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Jacob Sosnoff, Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Research
KU Department of Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation Science, and Athletic Training

In February 2021, Jacob Sosnoff, Ph.D., joined the University of Kansas Medical Center as the associate dean for research for the School of Health Professions. He also holds a faculty appointment as professor in the school's Department of Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation Science, and Athletic Training. His professional background and training are in motor control and gerontology.


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Sosnoff's research focuses on examining the predictors, prevention, and consequences of mobility impairment in clinical populations including older adults and individuals living with multiple sclerosis. He and his team examine how we move, how to keep us moving and what happens when we don't move well.

Having a special interest in the development and refinement of technology capable of measuring our movement, Sosnoff is actively engaged in several ongoing randomized control trials investigating rehabilitation strategies to maximize mobility and minimize fall risk and incidence across the functional spectrum.

His research has been continuously funded for the last two decades and is currently supported by the National Institutes of Health, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research.

Professional and Academic Background

Prior to his arrival at the School of Health Professions, Sosnoff was a professor at the College of Applied Health Sciences and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He also served as associate director of the Center on Health, Aging, and Disability at the University of Illinois. In this role he promoted and facilitated interdisciplinary health science research across the institution.

Sosnoff earned his doctorate in kinesiology from Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pa., in 2005 with a minor in gerontology. He earned his master's degree in kinesiology from Penn State in 2002 and a bachelor's degree in exercise and sport science from Ithaca College, Ithaca, N.Y. in 2000.

Notable achivements

  • Excellence in Graduate Mentoring Award, College of Applied Health Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  • Inaugural Fellow, Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Institute, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  • Dean's Fellow, College of Applied Health Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  • AARP Innovation Award, American Association of Retired Persons Foundation.
  • Pre-doctoral fellow, National Institute of Aging, Pennsylvania State University.
  • Member, Patient Management, Care, and Rehabilitation Review Committee for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
  • Founding member and executive committee, International Multiple Sclerosis Fall Prevention Research Network.
  • Inaugural fellow, Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Institute, University of Illinois.
  • Founding director, Illini Fall Prevention Clinic.

Curriculum vitae PDF document

Selected Recent Research Grants

Technologies to Support Aging-in-Place for People with Long-Term Disabilities
Grant from National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research
Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center
Role: PI (D1 project); Co-I (D2 project)

Mentor-based Rehabilitation Research Post-doctoral Fellow: Cognitive-Motor Interference Rehabilitation in Multiple Sclerosis
Grant from National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Role: PI

Cannabis Use and Risk of Falling in Older Adults
Grant from National Institutes of Health
Role: Co-I

Feasibility and Efficacy of a Fear of Falling Intervention for Wheelchair Users with Multiple Sclerosis
Grant from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research
Role: PI (KU Medical Center)

Selected Recent Publications

  • Hsieh KL, Sosnoff JJ. (2021). Smartphone accelerometry to assess postural control in individuals with multiple sclerosis. Gait Posture. 84:114-119.
  • Shema-Shiratzky S, Hillel I, Mirelman A, Regev K, Hsieh KL, Karni A, Devos H, Sosnoff JJ, Hausdorff JM. (2020). A wearable sensor identifies alterations in community ambulation in multiple sclerosis: contributors to real-world gait quality and physical activity. J Neurol. 267(7):1912-1921.
  • Tablerion JM, Wood TA, Hsieh KL, Bishnoi A, Sun R, Hernandez M, An R, Sosnoff JJ. (2020). Motor Learning in People with Multiple Sclerosis: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 101, 512-23. Selgrade B, Meyer D, Sosnoff JJ & Franz JJ (2020). Can optical flow perturbations detect walking balance impairment in people with multiple sclerosis? PLOS one. 15(3):e0230202.
  • Rice LA, Sung JH, Keane K, Peterson E, Sosnoff JJ. (2020). A brief fall prevention intervention for manual wheelchair users with spinal cord injuries: A pilot study. J Spinal Cord Med. 43(5):607-615.
  • Wood TA, Hernandez ME, Sosnoff JJ. (2020). Age-related differences to neck muscle activation latency as a potential risk factor to fall-related traumatic brain injuries. J Electromyogr Kinesiol. 2020 Apr;51:102405.
  • Moon Y, Bishnoi A, Sun R, Shin JC, Sosnoff JJ. (2019). Preliminary investigation of teaching older adults the tuck-and-roll strategy: Can older adults learn to fall with reduced impact severity. J Biomech. 2019 Jan 23;83:291-297.
  • Hsieh KL, Fanning JT, Rogers WA, Wood TA, Sosnoff JJ. (2018). A Fall Risk mHealth App for Older Adults: Development and Usability Study. JMIR Aging. 2018 Nov 20;1(2):e11569.
Last modified: Jul 30, 2021

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Associate Dean for Research

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