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Doctor of Physical Therapy

Nora Riley

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Physical Therapy

Health Sciences Center, CHS258
1320 W. Lombard St.
Davenport, IA 52804


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Nora Riley, PT, PhD, NCS

Teaches neuromuscular therapeutics. Her clinical practice focuses on neurological disorders including stroke, brain injury, balance and dizziness disorders, multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injury.

Dr. Riley is board certified in neurologic PT, has a certificate of competency in evaluation and treatment of vestibular disorders, and is certified in neurodevelopmental treatment for adults with hemiplegia.

Education and Training

PhD, University of Iowa
Rehabilitation Sciences

MA, University of Iowa
Physical Therapy

BA, St. Louis University
Physical Therapy


  • Board Certified Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy
  • Certification in Neurodevelopmental Treatment of Adult Hemiplegia
  • Completion of Vestibular Rehabilitation Competency Course

Current Teaching Responsibilities in the Entry-level Physical Therapy

  • DPT 520 Pathology and Medical Management, Guest, Spring Semester
  • DPT 540 Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology, Spring Semester
  • DPT 590 Pharmacology in Rehabilitation, Fall Semester
  • DPT 630 Neuromuscular Therapeutics, Fall Semester
  • DPT 820 Differential Diagnosis, Guest, Spring Semester

Areas of Professional Interest

  • Neuromuscular Conditions
  • Vestibular Dysfunctions

Recent Publications and Presentations

Riley, NA. Introduction to Vestibular Rehabilitation - Examination and Intervention of Balance and Dizziness disorders. Great River Medical Center, Burlington, IA. November 2011.

Speaker, Introduction to Vestibular Rehabilitation, Examination and Intervention of Balance and Dizziness Disorders, Iowa Chapter APTA, Fall Conference, Council Bluffs, IA, 10/2008

Frank LM, Riley NA, Swanson C, Trapkus J. Pilot Study: Are Visual Markers in the Home Environment Effective in Improving Parkinsonian Gait? APTA Combined Sections Meeting, Nashville, Tennessee, 02/2004

Riley, NA, Bilodeau, M., Changes in upper limb joint torque patterns and EMG signals with fatigue following a stroke. Disability & Rehabilitation, 2002, 24(18): 961-969

Bilodeau, M., Houck, J., Cuddeford, T., Sharma, S., Riley, NA, Variations in the relationship between the frequency content of EMG signals and the rate of torque development in voluntary and elicited contractions. Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology, 2002, 12:147-155

Honors and Awards

  • Therapist of the year, 2001-2002
  • AMBUCS, Quad Cities River BUCS

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