Anita Singh

Anita Singh, PhD

  • Adjunct Associate Professor
Media Expertise:
  • Engineering

Affiliated Programs


  • PhD, Biomedical (2006)
    Wayne State University (MI)

About Me

My teaching philosophy can be summarized as follows: Student learning is best nurtured in a problem-based learning environment. I attain this goal by exposing my students to hands-on experiences, not just in a classroom, but also outside of the class setting through clinical immersions. I also share my enthusiasm for my field of research with students through my courses and mentoring.

As a teacher, I believe in going beyond reciting a course textbook to raise interest for acquiring knowledge. I want my students to be critical and independent thinkers while solving problems. My goal as a teacher is to impart knowledge of fundamental concepts and prepare my students to have an ability to formulate questions and problem solving strategies. In my teaching, I aim to provide direction to help them take control of their own learning and attain mastery of the subject.

My classroom environment is open, interactive, and encourages students to ask questions and interact, not just with me, but with their peers as well. I also encourage constant feedback from students, ensuring my teaching proficiency.

Research Interests

Dr. Singh’s research interests are focused on understanding central and peripheral nervous system injuries including brain, spinal cord and brachial plexus injuries. She also investigates prevention and treatment options using bioengineering approaches and tools for these injuries. She is currently involved in understanding the biomechanical, functional and structural injury thresholds for neonatal brachial plexus palsy. 

Media Expertise

  • Injury biomechanics
  • Brain injury
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Birth related injuries
  • Impact biomechanics
  • Education - Clinical immersion and virtual reality


  • Singh Anita, Laura Krisa, Kelly L. Frederick, Harra Sandrow-Feinberg, Sriram Balasubramanian, Scott K. Stackhouse, Marion Murray, and Jed S. Shumsky. "Forelimb Locomotor Rating Scale for Behavioral Assessment of Recovery After Unilateral Cervical Spinal Cord Injury in Rats." Journal of Neuroscience Methods 226, no. 15 (2014): 124–131.
  • Jin, Ying, Birgit Neuhuber, Anita Singh, Julien Bouyer, Angelo Lepore, Joseph Bonner, Tim Himes, James T. Campanelli, and Itzhak Fischer. "Transplantation of Human Glial Restricted Progenitors and Derived Astrocytes into a Contusion Model of Spinal Cord Injury." Journal of Neurotrauma 28, no. 4 (2011): 579–594.
  • Singh, Anita, Sriram Balasubramanian, Marion Murray, Michel Lemay, and John Houle. "Role of Spared Pathways in Locomotor Recovery After Body-Weight-Supported Treadmill Training in Contused Rats." Journal of Neurotrauma 28, no. 12 (2011): 2405–2416.

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES)


  • Outstanding Researcher, Widener University (2019) 
  • Junior Travel Award: Mechanism and Treatment of Brachial Plexus injury Neonatal Brachial Plexus Palsy


In the Media


  • Professors Honored for Promoting Civic Engagement

    Assistant Teaching Professor Ria Mazumder and Associate Professor Anita Singh, both of the School of Engineering, have been honored with the Civic Engagement Award. The honor, given at the 2022 faculty awards program, recognizes outstanding contributions of faculty to students’ understanding of their social responsibilities, and to Widener’s engagement in the local or global community through teaching or research. 

    Mazumder and Singh are committed to broadening engineering education in ways that and equip Widener students to become professionally, personally, and socially responsible leaders. They developed two innovative projects that promote a lifelong commitment to civic engagement. The first, a partnership with Chester Eastside Inc. School and Edgemont Scholars Academy, delivers innovative extra-curricular STEM education to elementary and middle school students in need of opportunity.  The second created a partnership with the Chester Community Clinic and the Community Nursing Clinic, in which engineering students learn about the challenges of developing effective, low-cost solutions for patients at the margins of the health care system.

    Both projects have been effective at engaging students and serving the community and have received recognition beyond the university.

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  • Biomedical Engineering Faculty Research Selected as Editors' Choice

    Research by Dr. Anita Singh, associate professor and interim chair of biomedical engineering, was chosen as an Editors' Choice for the 2019 American Society of Mechanical Engineers' Journal of Biomechanical Engineering (JBME). The paper, “Efficacy of Clinical Simulation Based Training in Biomedical Engineering Education,” was one of only 10 papers chosen out of over 100 that appeared in the journal. Selected by the journal's editorial board, Dr. Singh's work exemplifies the high quality and significance of work that is featured in the JBME. 

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