Associate Director, CI Therapy Research Group and Taub Therapy Clinic
Center for Psychiatric Medicine 712
(205) 975-5089

Research Interests: Rehabilitation psychology, neurorehabilitation, neuroplasticity, health psychology, positive psychology

Gitendra UswatteOffice Hours: By appointment only

  • AB, Princeton University, Economics
  • MA, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Clinical (Medical) Psychology
  • PhD, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Clinical (Medical) Psychology

Dr. Uswatte’s research has been funded by the US Department of Veterans Affairs, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, National Institutes of Health, James S. McDonnell Foundation, American Heart Association, and Positive Psychology Network. He received the Mitchell Rosenthal Early Career Research Award from the Division of Rehabilitation Psychology of the American Psychological Association (APA) in 2008 and was elected President of that division in 2013. He was made an APA Fellow in 2011. 

His area of clinical specialization is rehabilitation psychology.

Dr. Uswatte’s teaching interests include research methods, statistics, the psychology of strengths and virtues (positive psychology), and the psychology of social inequality. 

Dr. Uswatte has two main areas of research. The first is the role of behavioral factors in the development and treatment of physical disability after nervous system injury. The second is the study of human psychological strengths such as hope, kindness, and gratitude.
  • Current graduate students include Brad Sokal, Michelle Haddad, and Brent Womble.
  • Past graduate students include Joydip Barman, Lynne Gauthier, Christi Perkins Hu, Chelsey Sterling, and Tyler Rickards.
  • Wolf, S. L., Winstein, C. J., Miller, J. P., Taub, E., Uswatte, G., Morris, D., Giuliani, C., Light, K. E., & Nichols-Larsen, D. (2006). Effect of Constraint-Induced Movement therapy on upper extremity function 3-9 months after stroke: the EXCITE randomized clinical trial. JAMA, 296, 2095-2104.
  • Dunn, D. S., Uswatte, G., & Elliott, T. R. (2009). Happiness, resilience and positive growth following disability: issues for understanding, research, and therapeutic intervention. In C. R. Snyder & S. J. Lopez (Eds.), Handbook of positive psychology (2nd ed., pp. 651-654). New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Uswatte, G. (2013). Promoting physical activity: fertile ground for rehabilitation psychology. Rehabilitation Psychology, 58, 87-88.
  • Uswatte, G., & Taub, E. (2013). Constraint-Induced Movement therapy: a method for harnessing neuroplasticity to treat motor disorders. In S. Waxman, D. G. Stein, D. Swaab, & H. Fields (Series Eds.) and M. Merzenich, M. Nahum, & T. Van Vleet (Vol. Eds.), Progress in brain research: Vol. 207. Changing brains – applying brain plasticity to advance and recover human ability (pp. 379-401). Amsterdam: Elsevier Publishing.
  • Sokal, B., Uswatte, G., Barman, J., Brewer, M., Byrom E., Latten, J., Joseph, J., Serafim, C., Ghaffari, T., & Sarkar, N. (2014). Network of movement and proximity sensors for monitoring upper-extremity motor activity after stroke: proof of principle. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 95, 499-505.