Laura Z. Gras PT, DPT, DSc GCS

Department/Program:

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Rank: 

Associate Professor

Contact info:

Email: grasl@sage.edu                                             
Phone: 518-244-2066
Office: Ricketts Hall

Degree Information: 

Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions, Provo, Utah. Doctor of Science, Geriatrics Tract, 2003. Dissertation: A Comparison of Hip versus Ankle Exercises in Elders and the Influence on Balance and Gait

Sage Graduate School, Troy, NY. Doctor of Physical Therapy, 2011.

Sage Graduate School, Albany, NY. Master of Science in Health Services Administration, 1997.

Thesis: The Effectiveness of Clinical Pathways in Physical Therapy for Hip and Knee Joint Replacements.

Russell Sage College, Troy, NY. Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy, 1991.

Certifications:

ABPTS Geriatric Clinical Specialist. June 2003 (renewed in 2012)

NeuroDevelopmental Treatment. April 2011 (trained in 1997).

Certified in Vestibular Rehabilitation through the American Institute of Balance. October 2009.

Sage Graduate School, Albany, NY. Certificate in Gerontology,1997.

Clinical Practice:

Balance and Dizziness Physical Therapy, PLLC, owner.

Courses Taught:

PTY 611 Motor Control: Theory and Application
PTY 616 Patient/Client Management: Adult Neuromuscular System
PTY 768 Capstone Experience: Systematic Review
PTY 769 Capstone Experience: Research Project

Research:

Focus on balance and gait examination and intervention with older adults and people with neuromuscular disorders

Recent Publications:

Sullivan B, Harding L, Dingley J. Gras L. Improvements in dynamic balance using an adaptive snowboard with the Nintendo® Wii™. Games4Health. 2012;1(4):269-273.

Ungermann C, Gras L. Therapeutic riding followed by rhythmic auditory stimulation to  improve balance and gait in a subject with orthopedic pathologies. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. 2011;17(12):1191-1195.

Figueiro M, Plitnick B, Rea M, Gras L, Rea M. Lighting and perceptual cues: effects on gait measures of older adults at high and kow risk for falls. BMC Geriatrics. 2011; 11:49. http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2318/11/49

Figueiro M. Gras L, Plitnick B. Rea M, Rea M. Lighting for improving postural control in older adults with and without risk for falls. Age and Ageing. 2011;(0):1-4:

Gras L, Hummer A, Hine, E. Reliability and aalidity of the Nintendo WiiFit. Journal of Cybertherapy and Rehabilitation. 2009; 2(4):329-336.

Figueiro M, Gras L, Qi R, Rizzo P, Rea M, Rea MS. A novel lighting system for postural control and stability in seniors. Lighting Research and Technology. 2008; 40: 111-126.

Gras L, Levangie P, Goodwin-Segal T, Lawrence D. A comparison of hip versus ankle exercises in elders and the influence on balance and gait. J Geriatr Phys Ther.

2004; 27(2): 39-46.

Accomplishments:

Grants:

Schacht Grant
Gait, Balance, and Cognitive Performance in Older Adults- May 2012
$5000

Sage Internal Grant
Improving Balance by Education, Walking and the Wii- May 2011
$1050.00

National Institutes of Nursing Research through National Institutes of Health. Application number: 1 R21 NR011216-01. PI Mariana Figueiro subcontracting with Sage. Estimated amount up to $275,000 direct cost over 2 years. 2009-2011. Using Light to Increase Visual and Perceptual Cues and Decrease Falls Risk.

NYPTA Designated Research Fund
$1100.00 towards a Stride Analyzer- June 2001

Awards:

2009 Robert Salant Award in the Case Report Category, NYPTA- Oct 2009
Honorary Inductee into the Athenians Honor Society- May 2000

Presentations:

Gras L, Rea M, Bassett W, Bucci M, Carvalho S, Gong T, LoMonaco J, Stewart H, Wasiczko L. Education, Walking and the Wii. NYPTA Annual Conference, Albany, NY. 2013 and CSM, Las Vegas, Nevada, February 2014. (accepted for presentation).

Gras L, Kanaan S, Colgrove Y, McDowd J, Pohl P. Balance and Gait Deficits in Adults with Very Mild Alzheimer’s Disease. NYPTA Annual Conference, Albany, NY. October 2013 and CSM, Las Vegas, Nevada, February 2014. (accepted for presentation).

Gras L, Leathem M, Darbyshire C. Adding Prayer to a Multifactorial Fall Prevention Program for a Person who had a Stroke. Festival of International Conferences on Caregiving, Disability, Aging and Technology (FICCDAT). Toronto, Canada, June 2011. (poster presentation)

Gras L, Hummer A, Hine, E. Reliability and validity of the Nintendo Wii Fit. APTA’s Combined Sections Meeting. February 2010; San Diego, CA. (poster presentation)

Gras L, Martin J, Surprenant T. The use of a lighted tilted frame with individuals who have had a cerebral vascular accident. APTA’s Combined Sections Meeting. February 2010; San Diego, CA. (poster presentation)

Ungermann C, Gras L. Improvements in balance and gait with therapeutic riding: a case report. NYPTA Annual Conference. October 2009; Saratoga, NY. NYPTA Annual Conference. October 2009; Saratoga, NY. (platform presentation) Received Salant Award.

