Anat Lubetzky, PT, PhDAnat Lubetzky PT, PhD

Principal Investigator

Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy, New York University

For the last 8 years, I have been studying, investigating, and teaching balance performance and sensory integration for postural control. As a physical therapist in sports rehabilitation, I was always passionate about designing and applying evidence-based balance exercises for patients with musculoskeletal disorders. I then received my PhD training under the supervision of Dr. Sarah Westcott McCoy, PT, PhD, FAPTA, at the Rehabilitation Medicine Department of the University of Washington. During that time, I was involved in multiple research projects related to neuromuscular control and postural control. The combination of my background in balance training in the orthopaedic domain and Dr. McCoy’s expertise in postural control research shaped the agenda of my PhD research, which attempted to bridge a gap between neurological and orthopaedic rehabilitation.

Upon my arrival at NYU, I utilized my training in postural control research within an interdisciplinary environment to gather an incredible research team. Building upon the assessment I developed during my PhD dissertation, we designed a unique clinical assessment that specifically targets the visuomotor domain in patients with sensory deficits that affect their balance.

Research in my lab combines advances in virtual reality technology together with our current understanding of sensory mechanisms for postural control in order to:

  1. Build an affordable virtual reality clinical instrument that will serve to better diagnose impairments in sensory integration for postural control and direct specific rehabilitation; and
  2. Design unique and specific balance intervention programs

Zhu Wang

PhD candidate of Computer Science,Tandon School of Engineering, NYU
My interest spans Computer Graphics, Computer Vision and Human-Computer Interaction. I received my Master degree of Computer Science in NYU Courant. Currently, I am working with Prof. Anat Lubetzky on a Virtual Reality project in the field of Physical Therapy.


Liraz Arie

PhD student in Physical Therapy, NYU Department of Physical Therapy

I am a MSc.PT graduate from Tel Aviv University (2016) and currently a part of NYU’s doctoral program in Physical Therapy in pursuit of a career in academic research.

Between 2012 and 2018, I worked as a professional physical therapist in one of Israel’s leading private clinic for sports and athletes. I conducted my master thesis research under Prop. Jeffrey M. Hausdorff, a leading professor in Israel and director of the Center for the study of Movement, Cognition, and Mobility at the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center.

Susie Lunardi, SPT, NASM-CPT, RYT-200


I’m currently a first-year DPT student at NYU and serve as the NYPTA Student Special Interest Group’s 2019 Communications Chair. I graduated from UC San Diego in 2013 (B.S. in Cognitive Neuroscience / Dance minor), where I worked in computational & behavioral neuroscience research for 3 years. Becoming inspired in the fitness world, I completed my RYT-200 Hour with Yoga Alliance and earned a “Certificate in Kinesiology – Yoga Teacher” from College of San Mateo as well as two personal training certifications: NASM-CPT and EXOS Fitness Specialist. In life outside academia, I enjoy yoga, golf, bodybuilding, and studying nutrition.


Madison Pessel, SPT

I’m a student in New York University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program, class of 2021. I graduated from James Madison University in Virginia. At James Madison, I received my Bachelors of Science in Biology with a minor in Pre-Physical Therapy studies. I have special interests in neurologic, vestibular, and pediatric physical therapy.



Past Lab Members

Gene FuGene Fu, SPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy Candidate, New York University

Research Assistant

I am a second-year student at New York University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. I graduated from Adelphi University in May 2016 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise Science with a minor in Asian Studies. I have wide interests in orthopedic, vestibular and acute care physical therapy as well as other interest in sports-based youth development. I have previously assisted in a research project involving the impact of sport on youth development.


Lorena Garcia, SPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy Candidate, New York University

Research Assistant

I am currently a second year Doctor of Physical Therapy student at New York University. I graduated from Rutgers University, New Brunswick with my  Bachelors of Science degree in Exercise Science. I have been involved in research since 2013 when I was an intern at Project LEARN, where I obtained her research knowledge foundation. Prior to attending physical therapy school, I was a research assistant at the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging for one year and then in the Spinal Cord Injury Lab at Kessler Foundation for two years. Most of my work has comprised of revising manuscripts and grants in preparation for submission, data collecting, data input, and management via REDCap, and data analysis via SPSS and Stata.

Erin Kuchlewski, SPT

Doctor of Physical Therapy Candidate, New York University

Research Assistant

I am currently a second-year student at New York University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program. I graduated from Adelphi University with my Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science and a minor in Biology, where I received the Undergraduate Excellence in Exercise Science Award. I have been involved with research since 2013 when I was a project volunteer at NYU-Winthrop, where I gained my research knowledge. I have previously been involved with several research projects involving Physical Therapy Intervention for the Medial Patellofemoral Ligament.

Erinn Kary, DPT, CSCS

Doctor of Physical Therapy Graduate, New York University

Erinn Kary

Research Assistant

I am a recent graduate of New York University’s DPT program with interests in neurology, geriatrics, and acute care physical therapy.  I graduated with my Bachelor of Arts in Integrative Physiology from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2012 with a certificate in Neuroscience, and I am grateful that my education there has instilled an appreciation for the rigors of neuromuscular research. I am presently an Assistant Producer for Senior Rehab Podcast, which is heard in 100+ countries and is a leading source for rehabilitation clinicians who want to better serve older adults. I’m excited to use my experience in this lab and my role as a producer to help bridge the gap between the laboratory and the clinical environment, and to work with Anat in the goal of developing clinically relevant assessment tools and interventions for my patients! 

Helene Darmanin, ACSM-CPT, CSCS, SPTHelene Darmanin head shot

Doctor of Physical Therapy Candidate, New York University 

Research Assistant

Helene has been a student of human movement since she began dancing at six years old. Her passion led her to achieve a Bachelors degree in Exercise Science from Smith College, and she is currently in the third year of her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at New York University. Helene has seven years experience as an American College of Sports Medicine Certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor. Additionally, Helene has spent five years in exercise and human movement research first at the Smith College Exercise & Sport Studies Department; then The Center for Human Nutrition at Washington University School of Medicine; and currently at the PT Sensorimotor Lab at New York University under Dr. Anat Lubetzky.

Wenbo LanWenbo Lan

Computer Science MS Candidate, NYU Tandon School of Engineering

My interests include Computer Vision, Computer Graphic and Visualization. I graduated from Xi’an Jiaotong University in China and I was previously an intern research scientist at Intel Labs. At present, I devote myself to VR development and work at Media Research Lab of NYU as a Software Developer under supervision of Prof. Ken Perlin as junior research scientist.

Amirhossein Khalilian-GourtaniAmirhossein Khalilian Gourtani

Electrical Engineering M.Sc. Student, NYU Tandon School of Engineering

I received my B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering-Communication at Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan, Iran. I am a M.Sc. student in Electrical Engineering at New York University and my main research interests include signal processing, bio-electrical engineering, convex optimization and medical image processing. In Physical Therapy Sensorimotor Lab, I work on signal processing aspects of data analysis and measures used to better understand the data.

Shashank Garg

Electrical Engineering MS Candidate, NYU Tandon School of EngineeringShashank Garg

I obtained my bachelor degree (B.Tech) in Electrical Engineering from Delhi Technological University, India. I am specializing in Control, System and Robotics and I have experience of both the hardware and software aspects of that. I have worked on projects involving mathematical modeling of dynamic systems and controlling them. This involves implementing control on embedded systems, signal processing, and incorporating other modern techniques of control like game theory. For NYU Physical therapy department, I work part time on building software on MATLAB that can help analyze the human center of pressure data to better understand postural control.