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.

Read Dr. Riley's CV (pdf)

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Education and Training

  • PhD, University of Iowa Rehabilitation Sciences
  • MA, University of Iowa Physical Therapy
  • BA, St. Louis University Physical Therapy

Areas of Professional Interest

  • Neuromuscular Conditions
  • Vestibular Dysfunctions


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

Recent Publications and Presentations

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. 07/2016 

Riley, NA, Frank, LF. College of Health and Human Services Inter-Professional Clinical Reasoning Event. A Compendium for Teaching Physical Therapy Neurologic Content. Accepted for publication 3/2016.

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

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

More About Dr. Riley

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

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