» Dr. Alison McKenzie
Professor

Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences; Physical Therapy
Dr. Alison McKenzie
Office Location:
Rinker Health Science Campus 269
Phone:
(714) 744-7827
Email:
Education
University of Utah, Bachelor of Science
University of California, Berkeley, Master of Arts
University of California, Berkeley, Ph.D.
Chapman University, Doctor of Physical Therapy
Biography

Dr. McKenzie is a professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at Chapman University and a Project Scientist in the Department of Neurology at the University of California at UCI. She enjoys combining her extensive clinical, research, and teaching experience in her role as a faculty member and is committed to giving back to the community and profession through service.  Dr. McKenzie has played an integral role in the evolution of the Department and University, holding several leadership positions over the years.  As the Anatomy Team Leader, she has been instrumental in developing the curriculum, recruiting and mentoring faculty and Teaching Assistants, designing new laboratory facilities on both the Orange and Rinker campuses, and overseeing Anatomy Laboratory operations (1997-2017).

Dr. McKenzie incorporates “Evidence-Based” teaching methods that are supported by peer-reviewed research into all of her courses. She emphasizes critical thinking, clinical reasoning, and application and integrates technology to augment student learning. Over the years, Dr. McKenzie has served as a teacher/mentor to thousands of students, clinicians, and faculty members.


Licensure Information / Registration Number:

Physical Therapist; State of California, Board of Medical Quality Assurance, Examination in Physical Therapy (# 12126)


Teaching

Functional Human Anatomy

Developmental Anatomy

Functional Human Neuroanatomy

Functional Human Neuroanatomy Labratories

Clinical Practicum

International Clinical Internship

Contractional Internships

Scientific Inquiry Series

Directed Research Series


Other Teaching

Occasional laboratory instruction and assistance for courses in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program and Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences.


Additional Education

University of California, Berkeley, CA and San Francisco, CA
Postdoctoral Fellowship, Anatomy

Research Interest

Neuroplastcitiy, particularly as it pertains to stroke rehabilitation and focal hand dystonia; pedagogical research in the anatomical sciences.  Dr. McKenzie’s research integrates her education and training in Neuroscience and Anatomy with her clinical expertise and experience in physical therapy to investigate the underlying mechanisms of neuroplasticity and therapeutic approaches with the aim of fostering neural repair and restoration of function. Dr. McKenzie’s current research, much of which is done in collaboration with Dr. Steven Cramer’s Laboratory at UCI, focuses on the recovery of upper extremity function post-stroke, with an emphasis on intensive interventions and technology-based treatment approaches that incorporate Telerehabilitation, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, or robot-based therapies. In collaboration with Dr. Marybeth Grant-Beuttler and Dr. Rich Beuttler, Dr. McKenzie conducts kinematic studies of movement patterns during game-based therapy for individuals post-stroke.  She also conducts outcomes-based research to evaluate the effectiveness of Stroke Boot Camp and related, emerging models of care.

Honors and Awards

Team member, Robert Newcomb Interdisciplinary Team Science Award, Institute for Clinical and Translational Science, University of California at Irvine,                Faculty Sabbatical Leave Grant, Chapman University, 2017.
Sabbatical Leave, Chapman University (2017, 2009, 2002)
Three-time recipient for the Valery Scudder Award for outstanding achievement in research, teaching, and service at Chapman University
Chapman University Excellence Award for Teaching
Chapman University Excellence Award for Service
Orange County Outstanding Physical Therapist
Chapman University Doctor of Physical Therapy:  chosen by students for doctoral hooding ceremony and/or graduation speaker (multiple years)
Faculty Scholarly Activity Grants (multiple years)
Faculty Research Award, California Physical Therapy Association
Individual Investigator Award (UCSF)

Stoke Boot Camp
http://www.latimes.com/health/la-he-stroke-boot-camp-20130813-dto-htmlstory.html
http://www.latimes.com/socal/daily-pilot/entertainment/tn-wknd-et-stroke-recovery-20160702-story.html

