Hannes Devos, Ph.D., DRS
KU Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science
Hannes Devos, Ph.D., DRS is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science with a joint appointment in the Department of Occupational Therapy Education. He is director of course REHS 887 Neurorehabilitation in the Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Science program and course PTRS 750 Research in Evidence-based Physical Therapist Practice in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program.
Neurorehabilitation of individuals with progressive neurological conditions is Devos' primary specialty area of expertise. As a driving rehabilitation specialist, he also renders clinical services to clients seeking to continue driving.
Devos serves on several national and international professional organizations. He is membership officer and treasurer of the Neurodegenerative Diseases Networking Group of the American College of Rehabilitation Medicine. He also serves as executive member of the Special Interest Group on Driving of the World Federation for Neurorehabilitation, is a member of the Association for Driving Rehabilitation Specialists, and is on the ANB60 Older Driver Committee of the Transportation Research Board.
Devos earned a bachelor’s degree in 2002 and a master’s degree in 2005 in physical therapy and rehabilitation science at the University of Leuven in Belgium. He then started an academic career as a teaching assistant and research assistant in neurorehabilitation.
In 2011, Devos earned his doctoral degree in biomedical science at the University of Leuven. After being awarded a three-year postdoctoral fellowship, Devos relocated to the United States where he trained in neurology and mechanical engineering at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. In 2013, Devos accepted a faculty position at Augusta University in Augusta, Georgia.
He joined the faculty at KU Medical Center in 2016 to continue his academic career.
Devos is director of the Laboratory for Advanced Rehabilitation Research in Simulation (LARRS). His research interests revolve around the use of virtual reality and eye tracking to improve rehabilitation outcomes in neurological conditions.
In his clinical research, Devos is using virtual reality treadmills and driving simulation to assess and train mobility in neurological conditions. His translational research focuses on the use of neurophysiological measures to understand mental effort during cognitive-motor interference, multimodal cognition, task complexity, and task efficacy.