Eileen Fowler, Tarjan Center Physical Therapy Training Coordinator, is the co-Principal Investigator for a grant from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) on osteoporosis in adults with long-term disability. She is also a member of the UCLA Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Research Center. She is the Associate Director for research and education in the UCLA Center for Cerebral Palsy and the Director of the Gait Analysis Laboratory. Her additional research areas include the effect of exercise and pharmacological agents on spasticity in persons with cerebral palsy and prosthetic gait in persons with congenital disabilities.
Dr. Eileen Fowler has more than twenty years of experience working in the area of developmental disabilities. She completed her physical therapy degree at Northeastern University in Boston in 1979. She worked as a physical therapist at Orthopaedic Hospital, Los Angeles for five years. Dr. Fowler received her Ph.D. in the Kinesiology Department with a major in Biomechanics and a minor in Motor Control at the University of California at Los Angeles in 1990. She was the Director of the Functional Assessment Laboratory in UCLA Rehabilitation Department from 1990-1994. She joined the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery as an Assistant Professor in 1994 and developed the Gait Analysis Laboratory which she continues to direct.
Dr. Fowler joined the UCLA University Affiliated Program in 1995 as the Physical Therapy Trainee Coordinator. Under Dr. Fowler's supervision, UCLA/TCDD trainees participate in interdisciplinary clinic and research activities.
Dr. Fowler assisted in the development of the UCLA/Orthopaedic Hospital Center for Cerebral Palsy in 1995, a center of excellence for medical treatment, education, and research. She is currently the Associate Director for Research and Education in the center. Evaluations of children and adults are performed in these weekly clinics and in the Gait Analysis Laboratory. New treatments aimed at diminishing spasticity and other movement disorders such as BOTOX and interthecal baclofen are provided through this clinic.
She is a member of the Duchennes Muscular Dystrophy Research and Treatment Center, a joint program with Physiological Science and Pediatrics. She is a co-investigator of a research grant investigating the use of albuterol in preserving muscle strength in young boys with Duchennes and is responsible for collecting all outcome measures for the studies. Dr. Fowler is also a member of the UCLA Spina Bifida Clinic Team, an interdisciplinary clinic.
Research Interests: Biomechanics of movement with special interest in cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy and spina bifida.