Welcome to the Rehabilitation Neuroscience Lab! Our interdisciplinary research team is made up of research scientists, clinicians, and students. 

Please read about our current lab members on this page.

Scott H. Frey, Ph.D., Ed.M. – Lab Director & Principal Investigator 

Scott H. Frey is currently the Miller Family Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Missouri. Dr. Frey received his EdM from Harvard University in Human Development with Howard Gardner, and his PhD in experimental psychology from Cornell University with James Cutting. He subsequently re-specialized in cognitive neuroscience at Dartmouth College and Medical School with Michael Gazzaniga and Scott Grafton. 

Dr. Frey currently directs the Rehabilitation Neuroscience Laboratory, the purposes of which are to:

1) understand mechanisms underlying the organization and control of manual actions (reaching, grasping, tool and prosthetic use), and

2) use this knowledge to develop evidence-based rehabilitation strategies. A major focus of current work is on determining how mechanisms in the CNS are affected by damage to the PNS, and conversely the role of CNS plasticity in recovery of function. His approach is to seek convergent evidence using a variety of methods (functional and structural MRI, transcranial magnetic and direct current stimulation, electroencephalography, electromyography, and detailed psychophysical and kinematic assessments). 

To see a complete list of Dr. Frey's publications, please click here

Carmen Cirstea, M.D., Ph.D. – Co-Investigator 

Dr. Cirstea's career objective is to understand the mechanisms underlying brain plasticity in normal and pathological adult human nervous system, using state-of-the-art neuroimaging and behavioral techniques. Ultimately, this understanding should lead to the development of novel therapeutic approaches based on neuroscientific principles. The main tools that Dr. Cirstea uses to approach these issues are proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy (1H-MRS), functional (fMRI) and structural magnetic resonance imaging, neurological examinations and human motion analysis.

To see a complete list of Dr. Cirstea's publications, please click here.

Binal Motawar, Ph.D. - Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Motawar's current research involves examining prosthesis use in upper extremity amputees. She is also interested in understanding mechanisms and behaviors associated with pain in amputee populations. Dr. Motawar's clinical background informs her long term goal to facilitate rehabilitation and performance in a variety of populations. 

To see a complete list of Dr. Motawar's publications, please click here.

Kelli Buchanan, MPH – Research Coordinator 

Kelli earned her Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Master's degree in Public Health from the University of Missouri. She is interested in the connection between research and evidence-based changes in healthcare policy that positively influence care in populations of interest.  

Brian Koenigsdorf, BS, MS – Research Technologist 

Brian earned his Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Kansas University, Lawrence, and Masters in Computer Science from Indiana University, Bloomington. With a background in programming, system administration and hardware repair/construction, Brian works on any hardware/software that is needed for research at RNL.


Rehabilitation Neuroscience Lab Alumni 

Justin Mann, BA – Research Assistant 

Sean Morrow, BS - Research Assistant 



The Rehabilitation Neuroscience Lab Team.


Dr. Scott Frey, Prinicipal Investigator and Lab Director. 


Dr. Carmen Cirstea, Co-Investigator. 


Dr. Binal Motawar, Post-Doctoral Fellow. 


Kelli Buchanan, Research Coordinator.


Brian Koengisdorf, Lab Technologist.