Prof. Jeffrey Hausdorff
Director of the Center for the Study of Movement, Cognition, and Mobility
Tel Aviv University
Jeffrey M. Hausdorff, PhD
Affiliations: Director of the Center for the Study of Movement, Cognition and Mobility at Tel Aviv Medical Center
Full Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the Sackler School of Medicine and in the Sagol School of Neuroscience at Tel Aviv University
Full Professor in the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center and Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago.
Dr Jeffrey Hausdorff received his bachelor’s degree in engineering from The Cooper Union and graduate degrees in biomechanics and biomedical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Boston University. After completing postdoctoral training in gerontology at Harvard Medical School, he joined the faculty there, first as an instructor and later as an assistant professor and senior lecturer. For the past 25 years, Dr Hausdorff has studied gait, balance, motor control and brain function, with a special focus on gait variability, “fractal” physiology, motor-cognitive interactions, and falls in older adults and in patients with neurodegenerative disease such as Parkinson’s disease. Dr Hausdorff and the multi-disciplinary team that he leads aim to better understand the mechanisms that contribute to gait changes in aging and neurological disease, to develop new tools for quantifying mobility, and to improve gait and reduce fall risk. Dr Hausdorff has authored more than 300 peer-reviewed publications and has an H-index of 95. His work in this area has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, by the European Commission, by the NMMS, the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s disease, and by private agencies and has been widely recognized. For example, in 1996, he received an award for his work on biodynamics from the Biomedical Engineering Society, and, in 2013, he received the Gerontology Society of America’s Excellence in Rehabilitation of Aging Persons Award. In 2014, his paper on gait variability and fall risk was listed among the top 5 most cited papers in the history of rehabilitation. In 2019, he was listed among the top 0.01% of scientists based on the impact of their publications in a given field from 1960-2017 (see Ioannidis et al., 2019).