development Program for Physical and Occupational Therapy
09/01/2014 - 08/31/2015 (PI)
The Washington University NIH NICHD

Multicenter Career Development Program for Physical and Occupational Therapy
09/01/2013 - 08/31/2014 (PI)
The Washington University NIH NICHD

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  1. Gill SV, Pu X, Woo N, Kim D. The effects of practice schedules on the process of motor adaptation. J Musculoskelet Neuronal Interact. 2018 12 01; 18(4):419-426. PMID: 30511946.
  2. Kim D, Pu X, Woo N, Gill SV. Changes in motor actions in the face of varying task constraints. Gait Posture. 2018 10; 66:1-6. PMID: 30125715.
  3. Gill SV, Khetani MA, Yinusa-Nyahkoon L, McManus B, Gardiner PM, Tickle-Degnen L. Forging Alliances in Interdisciplinary Rehabilitation Research (FAIRR): A Logic Model. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2017 Jul; 96(7):479-486.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28628536.
  4. Gill SV, Yang Z, Hung YC. Effects of singular and dual task constraints on motor skill variability in childhood. Gait Posture. 2017 Mar; 53:121-126. PMID: 28157572; DOI: 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2017.01.021;.
  5. Hung YC, Mangiafreno M, Gill SV. Whole body organization during a symmetric bimanual pick up task in overweight and obese children. Gait Posture. 2017 Feb; 52:95-99. PMID: 27888697; DOI: 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2016.11.030;.
  6. Heller Murray ES, Mendoza JO, Gill SV, Perkell JS, Stepp CE. Effects of Biofeedback on Control and Generalization of Nasalization in Typical Speakers. J Speech Lang Hear Res. 2016 Oct 01; 59(5):1025-1034.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27701628; DOI: 10.1044/2016_JSLHR-S-15-0286;.
  7. Gill SV, Hicks GE, Zhang Y, Niu J, Apovian CM, White DK. The association of waist circumference with walking difficulty among adults with or at risk of knee osteoarthritis: the Osteoarthritis Initiative. Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2017 Jan; 25(1):60-66.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27492464; DOI: 10.1016/j.joca.2016.07.011;.
  8. Gill SV, Ogamba M, Lewis CL. Effects of additional anterior body mass on gait. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2016 May 16; 16:109.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27185179; PMCID: PMC4869205; DOI: 10.1186/s12884-016-0893-0;.
  9. Muñoz MA, Crouter SE, Orsmond G, Gill SV, Coster WJ. Comparison of Physical Activity Levels Between Children Living in Puerto Rico and Continental U.S.: 2716 Board #239 June 3, 9: 30 AM - 11: 00 AM. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2016 May; 48(5 Suppl 1):761. PMID: 27361352; DOI: 10.1249/01.mss.0000487285.42680.53;.
  10. Gill SV, Walsh MK, Pratt JA, Toosizadeh N, Najafi B, Travison TG. Changes in spatiotemporal gait patterns during flat ground walking and obstacle crossing 1 year after bariatric surgery. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2016 Jun; 12(5):1080-5. PMID: 27320220; PMCID: PMC4987194; DOI: 10.1016/j.soard.2016.03.029;.
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