Aviva Wolff, EdD, OTR, CHT

Aviva is a clinician scientist at the Leon Root Motion Analysis Laboratory at the Hospital for Special Surgery. She studies the underlying mechanisms of treatments for musculoskeletal conditions that affect upper extremity motion and function in order to further understand and develop more effective treatment strategies.

Her research interests are in the quantitative and qualitative analysis of upper extremity movement dysfunction, particularly in using data to better inform surgery therapy and performance. Aviva’s research has focused on wrist biomechanics and function, elbow biomechanics and function, and hand and arm function in brachial plexus injury and cerebral palsy. She has independently led and collaborated with orthopedic surgeons, scientists, and biomechanists on several funded studies that have led to multiple presentations and publication.

Aviva leads the Upper Extremity Clinical Movement Analysis Programs and Upper Extremity Biomechanics Research at the Leon Root Motion Analysis Laboratory at Hospital for Special Surgery, where she also treats individuals with hand impairment. She is a national and international lecturer, and is well known and respected in her field.

Dr. Wolff is a member of multiple professional organizations including the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AACPDM), Gait and Clinical Movement Analysis Society (GCMAS), American Society for Hand Surgery (AAHS), Ruth Jackson Orthopedic Society (RJOS), and the American Society for Hand Therapists (ASHT).  She currently serves on the boards of GCMAS and ASHT and on several committees. She is on the editorial board of Journal of Hand Therapy and has written papers and book chapters.

Aviva also consults for the Juilliard School on hand injuries in Musicians. She is a proud mom to three daughters, and lives in Paramus, NJ with her husband and family.