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University of Southern California
University of Southern California
USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
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Stéphanie Lefebvre PhD

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Research Lab: Neural Plasticity and Neurorehabilitation Laboratory

Stéphanie Lefebvre

Research Interests

Stéphanie Lefebvre is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Southern California in the Neural Plasticity and Neurorehabilitation Laboratory. Prior to her position at USC, she completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Genetics and Biology from the University Claude Bernard of Lyon (France), a Master’s Degree in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Lausanne (Switzerland), and a PhD in Biomedical Sciences from the University Catholic of Louvain (Belgium): ‘Motor skill learning after stroke: exploration of neurophysiological mechanisms with functional neuroimaging and therapeutic modulation by non-invasive brain stimulation.’ She also completed a first Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Lille (France) and a second one at the CNRS, Lyon (France). Her main interests are mental health and brain plasticity, and specifically, how the brain reacts to changes in the environment during development or after a disease.


Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Biomedical Sciences
2013 | University Catholic of Louvain, Belgium

Master of Science (MS) in Biological Medicine
2008 | University of Lausanne, Switzerland

Bachelor of Science (BS) in Biology and Genetics
2006 | University of Lyon, France


Journal Articles

Juliano, J. M., Spicer, R. P., Vourvopoulos, A., Lefebvre, S., Jann, K., Ard, T., Santarnecchi, E., Krum, D. M., & Liew, S.-L. (2020). Embodiment Is related to better performance on a brain–computer interface in immersive virtual reality: A pilot study. Sensors, 20(4), 1204. https://doi.org/10.3390/s20041204 Show abstract

Lefebvre, S., Jann, K., Schmiesing, A., Ito, K., Jog, M., Schweighofer, N., Wang, D. J., & Liew, S.-L. (2019). Differences in high-definition transcranial direct current stimulation over the motor hotspot versus the premotor cortex on motor network excitability. Scientific Reports, 9, 17605. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-019-53985-7 Show abstract

Vourvopoulos, A., Pardo, O. M., Lefebvre, S., Neureither, M., Saldana, D., Jahng, E., & Liew, S.-L. (2019). Effects of a brain-computer interface with virtual reality (VR) neurofeedback: A pilot study in chronic stroke patients. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 13, 210. https://doi.org/10.3389/fnhum.2019.00210 Show abstract

de Pierrefeu, A., Fovet, T., Hadj‐Selem, F., Löfstedt, T., Ciuciu, P., Lefebvre, S., Thomas, P., Lopes, R., Jardri, R., & Duchesnay, E. (2018). Prediction of activation patterns preceding hallucinations in patients with schizophrenia using machine learning with structured sparsity. Human Brain Mapping, 39(4), 1777-1788. https://doi.org/10.1002/hbm.23953 Show abstract

Liew, S.-L., Anglin, J. M., Banks, N. W., Sondag, M., Ito, K. L., Kim, H., Chan, J., Ito, J., Jung, C., Khoshab, N., Lefebvre, S., Nakamura, W., Saldana, D., Schmiesing, A., Tran, C., Vo, D., Ard, T., Heydari, P., Kim, B., Aziz-Zadeh, L., Cramer, S. C., Liu, J., Soekadar, S., Nordvik, J.-E., Westlye, L. T., Wang, J., Winstein, C., Yu, C., Ai, L., Koo, B., Craddock, R. C., Milham, M., Lakich, M., Pienta, A., & Stroud, A. (2018). A large, open source dataset of stroke anatomical brain images and manual lesion segmentations. Scientific Data, 5, 180011. https://doi.org/10.1038/sdata.2018.11 Show abstract

Leroy, A., Foucher, J. R., Pins, D., Delmaire, C., Thomas, P., Roser, M. M., Lefebvre, S., Amad, A., Fovet, T., Jaafari, N., & Jardri, R. (2017). fMRI capture of auditory hallucinations: Validation of the two‐steps method. Human Brain Mapping, 38(10), 4966-4979. https://doi.org/10.1002/hbm.23707 Show abstract

