Interactive Technologies for Stroke Rehabilitation

Mónica is an Assistant Professor and researcher at the University of Madeira (UMa). Mónica is co-founder of the NeuroRehabLab Research Group, an interdisciplinary research group that investigates at the intersection of technology, neuroscience, and clinical practice to find novel solutions to increase the quality of life of those with special needs. In recent years, Mónica has been particularly involved in the development and clinical assessment of Virtual Reality (VR) technologies for stroke rehabilitation. Mónica’s work in VR explores specific brain mechanisms that relate to functional recovery to approach motor and cognitive stroke rehabilitation by means of non-invasive and low-cost technologies. Her research addresses aspects such as serious gaming, personalization of training, integrative motor-cognitive tasks, and physiological computing. More recently, Mónica also started applying these principles to technology mediated fitness training for the elderly population. In 2016, Mónica has been awarded the ISVR Early Career Investigator Award, an award granted by the International Society for Virtual Rehabilitation to recognize and acknowledge outstanding contributions by early career scientists whose research relates to virtual rehabilitation.