Current Grants and Publications


Rice, I.M., Rice, L.A., Sosnoff, J.J., Ratnam, R. Home Based Telerehabilitation Training System for Veterans with Spinal Cord Injury. Chez Family Foundation Center for Wounded Veterans. January 19, 2016 – December 30, 2016. $30,000.

Rice, L.A., Rice, I.M. Enhancement of Community Participation Among Full Time Wheeled Mobility Device Users. University of Illinois Campus Research Board. May 1, 2015 – November 30, 2016. $29,025. Role:  Principal Investigator

Rice, L.A., Sosnoff, J.J., Peterson, EW. Management of Fall Risk in Full Time Wheelchair Users Living with Spinal Cord Injury Craig H. Neilsen Foundation. April 1, 2015 – March 31, 2016. $99,840.  Role:  Principal Investigator

Rice, L.A. Disability Resources and Education Services Research Registry. Center for Health, Aging and Disability at University of Illinois. October 30th, 2014.  $1,287.50.  Role:  Principal Investigator

Rice, L.A., Sosnoff, J.J. Management of Fall Risk in Non-Community Ambulators Affected by Multiple Sclerosis National Multiple Sclerosis Society. April 1, 2014-September 30, 2015. $43, 986.80. Role: Principal Investigator

Rice, IM, Hedrick, B., Sosnoff, J.J., Rice, L.A., Impact of wheelchair propulsion and transfer training on reducing shoulder pain and increasing community participation in pediatric manual wheelchair users with physical disabilities. University of Illinois, Center for Health Aging and Disability. September 1, 2013 – February 28, 2015. $19,730. Role:  Co-Investigator

Sosnoff, J.J., Rice, L.A. Chodzko-Zajko, W., von Koch, L., Holmqvist, L.W.: A Trans-Atlantic Examination of Falls in Non-ambulatory Individuals with Multiple Sclerosis. Inspire: Illinois-Sweden Program For Educational and Research Exchange. December 9, 2013 – March 31, 2014.  Role: Co-Investigator.

Boninger, ML University of Pittsburgh Model Center on Spinal Cord Injury National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, October 1, 2011-October 31, 2014. $2,285,000 Role: Consultant

Rice, IM, Motl, RW, Rice, LA; Promoting Physical Activity Through a Manual Wheelchair Propulsion Activity Intervention in Persons with Multiple Sclerosis National Multiple Sclerosis Society.  October 1, 2012 – September 30, 2013. $109, 680.  Role: Co-Investigator


In Press

Dysterheft, J., Lindahl-Lews, P., Hubbard, E.A., Jones, O., Rice, L.A., Rice, I.M. (XXXX) A Qualitative \Exploration of How University Students with Physical Disabilities Perceive Physical Activity and the Influence of Perceptions on Physical Activity Levels. In Press: Cogent Medicine Journal.

Tsai, C.Y., Boninger, M.L., Hastings, J., Cooper, R.A., Rice, L.A., Koontz, Al.  The Immediate Biomechanical Implications of Transfer Component Skills Training on Independent Wheelchair TransfersIn Press:  Arch Phys Med Rehabil.

Rice, L.A., Dysterheft, J., Sanders, E. ,Rice, I.M., (2016) Short Term Influence of Transfer Training Among Full Time Pediatric Wheelchair Users: A Randomized Trial In Press:  Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine

Refereed Journal Publications

Dysterheft, J., Rice, I.M., Rice, L.A. (2015) Influence of Handrim Wheelchair Propulsion Training in Adolescent Wheelchair Users. Front Bioeng Biotechnol 3: 68.

Rice, LA, Ousley, C., Sosnoff, J.J. (2015) A Systematic Review of Risk Factors Associated with Accidental Falls, Outcome Measures and Interventions to Manage Fall Risk in Non-Ambulatory Adults. Disabil Rehabil. 37(19): 1697-705.

Rice, IM, Rice, LA, Motl R. (2015) Promoting Physical Activity Through a Manual Wheelchair Propulsion Activity Intervention in Persons with Multiple Sclerosis. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 96(10): 1850-8.

Learmonth YC, Rice IM, Ostler, TA, Rice LA, Motl R. (2015)  Perspectives on physical activity among persons with multiple sclerosis who are wheelchair users: Informing the design of future interventions.  International Journal of Multiple Sclerosis Care. May-June: 17(3): 109-19.

Rice, I. M., Wong, A. W., Salentine, B. A., & Rice, L. A. (2015). Differences in participation based on self-esteem in power and manual wheelchair users on a university campus: a pilot study. Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol. 10(2), 102-107.

Rice, L. A., Smith, I., Kelleher, A. R., Greenwald, K., & Boninger, M. L. (2014). Impact of a wheelchair education protocol based on practice guidelines for preservation of upper-limb function: a randomized trial. Arch Phys Med Rehabil, 95(1), 10-19 e11.

Yang, T.D., Hutchinson, S., Rice, L.A., Watkin, K., and Jan, Y.K. (2013). Development of a scalable monitoring system for wheelchair tilt-in-space usage. Int J Phys Med Rehabil, 1(4).

Tsai, C. Y., Rice, L. A., Hoelmer, C., Boninger, M. L., & Koontz, A. M. (2013). Basic Psychometric Properties of the Transfer Assessment Instrument (Version 3.0). Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 94(12).

Jan YK, Liao F, Rice LA, and Woods JA (2013). Using reactive hyperemia to assess the efficacy of local cooling on reducing skin ischemia under surface pressure in people with spinal cord injury: a preliminary report. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 94(10):1982-9.

 Rice, L.A., I. Smith, A. Kelleher, K. Greenwald, C. Hoelmer, M.L. Boninger. (2013) Impact of the Clinical Practice Guideline for Preservation of Upper Limb Function on Transfer Skills of Persons with Acute Spinal Cord Injury.  Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 94(7):1230-46.

Jan, Y. K., Liao, F., Jones, M. A., Rice, L. A., & Tisdell, T. (2013). Effect of durations of wheelchair tilt-in-space and recline on skin perfusion over the ischial tuberosity in people with spinal cord injury. Arch Phys Med Rehabil, 94(4), 667-672.

McClure, L. A., Boninger, M. L., Oyster, M. L., Roach, M. J., Nagy, J., & Nemunaitis, G. (2011). Emergency evacuation readiness of full-time wheelchair users with spinal cord injury. Arch Phys Med Rehabil, 92(3), 491-498.

McClure, L. A., Boninger, M. L., Ozawa, H., & Koontz, A. (2011). Reliability and validity analysis of the transfer assessment instrument. Arch Phys Med Rehabil, 92(3), 499-508.

McClure, L. A., Boninger, M. L., Oyster, M. L., Williams, S., Houlihan, B., Lieberman, J. A., & Cooper, R. A. (2009). Wheelchair repairs, breakdown, and adverse consequences for people with traumatic spinal cord injury. Arch Phys Med Rehabil, 90(12), 2034-2038.