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications
Zhou, R, Ingemanson M, Choi, J, Wu K, Kaur A, Frani F, Yand D, Khatur N, Cassiday J, Scacchi W, Dodakian L, McKenzie A, Lopes C, Cramer C. Targeted Training of motor-pareital circuit improves its behavioral output. International Stroke Conference, 2017
Dewanjee P, Tran G, Stewart J, Quinlan E, Dodakian L, McKenzie A, See J, and Cramer S. Role of corpus callosum integrity in arm function differs based on motor severity after Stroke. Neuroimage: Clinical. 2017; 14: 641-647.
McKenzie A, Dodakian L, See J, Le V, Burke E, Bridgford C, Head D, Abraham J, Meng L, Han V, Cramer S. The Validity of Robot-based Assessments of Upper Extremity Function, in press, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2017. (DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.apmr.2017.02.033); 98 (2017) pp. 1969-1976.
Mahraj S, Didlake, D, McKenzie, A. A Systematic Review of Upper Extremity Robotic Therapy Interventions in Persons with Stroke. American Physical Therapy Association, Combined Sections Meeting, 2016.
Mousavi Hondori H, Khademi M, Dodakian L, McKenzie A, Lopes CV, Cramer SC. Choice of Human-Computer Interaction Mode in Stroke Rehabilitation. Neurorehabil Neural Repair. 2015 Jul 2. pii: 1545968315593805. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26138411. Final publication: Neurorehabil Neural Repair. 30: 258-265; 2016.
Stewart J, Burke Quinlan E, Dodakian L, McKenzie A, See J, Cramer S. Effective Connectivity during Paretic Hand Movements after Stroke: Effect of Side of Brain Damage. Poster presentation, Organization for Human Brain Mapping Annual Conference, 2015.
Stewart JC, Quinlan EB, Dodakian L, McKenzie A, See J, Steven C. Cramer S. Role of Contralesional Hemisphere during Paretic Hand Movement Differs Based on Level of Motor Impairment. Platform presentation, International Stroke Conference, 2015.
Dewanjee P, Tran G, Stewart JC, Quinlan EB, Dodakian L, McKenzie A, See J, Cramer S. Structural Integrity of the Corpus Callosum Correlates with Sensorimotor Impairment after Stroke, Platform presentation, International Stroke Conference, 2015.
Wu J, Quinlan EB, Dodakian L, McKenzie A, Kathuria N, Zhou RJ, Augsburger R,See J, Le VH, Srinivasan R, Cramer SC. Connectivity measures are robust biomarkers of cortical function and plasticity after stroke. Brain. 2015 138:2359-6.
Stewart JC, Dewanjee P, Quinlan EB, Dodakian L, McKenzie A, See J, Cramer SC. Relationship between M1-M1 coupling during paretic hand movement and corpus callosum integrity after stroke. Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, 2014.
Stewart J, Quinlan E, Dodakian L, McKenzie A, See J, Cramer S. Effective Connectivity during paretic hand movements after stroke: effect of side of brain damage. Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM) Annual Meeting, 2014.
Khademi, Maryam, Hossein Mousavi Hondori, Alison McKenzie, Lucy Dodakian, Cristina Videira Lopes, and Steven C. Cramer. "Free-hand interaction with leap motion controller for stroke rehabilitation." In CHI'14 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems, pp. 1663-1668. ACM, 2014.
Khademi, Maryam, Hossein Mousavi Hondori, Alison McKenzie, Lucy Dodakian, Cristina Videira Lopes, and Steven C Cramer. "Comparing direct and indirect interaction in stroke rehabilitation." In CHI'14 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems, pp. 1639-1644. ACM,
Selected for moderated featured oral presentations: Shibuya K, Burke E, Dodakian L, See J, Cramer S, McKenzie A. The Use of Voxel-Based Lesion Symptom Mapping to Relate Lesion Location to Motor Performance in Chronic Stroke Survivors . International Stroke Conference, San Diego, CA 2014 (moderated oral presentation)
Selected for moderated featured oral presentations: Dodakian L, McKenzie A, Burke E, See J, Zhou R, Augsberger R, Cramer S. A Home-Based Telerehabilitation System for Patients With Stroke. International Stroke Conference, San Diego, CA 2014 (moderated oral presentation)
Selected for moderated featured oral presentations: Wu J, Kathuria N, Burke E, Dodakian L, See J, McKenzie AL, Srinivasan R, Cramer SC. Cortical connectivity is a powerful predictor of motor recovery in chronic stroke. International Stroke Conference, San Diego, CA 2014 (moderated oral presentation)
Selected for moderated featured oral presentations: Khademi M, McKenzie A, Dodakian L, Lopes CV, Cramer S. Utility of Augmented Reality in Relation to Virtual Reality in Stroke Rehabilitation. International Stroke Conference, San Diego, CA 2014 (moderated oral presentation)
