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Dr. Martina Spiess

Dr. Martina Spiess

Dr. Martina Spiess

ZHAW School of Health Sciences
Institute of Occupational Therapy
Katharina-Sulzer-Platz 9
8400 Winterthur

+41 (0) 58 934 63 57

Personal profile

Position at the ZHAW

Research Associate

Expertise and research interests

As a rehabilitation scientist, I am interested in the application of new technologies in rehabilitation, especially in how they can be optimally used to achieve the best possible results for clients.

Educational background

University of Florida
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Rehabilitation Sciences · (2008 - 2012)

Universities of Zurich and Maastricht (Joint Program)
MPTSc, Physical Therapy Science · (2002 - 2005)

Physiotherapy School Leukerbad
Certified Physical Therapist (Swiss Red Cross) · (1996 - 2001)

Professional milestones

Hocoma AG
Senior Clinical Research Coordinator (2018-2020)
Clinical Research Coordinator (2014-2017)

Balgrist University Hospital, Zurich
Post-Doctoral Researcher (2013-2014)

Balgrist Universitäy Hospital, Zurich
Research Assistant (2005-2008)

Different In-, and Outpatient Settings in Switzerland
Staff Physical Therapist (2001 - 2005)

Membership of networks

International Industry Society for Advanced Rehabilitation Technology (IISART)



Articles in scientific journal, peer-reviewed
Book parts, peer-reviewed
Conference contributions, peer-reviewed
Oral conference contributions and abstracts

Publications before appointment at the ZHAW

Spiess, Martina Rebekka; Steenbrink, Frans; Esquenazi, Alberto, 2018. Getting the Best out of Advanced Rehabilitation Technology for the Lower Limbs: Minding Motor Learning Principles. PM&R 10.9, Supplement 2 (2018), S165–S173.

Fox,Emily J.; Tester, Nicole J.; Butera, Katie A.; Howland, Dena R.; Spiess, Martina R.; Castro-Chapman, Paula L.; Behrman, Andrea L., 2017. Retraining walking adaptability following incomplete spinal cord injury. Spinal Cord Series and Cases 3.1 (2017), p. 17091.

Petersen, Jens A.; Spiess, Martina; Curt, Armin; Weidner, Norbert; Rupp, Rüdiger; Abel, Rainer; Schubert, Martin, 2017. Upper Limb Recovery in Spinal Cord Injury. Neurorehabil Neural Repair 31.5 (2017), pp. 432–441.

Spiess, Martina Rebekka; Colombo, Gery, 2017. Intensity: What Rehabilitation Technology Can Add to the Subject
Neurol Rehabil 23.1 (2017), pp. 53–56.

Esquenazi, Alberto; Maier, Irin C.; Aurich-Schuler, Tabea; Beer, Serafin M.; Borggraefe, Ingo; Campen, Katrin; Luft, Andreas R.; Manoglou, Dimitrios; Meyer-Heim, Andreas; Spiess, Martina R.; Wirz, Markus, 2016. "Clinical Application of Robotics and Technology in the Restoration of Walking". In "Neurorehabilitation Technology", Springer International Publishing pp. 223–248, 2016.

Tester, Nicole J.; Fuller, David D. ; Fromm, Jason S.; Spiess, Martina R.; Behrman, Andrea L.; Mateika, J. H, 2014. Long-term facilitation of ventilation in humans with chronic spinal cord injury. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 189.1 (2014), pp. 57–65.

Kuhn, Fabian; Halder, Pascal; Spiess Martina Rebekka, EMSCI Study Group; Schubert, Martin, 2012. One-year evolution of ulnar somatosensory potentials after trauma in 365 tetraplegic patients: early prediction of potential upper limb
Function. Journal of neurotrauma 29.10 (2012), pp. 1829–37.

Petersen, Jens A.; Spiess, Martina; Curt, Armin; Dietz, Volker; Schubert, Martin; EMSCI Study Group, 2012. Spinal Cord Injury: One-Year Evolution of Motor-Evoked Potentials and Recovery of Leg Motor Function in 255 Patients. Neurorehabil Neural Repair (2012), Volume: 26 issue: 8, page(s): 939-948.

Spiess, Martina Rebekka; Jaramillo, Jeffrey P.; Behrman, Andrea L.; Teraoka, Jeffrey K.; Patten Carolynn, 2012. Unexpected Recovery after Robotic Locomotor Training at Physiologic Stepping Speed - a Single Case Design. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 93.8 (2012), pp. 1476–1484.

Schuld, Christian; Wiese, Julia; Hug, Andreas; Putz, Cornelia; van Hedel, Hubertus J.A.; Spiess, Martina Rebekka; Weidner, Norbert; EMSCI Study Group; Rupp, Rüdiger, 2011. Computer implementation of the international standards for neurological classification of spinal cord injury for consistent and efficient derivation of its subscores including handling of data from not testable segments. J Neurotrauma 29.3 (2011), pp. 453–61.

Spiess Martina Rebekka; Schuld Christian, 2009. Comment on ”Restoration of walking function in an individual with chronic complete (AIS A) spinal cord injury”. J Rehabil Med 43.4 (2011), pp. 367–8.

Spiess, Martina Rebekka; Muller, Roland M.; Rupp, Rüdiger; Schuld, Christian; van Hedel, Hubertus J.A., 2009. Conversion in ASIA impairment scale during the first year after traumatic spinal cord injury. J Neurotrauma 26.11 (2009), pp. 2027–36

Spiess, Martina; Schubert, Martin; Kliesch, Uta; Halder, Patrick, 2008. Evolution of tibial SSEP after traumatic spinal cord injury: baseline for clinical trials. Clin Neurophysiol 119.5 (2008), pp. 1051–61.