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Brooke Dexheimer

Brooke Dexheimer, PhD, OTD, OTR/L

Assistant Professor

Email: dexheimerb@vcu.edu

Professional Interests

  • Motor control and motor learning
  • Development of evidence-based interventions for the treatment of neurological injuries
  • Non-invasive neuromodulation (TMS, tDCS, tACS)
  • Clinical and research applications for augmented and virtual reality


  • 2022: Ph.D. in Kinesiology, Pennsylvania State University
  • 2021: Graduate Certificate in Translational Science, Pennsylvania State University
  • 2018: O.T.D. in Occupational Therapy, Washington University in St. Louis
  • 2014: B.A. in Movement & Exercise Science, University of Northern Iowa


  • Virginia Occupational Therapy License
  • National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy

Selected Publications

  • Dexheimer, B., Przybyla, A., Murphy, T.E., Akpinar, S., & Sainburg, R.Reaction time asymmetries provide insight into mechanisms underlying dominant and non-dominant hand selection. Exp Brain Res (2022). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00221-022-06451-2
  • Maenza, C., Sainburg, R.L., Varghese, R., Dexheimer, B., Demers, M., Bishop, L., Jayasinghe, S.A., Wagstaff, D.A. & Winstein, C. Ipsilesional arm training in severe stroke to improve functional independence (IPSI): phase II protocol. BMC Neurol22, 141 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12883-022-02643-z
  • Dexheimer, B., Sainburg, R. When the non-dominant arm dominates: the effects of visual information and task experience on speed-accuracy advantages. Exp Brain Res239, 655–665 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00221-020-06011-6

Selected Abstracts

  • Dexheimer, B., Sandberg, C.W., Selby, K., Jayasinghe, S.A.L., Kantak, S., & Sainburg, R.L., (2022, November). Anodal (excitatory) HD-tDCS demonstrates a contralateral role of the left posterior parietal cortex in interlimb transfer of learning.Poster session presented at Neuroscience 2022.
  • Dexheimer, B., Sandberg, C.W., Selby, K., Jayasinghe, S.A.L., Kantak, S., & Sainburg, R.L., (2021, November). Anodal (excitatory) HD-tDCS dissociates a lateralized role of the posterior parietal cortex in both early and late phases of learning.Poster session presented virtually at Neuroscience 2021.
  • Fosaaen, B.*, Sainburg, R. L., (2019, October). The non-dominant arm is more accurate in unpredictable reaching conditions.Poster session presented at Neuroscience 2019, Chicago, IL.
    *Last name changed from Fosaaen to Dexheimer in 2020