About Us

Principal Investigator

Christina OdehChristina Odeh, PT, DHSc, PCS
codeh@niu.edu 

Dr. Christina Odeh is a physical therapist with a board certified pediatric specialty. She holds a B.S. in Physical Therapy from the University of Illinois and recently received her DHSc in Physical Therapy with an emphasis in Pediatrics and a minor in Education from the University of Indianapolis. She has over 20 years of physical therapy experience working with infants and children in a variety of settings in Illinois, California, Texas, New York, Florida and Spain. Her areas of clinical expertise include a variety of congenital or acquired issues such as developmental delays, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Spina Bifida, Muscular Dystrophy, Dandy Walker, Epilepsy/Seizure disorders, Autism and many others. She is well-versed in equipment and orthotic prescription and modification.

Dr. Odeh has also taught and mentored in PT and PTA programs in New York, Florida and Illinois. Current research interests include: Parent and Teacher Perspectives of Barriers to Movement in Preschoolers with Special Needs; Relationship of BMI, Global Developmental Skills and Physical Activity of Preschoolers; Interdisciplinary Parent/Toddler Developmental Playgroup; Gait, balance, coordination and physical activity analysis in children with ASD; Getting BIG into the Community; Clinical Decision-Making of 3rd Year DPT Students: Intervention or Referral?; and the Systematic Review of pre-conception exercise as preventative women’s health approach

Graduate Research Assistant

Carolyn Stoesser
cstoesser1@niu.edu 

Carolyn is currently a 1st year doctor of physical therapy student at Northern Illinois University. She assists with projects ranging from an interdisciplinary developmental playgroup, the relationship of BMI, Global developmental skills and physical activity of preschoolers and the clinical decision making of 3rd year DPT students. Outside of school, Carolyn helps as an acute care rehab aide assisting physical and occupational therapists with difficult and challenging patients. Carolyn’s interests outside of class and research include reading, crocheting and Pilates.

Undergraduate/Postbaccalaureate Researchers

Daniel Wheeler
dwheeler1@niu.edu

Daniel is an undergraduate at Northern Illinois University. In May 2016, he plans to graduate with a Bachelors Degree in Health and Human Sciences. In the fall, Daniel will be joining the NIU DPT graduate program, class of 2019. He currently works as a physical therapy technician for Advanced Physical Medicine of St. Charles. Daniel is a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Outside of school, research and work, he enjoys any outdoor activity. Sports, hiking and climbing are some of Daniel’s many hobbies keeping him active.

Daniel CiezobkaDaniel Ciezobka
dciezobka@niu.edu 

Daniel is an undergraduate student at Northern Illinois University looking to pursue a career in the medical field. He is currently majoring in Pre-PT and is looking forward to the DPT graduate program. Aside from academics, he comes from a very athletic background. He played hockey for a few years and soccer for most of his life. Sports have shaped the person he is today and have lead Daniel towards his future career as a physical therapist.

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HUSKIES in Motion Lab
NIU Wellness and Literacy Center
3100 Sycamore Road
DeKalb, IL 60115

(630) 557-9648

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