Diane Adamo, Ph.D., M.S., OTR

Diane Adamo, Ph.D., M.S., OTR

Chair of Health Care Sciences & Associate Professor

Office Location

EACPHS, Room 2314






Physical Therapy


Chair, Department of Health Care SciencesAssistant Professor, Physical TherapyAdjunct Assistant Professor, Institute of Gerontology

Research website


Diane Adamo, Ph.D., M.S., OTR

Degrees and Certifications


  • Doctorate of Philosophy in Kinesiology with specialization in aging and motor control, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (2007)
  • Master of Science, Wayne State University, Detroit (2001)
  • Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy, Wayne State University, Detroit


  • Occupational therapist registered, Certification number AA427443


  • Post-Doctoral Research Fellow 2007-December 2008
  • NIH/AHRQ-funded Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program in Aging and Urban Health, Institute of Gerontology, Wayne State University, Detroit

Awards and Honors

  • January 2014 - Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation, for project titled Getting a Grasp on Stroke Rehabilitation.
  • March 2013 - University Research Grant, Office of the Deputy President, Wayne State University, for project titled, The Control of Grasp Force in Stroke Survivors-A Pilot Study.
  • Winter 2012 - Faculty Educational Development Travel Grant, support for travel to Combined Sections Meeting, Chicago
  • Spring 2011 - Junior Faculty Grant in the Social and Behavioral Sciences, Office of Vice President for Research, Wayne State University, for project titled, Do differences in neuroanatomical structures explain age-related differences in the perception and reproduction of force-related information?
  • Winter 2010 - Faculty Research Award Program II-Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, for project titled, Movement sense asymmetries in left handed individuals.
  • Winter 2009 - Del Harder Research Award, Detroit Medical Center and Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan, Age related differences in real world spatial navigation ability.
  • Fall 2009 - Faculty Research Award Program, Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Differences in contralateral matching of vibration-induced illusory movements in the right and left arm.
  • Fall 2009 - Elizabeth Olson Research Award,The influence of age and task specific upper limb physical activity on the ability to utilize proprioceptive feedback, presented at the national gerontology meeting.
  • Summer 2007 - Poster Award, The influence task demands on the ability to utilize proprioceptive feedback in right hand dominant individuals, received at the International Progress in Motor Control conference, Santos, Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Winter 2007 - Stan Kemp Award, Division of Kinesiology, University of Michigan
  • Spring 2005 - Margaret Dow Towsley Scholar, Center for the Education of Women, University of Michigan

Professional Memberships

  • American Physical Therapy Association
  • American Society of Biomechanics
  • The Gerontological Society of America
  • International Society of Motor Control
  • Society for Neuroscience
  • World Federation of Occupational Therapists
  • American Occupational Therapy Association

Primary Research Interest

Dr. Adamo's research is focused on the study of human sensorimotor control systems and performance. She is interested in investigating the peripheral and central components associated with sensorimotor control, and more recently the extent to which changes in cognition contribute to human performance in older individuals. Neurophysiological and behavioral approaches are used as complementary methods to investigate the role of proprioceptive, exteroceptive, visual information and cognitive processes in the control and regulation of sensorimotor activities.

Recent Publications

Goldberg, A., Talley, S.A., Adamo, D.E. (in press). Construct validity of the modified gait efficacy scale in older females. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice.

Pociask, F.D., DiZazzo-Miller, R., Goldberg, A., Adamo, D.E. (2016). The contribution of head position, standing surface and vision to postural control in community dwelling older adults. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 70(1).

Adamo, D.E., Talley, S., Goldberg, A. (2015). Age and task differences in functional fitness in older women: Comparisons with Senior Fitness Test normative and criterion-referenced data. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 23(1): 47-54.

Dunleavy, K., Neil, J., Tallon, A., Adamo, D.E. (2015). Reliability and validity of cervical position measurements in individuals with and without chronic neck pain. Journal of Manual & Manipulative Therapy, 23(4): 188-196.

Scotland, S., Adamo, D.E., Martin B.J. (2014). Sense of effort revisited: relative contributions of sensory feedback and efferent copy. Neuroscience Letters, 21(561): 208-212.

Adamo, D.E., Daugherty, A., Raz, N. (2014). Brain iron content and grasp force matching in older women. Brain Imaging and Behavior, 8(4): 579-587.

Adamo, D.E., Pociask, F. D., Goldberg, A. (2013). The contribution of head position, standing surface and vision to postural control in young adults. Journal of Vestibular Research, 23(1): 33-40.

Adamo, D.E.
, BriceƱo, E., Sindone, J., Alexander, N.B., Moffat, S. (2012). Age differences in virtual environment and real world path integration. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience,
(26): 1-9.

Adamo, D.E., Scotland, S., Martin, B.J. (2012). Upper limb kinaesthetic asymmetries: gender and handedness effects. Neuroscience Letters, 516(2): 188-192.

Adamo, D.E., Martin, B.J. (2012). Asymmetry in grasp force matching and sense of effort. Experimental Brain Research, 217(2): 273-285.

Courses taught by Diane Adamo, Ph.D., M.S., OTR

Fall Term 2024 (future)

Fall Term 2023

Fall Term 2022

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