Dr. Rebecca Lewthwaite is Director of Research and Education in Physical Therapy and Director of Rehabilitation Outcomes Management at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center in Los Angeles. She is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of Southern California (USC). Dr. Lewthwaite received her PhD in Kinesiology from the University of California, Los Angeles, with a specialization in the social psychology of human movement. Her research focuses on the role of motivational enhancements (confidence and autonomy support) in motor performance and learning, in a variety of individuals, from those undergoing physical rehabilitation to developing and high-performing athletes. Recent work includes the facilitation of confidence building in individuals recovering from stroke.
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