Professional Bio

Education

  • Ph.D., Rehabilitation Science, University of Iowa
  • M.A., Physical Therapy, University of Iowa
  • B.S., Physical Therapy and Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

    Expertise & Certifications

    Expertise

    • APTA Board Certified Neurological Clinical Specialist 2001-2011

    Professional Memberships

    • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) - Neurology Section
    • Society for Neuroscience

    Research & Scholarship

    Research Interests

    Human cortical and spinal plasticity after central nervous system lesions
    Human motor control and motor learning

    Recent Publications

    Littmann, A. E., Iguchi, M., Madhavan, S., Kolarik, J. L., & Shields, R. K. (2012). Dynamic-position-sense impairment’s independence of perceived knee function in women with ACL reconstruction. Journal of sport rehabilitation, 21(1), 44–53.

    Littmann, A. E., McHenry, C. L., & Shields, R. K. (2013b). Variability of motor cortical excitability using a novel mapping procedure. Journal of neuroscience methods, 214(2), 137–143.

    Iguchi, M., Littmann, A. E., Chang, S.-H., Wester, L. A., Knipper, J. S., & Shields, R. K. (2012). Heat stress and cardiovascular, hormonal, and heat shock proteins in humans. Journal of athletic training, 47(2), 184–190.

    Chang SH, Tseng SC, McHenry CL, Littmann AE, Suneja M, Shields RK.  Limb segment vibration modulates spinal reflex excitability and muscle mRNA expression after spinal cord injury.  Clinical Neurophysiology 2012; 123(3):558-68.

    Littmann AE, McHenry CL, Shields RK. Variability of motor cortical excitability using a novel mapping procedure. J Neurosci Methods 2013; 214(2): 137-143.

    Littmann AE, Iguchi M, Madhavan S, Kolarik JL, Shields RK.  Dynamic-position-sense impairment’s independence of perceived knee function in women with ACL reconstruction.  J Sport Rehabilitation 2012; 21:44-53.

    Iguchi M, Littmann AE, Chang S-H, Wester L, Knipper J, Shields RK.  Heat stress and cardiovascular, hormonal, and heat shock proteins in humans.  J Athl Train 2012; 47(2): 184-190.

    Chang S-H, Tseng S-C, McHenry C, Littmann AE, Suneja M, Shields RK.  Limb segment vibration modulates spinal reflex excitability and muscle mRNA expression after spinal cord injury.  Clin Neurophysiol 2012; 123(3): 558-568.

    Dudley-Javoroski S, Littmann AE, Chang S-H, McHenry CL, Shields RK.  Enhancing muscle force and femur compressive loads via feedback-controlled stimulation of paralyzed quadriceps in humans.  Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2011; 92: 242-9.

    Recent Presentations

    Dudley-Javoroski S, Adams CM, Suneja M, Faidley EA, Littmann AE, Tseng S-C, Shields RK. Electrical and mechanical stimulation regulate mRNA expression in human paralyzed muscle. Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, November 2011.

    Dudley-Javoroski S, Adams CM, Littmann AE, Suneja M, McHenry CL, Saha P, Shields RK. Long-term training with electrical stimulation regulates muscle gene expression and bone architecture after SCI. American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, Denver, CO, June 2011.

    McHenry CL, Littmann AE, Chang J, Ivey M, Schirmer H, Veltri J, Shields RK. Heat stress influences neuromuscular control during a novel weight-bearing task. Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, November 2010.

    Littmann AE, Chang J, McHenry CL, Houska E, Huey S, Waggoner J, Shields RK. Passive heat stress and neuromuscular training influence motor cortical excitability of the FDI muscle. Neuroscience Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, November 2010.

    Dudley-Javoroski S, Littmann AE, Chang S-H, Shields RK. Feedback controlled quadriceps stimulation to optimize musculoskeletal loading in stance after spinal cord injury. Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, October 2009.

    Shields RK, Dudley-Javoroski S, Littmann AE. Active standing under electrical stimulation control influences muscle adaptations after spinal cord injury. Combined Sections Meeting Of The American Physical Therapy Association, Las Vegas NV, February 2009.

    Shields R, Iguchi M, Littmann AE, Wester L. Influence of whole body heat stress on muscle fatigue in humans. Combined Sections Meeting Of The American Physical Therapy Association, Las Vegas, NV, February 2009.

    Awards & Recognition

    • Promotion of Doctoral Studies (PODS II) Scholarship, Foundation for Physical Therapy (Viva J. Erickson Award), 2009