Lefebvre, S., & Liew, S.-L. (2017). Anatomical parameters of tDCS to modulate the motor system after stroke: A review. Frontiers in Neurology, 8, 29. https://doi.org/10.3389/fneur.2017.00029 Show abstract

Lefebvre, S., Dricot, L., Laloux, P., Desfontaines, P., Evrard, F., Peeters, A., Jamart, J., & Vandermeeren, Y. (2017). Increased functional connectivity one week after motor learning and tDCS in stroke patients. Neuroscience, 340, 424-435. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroscience.2016.10.066 Show abstract

Lefebvre, S., Baille, G., Jardri, R., Plomhause, L., Szaffarczyk, S., Defebvre, L., Thomas, P., Delmaire, C., Pins, D., & Dujardin, K. (2016). Hallucinations and conscious access to visual inputs in Parkinson’s disease. Scientific Reports, 6, 36284. https://doi.org/10.1038/srep36284 Show abstract

Lefebvre, S., Demeulemeester, M., Leroy, A., Delmaire, C., Lopes, R., Pins, D., Thomas, P., & Jardri, R. (2016). Network dynamics during the different stages of hallucinations in schizophrenia. Human Brain Mapping, 37(7), 2571-2586. https://doi.org/10.1002/hbm.23197 Show abstract

Vandermeeren, Y., & Lefebvre, S. (2015). Combining motor learning and brain stimulation to enhance post-stroke neurorehabilitation. Neural Regeneration Research, 10(8), 1218-1220. https://doi.org/10.4103/1673-5374.158483 Show abstract

Lefebvre, S., Dricot, L., Laloux, P., Gradkowski, W., Desfontaines, P., Evrard, F., Peeters, A., Jamart, J., & Vandermeeren, Y. (2015). Neural substrates underlying motor skill learning in chronic hemiparetic stroke patients. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 9, 320. https://doi.org/10.3389/fnhum.2015.00320 Show abstract

Lefebvre, S., Dricot, L., Laloux, P., Gradkowski, W., Desfontaines, P., Evrard, F., Peeters, A., Jamart, J., & Vandermeeren, Y. (2015). Neural substrates underlying stimulation-enhanced motor skill learning after stroke. Brain, 138(1), 149–163. https://doi.org/10.1093/brain/awu336 Show abstract

Lefebvre, S., Thonnard, J.-L., Laloux, P., Peeters, A., Jamart, J., & Vandermeeren, Y. (2014). Single session of dual-tDCS transiently improves precision grip and dexterity of the paretic hand after stroke. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, 28(2), 100-110. https://doi.org/10.1177/1545968313478485 Show abstract

Vandermeeren, Y., Lefebvre, S., Desfontaines, P., & Laloux, P. (2013). Could dual-hemisphere transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) reduce spasticity after stroke? [Letter to the editor]. Acta Neurologica Belgica, 113(1), 87–89. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13760-012-0163-5

Lefebvre, S., Laloux, P., Peeters, A., Desfontaines, P., Jamart, J., & Vandermeeren, Y. (2013). Dual-tDCS enhances online motor skill learning and long-term retention in chronic stroke patients. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 6, 343. https://doi.org/10.3389/fnhum.2012.00343 Show abstract

Conference Presentations/Proceedings

Lefebvre, S., Jann, K., Schmiesing, A. N., Ito, K. L., Jog, M., Schweighofer, N., Wang, D. J., & Liew, S.-L. (2018, August). Concurrent HD-tDCS/fMRI study exploring changes in motor network physiology and complexity. Poster presented at the 2018 NYC Neuromodulation Conference & NANS Summer Series, New York, NY. Show abstract

Stamatakis, J., Gonzalez, A., Caby, B., Lefebvre, S., Vandermeeren, Y., & Macq, B. (2012). Kinematic features of reach and grasp movements in stroke rehabilitation using accelerometers. In Proceedings of the International Conference on Bio-inspired Systems and Signal Processing (BIOSTEC 2012) (Volume 1: BIOSIGNALS, pp. 199-205). https://doi.org/10.5220/0003711701990205 Show abstract