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Nora Riley, PT, PhD

Professor


Dr. Riley is a Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy and has a certificate in the competency for examination and intervention of clients with vestibular disorders.

She is responsible for teaching the neurological content throughout the DPT curriculum.

Her clinical practice focuses on neurologic disorders including stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury, balance and dizziness disorders, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson's disease.

Read Dr. Riley's CV (pdf)

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Education and Training


  • PhD, University of Iowa, Physical Therapy
  • MA, University of Iowa, Physical Therapy
  • BA, St. Louis University, Physical Therapy
  • Certified Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy
  • Completion of Vestibular Rehabilitation Competency Course

Areas of Professional Interest


  • Neuromuscular Conditions
  • Vestibular Dysfunctions

Research


Quinn L, Riley NA.
Movement System 2 - Task Analysis in Neurologic Physical Therapy
Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy Synapse Education Center (Webinar)
04/2019

Hedman, Scheets, Quinn, Gil-Body, Brown, Quiben, Riley.
A Forum on Movement System Diagnoses for Balance Dysfunction
APTA Combined Sections Meeting, Washington, DC. (Educational Session)
01/2019

Trojanowski, Riley, Beato, Stephensen, Dennis, Williamson
Use of an online learning management system and supporting technologies to serve as preparation for the neurologic clinical specialist examination
APTA Combined Sections Meeting, New Orleans, LA (Poster Presentation)
02/2018

Scheets P, Brown D, Gill-Body K, Hedman L, Quiben M, Quinn L, Riley N.
The Human Movement System: What's the Big Deal?
APTA Combined Sections Meeting, San Antonio, TX (Educational Session)
02/2017

Trojanowski S, Riley N, Williamson A, Beato M
Use of an online asynchronous web-based platform discussion board for individuals sitting for the neurologic clinical specialist examination
APTA Combined Sections Meeting, San Antonio, TX (Poster Presentation)
02/2017

Scheets P, Brown D, Gill-Body K, Hedman L, Quiben M, Quinn L, Riley N
The Human Movement System: What's the Big Deal?
IV STEP, Columbus, OH (Poster Presentation)
07/2016

Funded/In Review Grant Activity:
Ballantyne B, Cooper N, Frank LM, Riley N
$2000

Evidence-Based Profiles of Physical Therapy Student Interns and their Clinical Instructors
College of Health & Human Services Faculty Scholarship Grant

Scheets P, Riley N, Quinn L, Quiben M, Hedman L, Gil-Body K, Brown D. Development of examination, diagnosis, prognosis, and intervention guidelines for Neurologic Physical Therapy in line with the Human Movement System. In progress


Recent or Noteworthy Publications


Hedman LD, Quinn L, Gill-Body K, Brown DA, Quiben M, Riley N, Scheets PL. (2018). White Paper: Movement System Diagnoses in Neurologic Physical Therapy. J Neurol Phys Ther. 42(2):110-117.

Riley, NA, Frank, LF. College of Health and Human Services Inter-Professional Clinical Reasoning Event (2016). Academy for Neurologic Physical Therapy. A Compendium for Teaching Physical Therapy Neurologic Content.

B. Ballantyne, N. Riley. Balance ability, balance confidence, and postural control during gait initiation in older adults. EXPACC II, 2016.

Riley, NA, Ballantyne, B. iPad Use in the First Year of a DPT Program - a Pilot Study. APTA Combined Sections Meeting, Indianapolis, Indiana. 02/2015


More About Dr. Riley

Courses Taught

DPT 540 Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology
DPT 590 Pharmacology in Rehabilitation
DPT 630 Neuromuscular Therapeutics
DPT 830 Management of the Medically Complex Patient

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

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