Gras L, Hummer A, Hine, E. Reliability and validity of the Nintendo Wii Fit. NYPTA Annual Conference. October 2009; Saratoga, NY. NYPTA Annual Conference. October 2009; Saratoga, NY. (poster presentation)

Gras L, Flatebo K, Knapp J, Qi R, Figueiro M. The use of a lighted tilted frame to assist in midline orientation for subjects who had a stroke. International Conference of Aging, Disability and Independence. February 2008; St. Petersburg, FL. (platform presentation)

Qi R, Figueiro M, Gras L, Rea M, Rea M. The Influence of Visual Information On Postural Stability In Older Adults. International Conference of Aging, Disability and Independence. February 2008; St. Petersburg, FL. (platform presentation)

Hakey-Brusgul J, Friedman A, Gras L. Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Information in Physical Therapy Practice. APTA of Massachusetts Physical Therapy Conference and Exposition. November 2006; MA. (poster presentation)

Gras L. The Effectiveness of a Customized Balance Training Program using the EquiTest System in a Subject who had a Cerebral Vascular Accident and a Total Knee Arthroplasty.  Annual Conference of the New York Physical Therapy Association. October 2007; Melville, NY. (platform presentation)

Rea M, Figueiro M, Gras L, Rea M. Lighting, Balance and Falls, Is There a Relationship? International Conference of Aging, Disability and Independence. February 2006; St. Petersburg, FL. (platform presentation)

Gras L. Perceived Benefits of Therapists who Attended a NDT/Bobath Three Week Course in the Treatment of Adult Hemiplegia. APTA of Masschusetts, Physical Therapy Conference and Exposition. October 2005; Norwood, MA. (poster presentation)

Gras L. Perceived Benefits of Therapists who Attended a NDT/Bobath Three Week Course in the Treatment of Adult Hemiplegia. NDTA Annual Conference. November 2005. Austin, TX. (poster presentation)

Moriello G, Gras L, Ghizzoni K, Cleary H, Pitches S, Russ K, Blackwood H. The Effect of Partial Body Weight Support on Gait Parameters in a Child with Down Syndrome. APTA of Massachusetts, Physical Therapy Conference and Exposition. October 2005; Norwood, MA. (poster presentation)

Vittone D, Gras L, Dewhirst J. An Investigation of Physical Therapy Outcomes in Victims of Physical Injury with Symptoms of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. APTA of Masschusetts, Physical Therapy Conference and Exposition. October 2005; Norwood, MA. (poster presentation)

Vittone D, Gras L, Keating E. Investigation of Teaching Domestic Violence Education in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Curriculum. APTA of Masschusetts, Physical Therapy Conference and Exposition. October 2005; Norwood, MA. (poster presentation)

Selleck M, Gras L, Levangie P. Supporting faculty to embrace research: Success of a research mentoring program. American Physical Therapy Annual Scientific Meeting and Exposition, Boston, MA, June 2005. (poster presentation)

Gras L, Levangie P, Goodwin-Segal T, Lawrence D. A Comparison of Hip versus Ankle Exercises in Elders and the Influence on Balance and Gait; December 2003; International Conference of Aging, Disability and Independence in Washington, D.C. (poster presentation)

Gras L, Driesenstock M, Ogden K. The Effects of a 4-Week BAPS Board Training Program on Measures of Static and Dynamic Balance in an Older Adult International Conference of Aging, Disability and Independence; December 2003; Washington, D.C. (poster presentation)

Gras L, Driesenstock M, Ogden K. The Effects of a 4-Week BAPS Board Training Program on Measures of Static and Dynamic Balance in an Older Adult; October 2003 accepted at the NYPTA Annual Conference (conference cancelled; disseminated on NYPTA’s website)

Gras L, Levangie P, Goodwin-Segal T, Lawrence D. A Comparison of Hip versus Ankle Exercises in Elders and the Influence on Balance and Gait; October 2003 accepted at the NYPTA Annual Conference (conference cancelled; disseminated on NYPTA’s website)

Gras L. Use of NDT to Improve the Functional Outcomes of a Patient with Chronic Hemiplegia.Massachusetts and Rhode Island Chapter Annual Conference and Exposition; October 2002; Harwich, Massachusetts. (poster presentation)

Professional Organizations:

American Physical Therapy Association
American Physical Therapy Association Geriatrics Section
American Physical Therapy Association Neurology Section
Neuro-Developmental Treatment Association

Service:

Internal:

Interprofessional Education Workgroup 2011-present (Chair of Spring IPE Event)
Sage Graduate Schools Curriculum Committee (Chair 2008-2012)-present
Chair Physical Therapy Search Committee 2012-2013
Nursing Search Committee 2012
Physical Therapy Events Workgroup 2006-present
Physical Therapy Tenure and Promotion Committee 2011
Physical Therapy Academic Standards Committee 2011
Physical Therapy Website Committee 2008-2011
Physical Therapy Research and Development Committee 2006-2011
Committee on Rank, Tenure and Promotion 2004-2007
Physical Therapy Undergraduate Coordinator 2005-2006
Assistant Physical Therapy Program Director 2002-2005
Physical Therapy Program Evaluation Committee 2002-2006
Russell Sage College Curriculum Committee Spring 2003
First Year Student Mentor, RSC- 1999, 2000, 2002
Security Advisory Council, RSC- 1999-2000

External:

Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy, Reviewer
1/12- present

APTA’s Scholarship and Awards Committee
9/11-present

NDTA Website Committee
8/05-8/11

Regional Chairperson NDTA
Region 101/02-10/05

Program Director- St. Lucia
Health Volunteers Overseas9/99-1/00

Contact:

http://www.balanceanddizzinessphysicaltherapy.com/