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Fay Horak, Ph.D.

Parkinson Center of Oregon
Admin Unit: SOM-Neurology Department
Phone: 503-704-3988
Lab Phone: 503-418-2601
Office: Parkinson's Center of Oregon
Mail Code: PCO
Behavioral Neuroscience
Neuroscience Graduate Program
Biomedical Engineering
Research Interests:
human motor control; balance and gait disorders; Parkinson's disease mobility disorders, role of the basal ganglia, cerebellum and cortex in posture; role of proprioception, vision and vestibular systems in postural control; balance rehabilitation for Parkinson's disease and vestibular disorders; systems, Neurobiology of Disease » Click here for more about Dr. Horak's research » PubMed Listing
Preceptor Rotations
Academic Term Available Summer 2016 Yes Fall 2016 Yes Winter 2016 Yes Spring 2016 Yes
Faculty Mentorship
Dr. Horak is available as a mentor for 2016-2017.

Summary of Current Research

This laboratory studies sensorimotor control of balance and movement in human subjects. The role of central motor structures such as the basal ganglia and cerebellum and of peripheral sensory information such as the vestibular and somatosensory systems are studied by quantifying balance and gait in neurologic patients. Invariant relationships among muscle activations, joint forces, and limb motions reveal underlying neural control strategies for motor coordination.  We also develop novel clinical tools for quantifying balance and gait in clinical environments.  Our goal is to develop scientific approaches to rehabilitation of balance disorders in neurologic patients and the elderly.


  • Ph.D., University of Washington, 1982
  • MS, University of Minnesota, 1977
  • BS, PT University of Wisconsin, 1973