Nora Riley, PT, PhD


Dr. Riley teaches the neurological content throughout the DPT curriculum.

She is a Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Neurologic Physical Therapy and has completed the Competency-Based and Advanced Course in Vestibular Rehabilitation.

Her clinical experience is in outpatient neurological rehabilitation and home health.

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  • 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

Licensure and Certification

  • Specialty Certification Neurologic
  • Licensed in State of Iowa 0213

After observing people go through rehabilitation after brain and spinal cord injuries, it was fascinating to me see people could recover the ability to walk, move, and live independently again. I wanted to understand how that worked and be part of that process.

Dr. Nora Riley


Quinn L, Riley N, Tyrell C, Judd D, Gill-Body K, Hedman LD, Packel A, Brown D, Nabar N, Scheets P. A framework for movement analysis: Core Concepts and recommendations for clinical practice. Physical Therapy. 2021. 101(9):1-8.

Gill-Body K, Hedman LD, Plummer L, Wolf L, Hanke T, Quinn L, Riley N, Kaufman R, Verma A, Quiben M, Scheets PL. Movement System Diagnoses for Balance Dysfunction: Recommendations from the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy Movement System Task Force Physical Therapy. 2021.101(9): 1-12.

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

Quinn L, Riley NA, Judd D, Tyrell C. A motor control-based framework for movement analysis of tasks across patient Populations. APTA Combined Sections Meeting, San Antonio, Tx (Educational Session). February, 2022

Hedman L, Riley NA, Gil-Body K, Quinn L. Moving Forward with the Movement System. Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy Annual Conference, Virtual (Educational Session). August, 2021

More About Dr. Riley

Courses Taught

DPT 540 Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology
DPT 590 Pharmacology in Rehabilitation
DPT 630 Neuromuscular Therapeutics

Honors and Awards
  • SAU Faculty Member of Year
  • Therapist of the year, Quad Cities RiverBUCS

St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church and School

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