Selected for moderated featured oral presentations: Burke E, Dodakian L, See J, Riley JD, McKenzie A, Le V, Cramer S. Different Predictors of Treatment Gains in Lacunar and Non-lacunar Stroke. International Stroke Conference, San Diego, CA 2014 (moderated oral presentation)
Burke E, Dodakian L, See J, McKenzie A, Riley JD, Le V, et al. A multimodal approach to understanding motor impairment and disability after stroke. Journal of Neurology. 2014;261(6):1178-86.
McKenzie A, ZhouR, Dodakian L, See J, Augsberger R, Cramer S. Incorporating Tools for Preventing Stroke and Stroke Complications into a Patient-Centered Home-based Telerehabilitation System. In submission to the International Stroke Conference, 2013.
Shibuya S, Burke E, Dodakian L, See J, Cramer S, McKenzie A. The Use of Voxel-Based Lesion Symptom Mapping to Relate Lesion Location to Motor Performance in Chronic Stroke Survivors. . In submission to the International Stroke Conference, 2013.
Hondori H, Khademi K, McKenzie A, Dodakian L, Lopes C, Cramer S. Utility of Augmented Reality in Relation to Virtual Reality in Stroke Rehabilitation. In submission to the International Stroke Conference, 2013.
Burke E, Dodakian L, See J, Riley J, McKenzie A, Le V, Cramer S. Different Predictors of Treatment Gains in Lacunar and Non-lacunar Stroke. In submission to the International Stroke Conference, 2013.
Wu J, Kathuria N, Burke E , Dodakian L, See J, McKenzie A, Srinivasan R, Cramer S. Cortical Connectivity Is A Powerful Predictor Of Motor Recovery In Chronic Stroke. In submission to the International Stroke Conference, 2013.
Shibuya K, Burke E, McKenzie A, Cramer SC. Relationship Between Lesion Location and Motor Performance in Chronic Stroke Survivors Using Voxel-Based Lesion Symptom Mapping (VLSM), accepted for Poster Presentation, APTA Combined Sections Meeting.
See J, Der-Yeghiaian L, Chou C, Chan V, McKenzie A, Reinkensmeyer D, Cramer SC. A standardized approach to the Fugl-Meyer assessment and its implications for clinical trials. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, Jun 17 (epub ahead of print);2013.
McKenzie, A, Der-Yeghiaian L, See J, Le V, Cramer S. A robot-based assessment of upper extremity function is valid and may be useful for tele-outcomes after stroke. International Stroke Conference of the American Heart Association, 2012.
Burke E, Der-Yeghiaian L, Riley J, McKenzie A, Le V, Cramer S. Neural systems injury provides insight into individual behaviors while global injury is useful for global outcome in chronic stroke. International Stroke Conference of the American Heart Association.
Burke E, Der-YeghiaianL, Riley J, See J, McKenzie A, Le V, Cramer S. Measures of stroke injury, brain function, and behavioral status are each needed to best predict treatment-induced gains in arm motor function. In submission to American Heart Association, International Stroke Conference.
McKenzie A. An Innovative Model for Anatomy Instruction in a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program. In submission to Anat Sci Ed, 2012.
McKenzie A et al. Prediction and Detecting Arm Motor Gains in a Trial of Robotic Therapy, Poster Presentation, International Stroke Conference, 2011.
Anatomy Review of the Upper Extremity, Kaiser Permanente Hand Fellowship Program
Invited presentation (1/2 day): McKenzie A. Putting a Little Life into a “Dead” Science: New perspectives on Teaching Anatomy, American Physical Therapy Association Annual Conference, 2010.
Invited book chapter on pain: McKenzie A. Pain Science, Section I, Rehabilitation Clinical Advisor (Brechter, J, Sueki D, editors), Elsevier, 2009.
McKenzie A and Byl N. Hand dominance vs. side of involvement in individuals with writer’s cramp or musician’s cramp forms of focal hand dystonia, Poster presentation, Society for Neuroscience annual conference, 2009.
Invited manuscript: McKenzie A, Goldman S, Barrango C, Shrime M, Wong T, Byl N. “Differences in physical characteristics and response to rehabilitation for patients with hand dystonia: Musicians’ Cramp compared to Writers’ Cramp,” special issue of the J of Hand Therapy, 22:172-82; 2009.
Invited manuscript: Byl N, Archer E, McKenzie A. Focal hand dystonia: “Effectiveness of a home program of fitness and learning-based sensorimotor and memory training,” special issue of the J of Hand Therapy, 22:183-98; 2009.