Danielle Levac is a Canadian physical therapist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences, with an affiliate position in the Department of Bioengineering, at Northeastern University in Boston, MA.
She directs the Rehabilitation Games and Virtual Reality Laboratory, where her research and scholarship focus on the sustainable, evidence-based integration of virtual reality and active video games into rehabilitation practice. One of the main goals of Levac’s research program is to explore the “active ingredients” of practice in virtual environments for motor learning and transfer in children and adults with neuromotor impairments.
She uses motor learning paradigms in a variety of virtual environments to understand how task practice conditions impact motor learning processes and outcomes. Additionally, she works with therapists to develop, evaluate, and translate knowledge about evidence-based tools and resources supporting VR clinical decision-making skills.
Dr. Levac is currently on the Editorial Board of Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics, the Board of Directors of the International Society for Virtual Rehabilitation, serves on the research committees of the American Physical Therapy Association Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine. Her research is also supported by the National Institutes of Health, the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy & Developmental Medicine, and Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Association, the Deborah Munroe Noonan Foundation, the Charles H. Hood Foundation, and the Tufts Medical Center Clinical and Translational Science Institute.
Dr. Levac joined EuroXR Association in 2019, with the purpose to connect with colleagues in this area and learn about many potential collaboration opportunities.