LAWRENCE W. FAULKNER

Associate Professor
Occupational Therapy
Certified Aging in Place Specialist (NAHB CAPS)

Office: 614 930 Madison Building
Tel: (901) 448-8393
lfaulkn4@uthsc.edu

Research Description

Previous research in: 1) Development of sitting Tai Chi programs and investigation of efficacy of standing and sitting Tai Chi for older adults. 2) Development of a clinical sitting balance measure (the Sit and Reach Test), and investigation and protocol development to justify separating the Timed Up and Go test (TUG) into three to five separate neuro-motor components (TUGc). Developing research:  Investigate and develop a clinically viable easily applied motion capture and display system using a minimal data set, physically robust, portable sensor array that will reduce laboratory restraints and operator visual load required for current state of the art motion analyses.

Research Interest/Specialty

1) Geriatric Community Integration and Aging in Place

a) Falls Prevention and Community Mobility.
b) Assistive Technology and Tai Chi programs to promote Quality of Life


3) Instrument and Assessment development related to Falls, Balance and Mobility.

Research Keywords

Falls, Mobility, Balance, Geriatics, Gerontology, Older adults, Quality of Life, Assistive Technology, Instrument development, Assessment development, Aging in Place.

Research interest/specialty

1) Geriatric falls prevention and community mobility. 2) Assistive Technology and Tai Chi programs to promote Quality of Life 3) Instrument and Assessment development related to Falls, Balance and Mobility.

Research keywords

Falls, Mobility, Balance, Geriatics, Gerontology, Older adults, Quality of Life, Assistive Technology, Instrument development, Assessment development.

Research description

Current research in: 1) Development of sitting Tai Chi programs and investigation of efficacy of sitting Tai Chi for older adults. 2) Development of a clinical sitting balance measure (the Sit and Reach Test), and investigation and protocol development to justify separating the Timed Up and Go test (TUG) into three to five separate neuro-motor components (TUG-C). 3) In conjunction with collaborators in the Memphis area: develop a novel and easily applied motion capture and display system using a minimal data set, physically robust, portable sensor array that will reduce laboratory restraints and operator visual load required for current state of the art motion analyses (Human Motion Analysis Globe) - note: funding is currently being sought for this project.