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Hope Davis-Wilson

Research Engineer


PhD, Human Movement Science (specialization in Biomechanics), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
MA, Exercise Physiology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
BA, Chemistry & Exercise and Sport Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Dr. Hope Davis-Wilson is a research engineer in the Exposure and Protection Department at RTI. She conducts research studies and develops algorithms using wearable sensors to detect and monitor various health conditions to support projects for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) SIGMA+ and the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Defense (JPEO-CBRND). These projects involve the use of heart rate variability and accelerometer data from wearable sensors to detect various stressors, including respiratory illness, psychological stress, and sleep quality. She also has extensive experience working with inertial sensors to evaluate gait and balance.

Prior to joining RTI, Dr. Davis-Wilson completed a joint postdoctoral fellowship through the Eastern Colorado Veterans Affairs and the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. She worked on clinical trials that used both behavioral telehealth and rehabilitation interventions to improve physical activity and gait biomechanics in people with musculoskeletal and neurodegenerative conditions. Dr. Davis-Wilson has worked extensively with functional clinical outcomes (e.g., 6-minute walk test, timed-up-and-go) and patient-reported outcomes.

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