Virginia W. Chu, PhD, OTR/L

Virginia Chu
  • Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy
  • Email: vchu@vcu.edu

Professional Interests

  • Sensorimotor Integration and Motor Control
  • Development of Sensory Processing in Children
  • Dyspraxia and Developmental Delays
  • Pediatric Sensorimotor Evaluation and Assessments
  • Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology

 Education

  • 2014: MS in Occupational Therapy, University of Illinois at Chicago, IL
  • 2009: PhD in Bioengineering, Stanford University, CA
  • 2007: MS in Bioengineering, Stanford University, CA
  • 2005: BASc in Engineering Science (Major: Biomedical Engineering) University of Toronto, ON

 Certifications and Licensure

  • Virginia Department of Health Professions, Licensed Occupational Therapist, #0119007155
  • Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, Licensed Occupational Therapist, #056.010751
  • College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario, Registered Occupational Therapist, #G1509754
  • National Board for Certification of Occupational Therapy, Inc., #333382

 Selected Publications

  • Chu, V.W.  (In Press). Assessing proprioception in children: A review. Journal of Motor Behavior.
  • Chu, V.W., Park, S.W., Sanger, T.D. & Sternad D. (2016). Dystonic Children Can Learn: Improving Sensorimotor Performance by Developing Solutions that are Tolerant to High Variability. IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, 24(8), 847-858.
  • Chu, V.W., Hornby, T.G. & Schmit, B.D. (2015). Perception of Lower Extremity Loads in Stroke Survivors. Clinical Neurophysiology, 126(2), 372-381.
  • Chu, V.W., Sanger TD. (2014) Two different motor learning mechanisms contribute to learning reaching movements in a rotated visual environment. F1000Research, 3:72.
  • Chu, V.W., Hornby, T.G. & Schmit, B.D. (2014). The effect of antispastic agents on motor reflexes and voluntary muscle contraction in incomplete spinal cord injury. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 95(4), 622-632.
  • Chu, V.W., Sternad, D. & Sanger, T.D. (2013). Healthy and dystonic children are sensitive to motor variability. Journal of Neurophysiology 109, 2169-2178.
  • Chu, W.T., Sanger TD. (2009) Force variability during isometric biceps contraction in children with secondary dystonia due to cerebral palsy. Movement Disorders. 24(9), 1299-1305.

 Selected Published Abstracts

  • Chu VW, Bodison S. “Deficits in proprioception measured in children with somatodyspraxia,” American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference 2016, Chicago, IL, April 2016.
  • Chu VW, Krishnan K. “Measuring proprioception and spatial-motor coordination in children with somatodyspraxia,” Program No. 805.23. 2015 Neuroscience Meeting Planner. Chicago, IL: Society for Neuroscience, 2015. Online.
  • Chu VW, Park SW, Sanger TD, Sternad D. “Dystonic Children can learn: improving sensorimotor performance with solutions that are tolerant to variability”, Neural Control of Movement Annual Conference 2015, Charleston, SC, April 2015.
  • Chu VW, Hornby TG, Schmit BD. “Perception of lower extremity loads in stroke survivors,” Program No. 749.29. 2013 Neuroscience Meeting Planner. San Diego, CA: Society for Neuroscience, 2013. Online.
  • Chu VW, Hornby TG, Schmit BD. “Evidence for central and sensory drive in human stepping”, Translational and Computational Motor Control, New Orleans, LA. October 12, 2012.
  • Chu VW, Hornby TG, Schmit BD. “Contributions of reflexes to muscle activities and gait patterns during treadmill walking” Program No. 587.21. 2011 Neuroscience Meeting Planner. Washington, DC: Society for Neuroscience, 2011. Online.
  • Chu, VW, Hornby TG, Schmit, BD. “Body Weight Supported Treadmill Walking may Decrease Stability.” Neural Control of Movement Annual Conference 2011, San Juan, Puerto Rico, April 2011.
  • Chu VW, Sanger, TD. “The role of variability in motor learning”, Program No. 702.10. 2009 Neuroscience Meeting Planner. Chicago, IL: Society for Neuroscience, 2009. Online.
  • Chu WV, Sternad D, Sanger TD. “The role of noise on motor learning in children with dyskinetic cerebral palsy.” Program No. 276.12. 2008 Neuroscience Meeting Planner. Washington, DC: Society for Neuroscience, 2008. Online.
  • Chu WTV, Sternad D, Sanger TD. “Strategy to minimize motor performance errors in children with dyskinetic cerebral palsy.” BMES Annual Fall Meeting, Poster presentation, Oct 2008.

 Grants

PI (August 2011 – July 2013). Sensory Integration and Motor Control in Walking after Stroke. American Heart Association. $90,772